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Bob Atlas

President and CEO
Maryland Hospital Association

Since earning his MBA in Health Administration from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business in 1979, Bob Atlas has worked in more than a half-dozen executive positions in the health care field.

But the most challenging and gratifying work of his more than four-decade career, he said, has been leading the Maryland Hospital Association during COVID-19.

“This is a once-in-a-century pandemic, and Maryland hospitals have stepped up in ways we never imagined before,” said Atlas, who took over as president and CEO of the MHA in March of 2018.

“I’m truly proud of how my MHA colleagues joined in the fight to make sure Maryland hospitals could do the incredible job they’ve done caring for patients in extremely trying conditions. Hospital caregivers have saved thousands of lives, and it is my honor to help them with their endeavors.”

The most valuable life lesson he’s learned, Atlas said, is embodied in the aphorism: “If you’re talking, you’re not learning.”

“It has taken me a long time to learn this,” Atlas conceded. “Practicing it well is taking even longer.”

In his off hours, Atlas likes to ride his bicycle, kayak or swim, when the weather permits.

“I’m also a semi-serious photographer and I love to chase shorebirds with my camera while kayaking,” he said. “Being outdoors, burning off energy, is wonderful for the body and the spirit.”