Southern Arizona's largest healthcare entity has a new chief executive officer.

Dr. Michael R. Waldrum, a senior leader of the University of Alabama academic medical system, will take the helm of The University of Arizona Health Network on Jan. 27.

The Health Network includes two hospitals, clinics, health plans and a physician practice plan. Waldrum's salary is still being negotiated, UA Health Network officials said today.

Waldrum is currently CEO of the University of Alabama Hospital at Birmingham, and as vice president of the UAB Health System.

Prior to his current role, he served as chief operating officer and chief information officer of UAB. He has been a member of the medical staff of the UAB School of Medicine since 1995 in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine.

 "As a physician executive, Dr. Waldrum has a unique perspective and proven record of leading a highly complex academic medical system," UA College of Medicine dean Dr. Steve Goldschmid said in a statement.

"His experience will be critical to the success of the Health Network’s mission of providing excellent medical education, patient care and cutting-edge research."

 Waldrum graduated from the University of Alabama School of Medicine, completed his internal medicine residency at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, received a master’s degree in epidemiology from Harvard School of Public Health and earned his MBA from the University of Michigan.

 He is a board-certified specialist in internal medicine, critical care medicine and pulmonology.

He maintained an active teaching and clinical practice at UAB and hopes to do the same in Tucson, UA Medical Center officials say.