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Frank Byrne, MD
Frank Byrne
President Emeritus
St. Mary's Hospital

Dr. Frank Byrne retired from St. Mary's Hospital in 2015 where he served as President since 2004. During his tenure, he oversaw the completion of a $182-million expansion, the transition to an electronic health record system and the opening of the state’s only free-standing satellite emergency center. .In 2011, he was named one of Modern Healthcare's 50 Most Influential Physician Executives.

Prior to St. Mary’s, Dr. Byrne served as president of Parkview Hospital as well as its foundation in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He has held a variety of other clinical, administrative and governance leadership roles at Parkview Health. Early in his career, he practiced pulmonary and critical care medicine in Fort Wayne for 12 years. 

Dr. Byrne has been active in a number of professional organizations, including having served on the board of the American College of Physician Executives, which inducted him as a Distinguished Fellow. He currently serves on the Board of Governors for the American College of Healthcare Executives and the Board of Directors for the Wisconsin Medical Society.  He is chair of Greater Madison’s Biomedical Collaborative (a partnership between the health care and biomedical communities to promote economic development) and served on the Governor’s strategic leadership team for Healthiest Wisconsin 2020. He is on the board of the Madison Community Foundation and participated on the Mayor’s committee to raise funds for Madison’s first swimming pool.  Dr. Byrne remains active in Downtown Rotary and the Notre Dame Club. 

Corporate governance is also part of Dr. Byrne’s experience. He has served on the boards of Lincare Holdings, a publicly traded (NASDAQ) oxygen and medical equipment company, Amerinet Central, a regional healthcare group purchasing cooperative headquartered in Pennsylvania, and Steel Dynamics Inc., one of the nation’s largest producers of carbon steel products. 

Dr. Byrne holds a BS degree from the University of Notre Dame, an MD from the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center, and a master’s in medical management from Carnegie Mellon University. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physician Executives, for which he is a past board member as well, and currently holds an appointment as clinical professor of medicine at the University of Wisconsin Medical School. 

Dr. Byrne lives in Madison with his wife, Cindy, and their son Michael. The couple also has two grown daughters, Lindsay and Shannon.