July 22, 2019

Around the nation: Juul picks teen substance use researcher as medical officer

Daily Briefing

    Juul Labs, a leading maker of electronic cigarettes, said the move will help the company reduce teen vaping while also providing an alternative to smoking for adults, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from California, Ohio, and Texas.

    • California: Juul Labs, a leading maker of electronic cigarettes, last week announced that Mark Rubinstein, a pediatrician and former teen substance use researcher, will serve as executive medical officer. Rubinstein previously led research at the University of California, San Francisco's Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education that examined nicotine's effects on adolescents as well as teen addiction and the potential risks of vaping for children. Juul in a statement said Rubinstein will oversee the company's research on underage use of vapor products and spearhead the company's youth prevention programs. Juul also said the move will help the company reduce teen vaping while providing an alternative to smoking for adults (Barry-Jester, Kaiser Health News, 7/19).
    • Ohio: Trinity Health has named Michael Englehart as interim CEO of Mount Carmel Health System, effective July 25. Englehart has worked for Trinity Health since August 2018, when he served as SVP for medical groups and ambulatory strategy. Englehart succeeds Ed Lamb, who is stepping down as CEO of the health system, following a criminal investigation into physician William Husel, who has been charged in the deaths of 25 patients (Vaidya, Becker's Hospital Review, 7/18).
    • Texas: Edith Irby Jones, the first black student to matriculate in an all-white medical school in the south, died at age 91 on July 15 in Houston. Jones in 1948 became the first black student at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. As a physician, Jones ran an internal medicine practice in Houston's predominantly black Third Ward in order to improve medical care for underserved populations and expose more black people to the medical profession (Langer, Washington Post, 7/18).
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