University of Rochester Medical Center recently appointed Aileen Shinaman as associate vice president and to general counsel.
Shinaman succeeds Christine Burke, who retired from the university.
“I am extremely pleased Aileen has agreed to serve as general counsel to the medical center,” said Mark Taubman, CEO of URMC and dean of the School of Medicine and Dentistry. “Her decades of service and breadth of experience and understanding of the unique clinical, scientific and educational role of this institution will enable us to navigate the complex issues that we will face in health care in the coming years.”
The URMC general counsel oversees an office of 13 attorneys and professional staff who provide inhouse legal services to medical center faculty, staff and leadership on a wide range of corporate, health care, employment, risk management, real estate, contract and intellectual property legal and regulatory issues.
Shinaman joined URMC in 1992 and served as senior counsel after a national search. She played a key legal role in URMC’s acquisition of Lakeside Hospital’s assets and its conversion into the region’s first freestanding emergency department, provided legal advice and oversight for more than 2,000 active research projects and assisted in the expansion of UR Medicine clinical services across the region during her tenure.
Shinaman received her Juris Doctor from Albany Law School of Union University in 1988. She previously served as an associate in the health services and litigation practice groups at Nixon Peabody and as a law clerk in the New York State Supreme Court Appellate Division in Albany.
She will focus on closely integrating and coordinating the legal work of UR Medicine in her new role, which has grown significantly in recent years with URMC’s affiliation with Thompson Health, Noyes Health and Jones Memorial Hospital.
“Aileen was chosen from an outstanding group of candidates and possess the right legal knowledge to help guide the medical center through the complex and dynamic health care landscape and expand the capacity of the office to meet the needs of our growing network of hospitals and providers,” said Gail Norris, vice president and general counsel for UR.
Burke stepped down after 26 years of service at URMC. When she started in 1991, the legal team consisted of three people who focused on clinical and regulatory matters. Burke played a key role in expanding the office’s legal team and depth of expertise over the years.
“I am extremely grateful for the guidance and insight that Christine has provided the medical center,” Taubman said. “The last several years have witnessed a fundamental transformation in the health care landscape, and Christine’s wise counsel and strong leadership of her team have enabled us to meet these challenges.”