Johns Hopkins Gazette | April 13, 2009
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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University April 13, 2009 | Vol. 38 No. 30
Richard Bennett to Take Helm of Johns Hopkins Bayview

By Karen Tong
Johns Hopkins Medicine

Richard Bennett has been named the next president of Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, effective July 1. He will succeed Gregory Schaffer, who retires June 30 after 10 years as president. Schaffer and Bennett will work together through June to orchestrate a smooth transition.

Bennett, the Raymond and Anna Lublin Professor in Geriatric Medicine, currently is the executive vice president and chief operating officer for Bayview, a position he has held since 2006.

Bennett's career at Johns Hopkins has included work as a clinician, researcher and educator. Prior to his current role, Bennett was vice president of medical affairs at Bayview and, from 1997 to 2003, executive medical director of the Johns Hopkins Geriatrics Center (now Johns Hopkins Bayview Care Center). At the Geriatrics Center, Bennett led a variety of clinical programs, many of which became national models of care, and directed the fellowship training program in geriatric medicine, one of the largest in the country.

A graduate of Dartmouth College, Bennett earned his medical degree in 1982 from Johns Hopkins. He then completed his internship and residency at Baltimore City Hospitals (now Johns Hopkins Bayview) and his fellowship in geriatric medicine and gerontology at the JHU School of Medicine. He is an active member of professional associations and serves on several boards.

Most recently, he championed Bayview's initiatives on diversity and inclusion, and he is currently working to establish a model program to improve the health of the communities surrounding the center through the development and enhancement of medical-religious partnerships. His work and research has been published in dozens of journals, abstracts and books, and the second edition of the book he co-authored, Building Healthy Communities Through Medical-Religious Partnerships, will be published later this year.

"Dr. Bennett understands the challenges of leadership and has grown in his expertise and reputation as a fair-minded leader and consensus builder as he has moved for the past 15 years through a series of leadership positions at Johns Hopkins," said Ronald R. Peterson, president of the Johns Hopkins Health System and The Johns Hopkins Hospital and executive vice president of Johns Hopkins Medicine. "He is passionate about Johns Hopkins Bayview and, as president, plans to advance clinical integration opportunities with the East Baltimore campus while pursuing the execution of the facilities master plan for the medical center."


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