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Joseph L. Wright, MD, MPH, FAAP is the interim President & CEO of UM Capital Region Health. He joined the organization in September 2018 as Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer and he will continue in his role in addition to his interim position. Prior to joining UM Capital, Dr. Wright served as Professor and Chairman of Pediatrics at the Howard University College of Medicine in Washington, DC.  He previously served as Senior Vice President within the Children's National Health System, where he provided strategic leadership for the organization’s advocacy mission, public policy positions and community partnership initiatives.

Dr. Wright earned a B.A. from Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, his M.D. from Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, and a Masters of Public Health in Administrative Medicine and Management from the George Washington University.

Dr. Wright is current chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Committee on Pediatric Emergency Medicine after having served as inaugural chair of the AAP Violence Prevention Subcommittee. He is also currently chairing the AAP Task Force on Addressing Bias and Discrimination. 

Currently, he holds academic appointments as a professor in the departments of Pediatrics and Health Policy and Management at the University of Maryland Schools of Medicine and Public Health, respectively.