Our 10,000 faculty, staff, students, and volunteers strive each day to fulfill five fundamental imperatives that are essential to our core missions of research, education, patient care, and community:
- Achieve the highest level of quality, safety, and value
- Educate and invest in our people
- Create extraordinary patient experiences
- Lead innovation through research
- Grow and differentiate our health system
A. Craig Hillemeier, MD
Dean, Penn State College of Medicine Chief Executive Officer, Penn State Health Senior Vice President for Health Affairs, Penn State
Dr. A. Craig Hillemeier was appointed dean of the Penn State College of Medicine, CEO of Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and Health System, and senior vice president for health affairs for Penn State in July 2014.
Dr. Hillemeier joined Milton S. Hershey Medical Center in 2001 as chair of pediatrics and medical director of Penn State Children's Hospital. He served as interim executive director of the Medical Center for nine months during 2006 and subsequently became vice dean for clinical affairs at Hershey Medical Center. He also served as director and chief operating officer of Penn State Medical Group since its inception in 2008
Dr. Hillemeier oversaw the development and opening of the Children's Hospital in spring 2013. Under his leadership, the Children's Hospital has regularly scored greater than the 90th percentile on inpatient patient satisfaction surveys and has been named among the nation's best since 2010.
During Dr. Hillemeier's tenure as chair of pediatrics, faculty grew from 63 to 143 in 14 divisions. The newest division, Child Abuse Pediatrics, was formed in 2012 to support the Penn State Hershey Center for the Protection of Children.
As vice dean for clinical affairs, Dr. Hillemeier oversaw the growth of Penn State Medical Group to include nearly 900 physicians and 300 advanced practice clinicians, 64 specialty practices located at 24 clinics across central Pennsylvania, and more than one million outpatient visits each year.
Dr. Hillemeier holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Iowa and earned his MD from Loyola University Medical School, where he then completed a residency in pediatrics.
Dr. Hillemeier is board-certified in pediatrics and pediatric gastroenterology and is immediate past chair of the American Board of Pediatrics.
Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer, Penn State Health
Steve Massini is chief operating officer and chief financial officer for Penn State Health. As COO/CFO, he oversees the strategic functions for the growing health system including business development, finance, population health initiatives and health care joint ventures.
Massini joined Milton S. Hershey Medical Center in 2015 as chief financial officer. Previously, he served in executive positions for Geisinger Health System and Highmark. Since coming to Hershey, Massini has played a vital role in financial oversight of all components of the health system and has provided valuable insights for the strategic planning process.
Massini joined Penn State Health from Geisinger Health System, where he worked from 2010 to 2015. He first joined the organization as chief financial officer of the Geisinger Clinic in Danville and was promoted to chief administrative officer in 2014.
Massini is a Penn State alumnus, having received his bachelor’s degree in accounting with honors in 1985. He is a certified public accountant and a member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association.
Massini and his wife, Shari, who is also a Penn State graduate, live in Harrisburg.
Alan L. Brechbill, MBA, MHA
Executive Director of Hospital Operations, Penn State Health
Alan L. Brechbill is Executive Director of Hospital Operations for Penn State Health, including Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, St. Joseph Medical Center and Penn State Children’s Hospital. In this role he also has authority over information technology, human resources, supply chain, marketing and other shared system-level functions which support hospital and outpatient operations.
Mr. Brechbill served as the executive director of Milton S. Hershey Medical Center from 2006 to November 2016. Under his leadership, the Medical Center achieved steady financial performance and continuous improvement in our patient care quality and safety measures.
Mr. Brechbill previously served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals in Philadelphia. He has more than 30 years of university hospital experience, the majority in leadership roles.
Mr. Brechbill earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Colorado, a master's in health care administration from George Washington University, and a master's in business administration and finance from Loyola University, Chicago.
Mr. Brechbill is active in community and professional leadership roles. He currently serves on the board of directors for Gift of Life, the Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania, and the Penn State University MHA and HPA programs. He previously served as a board member for the American Lung Association and Life Center Career Alliance, and was honorary chairperson for the Hershey Food Bank's capital campaign.
He and his wife, Carol, have two children, John and Sarah.
Associate Vice President and Chief Development Officer
Kelly Altland serves as the Associate Vice President and Chief Development Officer for Penn State Health Milton Hershey Medical Center and College of Medicine.
Ms. Altland began her career at Penn State in 2013 and oversees the fundraising and alumni relations activities for the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, as well as the academic and research efforts associated with Penn State College of Medicine.
She leads a 42-person development office whose activities and programs include major gift fundraising, annual giving, alumni relations, prospect management, special events, donor relations, the Children's Miracle Network, and the Four Diamonds. Last year under Ms. Altland's leadership, the Development team raised more than $49 million and surpassed the For The Future Campaign goal, exceeding $300 million.
Ms. Altland joined Hershey Medical Center after serving nearly ten years as Vice President of Development at St. Joseph Medical Center in Reading, PA. Prior to her tenure at St. Joe's, Ms. Altland served as Director of Development for the Shippensburg University Foundation.
Kevin Black, MD
Vice Dean for Penn State College of Medicine's University Park Regional Campus; Professor and C. McCollister Evarts Chairman, Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation; Director, Penn State Bone and Joint Institute
Kevin Black, MD received his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and graduated from the University Of Rochester School Of Medicine. He completed his orthopaedic residency at the University of Rochester, and a fellowship in Sports Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. After 6 years on the faculty at the Medical College of Wisconsin, during which time he started their sports medicine program, he joined the faculty at the Penn State College of Medicine and Hershey Medical Center.
In 2001 he became interim chair of the Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation, and the C. McCollister Evarts Professor and Chair in 2002. Under his leadership clinical activity has more than tripled, IRB activity has increased by 700% and the Bone and Joint Institute was established. The department annually ranks in the top 20 in the country in NIH funding among orthopaedic departments. He continues to serve as Chair of the department and on July 1, 2013, he assumed responsibility as Vice Dean of the Penn State Hershey University Park Regional Medical Campus in State College, Pennsylvania.
He was awarded the Traveling Fellowship of the Clinical Orthopaedic Society in 1992, and in 2001 was a European Traveling Fellow of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine. He has twice received the teacher of the year award by orthopaedic residents at the Penn State Hershey Medical Center, and in 2008 was the recipient of the Steven and Sharon Baron Leadership Award for Hershey Medical Center. He has served on the Board of Directors of Lebanon Valley College, the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the Pennsylvania Orthopaedic Society, as well as the Executive Committee of the American Orthopaedic Association, the first orthopaedic association in the world. He has been president of the Pennsylvania Orthopaedic Society and will become President of the American Orthopaedic Association in 2015. He is recognized as a national leader in orthopaedic resident education and served as Course Director for the "Orthopaedic Educator's Course" from 2007 through 2013, the longest running CME program of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.
His clinical practice focuses on knee ligament and patellofemoral instability. He has been the team physician for the Hershey Bears since 1993.
Assistant Vice President, Government Health Relations, Penn State
Sheilah Borne is Assistant Vice President of Governmental Affairs for Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and College of Medicine. As such, she represents Milton S. Hershey on the local, state and federal levels on legislative and regulatory matters Medical Center before elected and appointed governmental bodies.
Prior to her arrival at Hershey Medical Center in 2004, Ms. Borne was Assistant Director of the Office of Public Health Preparedness in the Pennsylvania Department of Health. She also served as a senior appointee in both the Ridge and Schweiker gubernatorial administrations as Director of Legislative and Public Affairs for the Department of Labor and Industry and the Deputy Director for Homeland Security for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, respectively.
Ms. Borne also served in the private sector as the Chief Operating Officer of the 521 Management Group.
Ms. Borne earned a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from Temple University and began her professional career as a congressional aid in Washington, DC serving for seven years as a senior staff member to U.S. Congressman George W. Gekas.
She serves on the Executive Committee of the Harrisburg Regional Chamber of Commerce, where she chairs the Chamber's Government Relations Committee. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children, the Executive Board of the Modern Transit Partnership, and Shalom House (a homeless shelter for women and children). She is also an elected member of the Paxtang Borough Council. Sheilah resides in Paxtang Borough with her husband, Timothy Fuller, and their two children.
Lynette Chappell-Williams, JD
Chief Diversity Officer; Associate Dean of Diversity and Inclusion
Lynette Chappell-Williams, JD, joined Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and Penn State College of Medicine in November 2015 as chief diversity officer and associate dean for diversity and inclusion.
Chappell-Williams is responsible for the development and execution of a vision and strategy that solidifies a culture of inclusiveness and diversity in all forms across the organization, which includes the Medical Center, Medical Group and College of Medicine.
Chappell-Williams was previously associate vice president for inclusion and workforce diversity at Cornell University, a position she has held for more than two decades. She has been largely responsible for many of Cornell’s numerous awards as a best employer for its diversity and inclusion efforts. These include the coveted Exemplary Voluntary Efforts Award from the Department of Labor Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (2007).
Prior to her employment at Cornell University, Chappell-Williams held positions at organizations including George Washington University, Illinois Institute of Technology and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
Chappell-Williams obtained her law degree from The Ohio State University School of Law; her bachelor's degree from James Madison University; and a diversity management certificate from Cornell University ILR.
Peter Dillon, MD, MSc
Vice Dean for Clinical Affairs; Chief Operating Officer and Director of Penn State Medical Group; Chair, Department of Surgery
Peter W. Dillon, MD, MSc, is the John A. and Marian T. Waldhausen Professor of Surgery and Chairman of the Department of Surgery at the Penn State College of Medicine and the Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. In addition, he currently serves as Interim Vice Dean for Clinical Affairs and Chief Operating Officer for the Penn State Medical Group.
A graduate of Harvard University and Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York, Dr. Dillon did his general surgery training at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center where he also completed a fellowship in vascular surgery. He then did his training in pediatric surgery at Babies Hospital also in New York.
Dr. Dillon joined the faculty at Milton S. Hershey Medical Center as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery, Division of Pediatric Surgery in 1990. He was subsequently named Professor in 2001.
In 2007, Dr. Dillon was appointed Chairman of the Department of Surgery and is responsible for leading 14 divisions within the department involved in the clinical, research, and academic missions of the institution. His research and scholarship interests are in surgical quality outcomes and relational coordination in healthcare delivery.
Linda Duncan, MBA
Chief Operational Excellence Officer
Linda Duncan, MBA, is Chief Operational Excellence Officer. In that role, she maintains the portfolio of transformational opportunities across the enterprise and deploys staff skilled in driving change.
Since joining Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center in 1999, Ms. Duncan has served as the Senior Director for Revenue Cycle (1999-2005), co-leader for the integrated campus Finance team, led a successful revenue cycle recovery project, served for four years as an internal consultant to mission critical projects, and functioned as the Administrator for several clinical and operational departments.
She is currently an active member of the Medical Group Finance Committee and the Campus Academic Team.
Ms. Duncan has many years experience in the field of business support to physicians, academic practice plans, physician/hospital relations, physician practice management, and hospital administration.
She received her undergraduate and graduate degrees in business from Penn State University.
General Counsel, Penn State Health
Mark Faulkner is a graduate of The Dickinson School of Law of The Pennsylvania State University and has provided legal services to Penn State and Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, the University’s academic medical center for over 30 years, as a partner of the McQuaide Blasko law firm which served as outside counsel to the University, and now as Associate General Counsel of The Pennsylvania State University and General Counsel of Penn State Health.
His practice areas include health law, regulatory compliance, employment law, business transactions and tax-exempt organizations.
He has served as a Bar Examiner with the Pennsylvania Board of Law Examiners and participated with state and national organizations focusing on health law and healthcare organizations. He is admitted to practice in all Pennsylvania state courts, the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and the United States Supreme Court.
Judy Himes, MSN, RN, NE-BC
Chief Nursing Officer
Judy has been with Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center as a director of nursing since 2005. She has more than two decades of senior nursing leadership experience at hospitals and health systems in our region, including the Lebanon VA Medical Center, where she served as associate chief of the nursing service for Acute Care/Specialty Services from 2003 to 2005. Prior to that role, she was vice president for Patient Care Services and chief nursing officer at Pinnacle Health System from 1998 to 2002 and served as director of nursing operations at Pinnacle Health from 1996 to 1998.
While at Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Judy has built a reputation for collaboration among her nursing peers and with physicians and other members of the care team. She is known for her mentorship, coaching and professional development of staff nurses and nurse managers. Judy will provide strong leadership to the Department of Nursing and our senior leadership team until a new chief nursing officer is named.
Judy obtained her BS, Nursing from Penn State University and MSN from the University of Pittsburgh. Judy is an active member of the Penn State College of Nursing Advisory and Development Board.
Kimberly Lansford, RN, BSN, MHL
Chief Compliance Officer, Penn State Health
Kimberly Lansford, RN, BSN, MHL, joined Penn State Health as Chief Compliance Officer on Feb. 20, 2017.
Kim joined the organization from Shriners Hospitals for Children in Tampa, where she was the chief compliance officer. Like our Penn State Children’s Hospital, Shriners is dedicated to improving the lives of children by providing pediatric specialty care, innovative research, and outstanding teaching programs for medical professionals.
Before Shriners, Kim spent eight years in various executive-level risk management and compliance roles with Trinity Health, a national health system with hundreds of hospitals, continuing care facilities, home care agencies and outpatient centers in 22 states.
At Gwinnett Hospital System in Lawrenceville, Ga., she directed the corporate compliance program for two acute care hospitals, a psychiatric hospital, inpatient rehabilitation facility, ambulatory surgery center, skilled nursing facility, foundation and several physician practices/clinics. Prior to that leadership role she held a number of other roles with Gwinnett, including emergency department case manager, coordinator of occupational health and infection control, and director of health, safety and security. She also has experience as a trauma nurse at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, a level-1 trauma center in New Jersey.
Kim holds a bachelor’s of science degree in nursing from Florida Atlantic University and a master in health law, with a specialization in legal regulatory compliance, from Shepard Broad College of Law, Nova Southeastern University, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She holds a Certified in Healthcare Compliance certification and has been the recipient of the International Compliance and Ethics Award by the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics.
Margaret Mikula, MD
Chief Quality Officer (CQO), Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and Penn State Medical Group
Margaret Mikula, MD, chief of quality and safety for the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and Penn State Medical Group practices.
An assistant professor of pediatrics, Dr. Mikula chairs the Children’s Hospital Safety Event Review Team, Quality and Safety Steering Council and is co-chair of the Children’s Hospital Mortality Review Committee. She is a proven and collaborative leader in patient safety and clinical quality.
Dr. Mikula helped institute the daily operations brief in the Children’s Hospital, which proactively brings together physicians and staff from across the hospital for several minutes each day to discuss and correct equipment, facilities, staffing and other issues that could potentially affect the quality of care. This successful practice is now being expanded to the adult hospital.
Jeffrey Miller, MD, MBA
Associate Dean for Administration; Chair, Department of Dermatology
Jeffrey Miller, MD, MBA is a Chair and Professor of Dermatology and Associate Dean for Administration with Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and Penn State College of Medicine.
Dr. Miller received his undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame and received his MD at Jefferson Medical College. After his internal medicine internship and dermatology residency training at the University of Pennsylvania, he completed a clinical-educator fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania. He received his MBA at Penn State's Smeal College of Business.
Dr. Miller is consistently listed among the Best Doctors in America and scores among the top 96 percent of physicians nationwide in the Press Ganey patient satisfaction surveys. Dr. Miller has published more than 20 articles in peer-reviewed publications, and co-authored two dermatology books.
He is active in several dermatology societies, including the Dermatology Teacher Exchange Group, and Association of Professors of Dermatology. He is currently the secretary for the Atlantic Dermatology Society and past president of the Pennsylvania Academy of Dermatology. He focuses his research on educational issues and hair and scalp disorders.
Leslie Parent, MD
Vice Dean for Research and Graduate Studies; Associate Vice President for Health Sciences Research
Leslie Parent, MD, graduated from Dartmouth College in 1983 and earned her MD at Duke University School of Medicine in 1987. During medical school, she was a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Research Scholar at the National Institutes of Health, and she was elected into Alpha Omega Alpha. She completed her residency in the clinician-investigator pathway in internal medicine at Duke. In 1991, she arrived at the College of Medicine as a fellow in infectious diseases, and in 1995 she was appointed as an assistant professor.
Throughout the years, she rose through the ranks until achieving her current position as a tenured professor of medicine with a joint appointment in microbiology and immunology and Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases and Epidemiology. She has served in several leadership roles, including co-director of the MD/PhD Program, co-leader of pilot studies in the Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute, chair of the College of Medicine Promotion and Tenure Committee, and co-chair of the Scientific Review Committee. She has been recognized with numerous honors and awards, including the Hinkle Society Outstanding Junior Investigator Award; Dean's Award for Excellence in Teaching; the Excellence in Mentoring Award from the Department of Medicine; and being named a fellow in the American Academy of Microbiology, American College of Physicians, and the Infectious Disease Society of America.
Dr. Parent is a highly respected physician-scientist whose research focuses on understanding how retroviruses, including the human immunodeficiency virus, co-opt cellular machinery to assemble new virus particles to spread infection. She has been funded by the National Institutes of Health since 1993, and she currently has an R01 and a project on a P50 Center grant to support her research laboratory. She has served on NIH study sections and she is on the editorial board of the Journal of Virology.
Daniel Shapiro, PhD
Vice Dean for Faculty and Administrative Affairs; Chair, Department of Humanities; Garner James Cline Professor of Humanities in Medicine
Daniel Shapiro, PhD, chair of Penn State College of Medicine's Humanities Department, was named Vice Dean for Faculty and Administrative Affairs in April 2015. One of his priorities will be leading efforts to elevate the culture of respect within our organization. Dr. Shapiro also will serve as a liaison between the dean's office and search committees for department chairs, and will lead the departmental review process.
Dr. Shapiro, the Garner James Cline Professor of Humanities in Medicine, joined Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center in 2008. He earned his Ph.D. in clinical psychology at the University of Florida and went on to Harvard Medical School where he completed an internship and an endowed post-doctoral fellowship.
A psychologist, his writings about physician-patient relationships and physician wellness have appeared in the New York Times, the New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, Academic Medicine, NPR's All Things Considered and many other venues. He is an award-winning author of three books, a consultant for the television show "Grey's Anatomy," and has also held two professorships from the Arnold P. Gold Foundation.
Tom Stoessel, MBA
Chief Strategy Officer, Penn State Health
Tom Stoessel has 20 years of leadership and executive management experience in the healthcare environment, as well as manufacturing and technology. He has extensive experience in strategic planning, market development, physician network development, clinical program development, mergers and acquisitions, academic affiliations, as well as a background in marketing, branding and crisis communications and issues management.
Tom serves Penn State Health as its Chief Strategy Officer. In this role, he is responsible for the growth of the emerging Penn State Health system, with a focus on development and execution of the organization’s comprehensive strategic plan, driving strategic program extension and partnerships with regional community systems, industry partners and payers.
Prior to joining Penn State Health, Tom served Pinnacle Health as Senior Vice President, Strategic Planning and Business Development. During his time with Pinnacle, Tom was responsible for the development of the high level strategic direction for the organization, inclusive of its long rage vision, incremental strategies and annual plans of execution. He held ultimate responsibility for year-over-year growth of all health system service and product lines, and the development of new ventures and businesses. Tom served in a leadership capacity for all merger and acquisition, and affiliation activity, including hospital system expansion, as well as growth of the primary and specialty care physician network.
Prior to his role at Pinnacle Health, he served as Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer for Mount Nittany Health System for nearly 10 years. While in State College, he produced significant growth and expansion of the organization, including its complete re-branding, development of a new inpatient tower, expanded emergency department, the launch of an affiliated cancer institute, the consummation of a master academic affiliation and the founding and build-out of the employed physician network, which now boasts more than 130 providers.
Earlier in Tom’s career, he was a shareholder in one of Pennsylvania’s largest Marketing and Strategic planning consultancies.
Tom earned a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Penn State’s Smeal College of Business and holds a bachelor degree from Penn State University’s College of Communications.
Eric Strucko, MPA, MPP, MPH
Associate Vice President for Finance and Business; Controller, Penn State College of Medicine; Campus Chief Financial Officer and Controller
Eric Strucko arrived at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center in June 2015.
From 2007 to 2015, he served as the chief financial officer of the University of Virginia Physicians Group, the physician practice plan for the University of Virginia Health System. The organization includes more than 900 faculty-physicians and 400 allied health professionals and administrative staff, and produces more than $392 million in annual revenue as well as $16 million in direct academic support for the University of Virginia School of Medicine.
In his role as CFO, Mr. Strucko had administrative responsibility for finance, accounting, treasury, revenue cycle, facilities management and information technology functions for the Physicians Group. He also was asked to serve as the interim chief executive officer for the Physicians Group for six months in 2010.
From 1999-2007, Mr. Strucko was vice president and director of financial planning and analysis for CFA Institute, where he oversaw financial and corporate planning, budgeting, sales forecasting, pricing policy development, economic appraisals, investment and reserve policy and accounting.
Mr. Strucko's background also includes serving as both the director of budget and manager of financial planning and analysis for University of Virginia Medical Center, various roles as a financial analyst for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and two years as a budget specialist in President Clinton's Office of Management and Budget.
Mr. Strucko earned his bachelor's degree in political science and business administration from Vanderbilt University and holds several graduate degrees, including a master's of public administration from George Washington University, a master's of public policy from Georgetown University and a master's of public health from the University of Virginia. He is currently working to complete studies for his doctorate in health administration at Virginia Commonwealth University.
David Swift, MS
Chief Human Resources Officer
David Swift, MS, a New Cumberland native with broad experience in human resources, became chief human resources officer for Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and associate vice president for human resources for health affairs at Penn State effective October 3, 2016.
In this role, David oversees all human resources functions for the Medical Center and Penn State College of Medicine.
David comes from the University of Maryland Medical System in Baltimore, where he was chief human resource officer and senior vice president for three years. He is well-positioned to guide the human resources function of a growing university health system: at Maryland, he served as the architect of a system-wide HR function that serves a 12-hospital system including a university health center, community hospitals, a children’s hospital, a rehabilitation hospital, a medical group of employed physicians and more than 23,500 employees. In that role and previous positions with Maryland General Hospital & Kernan Rehabilitation Hospital, Forum Health in Youngstown, Ohio, and Crouse Hospital in Syracuse, NY, David demonstrated a particular commitment to HR customer service and efficiency, employee wellness and engagement, and leadership development.
David served in the U.S. Air Force, holding various leadership and training positions during a 21-year career. He earned a bachelor of science in business and management from the University of Maryland University College and a master of science in health care administration from Capella University.
Thomas Tracy Jr., MD
Chief Medical Officer
Thomas Tracy Jr., MD, was named chief medical officer for the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and Penn State Health Medical Group in August 2016.
Dr. Tracy spent 19 years in a variety of leadership roles at Brown University's Warren Alpert Medical School and LifeSpan Health System. He held the roles of chief medical officer and senior vice president for medical affairs at Lifespan’s Miriam Hospital, while also serving as interim senior vice president and chief medical officer for their Rhode Island Hospital. He was appointed the first surgeon-in-chief at Lifespan’s Hasbro Children’s Hospital in 1997, and served as vice chair of the Department of Surgery at the Alpert Medical School since 2003.
At The Miriam Hospital, Dr. Tracy lent his expertise to the redesign of the hospital’s quality and safety structure and critical intermediate care delivery system. He also participated in outreach and extensions of surgical services throughout the Lifespan health system and the Brown University community, enhancing academic surgical support and expertise. For 19 consecutive years, Dr. Tracy received National Institutes of Health (NIH) and FDA research funding to conduct clinical as well as basic science pediatric liver research.
Dr. Tracy is a graduate of Colgate University and Albany Medical College. He completed his residency in general surgery at the Medical College of Virginia and his pediatric surgery fellowship at Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons.
He served as chairman of the American College of Surgeons Advisory Council of Chairs from 2011 to 2013 and chairman of its Council for Pediatric Surgery from 2008 to 2013. He is currently a member of the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) surgical residency review committee and a senior director with the American Board of Surgery.
Robin Wittenstein, EdD
Chief Population Health Officer, Penn State Health
Robin D. Wittenstein, EdD, FACHE, Chief Population Health Officer for Penn State Health, joined the organization in August 2011 as Chief Operating Officer.
Dr. Wittenstein oversees Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center's growing network of more than a dozen clinical and academic affiliate hospitals across central Pennsylvania, as well as the Health System's interests in Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute (PPI), Penn State Hershey Rehabilitation Hospital, Hershey Outpatient Surgical Center, Hershey Endoscopy Center and other collaborative, health-related ventures.
Prior to joining Penn State Health System, Dr. Wittenstein was the President & CEO of University Hospital/UMDNJ in Newark, NJ. During her four year tenure, she was responsible for all aspects of the strategic direction, operation and financial management and quality performance for this 519 bed Academic Medical Center. Prior to joining UMDNJ, Dr. Wittenstein held a variety of roles within the North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System, including vice president for continuing care, vice president and chief operating officer of the NSLIJHS Research Institute, and chief operating officer, Staten Island University Hospital. Dr. Wittenstein also spent five years with Tenet South Florida Health Systems.
Dr. Wittenstein received her bachelor's degree in Health Planning and Administration from Penn State in 1981. She holds a master's of business administration from the University of Miami and a doctorate from George Washington University. A fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, Wittenstein has served on a number of boards, including the Hospital Alliance of New Jersey, New Jersey Hospital Association, Greater Newark Healthcare Coalition, and Health-e-cITi NJ, a health information exchange. She currently chairs the Conflict of Interest Committee of the Biomedical Research Alliance of New York and has served as board chair of the Lymphatic Research Foundation.
Terry Wolpaw, MD, MHPE
Vice Dean for Educational Affairs, Penn State College of Medicine
Dr. Wolpaw is a Professor of Medicine and the Vice Dean for Educational Affairs at Penn State College of Medicine and a faculty member in the Division of Rheumatology.
Her office oversees and supports the continuum of educational programs spanning undergraduate, graduate and continuing medical education including 1) curriculum development and implementation, 2) curriculum evaluation and outcomes assessment, and 3) faculty development programs. With her broad education portfolio, she has the opportunity to impact on education from entry to medical school through ongoing professional development for the practicing physician.
Dr. Wolpaw is a recognized national leader in medical education. She was the recipient of one of the first American College of Rheumatology Clinician Scholar Educator Awards, serves on the association's Education Committee and chaired its Continuing Assessment, Review and Evaluation committee. At Penn State, she serves as a co-PIs on a five-year American Medical Association grant to accelerate change in medical education. This grant is funding a new Health Systems Navigation curriculum for Penn State medical students. Students not only study the science of health systems but also serve as patient navigators so they see the way the system functions from the patient perspective.
Dr. Wolpaw completed a master's degree in Health Professions Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her research focused on the expression of clinical reasoning and uncertainties in case presentations. She has developed the SNAPPS technique for case presentations to preceptors, based on experiential learning theory.
Dr. Wolpaw brings her experience in curriculum change, a track record of scholarship, and commitment to collaboration to the Penn State Hershey students, faculty and staff.
Chief Marketing Officer
Sean Young is the Chief Marketing Officer for Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and Penn State College of Medicine. In this role he oversees all strategic marketing and communications functions for the organization's 551-bed teaching hospital, Penn State Children's Hospital, Penn State Cancer Institute and the multi-specialty group practice - Penn State Medical Group. His administrative responsibilities also include oversight of graphic design, printing services, video and photography services.
Mr. Young joined Milton S. Hershey Medical Center in July 2001 as Director of Public Relations. Prior to joining the Hershey Medical Center, Mr. Young served as Broadcast Communications Coordinator for Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge from 1997 to 2001. In this capacity, he was responsible for planning and executing public events, coordinating media coverage and promotional campaigns related to public policy issues, and evaluating advertising bids and contracts for state agencies.
As an anchor, producer and program host for Lancaster-based NBC affiliate WGAL-TV, Mr. Young earned four Mid-Atlantic Emmy nominations and two Associated Press Awards for his on-air work. He has since earned a fifth Emmy-nomination for his work on Memories & Milestones, a documentary about the founding of Hershey Medical center.
Mr. Young is a graduate of Elizabethtown College and has received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the College's Department of Communications.
Media interested in contacting the above leadership team members should contact Marketing and Communications at 717-531-8606.
Leslie Walker-Harding, MD
Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute
Larry Sinoway, MD