The roots of HealthSearch Partners extend all the way back to the formative years of our founders. Keith Southerland,
Barry Cesafsky and Ed Fry all started their careers at the former Witt Associates. It was here that they discovered how
engaged collaboration and a consultative approach to executive search could deliver exceptional results for clients.
From there, all three men went on to form their own successful recruitment firms. But they continued to embrace the
core values and culture they had adopted early on.
Fast-forward to today. HealthSearch Partners reunites Keith, Barry and Ed while allowing each to retain their individual
personalities and styles. Joined by the most talented team of executive search partners in the industry, the new
alliance creates a more powerful network with greater critical mass to serve you better.
BARRY R. CESAFSKY, BOARD VICE CHAIR
Barry Cesafsky co-founded HealthSearch Partners and serves as the Vice-Chair of the firm’s Board of
Directors. He has been privileged to be a partner in two major executive search firms. Now engaged in
over 30 years of executive search, Barry has developed and maintained a reputation for getting the job
done for an increasingly sophisticated healthcare client. His hands-on approach delivers professional
search with a personal touch. Barry’s philosophy has resulted in positive searches with very satisfied
Barry’s executive search assignments have included CEOs, CMOs, CFOs, CNOs, CIOs, human resource
executives, and senior-level positions for hospitals, healthcare systems, senior services organizations &
retirement communities, medical group practices, professional service firms, foundations and other large
vertically-integrated healthcare organizations.
He is a Fellow in the American College of Health Care Executives.
In 1996, he was appointed to the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award Board of Examiners, as the
Baldrige Program began considering healthcare organizations for performance excellence. Barry
belongs to several other professional organizations including: Healthcare Financial Management Association,
Healthcare Information Management Systems Society, American Society for Healthcare Human
Resources Administration, American Health Information Management Association, and the Society for
Human Resource Management. He is a former Partner with Witt-Kieffer and with TMP Worldwide (formerly
LAI Ward Howell).
Barry attended DePauw University and graduated from Loyola University of Chicago with a bachelor’s
degree. He obtained his master’s degree in Hospital and Health Administration from Xavier University,
where he was honored with their Distinguished Alumni Service Award. He also actively serves on the
Advisory Board for Xavier’s Program in Health Services Administration. In 2019, he was named a Significant
Sig by Sigma Chi Fraternity.
In recent years, Barry has been involved in leadership at the Union League Club of Chicago, where he
has served as Board Secretary. He is currently a member of the ULCC Diversity and Inclusion Task Force.
He resides in Oak Brook with his wife, Marcia, who is a Senior Broker in the Construction Services Group
of Aon Risk Services, Inc.