President and CEO
University of Maryland Medical System
Almost the entire board was replaced after nine members earned tens of thousands of dollars from business dealings with hospitals, including former Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh, who received $500,000 from UMMS for 100,000 copies of her self-published “Healthy Holly” children’s book series.
“We were surprised to learn of the disclosures that were made and the decisions of a few, but I was comforted to see that our organization reacted and responded appropriately — and that is with accountability,” Suntha said in November, a month before taking over as president and CEO.
Before joining UMMS, Suntha was president and CEO of the University of Maryland Medical Center. He was also president and CEO of the University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center from 2012 to 2016, and from 2009 to 2012, he was vice president for system program development at UMMS.
Suntha earned his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College, an MBA from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and his bachelor’s degree from Brown University. He trained as a resident in the Department of Radiation Oncology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and joined the faculty in 1995.
Suntha is looking to the future of UMMS. “It starts at its foundation with delivering compassionate, high-quality patient- and family-centered care. Next, we must be able to continue to demonstrate our commitment to the communities we serve. We must do so by extending our reach beyond the walls of our hospitals. We must be able to leverage our size and scale to create value to our patients and their families.”