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Children’s National Medical Center Names Peter Holbrook, MD, Interim CEO

July 01, 2011

Chief Medical Officer will assume responsibilities during search for new leader

Washington, DC—Children’s National Medical Center’s Board of Directors has named Peter Holbrook, MD, Interim President and CEO. He replaces Edwin K. Zechman, Jr., who announced his retirement after 17 years as President and CEO of Children’s National.

Dr. Holbrook has served as the Chief Medical Officer at Children’s National for nearly 15 years. Trained as a pediatric critical care physician, Dr. Holbrook is nationally recognized for his work in developing critical care medicine, as well as administrative and ethical issues in caring for critically ill children.

Dr. Holbrook initiated a pediatric critical care fellowship training program, one of the first focused specifically on pediatricians as trainees. He also organized the pediatric section of the Society of Critical Care Medicine. He has been author and co-author of a number of scientific publications and book chapters, as well as the recipient of several distinguished awards.

“With his experience as a clinician and administrator, we have full confidence in Dr. Holbrook’s ability to guide Children’s National as we continue the search for a permanent CEO,” said James Lintott, Chairman of the Board of Directors at Children’s National Medical Center. The Children’s National Board of Directors has formed a CEO search committee and is in the process of interviewing candidates for the position of President and CEO. An announcement is expected later this year.

Children’s National Medical Center is the only exclusive provider of acute pediatric care in the metropolitan Washington area and is the only freestanding children’s hospital between Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Norfolk, and Atlanta.

For interviews, contact Emily Dammeyer, Public Relations Department: 202-476-4500.

About Children's National Health System

Children’s National Health System, based in Washington, D.C., has served the nation’s children since 1870. Children’s National is one of the nation’s Top 5 pediatric hospitals and, for a second straight year, is ranked No. 1 in newborn care, as well as ranked in all specialties evaluated by U.S. News & World Report. It has been designated two times as a Magnet® hospital, a designation given to hospitals that demonstrate the highest standards of nursing and patient care delivery. This pediatric academic health system offers expert care through a convenient, community-based primary care network and specialty outpatient centers in the D.C. Metropolitan area, including the Maryland suburbs and Northern Virginia. Home to the Children’s Research Institute and the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation, Children’s National is the seventh-highest NIH-funded pediatric institution in the nation. Children’s National is recognized for its expertise and innovation in pediatric care and as a strong voice for children through advocacy at the local, regional and national levels. 

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