The search for a new chief executive to lead Partners HealthCare into its next 25 years has ended where it began: Anne Klibanski, MD, has been appointed as Partners President and Chief Executive Officer. Dr. Klibanski, who has served as interim CEO since February, is a specialist in neuroendocrine disorders and pituitary tumors, and heads the Neuroendocrine Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital, where she spent over three decades of her career. She previously served as Chief Academic Officer for Partners, overseeing cross-network research initiatives since 2012. Dr. Klibanski becomes the first female chief executive of Partners HealthCare, the state’s largest private employer, with more than 75,000 employees.

Since assuming the interim President and CEO role earlier this year, Dr. Klibanski adeptly oversaw several major initiatives aimed at operational enhancements to help Partners meet its mission of delivering the highest-quality care in the most value-efficient ways.

“Over the past several months, it has become increasingly clear to each member of the board that Anne is the ideal leader for Partners as we move forward together as a truly integrated system,” said Scott Sperling, Chair of the Partners Board of Directors. “Anne’s long and extraordinary experience and leadership in research and teaching is so important to a system that is the global leader in life sciences research and the educator of the next generation of doctors and health system leaders. Her commitment to serving the unmet need of our local communities is crucial.”

As the system’s permanent chief executive, Dr. Klibanski says she will continue to foster collaboration across Partners for the benefit of patients, while promoting initiatives that have been central to her career as a physician and hospital administrator: critical leading-edge research projects and programs that help Partners employees, particularly women, meet their potential. At MGH, Dr. Klibanski previously helped launch programs that provided supportive resources to working parents.

“In recent months members from hospital boards across the system have started to work together in a way we have not seen before at Partners,” Dr. Klibanski said. “I am honored to have the opportunity to realize the full potential we have to transform health care and make it better for patients and families everywhere.”

Read more in The Boston Globe and in Partners’ statement.