President, The Johns Hopkins Hospital
Why did you decide to join Johns Hopkins Medicine?
I came to Johns Hopkins as a medical student in 1988 and have worked here since graduating in 1992. I grew up in a small, rural town in Ohio, and the opportunities afforded by a world-class institution such as Hopkins were exciting and unparalleled. More importantly, when I visited for an interview, I could feel a true sense of camaraderie and collegiality among classmates. I knew instantly that I wanted to be part of Hopkins’ culture of collaboration and excellence.
Why have you decided to stay at Johns Hopkins Medicine?
Nearly three decades after I first set foot on the Hopkins campus, it remains the perfect fit for me. I am continually inspired by the people here – of Johns Hopkins Medicine – as they are what make this place so special. Everyone is committed to working with and learning from each other and dedicated to excellence in everything we do, whether patient care, research or education.
When opportunities arise, be sure to say yes to new projects and to apply for new positions, even if you are anxious about your abilities or lack confidence.
Please tell us about how you reached your leadership position.
After a decade as a clinician-educator, I became interested in improving our clinical operations and health care delivery, which led to the pursuit of an M.B.A. After receiving my degree, I met with the chair of medicine and asked for a project where I could use my new skills. My successful completion of that assignment led to my first administrative role. Hard work on various projects led to positions of increasing responsibility over time. In addition to sweat equity, I have found that bringing colleagues together and ensuring that their ideas and opinions are valued is key to advancement.
Which of your accomplishments are you most proud of at Johns Hopkins Medicine?
As senior vice president of medical affairs, I helped bring medical staff leadership together to integrate our work across the system. We were able to advance strategic efforts, such as the centralization of credentialing and coding and the development of a coordinated pharmacy formulary management process. This integration of our work helped to improve and ensure consistency of care for our patients across the health system.
What advice would you give a woman who is aspiring to grow in her leadership responsibilities?
First, let others know about your career aspirations. People in positions of leadership can help provide opportunities for you, but only if they know what your career interests and goals are. Second, when opportunities arise, be sure to say yes to new projects and to apply for new positions, even if you are anxious about your abilities or lack confidence. Push yourself past your comfort zone and toward your goals.