Dr. John Chessare
President and CEO
Greater Baltimore Medical Center
Greater Baltimore Medical Center President and CEO Dr. John Chessare is hailed within the organization as an active and visionary leader in the health care field.
With more than three decades of experience, Chessare, a pediatrician by training, became president and CEO in 2010. He oversees the 270-bed hospital, more than 40 multi-specialty physician practices, a coalition comprised of GBMC employees and private practicing physician partners and the GBMC Foundation.
Chessare served as interim president of the Caritas Christi Healthcare System in Boston and was the president of Caritas Norwood Hospital, as well as senior vice president for quality and patient safety of the entire Caritas System prior to joining GBMC. He also held executive leadership positions at Boston Medical College/Boston University School of Medicine and Albany (N.Y.) Medical Center/Albany Medical College. Chessare earned his medical degree from the University of Rome in 1979 and completed his pediatric residency at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center.
Chessare’s greatest accomplishment at GBMC has been transforming the organization from hospital-centric to patient-centric. He moved the organization from “volume-based” to “value-based” care. As a physician, he saw firsthand how quality of care was overshadowed by poor leadership and management within health care systems. He has spent much of his career trying to redesign the systems for better outcomes, particularly for the patients.
“At GBMC HealthCare, we have built a system to deliver better health and better care at lower cost to deliver better value to our community,” Chessare says.