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  Children’s National Medical Center Names Peter Holbrook, MD, Interim CEO
July 1, 2011

Chief Medical Officer will assume responsibilities during search for new leader

Washington, DC—Children’s National Medical Center’s Board of Directors has named Peter Holbrook, MD, Interim President and CEO. He replaces Edwin K. Zechman, Jr., who announced his retirement after 17 years as President and CEO of Children’s National.

Dr. Holbrook has served as the Chief Medical Officer at Children’s National for nearly 15 years. Trained as a pediatric critical care physician, Dr. Holbrook is nationally recognized for his work in developing critical care medicine, as well as administrative and ethical issues in caring for critically ill children.

Dr. Holbrook initiated a pediatric critical care fellowship training program, one of the first focused specifically on pediatricians as trainees. He also organized the pediatric section of the Society of Critical Care Medicine. He has been author and co-author of a number of scientific publications and book chapters, as well as the recipient of several distinguished awards.

“With his experience as a clinician and administrator, we have full confidence in Dr. Holbrook’s ability to guide Children’s National as we continue the search for a permanent CEO,” said James Lintott, Chairman of the Board of Directors at Children’s National Medical Center. The Children’s National Board of Directors has formed a CEO search committee and is in the process of interviewing candidates for the position of President and CEO. An announcement is expected later this year.

Children’s National Medical Center is the only exclusive provider of acute pediatric care in the metropolitan Washington area and is the only freestanding children’s hospital between Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Norfolk, and Atlanta.

For interviews, contact Emily Dammeyer, Public Relations Department: 202-476-4500.

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About Children’s National Medical Center:
Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC, has been serving the nation’s children since 1870. Home to Children’s Research Institute and the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation, Children’s National is consistently ranked among the top pediatric hospitals by U.S.News & World Report and the Leapfrog Group. With 283 beds, more than 1,330 nurses, 550 physicians, and seven regional outpatient centers, Children’s National is the only exclusive provider of pediatric care in the Washington metropolitan area. Children’s National has been recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Magnet® designated hospital, the highest level of recognition for nursing excellence that a medical center can achieve. For more information, visit, receive the latest news from the Children's National press room, or follow us Facebook and Twitter.