Medical City McKinney announces new chief medical officer


Editor’s note: This article has been updated to include where the former chief medical officer is working. 

Starting in February, Dr. Jaya Kumar will begin serving as the new chief medical officer for Medical City McKinney, located at 4500 Medical Center Drive.

Kumar is board-certified in nephrology and internal medicine. She also served at Medical City Denton since 2013 as the medical director for a 12-physician hospital group, according to a news release from the hospital.

“Dr. Kumar is a highly respected physician that is focused on quality and exemplary patient care,” CEO of Medical City McKinney Ernest C. Lynch III said in the news release. “She is a physician that other doctors can look to for quality outcomes and clinical expertise. We are excited to have her [as]part of our administrative team.”

As chief medical officer Kumar will advise and lead the hospital’s medical experts.

“I am excited to join Medical City McKinney in a role that is dedicated to supporting our clinic staff and their commitment to excellence,” Kumar said in the release.

The position of chief medical officer was previously held by Dr. Steven Kaster, who is now working at a hospital in Overland Park, Kansas, according to the release.

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Cassidy Ritter
Cassidy graduated from the University of Kansas in 2016 with a degree in Journalism and a double minor in business and global studies. She has worked as a reporter and editor for publications in Kansas, Colorado and Australia. She was hired as senior reporter for Community Impact Newspaper's Plano edition in August 2016. Less than a year later, she took the role of editor for the McKinney edition.
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