Dr. Patricio “Patrick” A. Frias has been named as the new president and CEO of Rady Children’s Hospital and Health Center.

Frias is currently the COO at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, where he’s spent his entire career. A pediatric cardiologist/electrophysiologist, he moved from patient care into administrative leadership roles.

He’s replacing Dr. Donald B. Kearns, who is retiring as president and CEO and transitioning to an advisory role.

Frias earned his undergraduate and medical degrees at Creighton University and the University of Nebraska College of Medicine, respectively. He completed his residency and fellowship training at Duke and Vanderbilt University Medical Centers.