WASHINGTON, D.C. –Herbert Buchanan, a Washington, D.C. native and veteran health care executive, was named chief executive officer of Howard University Hospital, effective Oct. 1.
Buchanan is leaving his post as chief operating officer of the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) and “will direct the day-to-day activities of the hospital, including community relations, financial management, marketing, information technology and clinical and administrative operations,” according to a news release from Howard University Hospital.
“Mr. Buchanan has a proven track record of optimizing operations for complex health care systems as well as dedicated service to the community,” said Howard University Provost and Chief Academic Officer Wayne Frederick, M.D., MBA. “We sought a seasoned leader who can advance our mission as an academic medical center and navigate a changing health care landscape."
Buchanan brings a diverse background in health care administration and engineering to his new post. Before coming to UMMC, where he spent nearly seven years, he was vice president of operations at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago and served in a similar capacity at Huntsville Hospital in Alabama.
While in Chicago, he served on the boards of several community organizations and had been active in community affairs and inner city youth programs in Chicago.
His education credentials include an MBA with a concentration in health care from Northwestern University and graduate and undergraduate mechanical engineering degrees from University of Michigan and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, respectively, according to a Howard University Hospital spokesman.
He has also served on the faculty of Johns Hopkins University and Oakwood University in their health care administration programs.