Indiana University Health hired Mary Beth Claus as its general counsel, replacing Norm Tabler, who retired from IU Health in December. However, Tabler has now agreed to return to the Indianapolis law firm Faegre Baker Daniels LLP, where he practiced before joining the hospital system in the 1990s. Claus, who is also a former partner at Faegre Baker Daniels, was most recently deputy chief legal officer and director of health care regulatory affairs for the Cleveland Clinic, where she oversaw all the medical center’s regulatory and legal compliance matters. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Cincinnati and a law degree from Indiana University. Tabler will rejoin Faegre Baker Daniels’ health care practice, which he once chaired. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University, a master’s degree from Yale University, and a law degree from Columbia University.

Dr. Troy Payner, president and managing partner at Goodman Campbell Brain and Spine, has been appointed clinical chief of neuroscience for St. Vincent Indianapolis Hospital. He will maintain his clinical practice. Payner also serves as vice chairman of neurological surgery at the Indiana University School of Medicine. He earned his medical degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.

Indianapolis-based Dow AgroSciences announced Monday that former Indiana Director of Agriculture Joseph Kelsay is joining the company’s global regulatory and government affairs teams as senior manager of biotechnology affairs. Kelsay had served under former Gov. Mitch Daniels as director of Indiana’s State Department of Agriculture since 2009 before leaving the post this month under the change in administrations. Gov. Mike Pence last week appointed Gina Sheets to replace Kelsay. He holds a degree in agricultural economics from Purdue University.

WellPoint Inc. named Patrick Blair its chief marketing officer. He most recently served as chief marketing and development officer for Amerigroup Corp., which WellPoint acquired in December for $4.9 billion. Blair received his bachelor’s degree in economics and master’s degree in health administration from Indiana University. He also holds an MBA from Henley Business School at the University of Reading in England.

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