BALITMORE — Dr. Mohan Suntha, a physician leader with deep roots across the University of Maryland Medical System including providing exceptional care for cancer patients and leading two of the system’s hospitals, has been named president and CEO of UMMS, effective Dec. 1, according to a news release.

Suntha has served as president and CEO of the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore since May 2016. He previously was president and CEO for UM St. Joseph Medical Center.

“I am humbled and honored by the opportunity to now lead the 28,000 women and men of the University of Maryland Medical System who come to work each day to provide Marylanders with exceptional, high quality care. Together, we have a unique opportunity to drive the national health care conversation in defining value-based care while serving our tripartite mission,” Suntha said in a statement.

Suntha takes the reins of UMMS, the parent of UM Shore Regional Health and UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown, as the permanent replacement of Robert Chrenchik. Chrenchik resigned as president and CEO last spring as UMMS became embroiled in allegations of self-dealing among board members.

“The Board of Directors was focused on finding an exceptional leader to deliver expert medical care across the state, and it became a clear choice in Dr. Suntha,” said James “Chip” DiPaula Jr., chairman of the UMMS board. “Dr. Suntha is an accomplished physician, a skilled hospital executive and a proven leader, with experience managing in a complex, multi-site integrated health care system anchored by a flagship academic medical center. He is the right leader for UMMS and the people of Maryland.”

Suntha earned his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College, a master’s in business administration from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and his undergraduate degree from Brown University.

Suntha began his medical career with the University of Maryland School of Medicine’s Department of Radiation Oncology in 1991 as a resident; he became a member of the SOM Radiation Oncology faculty in 1995.

In 2008, Suntha became a tenured professor and was awarded the inaugural Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum endowed Professor of Radiation Oncology.

He resides in Baltimore County with his wife and two daughters.

While serving as UMMS president and CEO, Suntha will continue seeing patients, according to the release.

“Dr. Suntha has been a proven leader within our system and a staunch advocate for our patients for more than 20 years,” said John Ashworth, interim President and CEO. “He has the credentials to lead our $4+ billion health care system and has the unique ability to manage administrative responsibilities while maintaining a commitment to academic medicine and patient care – a combination that is critical to the successful advancement of our system.”

Suntha was unanimously elected as president and CEO of UMMS by its board, according to the release.

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