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All Rights ReservedDr. John Chessare has made major changes at GBMC HealthCare since taking over as president and CEO in 2010.

Chessare started his medical career as a pediatrician but moved into leadership and management because he saw that while employees are dedicated and professional, many health systems are poorly designed.

Among the innovations Chessare has led are patient-centered medical homes that provide advanced primary care in 10 sites in Baltimore County and city; home elder medical care for frail senior citizens; and the system’s integrative and palliative medicine programs.

Chessare has held several other executive-level health care leadership roles, including at Boston Medical Center/Boston University School of Medicine from 1998 to 2005; at Albany Medical Center/Albany Medical College from 1994 to 1998; and at the Medical College of Ohio from 1983 to 1994.

Chessare joined GBMC after working as a consultant with regional and national health care organizations focusing on operational changes to improve patient flow and patient satisfaction while reducing costs. He also served on the faculty at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and the Institute for Healthcare Optimization.

What are your hopes for the state or your community this year?

That Maryland will continue to push for value-driven health care

What do you do to unplug in your free time?

Baltimore has a phenomenal jazz scene. My wife Tracey and I love to listen to live jazz.

This profile is part of The Daily Record's Power 100 list for 2021. Information used in this profile was sourced from the honoree. See the full list at or in our digital edition.