For Immediate Release March 15, 2021


Michael Schwartzberg:

Dr. David Marcozzi, COVID-19 Incident commander University of Maryland Medical System

David Marcozzi, MD Has Led Unified Command for COVID-19 Response

David Marcozzi, MD, has been named Senior Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer (CCO) for the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) effective March 15, 2021, reporting to Bert W. O'Malley, MD, President and CEO of UMMC. As CCO, Dr. Marcozzi will lead evidence-based programs, practices and activities and establish clear processes to monitor performance against stated goals and assure accountability for performance as measured by quality, service and financial outcomes.

Presently, Dr. Marcozzi serves as the University of Maryland Medical System - University of Maryland, Baltimore Unified Incident Commander for the COVID-19 response, a role he will continue to fill. In addition, he has a prominent role in the state as the COVID-19 Medical Advisor to Governor Larry Hogan. Dr. Marcozzi is also a Professor and Associate Chair of Population Health in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) and a fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians.

"The University of Maryland Medical Center is a world-class academic medical institution and I look forward to serving in this role to continue the hospital's work striving for excellence in healthcare delivery for patients in Baltimore, the state of Maryland and our region," Dr. Marcozzi said.

"Dr. Marcozzi has been an extraordinary leader, spearheading and coordinating our unified COVID-19 response across the Medical System and with our colleagues at the UMB campuses, while also providing important leadership at the state level. On top of his work fighting the pandemic, Marco has also played a critical role in launching UMMC's Mobile Integrated Healthcare – Community Paramedicine program, which has the potential to change the way essential care is delivered in our local communities," said Mohan Suntha, MD, MBA, President and CEO of UMMS. "His experience is the perfect fit for this clinical leadership role at the Medical Center."

An experienced professional who excels at leading multidisciplinary teams to address challenges, Dr. Marcozzi has served in the federal government as a senior leader and subject matter expert on health delivery, emergency care, and emergency preparedness. During his federal tenure, Dr. Marcozzi held positions within the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the White House and was involved with health delivery reform efforts, clinical quality standard and measure development. He is also presently a Colonel in the US Army Reserves.

"I am thrilled to welcome Dr. Marcozzi to the UMMC senior leadership team in this very important role overseeing our clinical care operations," said Dr. O'Malley. "His depth of experience in clinical quality and health care delivery will be invaluable in providing strategic oversight of our processes and operational approach to clinical care."

"Dr. Marcozzi is a preeminent national leader in public health issues and emergency response. He has dedicated himself fully to serving our medical school, medical system and state through every phase of the COVID-19 pandemic," said E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs, UM Baltimore, and the John Z. and Akiko K. Bowers Distinguished Professor and Dean, University of Maryland School of Medicine. "As an esteemed member of our UMSOM faculty, and a consummate emergency medicine physician, I can think of no one more fitting to serve in this vital clinical leadership position at UMMC."

The UMMC Chief Clinical Officer's role is to promote and champion quality, foster clinical effectiveness and to engender/ implement a culture of excellence in professionalism and team-based delivery of clinical services. Working with leadership from UMMS, UMSOM, UMMC clinical service chiefs, physicians, nurses and other clinical programs, the CCO develops and implements clinical initiatives focused upon optimizing clinical operations and improving patient access, services and quality/safety outcomes utilizing a data driven, process-focused and outcomes-oriented approach.

Dr. Marcozzi will be transitioning from his roles as the Assistant Chief Medical Officer for Acute Care at UMMC and Deputy Medical Director for Mobile Integrated Healthcare for the Baltimore City Fire Department to assume the CCO position. This week, Dr. Marcozzi is also being presented with the Physician of the Year award from the Maryland chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians. Nicole Baehr, who previously served as Chief of Staff for the UMMS-UMB Unified Command, will join Dr. Marcozzi, serving in the position of Manager of Operations within the CCO's office.

About the University of Maryland Medical Center

The University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) is comprised of two hospital campuses in Baltimore: the 800-bed flagship institution of the 14-hospital University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) — and the 200-bed UMMC Midtown Campus, both academic medical centers training physicians and health professionals and pursuing research and innovation to improve health. UMMC's downtown campus is a national and regional referral center for trauma, cancer care, neurosciences, advanced cardiovascular care, women's and children's health, and has one of the largest solid organ transplant programs in the country. All physicians on staff at the downtown campus are clinical faculty physicians of the University of Maryland School of Medicine. The UMMC Midtown Campus medical staff is predominately faculty physicians specializing in diabetes, chronic diseases, behavioral health, long-term acute care and an array of outpatient primary care and specially services. UMMC Midtown has been a teaching hospital for 140 years and is located one mile away from the downtown campus. For more information, visit