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Kenneth A. Samet


Kenneth A. Samet, FACHE, is President and Chief Executive Officer of MedStar Health, a $5 billion not-for-profit, healthcare delivery system comprised of 10 hospitals, a comprehensive network of health-related businesses that includes research, ambulatory, home health, and a large multi-specialty physician network, and several insurance products with more than 170,000 members.

Mr. Samet has dedicated his career to health care. From 2003 to 2008, he served as president and chief operating officer of MedStar Health, and prior to that, served as the system’s first chief operating officer since MedStar’s inception in 1998. Mr. Samet served as president of MedStar Washington Hospital Center, one of the nation’s largest tertiary care hospitals, in the District of Columbia from 1990 to 2000. From the mid-1980s to 1990, Mr. Samet held a variety of leadership positions with the Medlantic Healthcare Group, which merged with Helix Health in 1998 to create MedStar Health.

Mr. Samet is presently a member of the board of directors at Georgetown University, the Greater Baltimore Committee, the Economic Club of Washington, United Way of the National Capital Area, Goodwill of Greater Washington and serves on the Executive Committee of the board of the Greater Washington Board of Trade. Samet presently serves on the Board of Evolent Health (EVH) and served for seven years on the Board of Catalyst Health Solutions (CHSI), a pharmacy benefit management company. Mr. Samet is also a past board member and chair of the Academic Affairs Committee of the Old Dominion University Board of Visitors, where he received his bachelor’s degree in business administration in 1980 and an honorary doctorate of humane letters in 2012. Mr. Samet received his master’s degree in health services administration from the University of Michigan in 1982.

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