Bob Walker has been elected chairman and Dr. Samer Kasbari as vice chairman for the Wayne UNC Health Care board of directors effective Jan. 1.

Walker’s election follows Susan McCall’s completion of her term as interim chairman on Dec. 31.

Walker, a retired attorney, first joined the hospital board of directors in 2008, serving a three-year term.

In 2015, Walker once again joined the board and was reappointed to a three-year term in 2018. During this time, he has served on various committees including executive, finance, nominating, ethics and credentials as well as the Wayne Memorial Hospital Foundation Board.

Most recently, he served as interim vice chairman for the Wayne Health Corp. and Wayne Memorial Hospital boards.

During his service on the board, Walker has been integral in several key decisions, resulting in Wayne UNC’s affiliation with UNC, transition of physician practices to UNC Physician Network, and capital allocations to fund emergency room renovations, patient room improvements and expansion of the Surgery Center.

“Bob truly cares for this community, which is demonstrated by his ongoing commitment to serving on the board,” Wayne UNC Health Care President and CEO Janie Jaberg said. “He keeps our patients at the center of all decisions concerning the direction and focus of the organization. We are very grateful for his service to Wayne UNC and our community,”

Kasbari is board certified in internal medicine, oncology and hematology and is a well-respected oncologist at Southeastern Medical Oncology Center where he has served since July 2008.

In 2014, Kasbari served a year on the Wayne Memorial Hospital board as medical staff president and was nominated to the Wayne Health Corp. board in January 2017 for a three-year term. During his tenure on the board, Kasbari has served on the Finance Committee, CEO Joint Conference Committee, and Strategic Planning and Recruitment Committee.

Kasbari is one of four physicians who will hold seats on the Wayne UNC board of directors beginning in 2019. His role as vice chairman, along with the other physician members, will further ensure the medical staff is effectively represented and at the forefront of decision making for the organization’s future growth and advancement.

“Dr. Kasbari brings an innovative approach to health care and leadership,” Jaberg said. “He has a passion and vision for the future of Wayne UNC and Wayne County that will serve to further elevate the care and services going forward. We are excited about his position as vice chairman of the board and what that will mean for representation of our physicians at the highest level of governance for the hospital.”

“Since moving to Goldsboro, Dr. Kasbari has evolved the quality of health care in Wayne County,” Walker said. “He envisions Wayne County as the epicenter for cancer care in eastern North Carolina, and the work he does helps get us closer to that goal.

“We are very fortunate to have the caliber of health care professionals, like Dr. Kasbari, serving our community, and we are especially excited to have his knowledge and guidance on the board in his role as vice chairman.”