Beaumont, Royal Oak Names Dr. Barbara Ducatman Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Barbara Ducatman has been appointed chief medical officer for Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, and associate dean of clinical affairs at the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine, effective April 1. She is replacing Dr. Leslie Rocher, who is retiring after 41 years as a physician and 30 years with Beaumont.
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Dr. Barbara Ducatman
Dr. Barbara Ducatman has been appointed chief medical officer for Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak. // Photo courtesy of Beaumont Health

Dr. Barbara Ducatman has been appointed chief medical officer for Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, and associate dean of clinical affairs at the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine, effective April 1. She is replacing Dr. Leslie Rocher, who is retiring after 41 years as a physician and 30 years with Beaumont.

Ducatman joined Beaumont Health in 2017 and has since served as chief of pathology and laboratory medicine for Beaumont Health as well as chair of pathology and laboratory medicine at Beaumont, Royal Oak. She is also a professor of pathology at Oakland’s medical school.

“I’m pleased Dr. Ducatman will serve as our next chief medical officer,” says Nancy Susick, president of Beaumont, Royal Oak. “Her expertise, experience, and leadership were key to the restructuring and the enhancement of our laboratory program.”

Previously serving in leadership positions at West Virginia University School of Medicine, Ducatman has earned awards and honors for her work.

She is president of the Association of Pathology Chairs and sits on international, national, state, and organizational committees. She also worked at Beth Israel Hospital and Harvard Medical School. She was a lieutenant commander for the U.S. Public Health Service from 1992-1996 and a lieutenant commander for the U.S. Navy from 1983-1986.

After completing a bachelor’s degree in biology and her medical degree at Albany Medical College, Ducatman served her residency in anatomic and clinical pathology at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota.

Beaumont has eight hospitals with 3,429 beds, 145 outpatient sites, and nearly 5,000 physicians, 38,000 employees, and 3,500 volunteers.

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