Penn Highlands Healthcare Welcomes New Chief Medical Officer

Updated December 31, 2022

Trina L. Abla, DO, MBA, joined Penn Highlands Healthcare as the new Chief Medical Officer (CMO). She assumed this role as Dr. Russell E. Cameron, the former CMO, transitioned into semi-retirement.

As the CMO, Dr. Abla is responsible for managing all clinical operations, ensuring that patients receive the highest standard of medical care and acting as a liaison between the administration and medical staff. In her role, she will train new physicians on Penn Highlands Healthcare policies and inform the current medical staff on changing healthcare regulations.

Dr. Abla is board certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians. She joined Penn Highlands Healthcare with 14 years of progressive leadership experience. Dr. Abla held two Chief Medical Officer positions with Trinity Health Mid-Atlantic — at Mercy Catholic Medical Center, in Philadelphia and Darby, Pennsylvania and most recently at St. Mary Medical Center in Langhorne, Pennsylvania.

Prior to joining Trinity Health Mid-Atlantic, Dr. Abla was employed by Penn State Health Saint Joseph Medical Center, in Reading, Pennsylvania, where her career advanced from serving as a Hospitalist to Chief Quality Officer and Associate Chief Medical Officer. Dr. Abla began her medical career as a Family Physician for Genesis Primary Care in Sinking Spring, Pennsylvania.

Dr. Abla earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry from Juniata College in Huntingdon; a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Philadelphia; and a Master of Business Administration from St. Joseph's University, Haub School of Business in Philadelphia. She completed her internship and residency at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Reading.

Dr. Abla has conducted independent research, had works published in medical journals and served as a presenter at multiple conferences. She is a member of medical boards and advisory councils and participates in community and humanitarian initiatives.

Trina Abla, DO, is the new Chief Medical Officer for Penn Highlands Healthcare.