Ronald Peterson to retire as president of Johns Hopkins Health System after 44-year career

Ronald R. Peterson, president of Baltimore-based Johns Hopkins Health System, announced his retirement. He will retire at end of the year after 44 years of service at Johns Hopkins.

Mr. Peterson also serves as executive vice president of Johns Hopkins Medicine. After retiring, he will serve at least one year as special advisor to the dean of the medical faculty and CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine.

Mr. Peterson began his professional career at Johns Hopkins as an administrator in Johns Hopkins Medicine's psychiatry department. He served in numerous leadership roles over the years, including president of Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore. He eventually became president of Baltimore-based Johns Hopkins Hospital in 1997, a role he held for until July 2016.

Mr. Peterson played an instrumental role in establishing Johns Hopkins' primary care organization, now known as Johns Hopkins Community Physicians. He earned numerous accolades over the course of his career, such as the Governor's International Leadership Award.

"Beyond any question, Ron has been instrumental to the success of this organization, and I have a profound appreciation for all of his contributions," Paul B. Rothman, dean of the medical faculty and CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine, said in a statement.

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