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Roberto Cardarelli, DO, MHA, MPH, FAAFP, Named Chief Medical Officer for Saint Joseph Hospital and Saint Joseph East

LEXINGTON, Ky. (August 1, 2022) – Roberto Cardarelli, DO, MHA, MPH, FAAFP, has been named chief medical officer (CMO) for Saint Joseph Hospital and Saint Joseph East. He joined the hospitals in that role today. Dr. Cardarelli comes to CHI Saint Joseph Health from UK HealthCare, where he served as chief medical officer for Ambulatory Services, and as professor and chair for the Department of Family & Community Medicine for the University of Kentucky College of Medicine.

“We are pleased to welcome Dr. Cardarelli to CHI Saint Joseph Health,” said Dan Goulson, MD, Senior Vice President/CMO for CHI Saint Joseph Health. “Dr. Cardarelli has held a range of leadership positions throughout his career and brings a wide breadth of experience in clinical care and health administration to this role. We are excited about what he has to offer Saint Joseph Hospital and Saint Joseph East.”

Dr. Cardarelli served as UK’s first associate ambulatory CMO for Population Health and was chair of the UK Family & Community Medicine, which rose to Top 20 status in research rankings and increased patient access during his leadership. Prior to coming to Kentucky, Dr. Cardarelli held numerous past leadership positions in clinical care, research, health administration, and academics in Texas.

“Most of my career has been splitting my time among research, education and patient care,” Dr. Cardarelli said. “I am excited to give 100 percent of my focus on high quality patient care and joining the great teams at Saint Joseph Hospital and Saint Joseph East, working with everyone toward the common mission of being the provider of choice in the region.”

Dr. Cardarelli received his doctor of osteopathy and master of public health degrees from University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth and his master in health administration from the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Cardarelli completed a residency in Family Medicine and a fellowship in Faculty Development at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston. Dr. Cardarelli has been funded by the NIH and numerous federal and nonfederal organizations. He was the founder of the North Texas Primary Care Practice-based research Network (NorTex) and immediate past director of the Kentucky Ambulatory Practice-based Research Network (KAN) that focused on helping primary care clinics in implementing QI models to improve care delivery.

Originally from San Francisco, Dr. Cardarelli has been in Lexington since 2013. His wife, Kathryn Cardarelli, Ph.D., is Senior Associate Provost for Administration and Academic Affairs at the University of Kentucky. Dr. Cardarelli enjoys restoring classic cars with his sons, Cristiano and Luciano, and displaying their work at local car shows.


About CHI Saint Joseph Health

CHI Saint Joseph Health, part of CommonSpirit Health, is one of the largest and most comprehensive health systems in the Commonwealth of Kentucky with 100 locations in 20 counties, including hospitals, physician groups, clinics, primary care centers, specialty institutes, home health agencies and an ambulatory Care Center. The hospitals in CHI Saint Joseph Health are Flaget Memorial Hospital, Saint Joseph Berea, Saint Joseph East, Saint Joseph Hospital, Saint Joseph Jessamine, Saint Joseph London, Saint Joseph Mount Sterling, and Women’s Hospital at Saint Joseph East. In total, the health system serves patients in 35 counties statewide. CHI Saint Joseph Health is dedicated to providing a wide array of services toward a goal of building a healthier future for all. CHI Saint Joseph Health embodies a strong mission and faith-based heritage and works through local partnerships to expand access to care in the communities it serves.

About Saint Joseph Hospital 

Saint Joseph Hospital is a 433-bed hospital located in Lexington, Kentucky. Established in 1877 by the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth in Kentucky, the facility serves residents of central and eastern Kentucky and is a nationally recognized tertiary medical center. Saint Joseph Hospital is Lexington’s first hospital. The hospital’s original mission was to provide compassionate care to the poor and underserved – a tradition still carried out today.

About Saint Joseph East

Saint Joseph East is a 217-bed full-service community hospital located in the southeastern section of Lexington, Kentucky. Established in 1983, the facility serves residents of central and eastern Kentucky. At Saint Joseph East, ambulatory surgery, 24-hour emergency care and women’s health services are supported through a vast array of inpatient and outpatient programs. 



Roberto Cardarelli, DO, MHA, MPH, FAAFP, has been named chief medical officer (CMO) for Saint Joseph Hospital and Saint Joseph East.

Publish date: 

Monday, August 01, 2022

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