Hopkins president's assignment is widened For now, he also will head medical school, hospital

August 30, 1996|By David Folkenflik | David Folkenflik,SUN STAFF

The president of the Johns Hopkins University will also serve in the role of medical czar, overseeing the medical school and the Johns Hopkins Hospital, until a permanent medical chancellor can be named, trustees announced yesterday.

Dr. William R. Brody, who became university president Monday, will become the interim chief executive officer of Johns Hopkins Medicine, the name for the medical institutions under the Hopkins banner.

And Ronald R. Peterson, executive vice president of the Hopkins Hospital and Health System, will become acting president of the hospital and health system, hospital trustee Chairman George L. Bunting Jr. said in a letter to hospital officials yesterday.

Dr. John D. Stobo, a vice dean at the medical school who heads Hopkins' managed care division, and Dr. Edward D. Miller, interim dean of the Hopkins School of Medicine, round out the interim management team at the East Baltimore medical complex.

Yesterday's announcement formalizes the status of members of the brain trust guiding Hopkins Medicine in a time of transition. Hopkins Hospital President Dr. James A. Block's recent resignation will take effect in mid-September. Dr. Michael E. Johns, former dean of the Hopkins School of Medicine, left for Emory University in June.

Block will continue as a consultant to trustees as the search for a medical chancellor continues, a process that may take months.

Several trustees have suggested that Peterson is a strong candidate to replace Block, although the title of the job may change. The medical chancellor may be given the dual title of medical school dean and chief executive officer of the hospital. At minimum, the person filling the top medical post is expected to be a physician with extensive academic credentials.

The medical CEO position was created in January as trustees sought to reconcile the research and instructional missions of the medical school with the patient care and financial aims of the hospital.

The university and the hospital were founded a century ago as separate corporations, but both will answer to Brody under the ++ new structure.

Brody, a radiologist and entrepreneur, was provost for health sciences at the University of Minnesota before he came to Baltimore this summer.

Pub Date: 8/30/96

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