Johns Hopkins President Ronald Peterson to retire at end of 2017

Ronald Peterson, president of Johns Hopkins Health System and executive vice president of Johns Hopkins Medicine, has announced he’ll retire at the end of 2017.

His 44-year tenure with the organization, which dates back to his administrative residency, was praised in an email to employees by Paul Rothman, MD, dean of the medical faculty and CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine.

“In the life of an institution, there are leaders who leave such a deep and distinctive imprint that their influence spans well beyond the bounds of their career,” Rothman wrote. “Beyond any question, Ron has been instrumental to the success of this organization, and I have a profound appreciation for all of his contributions.”

Peterson’s leadership roles within the system over the years have included administrator of Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, executive director of Baltimore City Hospital and president of Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. In 1996, he was named the 10th president of the Johns Hopkins Hospital, a role he held until July 2016.

According to the Baltimore Sun, his replacement will be current hospital president Redonda Miller. The Sun reported Peterson began making plans to retire when Miller was hired but wanted an “orderly transition” and a chance to mentor the new president.

After retiring, Peterson will serve for at least one year as special advisor to the dean of the medical faculty and CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine.