Dr. Ahmad Maarouf will become the new chief medical officer of HCA Houston Healthcare Northwest effective March 1, 2021, hospital officials announced in a news release Nov. 30.

According to the release, Maarouf is board certified in internal medicine, nephrology and critical care. He received his medical degree from Damascus University College of Medicine and completed his residency in internal medicine at Western Reserve Care System/Forum Health. Maarouf also served as a visiting scholar and conducted research at Pittsburgh Medical Center, where he completed a nephrology fellowship in 2009 and a critical care fellowship in 2011. He earned his master's degree in business administration from Case Western Reserve University in 2018.

Most recently, Maarouf moved to Houston early this year to become the medical director of critical care at HCA Houston Healthcare Northwest.

"Dr. Maarouf is dedicated to meticulous quality. He believes in fostering data-driven, patient-centered, collaborative care for every hospitalized person," said Scott Davis, CEO of HCA Houston Healthcare Northwest, in a statement. "We are excited to have him as our new chief medical officer and are looking forward to how we will further his impact on our colleagues and community."

Prior to his current position at HCA Houston Healthcare Northwest, Maarouf served in various capacities at Henry Ford Hospital's Nephrology and Hypertension Division as well as at Beaumont Health and Michigan State University.

Maarouf is a member of American College of Physicians, the American Society of Nephrology and the Society of Critical Care Medicine.