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Kevin W. Sowers


Male, ManKevin W. Sowers joined Johns Hopkins in 2018 after a 32-year career with the Duke University Health System, including eight as president and CEO of Duke University Hospital. He is the second person in Johns Hopkins history to serve in both positions. He began his career as a staff nurse in the oncology department at Duke.

Aside from his professional experience, Sowers is an active member of several organizations, including Vizient, and serves on the administrative board of the AAMC Council of Teaching Hospitals and Health Systems. Sowers has spoken on cancer care and organizational change, among other topics, both nationwide and abroad.

What’s the most important lesson you’ve learned in your career?

The importance of leadership — the importance of not becoming a part of the chaos during challenging times. Leaders must review the facts, listen to the emo-tions, but respond to the facts. When leaders become a part of the emotions, they become a part of the problem. Leaders must rise above the chaos to lead people through difficult times

What’s been your biggest success?

I began my career as a cancer nurse. That experience has shaped how I see the health care landscape as an executive. It allows me to always remember that at the center of everything we do there is a patient and their loved ones who are expecting us to guide them through difficult times in their lives.

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.