UMMS Leadership Biographies
Mohan Suntha, MD, MBA
President and Chief Executive Officer
John W. Ashworth III
Senior Vice President, Network Development
University of Maryland Medical System
Associate Dean, University of Maryland School of Medicine
Mr. Ashworth was promoted to Senior Vice President for Network Development for the University of Maryland Medical System and Associate Dean of the University of the Maryland School of Medicine in June 2004. He is responsible for developing the Medical System’s statewide network, directing acquisition strategies, and working to strengthen partnerships with hospitals and physician groups throughout Maryland. Additionally, Mr. Ashworth continues to serve as the Medical System’s principal liaison to the Shock Trauma Center and other hospital emergency services, as well as to community-based health advocacy and support groups relating to trauma and emergency care. Prior to becoming Senior Vice President for Network Development, Mr. Ashworth served as CEO of the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC), and before that as its chief operating officer. He had previously been director of the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center and had also served as senior vice president for strategic planning and program development.
Mr. Ashworth served for a second time as CEO of UMMC from September 1, 2015 thru August 31, 2016. Mr. Ashworth has held numerous national leadership posts, including chairman of the American Trauma Society. He received a BA degree from the University of Virginia and an MHA degree from George Washington University. He served for nearly 20 years on the part-time faculty and as preceptor in the Department of Health Policy at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. Additionally, he is emeritus faculty in the Department of Emergency Health Services at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
Mr. Ashworth, a Vietnam veteran, retired as Lieutenant Colonel after 22 years in the U.S. Army’s active and reserve components.
Alison G. Brown is Interim President of the University of Maryland Medical Center Downtown Campus and she also serves as President of UMMC’s Midtown Campus. Prior to assuming the role as President of UMMC Midtown Campus in March 2018, she served as Senior Vice President & Chief Strategy Officer for the University of Maryland Medical System’s thirteen hospital regional health care system. In this role she led strategic planning, marketing & brand strategy, corporate communications & media relations, community health and telemedicine services.
Alison joined UMMC’s executive leadership team in 1992 to lead strategic planning and business development until her promotion to UMMS in 2012. During her tenure with UMMC she led clinical program development, facility planning, marketing & communications, post-acute referral service, hospital-based outpatient practice operations, physician referral services including Maryland ExpressCare and UMMC’s affiliate clinical networks for cancer care and diabetes.
In her current role as President of both UMMC campuses, she is responsible for the delivery of high value, safe and effective patient care partnering with clinical faculty of the University of Maryland School of Medicine and the UMB professional schools to fulfill the academic missions for excellence in clinical care, education and innovation. Across both campuses, UMMC provides an array of emergency and trauma services, acute and post-acute inpatient care and a wide array of outpatient centers spanning primary care to highly specialized subspecialty centers with regional and national distinction. Recognizing UMMC's role as an anchor institution serving Baltimore City, Alison also leads efforts to assure active and effective community engagement, health improvement and workforce development.
Ms. Brown holds a B.S. degree in Nursing from the University of Vermont. She earned a Master of Public Health degree from Johns Hopkins University where she has served as an adjunct faculty preceptor for MHA students.
Ms. Brown is a member of Executive Alliance women’s leadership organization and serves on the Mentoring Committee. She is a past member of the board of directors for the United Way of Central Maryland. She was inducted into the Maryland Top 100 Women “Circle of Excellence” by the Daily Record. She was named one of Maryland’s “Top 25 Women to Watch” in 2017 by the Baltimore Sun and one of the “Women Who Move Maryland” by Baltimore Magazine in 2018.
Jon Burns is Senior Vice President and Chief Performance Officer for the University of Maryland Medical System. He is responsible for integration of clinical, operational, and innovation solutions that provide the framework and execution of overall performance initiatives of the Medical System. He also oversees enterprise data and analytics, information technology services and strategies, supply chain and strategic sourcing, clinical informatics, performance improvement, and other operational areas. Mr. Burns, who has 40 years of experience in the health care industry in the not-for-profit provider sector, has primary interest in the integration of information technology with clinical and business operations to improve outcomes, operational effectiveness, and business efficiency.
Mr. Burns joined the UMMS team in 2006 as Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer where he implemented a system wide integration strategy of information technology resources, support systems, applications, and services, to include the implementation of the Medical System’s first integrated electronic health record.
Prior to joining UMMS, Mr. Burns was Senior Executive of Information Technology for the Cleveland Clinic Health System. He was also responsible for technology services to the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine and a number of emerging technologies initiatives across the Cleveland Clinic Health System. He served as the Chief Technology Officer of eCleveland Clinic, an Internet-based care delivery model.
Prior to joining Cleveland Clinic in 1997, he had served in a number of senior level administrative, financial and operational positions at Forum Health, UNC Hospitals, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and the Geisinger Health System in Danville, Pennsylvania. While at UNC, he was appointed as Faculty Associate at UNC's School of Public Health-Department of Health Policy and Administration.
Janice Eisele is the Senior Vice President for development at the University of Maryland Medical System Foundation (UMMSF). She is responsible for strategic leadership and operational oversight of the Foundation, which generates private financial contributions for the University of Maryland Medical Center including the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, the Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center, the University of Maryland Children's Hospital, University of Maryland Rehabilitation & Orthopaedic Institute and the University of Maryland Medical Center Midtown Campus.
Eisele joined UMMSF from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), where she was assistant vice chancellor for medical development beginning in 2004 and was responsible for the institution's "grateful patient" giving program. From 2001-2004, she served as director of development for UCSFs Department of Medicine. Prior to moving to San Francisco, she held development roles locally at the Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
Michelle A. Gourdine, MD, is the Interim Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President for Population Health and Primary Care for the University of Maryland Medical System, where she oversees efforts across System sites to both develop and implement population health strategies and deliver primary care services in hospitals, clinics and other care sites. Dr. Gourdine serves as a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Departments of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine and Pediatrics at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, and is a Senior Associate in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She is secretary of the University System of Maryland Board of Regents, and serves as chair of the Committee on Education Policy and Student Life. Dr. Gourdine is also a member of the Maryland Health Benefits Exchange Board.
A graduate of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Dr. Gourdine was a resident in the Department of Pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins Hospital and practiced community-based Pediatrics from 1991–1995. She is the recipient of numerous awards and honors. Dr. Gourdine previously served as Deputy Secretary for Public Health Services for the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) and as Health Officer and Director of the Baltimore County Department of Health.
Donna Jacobs's areas of emphasis at the University of Maryland Medical System include Medicaid and other reimbursement issues, and she's also working on developing corporate strategies related to women's and children's health programs and mental health services.
Prior to joining the Medical System, Jacobs was Deputy Chief of Staff to Maryland Governor Parris Glendening. Jacobs has advised the Governor on important health care policy issues, including the Cancer and Tobacco Control initiatives and the Maryland Children's Health Program.
A graduate of Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut and the Georgetown University Law Center, Jacobs has practiced law for two firms: Semmes, Bowen & Semmes in Baltimore and Weinberg and Green, LLC. Her legal practice focused on civil litigation with an emphasis on insurance-related matters.
Jacobs has held leadership roles with civic, community and professional organizations, including President of the Alliance of Black Women Attorneys, Commissioner on the Maryland Attorney Grievance Commission, Chair of the advisory board of the Baltimore City Child Care Resource Center and a member of the board of the House of Ruth.
Kristin Jones Bryce is Chief of Staff and Senior Vice President, External Affairs for the University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS), where she focuses on policy within a rapidly evolving health care environment, relationship building, and government affairs on behalf of the system’s 13 hospitals, academic and community-based clinicians, ambulatory care network, health plans, and University of Maryland School of Medicine partners. Prior to joining UMMS in October 2015, Kristin served for 10 years as Chief of Staff to Speaker Michael E. Busch in the Maryland House of Delegates. Before that, she was the Speaker’s Legislative Counsel.
Kristin began her career in Annapolis shortly after graduating from law school in 1997 when she was hired as a policy analyst by the Department of Legislative Services. In that capacity, she served as committee counsel to the House Economic Matters Committee focusing on health and insurance issues.
Kristin graduated cum laude with a BA from the University of Massachusetts and earned her Juris Doctor from the University of Maryland School of Law. She was admitted to the Maryland bar in 1998. Kristin was named one of the Baltimore Sun’s 50 Women to Watch in 2013. In December 2017, Senate President Thomas V. “Mike” Miller appointed her to a 4-year term on the Governor’s Salary Commission. She also served as a member of the UMBC Public Policy External Advisory Board and serves as a Trustee on the Governing Board of the Living Legacy Foundation.
Joel Klein serves as Interim Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer, with responsibility for system-level IT initiatives including Epic, applications, infrastructure, security and informatics. Dr. Klein formerly served as President of the Emergency Medicine practice and as Medical Director of Informatics at UM BWMC, starting in 2011. Dr. Klein joined the UMMS leadership team in 2014 as head of IT Product Development and was named Vice President of Information Technology and Associate Chief Information Officer in 2017. He completed a residency in emergency medicine at Johns Hopkins, an MD from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, and a BA from Yale University.
Michelle Lee is Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer for the University of Maryland Medical System. Ms. Lee is a financial reporting expert with more than 25 years of experience in the health care sector. She is responsible for the Medical System's finance-shared services functions comprised of financial reporting, general accounting, tax compliance and strategy, disbursements, payroll and treasury, including investment and debt management, as well as the System's financial portfolio.
Ms. Lee joined the University of Maryland Medical System in 2000 as the senior director for financial reporting for the University of Maryland Medical Center. Since that time, Ms. Lee has been instrumental in the creation of the Medical System’s consolidated corporate finance function as the System has grown into a 13-hospital system. Prior to joining the University of Maryland Medical System, Ms. Lee was an audit senior manager in the Baltimore Office of KPMG, the international accounting firm. A certified public accountant, Ms. Lee earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from the University of Baltimore in Maryland. Ms. Lee has served in various capacities on the Board of Healthcare Financial Management Association and currently serves on the Executive Council of Women United of the United Way of Central Maryland.
Kate McCann is a Senior Vice President and is Chief Human Resource Officer for the University of Maryland Medical System. She is responsible for developing and implementing HR strategy across the system to maximize competitive advantage, and translating business strategy into HR Shared Service initiatives. In this role, she collaborates with system leaders, including hospital CEOs and corporate executives, to effectively administer HR products, providing HR consultative solutions and approaches that drive business results.
Prior to joining the Medical System in 2013, McCann was a leader at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in New Hampshire. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business and HR Management from Southern New Hampshire University and is completing her Master of Science degree in Human Resource Development from Towson University. She serves on the board of directors for the Baltimore Workforce Development Board.
Dr. Pollak is The James Lawrence Kernan Professor and Chair of the Department of Orthopaedics at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He also serves as Senior Vice President for Clinical Transformation and Chief of Orthopaedics for the University of Maryland Medical System.
Dr. Pollak received BS and MD degrees from Northwestern University and completed an orthopaedic surgery residency at the integrated Case Western Reserve University/University Hospitals of Cleveland program. In 1994, he completed a fellowship in orthopaedic trauma at the University of California Davis Medical Center. He has served in the past as Treasurer, Chair of the Extremity War Injuries Project Team and as Chair of the Board of Specialty Societies for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. He is a Past President of the Orthopaedic Trauma Association and the Maryland Orthopaedic Association.
Dr. Pollak has served on the faculty of the School of Medicine since 1994 and has held numerous leadership positions. He has served in the past as Head of the Division of Orthopaedic Traumatology and Chief of Orthopaedics at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center where he has spent the majority of his professional career in clinical practice.
Dr. Pollak is currently Chair of the Maryland Health Care Commission and Vice Chair of the Major Extremity Trauma Research Consortium. His current responsibilities also include Editor of the AAOS Orange Book Series, Medical Director of the Baltimore County Fire Department, and Special Deputy US Marshal.
Aaron Rabinowitz serves as Interim Counsel for Board Governance, overseeing the System’s Board governance and legal work. Aaron has served as Vice President and General Counsel for UM Upper Chesapeake Health for the past six years. His background includes private legal practice with a focus on health law and work in both economic and health policy.
Jeff Stavely was named Interim Chief Compliance Officer for the University of Maryland Medical System in July 2019, and also serves as Vice President and Chief Audit Executive of the Corporate Internal Audit Group for UMMS. In his interim CCO role, Stavely has responsibility for oversight of compliance across the System, including development and implementation of new measures to improve corporate governance and the effectiveness of the regulatory compliance program. The internal audit group works with senior management and the Board of Directors Audit Committee to assess key operating risks and ensure that the medical system has a strong internal control structure.
Stavely joined the University of Maryland Medical System in 2005 as the manager of the Business Process Improvement Project, which focused on improving business practices and strengthening internal controls. He has a bachelor's degree in accounting from Towson University, and is a certified public accountant, a certified internal auditor and a certified information systems auditor. His past experience includes providing audit and accounting services at several local and national accounting firms, such as SC&H Consulting, where he was an audit manager, and KAWG&F, Deloitte & Touche and Smith & Downey.