ANNAPOLIS — Governor Larry Hogan Wednesday, June 12, announced the appointment of new members to the University of Maryland Medical System Board of Directors, including Queen Anne’s County Health Officer Dr. Joseph A. Ciotola Jr.
Ciotola is also medical director for the Queen Anne’s County Department of Emergency Services, where he established the Mobile Integrated Community Health Program to provide resources and support to local residents. His extensive medical experience includes serving as director of Adult Orthopedic Outpatient Services at the James Lawrence Kernan Hospital in Baltimore for over two decades and as an orthopedic consulting physician for the Baltimore Ravens. Ciotola was one of 11 named to the board.
These appointments deliver on the governor’s promise to overhaul the board in response to revelations of self-dealing and wrongdoing, and build on his enactment of major reforms of the way UMMS operates.
“Bipartisan reforms to fix the problems at UMMS were a good first step, but I said that — still — more needed to be done,” Hogan said. “I pledged that I would appoint new board members who will serve with integrity and accountability, and today, I am delivering on that promise. This is another critical step as UMMS works to restore public trust.”
In addition to Ciotola, others appointed are: Elisa Basnight, senior vice president of supply chain for the American Red Cross; Kathleen A. Birrane, part of the Insurance Sector and the Litigation Practice Group at DLA Piper since 2012; Matthew Clark, Hogan’s chief of staff who will serve as Hogan’s designee on the Board; Wanda Queen Draper; who served as executive director and a founding member of the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture in Baltimore; Jason Frankl, senior managing director of FTI Consulting; Glenn T. Harrell, retired as Senior Judge of the Court of Appeals of Maryland; RADM Joyce M. Johnson, DO, MA USPHS (ret.), a physician with extensive senior public health leadership experience in both civilian and military sectors, having served as a clinical and adjunct professor at Georgetown University, surgeon general in the U.S. Coast Guard, and in senior scientific and management positions with the Food and Drug Administration and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration; Bonnie Phipps, senior vice president and group operating executive for Ascension Health; Joseph T. N. Suarez, director and executive advisor for community partnerships with Booz Allen Hamilton; and John T. Williams, chairman and CEO of Jamison Door Company.
The appointees are expected to be in place by July 1. Hogan will make additional appointments in the coming months, consistent with the bipartisan legislation he enacted in April.