The University of Maryland Medical System named new presidents for its hospitals in downtown Baltimore and Towson Thursday.
Dr. Mohan Suntha will become president and CEO of the University of Maryland Medical Center on Sept. 1, while Dr. Thomas Smyth will take over Suntha’s current position as president and CEO of the University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center.
Suntha, who is also a professor of radiation oncology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, replaces Jeffery A. Rivest, who retired in August 2015. The medical center includes both the academic campus and the Midtown Campus, formerly known as Maryland General Hospital.
Suntha brings experience in compassionate patient care and expertise in hospital administration to his new role, Robert A. Chrencik, president and CEO of the 12-hospital medical system, said in a statement.
Among Suntha’s priorities in his new post will be continuing the hospital’s efforts to address health disparities among West Baltimore residents and to improve access to chronic and preventive care, according to the medical system.
A resident of Baltimore County, Suntha got his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College and his MBA from the University of Pennsylvania. His focus has been on complex head, neck and esophageal cancers, according to the medical system.
Smyth, a urologist, currently serves as medical director of the UM St. Joseph Medical Group. He studied medicine at Johns Hopkins University and completed his residency at Stanford University Hospital, the medical system said.
Smyth said in a statement that he was humbled by the opportunity to lead St. Joseph, and praised the quality of care it delivered to its community.
With 1,000 beds between its two campuses, UMMC is the flagship hospital of the medical system. The 247-bed St. Joseph Medical Center was founded in 1864 by the Sisters of St. Francis, and has continued its Catholic mission and traditions since being acquired by the UM system in 2012.