JOHN POPOVICH, JR.:
 
JOHN POPOVICH, JR.




 
 
 
 
 
President and CEO of Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, the medical, educational, and research flagship of the Henry Ford Health System. The first physician to lead the 805-bed hospital in more than 60 years, Popovich oversees clinical and financial operations. Founded in 1915, the hospital has some 1,200 staff and recently completed a $310 million expansion and renovation. Some $500 million will be spent on further expansion. In addition to its Level 1 trauma center designation, the hospital has more intensive care beds than any other facility in Michigan. Popovich began his career at Henry Ford as a medical intern followed by residency training, which included serving as chief medical resident, and a fellowship in pulmonary medicine. He joined the hospital as a senior staff physician in 1980. While serving as director of the medical intensive care unit, Popovich expanded critical care and developed the critical care training program. He served 10 years as division head of pulmonary and critical care medicine before becoming chair of internal medicine in 1999. In 2008 he was named the health systemís senior vice president for clinical affairs. Popovich is past chair of the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation and the American Board of Internal Medicine, the nationís largest physician-certifying board. As chair of the American Board of Internal Medicine, he expanded recertification for internal medicine physicians, and initiated the development of certification in hospitalist medicine. In his Foundation role, he led efforts to advance medical professionalism, and worked with different health care policy makers and constituents to develop environmental conditions that encourage clinicians to improve quality of care. Popovich lectures and has authored more than 150 journal articles, abstracts, and book chapters. His chief research interests are pulmonary thromboembolism and interstitial lung diseases. Popovich is also a professor at Wayne State Universityís School of Medicine. In 2005 he was elected a Master of the American College of Physicians, the highest honor bestowed by the organization. Popovich graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School in 1976.


WHERE BORN: “The big D, Detroit.”

MOST INFLUENTIAL PERSONS: “My grandfather, Gust. He instilled in me a love of life and living. He was the guy who really got me into medicine, although he was never a physician.”

LAST BOOK READ: “Iím almost done with Laura Hillenbrandís most recent book,Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption.

WORDS THAT DESCRIBE ME: “Persistent, focused, and passionate.”

WHERE MY FIELD/INDUSTRY IS HEADED: “Health care is moving toward value, quality of patient care, and cost reduction. Payment reform will likely create many of these changes. There will be a greater role for physician leadership with the creation of accountable care organizations. Also, there will be greater organization of physician and network providers and the field is moving toward reduction in waste, both administrative and operational. Itís moving closer to the patient and community and engaging both in desired health care outcomes. And all of this with health care reform expanding coverage.”

FAVORITE TECHNOLOGICAL GADGET: “Two of them Ė personal and professional. My iPad for personal use and robots in surgery.”

FAVORITE PLACE: “Home.”

FAVORITE HOBBIES: “Golf.”

FAVORITE FOOD: “Stone crabs.”

MY HIDDEN TALENT: “Some are getting to know me because of my recent blog, so creative writing (www.DocInTheD.com).”

HOW I WANT TO BE REMEMBERED: “He aimed high in hope and work, and made a difference in the lives he touched.”