Dr. Budin named first Driscoll Health System CMO

CMO Lee Budin, MD

CORPUS CHRISTI – Lee Budin, MD, has been named Chief Medical Officer (CMO) for Driscoll Health System. As Driscoll Health System’s first Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Budin will be responsible for leading a culture of excellence in the delivery of clinical services.

Working with medical staff, the senior leadership team and the Board of Directors, Dr. Budin will establish the direction and priorities for Driscoll in enhancing the overall quality, safety, effectiveness, and efficiency of healthcare delivery.

“We are pleased to have Dr. Lee Budin as Driscoll’s first System Chief Medical Officer. His rich experience in pediatric healthcare and clinical leadership brings tremendous value to the Driscoll Health System as it moves forward in providing more care to more kids in South Texas,” said Eric Hamon, President and CEO of the Driscoll Health System.

Dr. Budin is a general pediatrician who brings more than 15 years of distinguished clinical leadership experience to Driscoll. He has held leadership positions at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, and at the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago, Illinois.

At Lurie Children’s, Dr. Budin served as Associate Chief Medical Officer and physician lead for their Center for Excellence with a focus on clinical quality, continuous performance improvement, patient safety, and physician relations.

In addition, while in Ohio, Dr. Budin served as President of the largest physician-owned primary care group in the nation. He also served as Associate Chair of Quality and as Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, Illinois.

“While every pediatric hospital is sure that they are the pediatric hospital whose mission is to care for kids (they all share this mission), Driscoll takes it further,” said Dr. Budin. “Driscoll is so committed to caring for kids and has a special emphasis on focusing on the most vulnerable children, those who are indigent. The passion around this is palpable and feels like it is part of the system’s DNA! This is a mission that makes me jump out of bed in the morning excited to go to work.”

Teamwork is incredibly important to Driscoll’s new CMO.

“I am not interested in joining a hospital that wants to rest on its laurels, but one that wants to raise the bar to the highest level possible,” he said. “CEO Eric Hamon and COO Mary Dale Peterson nearly jumped out of their skin with enthusiasm when we touched on this topic. Again, this enthusiasm made it clear to me that this is a team of which I needed to be part.”

However, Dr. Budin realizes it takes time to feel the pulse of a new community.

“I have no plans to come in with sweeping changes that have worked elsewhere. The best solutions are specific to our institution as I firmly believe that we are a lot smarter than I am,” he said.

His plan is to spend the next few months learning about the amazing things that are being done at Driscoll and listening to the incredible people committed to caring for the children of South Texas.

“After I feel that I have a better than superficial understanding of what is here, I plan to learn from the people who provide the care what challenges they have and what holds them back from doing the best job they want to do. We will prioritize these issues and then set to doing the important work to improve everything that we do,” Dr. Budin said. 

He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, and his medical degree from The Ohio State University College of Medicine in Columbus, Ohio. He completed his residency at Nationwide Children’s Hospital/The Ohio State University College of Medicine – Department of Pediatrics, in Columbus, Ohio.

Dr. Budin is a member of the Children’s Hospital Association Quality and Safety Leader Conference Steering Committee and the Children’s Hospital Association Quality Member Advisory Committee. He is board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics.