Johns Hopkins appoints 1st female president

Posted at 2:45 PM, May 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-13 07:45:59-04

Johns Hopkins Hospital is making history with the announcement of its new president, Redonda Miller, M.D., M.B.A, the first female in this role since the hospital was founded in 1889.

Current Hopkins president, Ronald R. Peterson, announced in January he would be stepping down from the role as president and maintain his titles as president of the health system and executive vice president of Johns Hopkins Medicine.

extraordinary combination of exceptional medical prowess, years of progressive administrative experience, and the well-earned respect of senior clinical and administrative leadership will serve us all well,” Peterson wrote in a statement on the Hospital's website.

“Her deep understanding and appreciation of The Johns Hopkins Hospital’s culture and her working knowledge of the Maryland financial rate-setting system make her extremely well suited to lead at this time in our history.”

Miller will take over the job on July 1.

Miller most recently served as the senior vice president of medical affairs for the Johns Hopkins Health System and vice president of medical affairs for The Johns Hopkins Hospital.

She first came to Johns Hopkins as a medical student. She served as an assistant chief of service in 1996 and the following year joined the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine faculty as an assistant professor of medicine.

Miller, 49, is married to physician Albert Polito, a pulmonologist who directs the Lung Center at Mercy Medical Center. They have two daughters: Francesca, 11, a fifth grade student; and Bianca, 7, a first grade student.

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