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Independent External Reviewer Appointed for Heart Institute

Posted on Jan 08, 2019

The Johns Hopkins Medicine Board of Trustees announced today it has appointed F. Joseph Warin, a partner at the law firm of Gibson Dunn and co-chair of the firm’s Investigations Practice Group, to lead the independent external review of the Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital’s Heart Institute. F. Joseph WarinMr. Warin is a highly respected and experienced attorney with decades of experience leading complex investigations. He has represented both nonprofit and for-profit hospital organizations in a wide variety of complex investigations. Gibson Dunn has handled internal investigations of a variety of health systems around the country, including a number of them with issues regarding cardiac surgery practices.

The Gibson Dunn Investigations Practice group led by Mr. Warin was recognized by Global Investigations Review in 2018 as the leading global investigations law firm in the world. In 2016, Who’s Who Legal and Global Investigations Review named Mr. Warin to their list of World’s Ten-Most Highly Regarded Investigations Lawyers.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Warin served as assistant United States attorney in Washington, D.C. As a prosecutor, he tried more than 50 jury trials and was awarded a Special Achievement award by the Attorney General. He is currently a member of the Board of the International Association of Independent Corporate Monitors and is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center.

Mr. Warin and his team will review the events that led Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital to suspend heart surgeries at the Heart Institute and will report their findings to a special committee of the Johns Hopkins Medicine Board of Trustees no later than May of this year. Johns Hopkins Medicine has committed to share lessons learned from the review so that the Johns Hopkins Health System and other hospitals around the country can learn from the events at All Children’s.

In addition, upon the completion of the review, the board of Johns Hopkins Medicine will commission an independent monitor to track the progress of Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital as it implements the recommendations listed in the review. The monitor will provide regular reports to make sure that the hospital is being held accountable for taking corrective action where necessary.

Restoring Your Trust in Our Heart Institute

Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital is determined to learn everything that happened in the Heart Institute and to rebuild it in a way that earns your trust. We commit ourselves to updating you on our leadership transition, the lessons we learn through independent outside evaluation and our implementation of recommended changes. Johns Hopkins is proud and deeply committed to being a part of this community. We invite you to follow our journey, and we will not rest until your trust is restored.

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