George Kovach, M.D.
Vice President, Medical Staff Affairs,
Genesis Medical Center, Davenport
Area of Responsibility: Liaison between Genesis Medical Center, Davenport medical staff, which includes more than 600 active, provisional and courtesy doctors and associate professionals, and the administrative team. Ensures that Genesis standards for medical practice are maintained through the ongoing development and implementation of policies and procedures that guide and support quality care, patient safety, clinical quality improvement, medical staff development and physician engagement.
Bio: Dr. Kovach, a hematologist-oncologist whose work with cancer patients at Genesis began at predecessor Mercy Hospital in 1986, was named to the position in June 2013. He serves part-time as the physician executive leader, allowing him to continue medical practice at Iowa Cancer Specialists, P.C., affiliated with the Genesis Cancer Care Institute. Dr. Kovach founded the physician group in 2002.
Dr. Kovach is a Past President of the Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC), where he also served as the organization's treasurer and as co-chair for its Subcommittee on Reimbursement. Dr. Kovach is a past president of the Iowa Oncology Society and one of its founding members. Dr. Kovach was one of the first principal investigators participating in clinical trials at Genesis. In his work with several cooperative groups, he has brought leading-edge treatments to cancer patients in the Quad Cities. In addition, he is a national speaker, through the ACCC, on topics such as electronic health record, health reform and physician-hospital relations.
Dr. Kovach graduated from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at State University of New York at Buffalo, and his Fellowship in Hematology at the University of Rochester, Rochester, N.Y. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and Hematology.
Dr. Kovach and his wife, Carol, reside in LeClaire, Iowa. They have three sons and three daughters. His interests outside of medicine include model railroading, Health IT program development, and as a director of flight operations for the Quad City Air Show.