Announcing a Leadership Transition at Georgetown University Medical Center

June 2, 2023

Dear Members of the Georgetown University Community:
I write to share an update on our leadership at the Georgetown University Medical Center (GUMC). After eight years of distinguished service as the executive vice president for health sciences and executive dean of the School of Medicine, Edward B. Healton, MD, MPH, has shared with me that he will be stepping down from this role at the end of the 2023-2024 academic year. I am deeply grateful to Dr. Healton for his exemplary service and his dedication to Georgetown.
Since 2015, when Ed assumed this role, we have been engaged in a series of efforts to strengthen and support the health sciences at GUMC. These efforts have been bolstered by our new long-term partnership agreement with MedStar Health, which we signed in 2017.

Beginning in 2019, we have organized our work through the Health Sciences Strategy Initiative (HSSI), which has helped to facilitate important developments, including the establishment of the School of Nursing and the School of Health as well as changes to the organization of GUMC’s administration and research enterprises.

In concert with HSSI, a number of GUMC faculty committees and university task forces are reviewing a range of important issues related to GUMC, from governance structures and faculty policies and practices to cross-campus collaborations in the sciences and graduate studies at Georgetown. These processes, our continued excellence in a diverse array of fields—ranging from global health and neuroscience, to nursing, clinical and translational science, bioethics and cancer research—and a deep commitment to health equity will provide the foundation for the future of our Medical Center. 

In the coming weeks, we will be launching a search for the next leader of our Medical Center. As we plan for this transition, we are grateful to have strong academic leadership and faculty governance in place at our schools within GUMC, an excellent team of staff colleagues, and a deep commitment to collaboration with our Main Campus and Law Center. 

I am grateful to Ed for his leadership, his work to strengthen our Medical Center and our University, his commitment to initiatives that have fostered greater diversity and inclusion, and his contributions as we responded to the challenges of a global pandemic. I look forward to working with him as we enter this year of transition and to celebrating his leadership in the time ahead.

Please join me in offering my deep appreciation to Ed for his service to Georgetown.


John J. DeGioia