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Lisa Ishii, M.D., M.H.S.

 Lisa Ishii

Lisa Ishii - At Johns Hopkins since 2000

Senior Vice President for Operations, Johns Hopkins Health System

Why did you decide to join Johns Hopkins Medicine?

I decided to join Johns Hopkins Medicine as a faculty member after completing my residency and fellowship training because the culture and commitment to mission resonated with me.

Why have you decided to stay at Johns Hopkins Medicine?

The people and the culture. Every single day I have the opportunity to work with exceptionally talented individuals who share a passion for excellence in patient care, research and education. There is tremendous diversity in thought and approach across the health system and across the school of medicine. That diversity, coupled with collegiality, drives innovation.

To discover new oceans, you have to have the courage to lose sight of the shore.

Please tell us about how you reached your leadership position?

I became interested in health system leadership early on in my faculty career. I was elected by my department to serve on the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine faculty senate. Soon thereafter I was elected to chair the faculty senate, and that gave me a wonderful platform to work with colleagues across the school of medicine and beyond. When I completed my terms in the faculty senate, I was invited to serve in the Office of Johns Hopkins Physicians as a medical director for clinical integration, which further allowed me to work on projects to support integration across the health system. That role led me to my current position of senior vice president for operations for the Johns Hopkins Health System.

Which of your accomplishments are you most proud of at Johns Hopkins Medicine?

Establishing an infrastructure for clinical care pathway development to support clinical teams focused on driving value in health care.

What advice would you give a woman who is aspiring to grow in her leadership responsibilities?

To discover new oceans, you have to have the courage to lose sight of the shore.

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