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January 23, 2013 214-893-2647
Genesis Physicians Group Announces Change in Executive Leadership
James W. Walton, DO, Takes Helm of Independent Physicians Group
DALLAS – The Board of Directors at Genesis Physicians Group selected James W. Walton, DO as the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) effective March 1, 2013. Dr. Walton is currently Vice President of Network Performance/Baylor Quality Alliance at Baylor Health Care System. He succeeds Ron Lutz, current Genesis CEO, who is retiring after 13 years at Genesis, but will be consulting with Dr. Walton during the transition.
Dr. Walton joined Baylor Health Care System in 1996, he internal medicine practice, Ellis County Diagnostic Clinic, to Baylor. Throughout his career at Baylor, Dr. Walton focused on quality improvement strategies to eliminate health disparities in Baylor’s inpatient and ambulatory care settings. He served as Dallas County Medical Society’s Medical Director for Project Access Dallas, a network of more than 2000 physicians and 15 hospitals providing comprehensive healthcare access to uninsured people in Dallas County.
“Dr. Walton brings exceptional balance of executive leadership and clinical experience to Genesis,” said Dr. J. Blake Bolin, Chairman of the Genesis Physicians Group board. “His focus on quality, as well as his knowledge of what it is to be a physician in private practice, will bring diverse benefits to Genesis members.”
Dr. Walton received an MBA from University of Michigan, a Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine from the Universityof North Texas Health Science Center, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Texas. He his residency in internal medicine . He serves on the Advisory Board of BluePrint Healthcare IT, as the SecretaryTreasurer of the Dallas County Medical Society Board of Directors,
“Genesis Physicians Group has an excellent reputation within the regional community—both among physicians and insurance companies,” said Dr. Walton. “I am excited to bring my experience”
Dr. Walton and his wife are relocating to East Dallas. They currently reside in Waxahachie.
About Genesis Physicians Group
Genesis Physicians Group, founded in Dallas in 1986, is the largest IPA in North Texas. It enables more than 1,400 members to focus on patient care by providing collaborative business and clinical support. Thirty percent of Genesis members are primary care physicians, while remaining members deliver patient care in more than 70 medical specialties. For more information, visit http://www.genesisdocs.org.