Executive Management

Mark Batshaw

Mark Batshaw, MD, is Executive Vice President, Physician-in-Chief & Chief Academic Officer of Children's National Health System, where he also serves as director of the Children's Research Institute. He is chairman of Pediatrics and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences.  

Denice Cora Bramble

Denice Cora-Bramble

Denice Cora-Bramble, MD, MBA, FAAP, is the Executive Vice President & Chief Medical Officer for Ambulatory & Community Health Services and the Senior Vice President for the Goldberg Center for Community Pediatric Health. She oversees efforts focused on clinical integration across the care continuum and population strategies that strengthen the healthcare delivered to children outside the hospital setting.

Elizabeth Flury

Elizabeth Flury

Elizabeth Flury, MA, is Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer. She joined Children’s National in 2012 as the organization’s first Chief Strategy Officer. She leads the formulation and execution of new, innovative strategy at Children’s National designed to ensure the organization’s preparedness for healthcare reform.

Kathy Gorman

Kathleen Chavanu Gorman

Kathleen E. Chavanu Gorman, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, is Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Patient Care Services. She rejoined Children's National from Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) where she served as Senior VP of Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer, and Assistant Dean of Clinical Practice at the University School of Nursing. 

Mary Anne Hilliard

Mary Anne Hilliard

Mary Anne Hilliard, Esq., is Vice President of Safety and Patient Experience and Chief Risk Counsel. She manages Children’s National's risk management, claims, litigation, and insurance. She previously practiced law in Washington, DC, as an in-house hospital attorney specializing in professional malpractice defense and general healthcare law.

Brian Jacobs

Brian Jacobs, MD, is Chief Information Officer, Chief Medical Information Officer, and Executive Vice President, Center for Pediatric Informatics at Children's National Health System. In addition, Dr. Jacobs oversees the Bear Institute – the first Pediatric Health IT Institute in the nation – a partnership with Cerner.

Pam King Sams

Pam King Sams

Pam King Sams, CFRE, is the Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officer for Children’s Hospital Foundation. She directs fundraising strategies and helps lead partnerships for Children’s National. She led the health system’s largest campaign, which raised more than $500 million. Through her work helping to develop and steward the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation, she has helped build international partnerships to improve the health of children worldwide. She has partnered with the Government of Abu Dhabi, healthcare agencies, businesses, and universities on 15 projects related to healthcare, education, human capacity, and sustainability.

Michelle McGuire

Michelle McGuire, MBA, is Vice President and Chief of Staff. She serves as an adviser to the CEO providing strategic oversight and ensuring alignment of organizational priorities. Ms. McGuire’s responsibilities also include leading special projects for the health system and partnering with members of the executive team in the execution of critical business functions across the organization.

Douglas Myers

Douglas Myers

Douglas Myers, MBA, CPA, is Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. He brings a wealth of experience to Children's National with more than 20 years as a CFO in hospitals and health systems, working with a mixture of for-profit and not-for-profit, adult, and pediatric organizations.

Mary Ottolini

Mary Ottolini, MD, MPH, is the Vice Chair of Medical Education for Children's National Health System.

Roger Packer

Roger J. Packer, MD, is Senior Vice President of the Center for Neuroscience & Behavioral Health, Gilbert Distinguished Professor of Neurofibromatosis, and is Director of both the Gilbert Neurofibromatosis Institute and the Brain Tumor Institute of Children’s National Health System.

Anthony Sandler

Anthony Sandler

Anthony D. Sandler, MD, is the Senior Vice President of the Robert Center for Surgical Care and the Diane and Norman Bernstein Professor in Pediatric Surgery. He is also a principal investigator in the Immunology Initiative of the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation.

Linda Talley

Linda Talley

Linda Talley, MS, BSN, RN, NE-BC, is Vice President of Nursing and Chief Nursing Officer. She joined Children’s National as a staff nurse in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. She has held positions of increasing responsibility including Vice President of Nursing for Critical Care, Heart Institute, and Nursing Systems. 

Mendel Tuchman

Mendel Tuchman, MD is Chief Research Officer at Children's National, Scientific Director of the Children's Research Institute, and a Professor of Pediatrics at George Washington University.

Darryl Varnado

Darryl Varnado

Darryl Varnado is Executive Vice President and Chief People Officer. He focuses on leading the workforce at Children’s National through leadership and talent development, and taking the institution to new heights in human resources processes.

David Wessel

David Wessel, MD, is Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, Hospital and Specialty Services, and the Ikaria Distinguished Professor of Critical Care Medicine at Children's National Health System. He also is Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine and of Pediatrics at the George Washington University.

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