Forward-thinking and uncompromising on patient safety and quality, Eric Eskioglu, MD, Novant Health executive vice president and chief medical and scientific officer, is transforming the future of healthcare in North Carolina and beyond. He is both a dedicated clinician and an inspiring leader whose unique background and expertise have been integral assets to his organization.
Dr. Eskioglu, a practicing vascular neurosurgeon, joined Novant Health in 2015 as senior vice president of neurosciences. He led the expansion of the neurosciences institute across Novant Health, unifying processes and protocols to ensure a world-class experience for patients.
When he assumed the chief medical officer role at Novant Health in 2018, his goal was to re-engineer the way clinicians perform to improve safety and outcomes, boost job satisfaction and reduce burnout. In collaboration with Novant Health’s executive vice president and chief transformation and digital officer, Angela Yochem, Dr. Eskioglu co-founded the Novant Health Institute of Innovation & Artificial Intelligence to improve safety, quality, outcomes and efficiency.
His education began in engineering when he obtained a degree in mechanical and aerospace engineering, working with Allied-Signal Aerospace Company and The Boeing Company. While volunteering at Phoenix Children’s Hospital, he felt called to healthcare, leading him to medical school, where he nurtured his love for medicine and healing.
In his role as Novant Health executive vice president and chief medical and scientific officer, Dr. Eskioglu is responsible for providing strategic clinical and cultural leadership to ensure the delivery of high-quality, cost-effective and patient-centered care across the Novant Health system. He is passionate about data analytics and artificial intelligence (AI) in healthcare applications. Dr. Eskioglu has sought out other ways to use AI to improve outcomes and maintain a laser focus on patient safety, including using AI to analyze electronic medical record data and social determinants more efficiently than in the past and to predict which hospitalized patients are going to get sick before they get sick.
Dr. Eskioglu and his colleagues are working to create a predictive analytics module to look at heart failure patients at risk of being readmitted to the hospital. This technology solution suggests vectors of interventional treatment for these higher risk patients, and those treatment protocols are loaded into workflows in the Novant Health electronic medical record. The health system has done the same thing to identify and better predict a patient’s suicide risk post-discharge.
In addition to his many professional accolades stemming from his accomplishments in the exam room, operating room and boardroom, Eskioglu also is widely published in multiple peer-reviewed scientific journals in neurosurgery. He has in-depth expertise at minimally invasive brain surgery through the groin with neuroendovascular techniques, as well as traditional skull base open neurosurgery. At the heart of Dr. Eskioglu’s many professional accomplishments are a dedication to service and quality in patient care. To that end, Eskioglu is an active leader in several healthcare organizations, as well as a member of a variety of Novant Health councils aimed at improving healthcare accessibility, delivery, and excellence across the state of North Carolina.
A native of Tucson, Arizona, Dr. Eskioglu earned a Bachelor of Science in aerospace and mechanical engineering from the University of Arizona. He received his medical degree, with Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Society honors, from the University of Kansas Medical School. Dr. Eskioglu was the first inaugural Fellow at the National Institutes of Health with Pfizer Clinical Research Scholars program in Bethesda, Maryland. He completed his neurosurgery residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, and an additional endovascular/vascular neurosurgery fellowship at the University of Florida Health Shands Hospital. He then became an assistant professor of neurological surgery at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Prior to arriving at Novant Health, he was on staff at Lee Memorial Health System and Physicians Regional Healthcare System in Florida. Dr. Eskioglu earned a Master of Business Administration from Vanderbilt University Owen Graduate School of Management. He is certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery and a Fellow of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and a Fellow of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (FAANS).