Dr. Zia Agha

Dr. Zia Agha

Dr. Zia Agha has been promoted to become chief medical officer at West Health, a clinical research, advocacy and philanthropy organization based in San Diego.

As physician leader, Agha is expected to guide research projects toward clinical practice, policy reform and innovations allowing seniors to successfully age in place, West Health said in a Sept. 8 news release announcing the promotion.

Agha will continue to serve as the organization’s executive vice president of clinical research and informatics.

CEO Shelley Lyford called Agha a passionate researcher, physician and advocate who has been “instrumental in developing and executing West Health’s clinical strategy of applied medical research to advance new health-care models for seniors.”

Before joining West Health in 2014, he served as director of health services research and development at the VA San Diego Healthcare System, and was a professor of medicine at the University of California, San Diego.

He earned his medical degree at Aga Khan University in Karachi, Pakistan before completing a general internal medicine residency and fellowship in health services research at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

West Health focuses on health care for senior citizens and related issues. It includes the nonprofit Gary and Mary West Health Institute; the Gary and Mary West Health Policy Center in Washington, D.C.; and the philanthropic Gary and Mary West Foundation.