Eric Eskioglu, MD is a Neurosurgeon, Aerospace engineer and Healthcare AI leader. He is currently an EIR at HMA The Academy (WCAS) and a Senior Partner at CSuite Growth Advisors. He was former executive vice president and chief medical, scientific & innovation officer for Novant Health. In 2022, he was recognized by Modern Healthcare Magazine as “Top 50 Most Influential Clinical Executives” and “Top 25 Innovators.” He obtained his MBA at Vanderbilt in 2022 and was recognized by National Poets & Quants Society as one of the top 100 Executive MBA’s of 2022. At Novant Health he provided operational, strategic, clinical, and cultural leadership to ensure the delivery of high-quality, cost-effective, and patient-centered care across Novant Health. Dr. Eskioglu oversaw all medical staff and lead the safety and quality teams and initiatives. In addition, he was the leader of 8 Novant Health Clinical Institutes, Novant Health Research Institute, Pharmacy with its entire P&L, healthcare economics group as well as Co-Executive Director for Novant’s Institute of Innovation and Artificial Intelligence. Tireless patient safety advocate, he accomplished getting “Leap Frog A’s” for all Novant Health’s acute hospitals within two years of assuming his role. He also expanded pharmacy access, lowered pharmacy costs, and improved the EBITA from $26mm to $133mm in less than 4 years.
Dr. Eskioglu 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. With a history of spearheading the creation of three comprehensive stroke centers, Dr. Eskioglu led Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center in 2017 to become the first hospital in Charlotte, North Carolina, to earn the Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center designation. With this designation, Novant Health joined an elite group of healthcare systems, including Johns Hopkins, Kaiser Permanente, and Mayo Clinic as one of only a few healthcare systems in the country to have two robust Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Centers – Novant Health’s other being Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
Before joining Novant Health, Dr. Eskioglu worked at Physicians Regional Healthcare in Naples, Florida serving as Physician Executive for the Comprehensive Stroke Center. He led the development of the system’s neurosciences initiative and the establishment of the only comprehensive stroke center in SW Florida. Despite starting from scratch, he created a regional referral center for complex neurological conditions in 18 months.
Dr. Eskioglu has also served as the medical director for endovascular/vascular neurosurgery with Cerebrovascular Specialists of Florida, Lee Health in Fort Myers, Florida. Other roles include assistant professor of neurological surgery and assistant professor of neurosurgery and radiology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee. His work experience includes being a neurosurgeon at hospitals in North Carolina, Florida, Georgia, and Tennessee. He also is widely published in multiple peer-reviewed journals.
Before his career in medicine, Dr. Eskioglu worked as an aerospace engineer at the Allied-Signal Aerospace and Boeing, where he participated in Six Sigma and research teams in charge of developing new power sources for the new generation of aircraft. He continues to apply his engineering operations discipline and background in efforts to streamline healthcare, decrease errors, and improve patient satisfaction. He is passionate about patient safety, quality, data analytics and artificial intelligence in healthcare applications.
Dr. Eskioglu earned his medical degree from the University of Kansas. He completed a two-year fellowship at the National Institutes of Health with Pfizer Clinical Research Scholars program focusing on translational research. He earned endovascular/vascular neurosurgery fellowship at the University of Florida. At Vanderbilt University Medical Center, he completed his neurosurgical residency training. Dr. Eskioglu earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical and aerospace engineering from the University of Arizona. He is married and has three children.