Kevin W. Sowers, a distinguished clinician, educator, and academic health care leader, has been appointed president of the Johns Hopkins Health System and executive vice president of Johns Hopkins Medicine, an $8 billion academic medical center and health system. He is the second person to hold this role.
Sowers joins Johns Hopkins Medicine after 32 years with the Duke University Health System, where for the last eight years he has served as president and CEO of Duke University Hospital.
The boards of trustees for Johns Hopkins Health System, Johns Hopkins University, and Johns Hopkins Medicine approved his appointment on Friday. Sowers will assume his new role on February 1, 2018.
Paul B. Rothman, dean of the medical faculty and CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine, announced the appointment to faculty and staff today through an email and via a live-streamed news conference.
Sowers’ predecessor, Ronald R. Peterson, announced in June of 2017 his plans to retire as president of Johns Hopkins Health System and executive vice president of Johns Hopkins Medicine by the end of 2017.
As president of Johns Hopkins Health System and executive vice president of Johns Hopkins Medicine, Sowers will help Rothman oversee a system of six hospitals in Maryland, Washington D.C., and Florida. Johns Hopkins Medicine also comprises several suburban health care and surgery centers; more than 40 outpatient primary health care sites; a full-service home care provider; managed care plans; and hospital management, consulting, and clinical education services around the world.
Together, the components of Johns Hopkins Medicine—the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the Johns Hopkins Health System—employ more than 40,000 full-time faculty and staff.