UNC Hospitals Program Coordination
President, UNC Health Care - Network Hospitals; Executive Vice President and CFO, UNC Hospitals
Chris Ellington is the president of UNC Health Care Network Hospitals, and Executive Vice President of UNC Hospitals at Chapel Hill. Prior to this role, Ellington also served as the principal fiscal leader for UNC Health Care’s System Affiliations. Leading UNC’s Network Affiliations team, Chris directs system-wide integration and acquisition activities.
Ellington has been listed annually in Becker's Hospital Review as a “CFO to know” annually. He has also been named a Top CFO by the Triangle Business Journal and Business Leaders magazines. Before joining UNC in 2008, Ellington was Vice President of Fiscal Services and Chief Financial Officer for Appalachian Regional Healthcare in Lexington, Kentucky. He has also worked in similar Executive positions for healthcare systems in Kentucky, West Virginia, and Texas.
Ian Buchanan, MD, MBA
Senior Vice President Mentor
Senior Vice President of Operations, UNC Hospitals; Vice Chair of Clinical Integration in UNC Department of Pediatrics; Chief Research Officer, UNC Health Care System
Dr. Buchanan is an experienced healthcare executive with a track record of operational, financial, and strategic success with extensive expertise in the clinical, academic, and industry spheres. He currently serves as Senior Vice President for Operations for UNC Hospitals, Vice Chair of Clinical Integration in the UNC Department of Pediatrics, and Chief Research Officer of UNC Health Care System.
After graduating from Davidson College (1998), Buchanan earned his medical degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine (2004). He then continued his education at UNC-Chapel Hill with a Master in Public Health (2006), focusing on Public Health Leadership and Healthcare Administration. Following a stint in the private sector at Optum, a UnitedHealth Group Company, Buchanan returned to UNC in 2008 to take responsibility for the cancer service line.
Over the course of his career, Buchanan has and continues to serve on a number of boards and panels, including as a member of the North Carolina Advisory Committee on Cancer Coordination and Control, a position to which he was appointed by the Governor of North Carolina in 2015. Buchanan lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, with his wife and two children.
Senior Vice President Mentor
Senior Vice President of Operations, UNC Hospitals; Vice Chair for Clinical Integration, UNC School of Medicine, Department of Medicine
Ms. Hadar was appointed as Senior Vice President of UNC Hospitals in October 2016. Prior to being named as SVP, Ms. Hadar served in various roles of increasing responsibility within hospital operations since coming to UNC Hospitals in 2002, most recently as Vice President of Operations from 2011-2016. She has served as an Adjunct Faculty member in the University of North Carolina School of Nursing as well as the University of Wisconsin School of Nursing. Prior to joining UNC Hospitals, Ms. Hadar worked in consulting as well as at the University of Wisconsin Medical Center & the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Ms. Hadar leads multiple committees at UNC Hospitals and throughout the Health Care System, and is a fellow in the American College of Health Care Executives Association. She has served on numerous community Boards and is presently on the Board of Carolina Dialysis. Ms. Hadar received a BSN from Villanova University, a MSN from the University of Pennsylvania, and a MBA with a concentration in finance and marketing from Case Western Reserve University.
Marlene Rifkin, MT, MSM
Senior Vice President Mentor
Senior Vice President of Operations, UNC Health Care
Ms. Rifkin received her MSM from Florida International University and BS from The Ohio State University. After finishing Graduate School, she was selected as an Administrative Fellow by Jackson Memorial Hospital/University of Miami, after which she was hired onto their staff. She completed two Fellowships – NPHHI Management Fellowship in 1991 and NYU/Wagner Graduate School of Public Service Senior Policy Fellowship in Community Health Service in 1994. She has worked at a number of Academic Medical Centers including NYC, Chicago, Miami and Philadelphia. In her current position at UNC, she is responsible for the MC and System Heart and Vascular, GI, Urology and Neurosciences Service Lines, Radiology, Labs – both MC and System, Environmental Health and Safety, Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Management/Continuity Planning. She has served on the Board of Directors of the many community institutions. She also served on the Chapel Hill 20-20 Planning Council in 2013.
Dan Lehman, FACHE
Associate Vice President of Operations, UNC Hospitals
Dan came to UNC Hospitals in 1994 as Associate Director of Planning and Program Development. While in this capacity the focus of his responsibilities included strategic planning, database development and management, facility planning and design, business and network development including the establishment of a network of UNC-owned and operated community-based physician clinics.
In early 2000, Dan moved to a leadership position in hospital operations and now serves as an Associate Vice President Operations with principal responsibility for a number of support and professional services including: UNC Wellness Centers, Nutrition and Food Services, Clinical Dietitians, Supply Chain Services, Medical Engineering, Environmental Services, Patient Transportation, Guest Services, the Service Response Center, the Cytogenetics Laboratory, and the Alcohol and Substance Abuse Clinic.
Prior to coming to UNC Hospitals, Dan completed the two-year post-graduate fellowship program at Johns Hopkins and worked for Danville Regional Medical Center as Director of Planning and Market Research. He has an undergraduate degree from The Ohio State University (B.S. in Allied Health - Medical Technology) and a master's degree from The Sloan Graduate Program in Health Policy and Administration at Cornell University.