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Introducing The Daily Record’s 2023 Health Care Power List

Introducing The Daily Record’s 2023 Health Care Power List

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The nation’s transition from a full-blown pandemic into what has been a long slog to a new normalcy has not eased the pressure on Maryland’s health care professionals.

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Thomas Baden Jr.

If anything, they now face an unpredictable and bewildering new landscape. The pressures on the health care profession have left many institutions struggling to regain a full workforce, and the divisive debate over pandemic public policies often have put these professional in a difficult position.

The men and women leading our health care institutions, as well as key policymakers and advocates, work every day to meet this challenge. They are the 30 individuals you will meet in this special publication, The Daily Record’s 2023 Health Care Power List.

This list was chosen by our editorial leadership team. We reached out to readers and others for input and perspective. Many of these individuals are familiar from last year’s list, but you’ll find some new men and women who have made their mark in the industry in the last year.

In this list we explore how leaders view the health care landscape and their own jobs. And, just as importantly, we’ve tried to offer a glimpse into the kind of people they are and what drives them to excel.

This list is part of a series of Daily Record Power Lists throughout 2023 that will showcase the most powerful figures in law, politics, higher education, banking and other fields. You can find this and all our Power Lists here.

If you know of someone you think is a strong candidate for inclusion on our Power Lists, we’d love to hear from you. Just go to and tell us about the individual.

We hope you enjoy this publication, and we welcome your feedback and suggestions.

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See the Health Care Power List digital edition here.

Deborah Baker
Senior Vice President
Johns Hopkins Health System

John Chessare

Theodore DeWeese
Interim CEO
Johns Hopkins Health System

Marilynn Duker
Brightview Senior Living

Letitia Dzirasa
Baltimore City Health Department

Michele Eberle
Executive Director
Maryland Health Benefit Exchange

Terry Forde
CEO, President
Adventist HealthCare

Laura Herrera Scott
Maryland Department of Health

Thomas Kleinhanzl
President, CEO
Frederick Health

Traci Kodeck
Health Care Access Maryland

Ed Lovern
President & CEO
Ascension St. Agnes Hospital

David N. Maine
President, CEO
Mercy Health Services

Michele Martz
UPMC Western Maryland

Aileen McShea Tinney

Neil Meltzer
President, CEO
LifeBridge Health

Redonda Miller
Johns Hopkins Hospital

Joseline Peña-Melnyk
Maryland House of Delegates

Sherry Perkins
Luminis Health

Brian Pieninck
CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield

Gene Ransom
Executive Director

Nathaniel Richardson
President, CEO
UM Capital

Kenneth Samet
MedStar Health

Thomas Scalea
Physician in Chief
R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center

Bradley Schlaggar
President, CEO
Kennedy Krieger Institute

Joshua M. Sharfstein
Vice Dean/Director
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health/Bloomberg American Health Initiative

Leslie Simmons
Executive Vice President, COO
LifeBridge Health

Mohan Suntha
University of Maryland Medical System

Harsh Trivedi
President & CEO
Sheppard Pratt

Ruth Williams-Brinkley
Mid-Atlantic Regional President
Kaiser Permanente

Elizabeth Wise
University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health

Do you know a person who you feel should appear on one of The Daily Record’s future Power Lists? Take a few minutes and tell us why in this form.

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