GBC Newsmaker Speaker Series — COVID-19: Health Care Challenge. Catalyst. Disruptor.

  • December 8, 2020
    8:30 am - 9:30 am

Health Care panelists

The Changing Face of Health Care

Join CEOs of the region’s major health care systems for a discussion on:

  • How COVID-19 has impacted delivery of health care
  • What are the short and long term economic, social and technology implications
  • The acceleration of telemedicine
  • Adapting to changes in patient behavior
  • Addressing issues regarding Health Equity


  • Renee de Silva, CEO, The Health Management Academy


  • Kenneth A. Samet, President and Chief Executive Officer, MedStar Health
  • Kevin W. Sowers, President, Johns Hopkins Health
  • Dr. Mohan Suntha, President and CEO, University of Maryland Medical System

(Moderator and panelists pictured above, left to right)

Kenneth A. Samet, President and Chief Executive Officer, MedStar Health

Samet is responsible for a $5.8 billion not-for-profit, healthcare delivery system. With more than 35 years of experience in healthcare administration, Samet provides strategic oversight and management for MedStar Health—the largest healthcare provider in Maryland and the Washington, D.C., region.

Prior to becoming MedStar Health’s President and Chief Executive Officer, Samet served as President and Chief Operating Officer of MedStar Health from 2003-2008. He also served as the system’s first chief operating officer since MedStar Health’s inception in 1998.

From 1990 to 2000, Samet served as President of MedStar Washington Hospital Center.

In 2015, Samet was honored with the Anti-Defamation League Achievement Award, which recognizes leaders who have demonstrated a lifelong commitment to justice, pluralism and understanding.

He received his Master’s degree in health services administration from the University of Michigan in 1982.

Kevin W. Sowers, President of Johns Hopkins Health System and Vice President of Johns Hopkins Medicine

Sowers oversees the health system’s six hospitals – The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, Howard County General Hospital, Suburban Hospital, Sibley Memorial Hospital and Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital. He also serves as chair of Johns Hopkins Community Physicians, which has more than 40 primary and specialty care outpatient sites throughout Maryland and the Washington, D.C., area.

Sowers previously spent 32 years with the Duke University Health System, the last eight as president and CEO of Duke University Hospital.

He is an American Academy of Nursing Fellow and has collaborated on numerous research efforts as well as consulted internationally. He has published extensively and speaks nationally and abroad on issues such as leadership, organizational change, mentorship and cancer care.

Sowers earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Capital University School of Nursing and a Master of Science from Duke University School of Nursing.

Dr. Mohan Suntha, President and Chief Executive Officer, University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS)

Prior to his role as President and CEO of UMMS, Dr. Suntha served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC).

Dr. Suntha also served as President and CEO of the University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center from 2012 to 2016, where he worked to build trust and alignment between the medical staff, employees and administration and led the organization from a loss of $72 million to a position of profitability.

Dr. Suntha has spent his entire career with UMMS and the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He trained as a resident in the Department of Radiation Oncology in 1991 and joined the faculty in 1995 where he developed a national reputation for the management of head and neck and thoracic malignancies. From 2009 to 2012, Dr. Suntha served as Vice President for System Program Development at UMMS.

Dr. Suntha is a member of the American College of Radiation Oncology and the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Brown University, his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College, and his MBA from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

Event details:

When: Tuesday, December 8, 2020; 8:30-9:30 a.m. (Registration closes at noon, December 7.)

Where: Webinar via Zoom

*A personal, one-time link to join the webinar will be sent out via email to all registrants the evening prior to the event.

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Cost: GBC members: $25, Non-members: $40

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