PeaceHealth names Doug Koekkoek as chief physician executive

Koekkoek will lead clinical care integration and grow existing and new partnerships to improve quality of care and outcomes

VANCOUVER – PeaceHealth recently announced that Doug Koekkoek, MD, will join PeaceHealth as chief physician executive.

Doug Koekkoek, MD
Doug Koekkoek, MD

In this role, Koekkoek will lead clinical care integration and grow existing and new partnerships to improve quality of care and outcomes. Under Koekkoek’s leadership the structure and standards to engage physicians across the health system will be developed and implemented in order to unify our clinical care practices.

This will also provide the standard to which community providers are held. The chief physician executive will serve as the primary physician expert for the health system internally and externally, providing medical oversight for PeaceHealth’s growing range of physician relationships.

“Grounded in an immensely rich history and Mission, while also evolving to meet the needs of the communities – this is an exciting time at PeaceHealth,” said Koekkoek. “I’m thrilled to serve and engage with providers, focusing on excellence in clinical practices.”

An accomplished clinical executive, Koekkoek has spent his career serving Providence Health and Services, most recently as the system chief medical officer for the Physician Enterprise. The Physician Enterprise encompasses more than 900 clinics and more than 9,000 physicians and advanced practice clinicians across the seven states where Providence operates.

Koekkoek earned his MD from Oregon Health & Science University. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Oregon. Before transitioning to leadership roles, Koekkoek spent more than 20 years serving the Portland-metro area as a physician. A father of three grown boys and husband to wife, Lisa, Doug loves to cycle, run, ski (both snow and water) and hike.

Koekkoek will be based at PeaceHealth’s system office in Vancouver, Washington. He will officially join the organization on April 19, 2021.

About PeaceHealth

PeaceHealth, based in Vancouver, is a not-for-profit Catholic health system offering care to communities in Washington, Oregon and Alaska. PeaceHealth has approximately 16,000 caregivers, a medical group practice with more than 900 providers and 10 medical centers serving both urban and rural communities throughout the Northwest. In 1890, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace founded what has become PeaceHealth. The Sisters shared expertise and transferred wisdom from one medical center to another, always finding the best way to serve the unmet need for healthcare in their communities. Today, PeaceHealth is the legacy of the founding Sisters and continues with a spirit of respect, stewardship, collaboration and social justice in fulfilling its Mission. Visit online at

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