William J. Oetgen, MD, Is Elected Chair of the MedStar Health Board of Directors

November 1, 2017

COLUMBIA, Maryland (November 1, 2017)—MedStar Health, the largest not-for-profit healthcare system in Maryland and the Washington, D.C., region, has elected William J. Oetgen, MD, to a two-year term as Chairman of the Board of Directors. Dr. Oetgen has served on the MedStar Health Board since 2005, including as Chair of the Finance Committee and Vice Chair of the Audit and Compliance, and Executive Compensation committees. Since 2013, he has been the Vice Chair of the Board.

 “MedStar Health and the communities we serve are fortunate to have such distinguished and respected individuals serving on our Board of Directors,” said MedStar President and Chief Executive Officer Kenneth A. Samet, FACHE. “Dr. Oetgen continues this tradition, bringing valuable insights as a physician and clinical leader, along with his knowledge of MedStar and his service in healthcare governance,” he said. 

Dr. Oetgen commented, “MedStar Health has a noble mission to serve patients, those who care for them and the community that surrounds us. I am honored to be elected to this position and to have the opportunity to work with MedStar and the other distinguished members of the board in furthering that mission.”

A cardiologist by training, Dr. Oetgen currently is Executive Vice President for Science & Quality, Education, and Publications at the American College of Cardiology.  He also is Clinical Professor of Medicine at the Georgetown University School of Medicine.

Dr. Oetgen succeeds William R. Roberts, who served as Board Chairman from 2013 to 2017. “MedStar is truly grateful for Bill Roberts’ service and leadership for the past four years, and looks forward to his continued service and guidance as the Past Chair of the Board,” Samet added.

About MedStar Health

 MedStar Health is a not-for-profit health system dedicated to caring for people in Maryland and the Washington, D.C., region, while advancing the practice of medicine through education, innovation and research. MedStar’s 30,000 associates, 6,000 affiliated physicians, 10 hospitals, ambulatory care and urgent care centers, and the MedStar Health Research Institute are recognized regionally and nationally for excellence in medical care. As the medical education and clinical partner of Georgetown University, MedStar trains more than 1,100 medical residents annually. MedStar Health’s patient-first philosophy combines care, compassion and clinical excellence with an emphasis on customer service. For more information, visit MedStarHealth.org

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