Over the last year, we have shared updates about the work we are doing to restore the trust of our community. Today we would like to share some news about our progress.
In January, we invited a team of national experts in pediatric heart programs, led by Dr. Bill Greeley, to consult with our physicians and staff members to assess all elements of the Heart Institute from a clinical perspective. Their goal was to help us determine the resources required and an appropriate timeline to restart the Heart Institute safely and with a commitment to excellence. Over the summer, the board of Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital reviewed and endorsed their recommendations and decided it was the right time to move forward with identifying and recruiting a new leader for the Heart Institute.
Following an extensive national search during which we found several truly impressive candidates, we are pleased to announce that Dr. James Quintessenza will return to Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital to help us restart the Heart Institute with care and unwavering dedication to patient safety. Dr. Quintessenza is one of the country’s leading cardiothoracic surgeons. For 26 years he served at All Children’s Hospital, including serving for 19 years as medical director and chief of pediatric cardiac surgery.
Over the course of his career, Dr. Quintessenza has continually set the bar for delivering exceptional care to patients while operating at the forefront of medical research. Since 2016, he has served as chief of pediatric cardiothoracic surgery at Kentucky Children’s hospital and held a faculty appointment at Cincinnati Children’s hospital.
As a reminder, following his work with us over the last year, Dr. Greeley has agreed to stay with Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital as the Heart Institute’s Deputy Director through the transition and restart period. His 35 years of experience as a physician executive developing well-respected heart centers (at Duke Children’s Hospital and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia) will be invaluable as we restart the program safely and with a commitment to excellence.
This is the first step in a phased process of restarting the Johns Hopkins All Children’s Heart Institute. We will spend the next year recruiting additional doctors and staff, including for cardiac intensive care, interventional and fetal cardiology. We will take whatever time is necessary to do this right.
We are confident that with Dr. Quintessenza and Dr. Greeley’s leadership and expertise we will build a pediatric cardiac program that provides the world-class care that is our promise to all our patients. As we do so, we will continue to collaborate closely on this important work with our state and federal regulatory partners.