Emanuel Medical Center appoints new CEO

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Emanuel Medical Center welcomes its third CEO in four years, as Turlock Hospital announced the hiring of Murali Naidu, MD, FACS to the senior administrative position.

Naidu assumed responsibility for all hospital operations, executive planning and directing medical services effective November 15. He succeeds Warren Kirk, CEO of Doctors Medical Center and Tenet’s Northern California Group, who served as interim CEO for the past two months following the resignation of Lani Dickinson.

“As Physician CEO, Dr. Naidu is dedicated to putting the patient experience first and ensuring that we provide excellent care to everyone who walks through our doors,” said Kirk. “I am confident that Emanuel will continue to grow under his leadership to meet the needs of our patients in Turlock and the surrounding communities.”

Naidu joins Emanuel Medical Center from Manteca Doctors Hospital, where he served as CEO since early 2020. Until a permanent CEO replacement is announced for DHM, Dr Naidu will be CEO of the two hospitals in the interim.

Prior to joining Tenet, Dr Naidu was Chief Medical Officer at Managed Care Systems in Bakersfield. He played a central role in supporting the integration of 140,000 members and 750 physicians.

Dr Naidu received his BA in Molecular and Cellular Biology from the University of California at Berkeley and his MD from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Medicine. He is a laparoscopic surgeon who practiced for over 10 years before taking on full-time managerial positions.

Dr Naidu currently serves on the board of directors of Head-Royce School, an independent K12 school in Oakland that is committed to providing a high quality education for children and their families.


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