Keck Medicine of USC named Paul Craig, RN, JD, a seasoned medical and human resources professional, as the new chief administrative officer of USC Health, effective May 5, 2014.

Craig comes to Keck Medicine from Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, where he serves as vice president for human resources and as the hospital’s chief human resources officer.

His more than 30 years of experience includes practicing law and working as a registered nurse in intensive care units and emergency departments.

Reporting directly to Tom Jackiewicz, senior vice president and CEO for USC Health, Craig will be responsible for central coordination of health system activities operations and planning, and ensuring the timely flow of information to and from the executive office. He also will concentrate on streamlining operations and leading task forces and initiatives to facilitate organizational improvement.

Before his tenure at Children’s Hospital, Craig spent nine years at the University of California, San Diego where he served as associate vice chancellor, Human Resources and Risk Management for UCSD Health Sciences, which includes the medical school, two medical centers and the faculty medical group. He also served as chief human resources and risk officer at the UCSD Health System. Before UCSD, Craig was the chief operating officer at Saint Francis Memorial Hospital in San Francisco.

Craig will lead initiatives for organizational improvement and true system integration and work on implementing the select insurance network currently under development, as well as managing the Keck Medicine International Medicine Program and assisting in onboarding the practices of the Keck Medicine of USC Medical Foundation. He also will provide leadership to crucial service areas to help them manage their growth.

Craig earned his bachelor of arts degree in behavioral science from National University in Evanston, Ill. His license as a registered nurse was received from the Evanston Hospital School of Nursing. He earned his juris doctor cum laude from DePaul University College of Law.

—Leslie Ridgeway