The Society of Hospital Medicine has announced the appointment of Eric Howell, MD, MHM, to the position of chief operating officer (COO).
“Having been involved with SHM in many capacities since first joining, I am honored to now transition to chief operating officer,” Dr. Howell said. “I always tell everyone that my goal is to make the world a better place, and I know that SHM’s staff will be able to do just that through the development and deployment of a variety of products, tools, and services to help hospitalists improve patient care.”
In his new role as COO at SHM, Dr. Howell will lead senior management’s strategic planning as well as define organizational goals to drive extensive, sustainable growth. In addition to serving as SHM’s COO, Dr. Howell will continue his role as director of the hospital medicine division of Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore and professor of medicine in the department of medicine at Johns Hopkins University, also in Baltimore. Dr. Howell joined the Johns Hopkins Bayview hospitalist program in 2000, began the Howard County (Md.) General Hospital hospitalist program in 2010, and now oversees more than 200 physicians and clinical staff providing patient care in three hospitals.
“Eric has the perfect background to take SHM, its staff, and its membership to the next level,” said Laurence Wellikson, MD, MHM, chief executive officer of SHM. “His foundational leadership in the hospital medicine movement makes him the ideal person to lead SHM forward in its quest to provide hospitalists with the tools necessary to make a noteworthy difference in their institutions and in the lives of their patients.”
Dr. Howell is also a past president of SHM, the course director for the SHM Leadership Academies, and most recently, served as the senior physician advisor to SHM’s Center for Quality Improvement, which conducts quality improvement programs for hospitalist teams. He received his electrical engineering degree from the University of Maryland, which he said has served as an instrumental piece of his background for managing and implementing change in the hospital. His research has focused on the relationship between the emergency department and medicine floors, improving communication, throughput, and patient outcomes.