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Resident research

The Royer Research Program is hosted annually on the Geisinger Medical Center campus. A highlight to this event is a visit from Thomas Royer, MD.

Dr. Royer was the first director of the Geisinger Emergency Department and founder of its Emergency Medicine Residency.

Geisinger's residency program was founded in 1976, making ours the 12th most established program in the country.


More about Dr. Royer

Thomas C. Royer, M.D.
After 12 years of service as the founding CEO and President of CHRISTUS Health, Thomas C. Royer, MD, transitioned to the CEO-Emeritus role on March 1, 2011. In his twelve years with the organization, Dr. Royer led CHRISTUS Health through a remarkable period of growth, making it one of the ten largest Catholic health care systems in the country today. The international health system consisted of 40 hospitals and long-term care facilities and multiple clinics, as well as a myriad of other health programs in more than 60 communities in Texas, New Mexico, Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Georgia, Missouri and Mexico. The system employs approximately 30,000 full and part-time associates and engages with 9,000 employed, contracted, and independent practitioners.

In 2006, 2007, and 2008, Dr. Royer was named as one of the Most Powerful Physician Executives in Healthcare by Modern Physician Magazine. He was also named in 2010 to the Becker's Hospital Review's annual list of the 60 best leaders in hospitals and health systems. Additionally, in recognition of his outstanding work as a clinician, leader, and executive, Dr. Royer was awarded the American Hospital Association Lifetime Achievement Award and was made an Honorary Fellow in the American College of Physician Executives.

Before joining CHRISTUS Health, Dr. Royer served as an integral part of the Henry Ford Health System in Detroit, the Johns Hopkins Medical Services Corporation/ Wyman Park Medical Associates in Baltimore, MD, and Geisinger, Danville, PA. In addition, Dr. Royer assisted in a challenging transition period for nine months in 2011-2012, as the interim CEO of the Parkland Health System, Dallas, TX. Dr. Royer is currently a Partner with Royer-Maddox-Herron Advisors.

Besides leading and operating major health systems, Dr. Royer has extensive experience in developing physician partnerships, focusing on providing measurable, high quality patient care, which is provided at affordable, lower costs. He also is a writer and author having written numerous articles and his recent book is: "The Learnings of Dr. Tom."