Ricardo Azziz

Chief Executive Officer
American Society of Reproductive Medicine

An educator-scientist-physician-executive with over 25 years of leadership experience in higher education, research, and academic healthcare, always focused on ensuring that institutions and individuals reach their highest potential. Dr. Azziz previously served as president of the Georgia Health Sciences University (GHSU) and was then tasked by Gov. Sonny Perdue with creating the state’s only public academic health center, serving as founding CEO of the Georgia Regents Health System (GRHS, now Augusta University Health System). He was then tapped by Gov. Nathan Deal to lead the successful consolidation of GHSU and Augusta State University to create Georgia Regents University (GRU, now Augusta University), where he went on to serve as its founding president, managing a greater than $1.2 billion integrated and aligned enterprise with over 1,000 full-time faculty, 8500 students, and 10,000 employees.
Dr. Azziz also served as Chief Officer of Academic Health and Hospital Affairs for the State University of New York (SUNY) System Administration, the largest comprehensive university system in the nation. In this role he provided support, strategic guidance, and advocacy for the educational, research and clinical programs within the SUNY academic health and health professions portfolio, representing a nearly $4 billion budget. Previously he served as Assistant Dean for Clinical & Translation Sciences at UCLA, among other academic administrative positions. He has also served as CEO of the largest international non-profit dedicated to advancing the care and science of reproductive medicine, with over 8000 members in 100 countries, and currently serves as Chief Science & Strategy Officer and EVP, Operations, Strategy, and Scientific Affairs for The Lundquist Institute for Biomedical Innovation at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center.
Dr. Azziz is a long-term champion of faculty and leadership development and enhanced diversity and inclusion in academics, higher education, and academic administration. While at SUNY he founded and was appointed the director of the SUNY Hispanic Leadership Institute by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. He is also a sought out thought leader in change management, including mergers and consolidations, in higher education, and is co-author of ‘Strategic Mergers in Higher Education’ (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2019). He serves on the faculties of the University at Albany at SUNY and the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and is a Fellow of the Rockefeller Institute for Government.