Medical City Healthcare announced a new chief medical officer has joined its Collin County executive team, according to a hospital news release.

What you need to know

Dr. Jonathan Clarke, a U.S. Navy and Air Force veteran will take over as chief medical officer for Medical City Plano and Medical City Frisco hospitals, effective Oct. 2. Clarke brings more than 20 years of health care experience into the role, according to the news release.

He earned his medical degree from the Miller School of Medicine at the University of Miami in 2002.

During his military service, Clarke was a naval flight surgeon and served with the U.S. Marine Corps. in Iraq. He completed a residency in emergency medicine at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth in Portsmouth, Virginia, in 2009 and served as an emergency physician in Helmand, Afghanistan, during the Battle of Sangin in 2010, according to the news release.

He continues to serve as an inactive reservist after transferring to the U.S. Air Force Reserve in 2014.

Previously, Clarke worked as chief medical officer for HCA Houston Healthcare Southeast. Clarke helped advance patient safety and expand hospital services while enhancing physician engagement, according to the news release.

He’s also worked as a regional medical director for Envision Healthcare in Dallas. He held multiple hospital committee leadership positions and led accreditation and reaccreditation efforts for chest pain, stroke and trauma programs, according to the news release.

What they’re saying

“Jonathan is an accomplished physician leader, health care executive, military veteran and entrepreneur who brings diverse experiences and perspectives to lead our physicians and clinical staff,” Medical City Plano CEO Ben Coogan said in a statement. “I look forward to his leadership on our executive team as we continue advancing our dedication to high-quality, safe, patient-centered care.”