Henry Ford Health System Leadership

Wright L. Lassiter III

Wright L. Lassiter IIIWright L. Lassiter III is the President and CEO of Henry Ford Health System, with responsibility for the $6.5 billion system comprising six hospitals throughout Michigan, a health insurance plan and a wide range of ambulatory, retail and related health services in more than 250 locations with 32,000 employees.

Lassiter joined Henry Ford in December 2014 and assumed the role of President & CEO two years later. Since his arrival, he led the Board and senior management through a comprehensive strategic planning effort to position Henry Ford for the future. Under his leadership, Henry Ford has completed two successful mergers, expanding its geographic footprint, and generating an additional $1 billion in revenue.

The System has significantly increased its quality and financial performance, earning top honors in several publicly reported quality programs and receiving both outlook and ratings upgrades from Moody’s and S&P. With a major focus on collaboration, the System has inked major partnerships with a host of organizations, including the Detroit Pistons, General Motors, Syapse, Presbyterian Villages of Michigan and Beckman Coulter.

A seasoned health care executive, Lassiter has nearly 30 years of experience working in large, complex health systems, including Dallas Methodist Health System and JPS Health Network in Fort Worth, Texas. Prior to joining Henry Ford, Lassiter was CEO of Alameda Health System in Oakland, California, where he was credited with leading the expansion and turnaround of the $865 million public health system, achieving eight years of positive financial performance, The Joint Commission Top Performer status, and significant increases in patient engagement and reductions in patient harm.

Lassiter’s work has received many national accolades, most notably “100 Most Influential People in Healthcare” (2018/2017/2016) from Modern Healthcare; “Top 25 Minority Healthcare Executives in U.S. Healthcare” (2018/2016/2012) from Modern Healthcare; “Crain’s Detroit Top 10 Newsmakers” (2017), “Top Blacks in U.S. Healthcare” (2014) by the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solutions; and “20 People Who Make Healthcare Better in the U.S” (2011) from HealthLeaders. In 2011, Fast Company prominently featured Lassiter’s work to rebuild Alameda.

An avid community leader, Lassiter currently serves on the boards of the American Hospital Association, America’s Essential Hospitals – Chair Elect, Arsenal Capital Partners, City Year - Detroit, Detroit Regional Chamber, Detroit Children’s Fund, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, LeMoyne College, Invest Detroit, Motown Museum and Downtown Detroit Partnership. These efforts have garnered numerous recognitions including the Industry Award (2019) from Results Mentoring, Corporate Leadership Award (2018) from National Medical Fellowships, and The Legacy Award (2014) from the Jobs and Housing Coalition.

Lassiter received his master’s degree in Healthcare Administration from Indiana University where he graduated number one in his class and completed his bachelor’s degree with honors in Chemistry from LeMoyne College.


Adnan Munkarah, M.D.

Adnan Munkarah, M.D.Adnan Munkarah, M.D., is the Executive Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer for Henry Ford Health System. Dr. Munkarah is responsible for the complete spectrum of clinical activities across the health system, ensuring comprehensive healthcare delivery, enhancing the quality of care, and patient safety, and exceeding patients’ expectations of the overall care experience. He oversees the development and achievement of strategic goals for clinical service lines, medical staff expansion and engagement including employed and independent providers, and innovative clinical care programs consistent with the overall strategic direction of the health system. Working the system Chief Academic Officer, he ensures the success of the system research and educational enterprise and its alignment with the clinical programs. Additionally, Dr. Munkarah provides supervision for the health system’s population health and accountable care strategies.

Dr. Munkarah is a board-certified gynecologic oncologist with a prolific career as clinician, researcher and educator. He is a professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Wayne State University. He has authored more than 165 articles and book chapters. He has served as a visiting professor and invited lecturer at national and international meetings. Among his many honors and awards, Dr. Munkarah has received Patterson Chair in Gynecologic Cancer Research, Best Doctors in America, APGO Excellence in Teaching Award, Clark Kirkman award as Surgical educator, Lebanese Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology International Achievement Award, and repeatedly named one of the Top Doctors by HOUR Detroit Magazine in the area of Gynecology Oncology.

Dr. Munkarah is a fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the American College of Surgeons, and the Felix Rutledge Society, a member of many professional societies including the Society of Gynecologic Oncologists, the American Society of Clinical Oncology, , the American Association of Cancer Research and others. He has served on several committees in these national and international professional societies.

A graduate of the American University of Beirut in Lebanon, Dr. Munkarah received his Doctor of Medicine with Distinction in 1985. He completed residency training in Internal Medicine in 1988 and Obstetrics and Gynecology in 1992 at Wayne State University, and fellowship training in Natural Immunity and Gynecologic Oncology at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in 1995.


Steven Kalkanis, M.D.

Steven Kalkanis, M.D.Steven Kalkanis, M.D., is the Chief Executive Officer of the Henry Ford Medical Group and Senior Vice President and Chief Academic Officer of the Henry Ford Health System. Dr. Kalkanis provides strategic leadership and direction over the 1,900-member group of physicians and researchers responsible for all aspects of clinical performance across 40 specialties. In his role as Senior Vice President and Chief Academic Officer, Dr. Kalkanis works to advance the health system’s academic mission including the development and growth of all research and medical education programs.

Dr. Kalkanis joined Henry Ford in 2004 after completing neurosurgical residency training at the Harvard - Massachusetts General Hospital program. In May 2014, he was named chair of Henry Ford’s Department of Neurosurgery, which is nationally recognized for research and clinical excellence with 33 physicians and scientists. He also served as co-director of the Neuroscience Institute and the inaugural Medical Director of the Henry Ford Cancer Institute.

A graduate of Harvard Medical School, Dr. Kalkanis is actively involved in clinical trials and research and leads a translational research laboratory investigating the molecular genetic differences between short- and long-term brain tumor survivors with the goal of refining future personalized medicine treatment protocols. He has also served as a visiting professor and guest lecturer for more than 100 national and international audiences and has authored more than 175 peer-reviewed publications. An internationally recognized brain tumor expert, Dr. Kalkanis serves as president of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, the largest association of its kind. In 2018, he was also named a director of the American Board of Neurological Surgery, the official accrediting and credentialing body for all neurosurgeons practicing in the U.S.


Carladenise A. Edwards, Ph.D.

Carladenise A. Edwards, Ph.D.Dr. Carladenise Armbrister Edwards is the Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer for the Henry Ford Health System. Dr. Edwards provides executive counsel and leadership for the system’s strategic planning efforts and partnership ventures, business development and transformation initiatives, government affairs, as well as Henry Ford Innovations, the health system’s multi-disciplinary team responsible for product design and commercialization, technology transfer, licensing agreements and international programs.

Dr. Edwards is an accomplished healthcare executive with nearly three decades of healthcare, nonprofit and government experience. Prior to Henry Ford, she was Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer for Providence St. Joseph Health, a $24 billion Catholic health system headquartered in Renton, WA, comprising 51 hospitals and 800+ clinics across seven states.

Rooted in a strong commitment to service, Dr. Edwards serves on several boards, including the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Nursing, Seattle-based College Success Foundation, Heluna Health, a not-for-profit population health company headquartered in California, and Apatics, Inc.

She has a Ph.D. in Medical Sociology from the University of Florida, a master’s degree in Education and Psychological Services and bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Edwards also studied neuroscience at the University of Leuven in Belgium and gerontology at the University of California Los Angeles.