LEADERSHIP ANNOUNCEMENT: New Chief Medical Officer at United Memorial Medical Center

In continuing with United Memorial Medical Center’s strong tradition of clinical leadership and patient care excellence, we are pleased to announce that Tara L. Gellasch, MD, has been named chief medical officer United Memorial Medical Center, effective October 1.


Dr. Gellasch will oversee the medical staff office, graduate medical education, and pastoral care at UMMC. She will focus on the continued support and growth of the medical team and the facilitation of expertise sharing across Rochester Regional Health. In addition to her role as CMO, she will serve as medical director of the Women’s Care Centers. Dr. Gellasch succeeds Michael Merrill, MD, who resigned earlier this year.


Previously, Dr. Gellasch served as associate chief of Obstetrics and Gynecology and lead physician for The Women’s Center at Newark-Wayne Community Hospital. Plans to cover Dr. Gellasch’s responsibilities at Newark-Wayne are underway and will be announced soon.


Prior to joining Newark-Wayne in 2014, she served as medical director for The Women’s Health Practice at the University of Rochester, where she managed clinical and administrative staff and coordinated continuity clinic for obstetrics and gynecology residents. From 2009 to 2012, Dr. Gellasch held faculty and committee positions for the Rochester General Medical Group (now known as the Rochester Regional Medical Group).


Dr. Gellasch earned her medical degree from McGill University in Quebec in 2001 and completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Emery University in Atlanta in 2005. She is a fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology.


We would like to extend our appreciation to the physicians and leaders who participated in the CMO selection process.


Please join us in congratulating Dr. Gellasch and wishing her the best of success in her new role.


Robert R. Mayo, MD

Chief Medical Officer

Rochester Regional Health


Daniel P. Ireland, BSN, MBA, FACHE
United Memorial Medical Center