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President and CEO

John Fernandez was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary and of its parent company, Foundation of the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Inc., on January 1, 2007.

Since he took the helm at the Mass. Eye and Ear, John has been focusing the leadership on a new phase of efforts to ensure and enhance its reputation as one of the finest specialty hospitals in the world. During his tenure Mass. Eye and Ear has launched a 10-year strategic plan; opened  new sites including the Longwood Medical AreaEast Bridgewater, Concord, Stoneham, Duxbury and Weymouth; formed new clinical alliances and collaborations with Mass General, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Children’s Hospital, Braintree Rehab and Joslin Diabetes Center; and grown patient volume and research revenue.  The Schepens Eye Research Institute joined forces with Mass. Eye and Ear in June 2011. Fernandez is President and CEO of that organization.

The last five years have seen steady increases in revenues and margins, which has and will continue to enable more investment in the Mass. Eye and Ear mission. In September of 2010, Mass. Eye and Ear's bond rating was upgraded from below investment grade to investment grade by both Moody's and S & P.

John arrived at Mass. Eye and Ear with an impressive record of leadership success at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), serving as Vice President of Clinical Service for his last eight years there. During his 14-year tenure at BWH, he worked with chiefs of several services, enabling the hospital’s surgical specialties, radiology and pathology departments to thrive in their clinical and academic missions. John’s accomplishments are many: he has overseen major construction projects, improved services and operations, expand research programs, and achieved aggressive volume and financial goals.

A graduate of the College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio, Fernandez received his master’s degree in Government Administration from the University of Pennsylvania. He serves as the Chairman of the Conference of Boston Teaching Hospitals and is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and the Healthcare Roundtable. In addition, he is a member of the American Association of Eye and Ear Centers of Excellence, a member of the Massachusetts Hospital Association's Board of Trustees, and a member of the Suffolk University Board of Trustees.

Page updated:  January 14, 2013