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A New Era for Johns Hopkins Community Physicians


Given his credentials, Steve Kravet was bound to impress a search committee bent on finding a worthy successor to Barbara Cook, president of Johns Hopkins Community Physicians. Not that it would be easy. Cook, a charismatic physician and natural leader, helped develop the organization into a system serving more than 100,000 patients in 18 locations throughout the state.

And yet Kravet won the committee over. During his 17 years at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, he’s demonstrated strong leadership skills in every position he holds—medical director for ambulatory services, chief medical officer for quality and patient safety, and deputy director for clinical activity in the Department of Medicine. (He also earned an M.B.A. in the business of medicine from Johns Hopkins.) And, as a faculty member in the Division of General Internal Medicine, Kravet has gained insight into the practical realities of primary care.

But what may have clinched the search committee’s choice is Kravet’s seemingly intuitive appreciation for community health. Before embarking on a medical career, Kravet was a third-generation pharmacist in his family’s retail drug store in Spotswood, N.J. “We had a broad community of customers,” he says. “They’d come to the back counter not only for advice about drugs and their families’ health but to share family milestones.” 

Forging those relationships, says Kravet, gave him a deeper understanding of patient-centered care, which he says remains the gold standard at Hopkins. At a time when boutique primary care practices are proliferating, Kravet says he’s honored to be affiliated with an organization like Community Physicians, with its commitment to caring for all patients. “I’m struck by the dedication and quality of the people who work for the organization,” he adds.

As he prepares to direct the largest primary care group in Maryland, Kravet, 43, has several goals. Chief among them are to further enhance the organization’s reputation, familiarize providers in the community and faculty about their interests, improve access to specialty care, and promote Hopkins’ educational mission.

His biggest challenge? “Designing the right financial model during tough economic times.” At the same time, he says, “we need to find ways to shore up the pipeline of primary care doctors.” But Kravet remains hopeful: “Johns Hopkins Community Physicians is a driving force in primary care redesign.” Kravet’s research in primary care has been incorporated into national platforms for revamping the health care workforce by the American College of Physicians.

Kravet assumes his new role on Feb. 23. 

–Judy F. Minkove



Johns Hopkins Medicine

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