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Children’s Minnesota names Emily Chapman, MD, as next chief medical officer

MINNEAPOLIS – (August 1, 2017) – Children’s Minnesota (Children’s) is pleased to announce Emily Chapman, MD, as its new chief medical officer (CMO) and vice president of medical affairs. Dr. Chapman has been at Children’s for more than 10 years and previously served as vice chief medical officer. She officially began her new role on July 5, 2017.

In her new position as an active member of the executive leadership team, Dr. Chapman will provide leadership, direction and oversight to all clinical initiatives within the hospital system involving clinical quality, performance improvement, patient safety, education and research. Additionally, she will be responsible for the development and implementation of systems and processes that ensure Children’s meets its goals of improving the health of all children in the community. She will also be involved in the strategy setting and operational oversight of the clinical organization.

“Emily has been a strong leader in our organization for more than a decade and we’re thrilled she will be continuing to share her expertise with us in this new role,” said Bob Bonar, CEO at Children’s. “The health care industry is ever-evolving and it is critical to have strategic and passionate leaders like Emily at the helm to steer us in the right direction as we continue to do what’s best for our patients and their families.”

Dr. Chapman’s previous positions include serving as director of the hospitalist program and of graduate medical education at Children’s Minnesota. Additionally, she was an associate director in the pediatric residency program at the University of Minnesota Medical School and president of the physician-owned community pediatric practice at the Wayzata Children’s Clinic. Dr. Chapman also held research positions at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in New Hampshire.

“I am excited to continue building relationships within the walls of Children’s and beyond in our local community and health care industry,” said Dr. Chapman. “In addition to ensuring we are delivering the safest and highest quality of care possible to all patient families, I hope to help develop a more coordinated approach to pediatric care in our region and expand our contribution to research and education.”

Earning her bachelor of arts in psychology with additional concentration on studio art at Williams College in Massachusetts, Dr. Chapman went on to study at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in New Hampshire and earned her doctorate of medicine at the University of Minnesota Medical School in Minnesota, where she also completed her pediatric residency.

She has been recognized as a Top Doctor by Mpls.St.Paul Magazine for the past five years and serves as an American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Fellow and as a board member for the Minnesota Chapter of the AAP. 

About Children’s Minnesota
Children’s Minnesota is the seventh largest pediatric health system in the United States and the only health system in Minnesota to provide care exclusively to children, from before birth through young adulthood. An independent and not-for-profit system since 1924, Children’s serves kids throughout the Upper Midwest at two free-standing hospitals, 12 primary and specialty care clinics and six rehabilitation sites. Additionally, Children’s is Minnesota’s only Level I pediatric trauma center inside a hospital dedicated solely to children. Children’s maintains its longstanding commitment to the community to improve children’s health by providing high-quality, family-centered pediatric services and advancing those efforts through research and education. This work is made possible in large part by generous philanthropic and volunteer support from individuals and organizations throughout the state and region. An award-winning health system, Children’s is regularly ranked by U.S. News & World Report as a top children’s hospital. Please visit

Hayley Sitz