CEO Dr. John Popovich: Career-Long Leader at Henry Ford Hospital

John Popovich, Jr., MD, has served as the president and CEO of Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit since July 2010. He is the first physician to lead the organization in more than 40 years.

Dr. Popovich is a pulmonary disease and internal medicine specialist and has been with Henry Ford since 1975 when he first joined as a medical intern. He has since climbed through the ranks at the hospital, serving in various leadership positions until becoming president and CEO.

As director of the medical intensive care unit, Dr. Popovich developed a critical care training program and helped expand critical care medicine at the hospital. He also served as the division head of pulmonary and critical care medicine, the chair of the department of internal medicine and the health system's senior vice president for clinical affairs.

During his first year as CEO of Henry Ford Hospital, Dr. Popovich told Crain's Detroit Business that his biggest accomplishment was increasing referrals for complex cases to Henry Ford Hospital. "I am on the road to talk with hospital CEOs and doctors to increase the activity of complex cases," Dr. Popovich said.

Dr. Popovich is a past chair of the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation and the American Board of Internal Medicine. He has also authored more than 150 journal articles, scientific abstracts and book chapters.

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