MCW names new vice president and general counsel

John T. (Jack) Newsome, MBA, JD, has been named vice president and general counsel for the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW). Newsome currently serves as senior vice president and corporate counsel for Continuum Health Alliance in Marlton, NJ.

In his role at MCW, Newsome will serve as chief legal officer and a member of the institution’s senior leadership team. He will oversee all aspects of legal counsel to MCW including trustee, faculty, student and staff affairs; regulatory matters; labor and employment litigation; and financial and research concerns; and will work collaboratively with risk assessment and compliance. In addition, Newsome will advise on sponsored programs and contract matters including intellectual property, copyright, patent law and research compliance.

Newsome has more than 17 years of experience as a practicing attorney representing healthcare entities, as well as 25 years of healthcare leadership experience in private, public, not-for-profit and governmental entities. He has held leadership positions for institutions including Continuum Health Alliance, The University of Mississippi Medical Center and Cooper Health System in Camden, NJ. In these roles, Newsome contributed to institutional planning, development, academic, building and technology initiatives to address strategic goals in addition to leading their legal efforts.

In addition to his legal career, Newsome has held numerous academic appointments including associate professor ofmedicine at the University of Mississippi School of Medicine,associate professor of physical therapy at the University of Mississippi School of Health Related Professions and adjunctprofessor of law at the Widener University School of Law. He also was a member of Board of Advisors at the Health Law Institute at Widener School of Law and Co-Chair of the Health Law Committee of the Camden County (NJ) Bar Association.

Newsome holds an undergraduate degree in physical therapy from Thomas Jefferson University, and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the Widener University School of Management and a Doctorate of Jurisprudence from Widener University School of Law.

His new position is effective June 1, 2015.