Dr. Walter Ettinger, Jr., Named UMMS Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer

For immediate release: August 13, 2013


Mary Lynn Carver

mlcarver@umm.edu | 410-328-6776

Walter H. Ettinger, Jr., MD, MBA,

Walter H. Ettinger, Jr.

BALTIMORE – Walter H. Ettinger, Jr., MD, MBA, has joined the University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) as senior vice president and chief medical officer (CMO).  Working with the system leadership team and the Board of Directors, Dr. Ettinger will be responsible for clinical quality and patient safety, population health management and fostering the development of physician leadership. Ettinger replaces Glenn F. Robbins, MD, who retired as the UMMS CMO in July.

“We are excited to have a physician with such depth and experience in a variety of physician leadership disciplines joining us,” says Robert A. Chrencik, MBA, CPA, President and Chief Executive Officer, University of Maryland Medical System. “We look forward to drawing upon his experience and expertise as we navigate health care reform and strengthen our system-wide commitment to delivering high-quality patient care.”

Most recently, Dr. Ettinger was executive vice president and chief medical officer at Accretive Health, Inc., where he was responsible for population health, corporate compliance, physician advisory services and other medical affairs. Prior to Accretive, he served as president of UMass Memorial Medical Center, the teaching hospital of the University of Massachusetts Medical School, where he was also professor of medicine.

Dr. Ettinger has served as vice president of medical affairs and medical education at Lenox Hill Hospital, and was executive vice president of Virtua Health, a four-hospital system in the New Jersey suburbs of Philadelphia. Dr. Ettinger was also a professor of medicine at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine and director of the J. Paul Sticht Center on Aging.

Dr. Ettinger received his medical degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and his MBA from Wake Forest University. He has published over 100 manuscripts, 20 book chapters and three books. Dr. Ettinger has expertise and has published extensively in the areas of geriatric medicine and preventive gerontology, health care management, and clinical quality and safety. He is on the editorial board of the American Journal of Medical Quality and has served on numerous expert panels and advisory boards and has been repeatedly named among the Best Doctors in America in geriatric medicine.

About University of Maryland Medical System

The University of Maryland Medical System is a 12-hospital system with academic, community and specialty medical services reaching every part of the state and beyond. UMMS is a national and regional referral center for trauma, cancer care, neurocare, cardiac care, women's and children's health and physical rehabilitation. It also has one of the nation’s largest kidney transplant programs, as well as many of other programs that improve the physical and mental health of thousands of people daily. UMMS employs more than 21,000 employees, operates approximately 2,300 licensed beds, and sees over 120,000 patient admissions annually.  The Medical System’s annual gross patient revenues are $2.8 billion, and the Medical System generates nearly $4.4 billion in economic activity in Maryland. For more information, visit www.umms.org.