John Popovich, Jr., M.D.
President & Chief Executive Officer, Henry Ford Hospital
Executive Vice President & Chief Medical Officer, Henry Ford Health System
Dr. Popovich, the first physician to lead the hospital in more than 40 years, oversees the entire clinical and financial operations of the 805-bed hospital, the medical, educational and research flagship of Henry Ford Health System.
After graduating from the University of Michigan Medical School in 1975, he began his career at Henry Ford with a medical internship followed by residency training - which included serving as chief medical resident - and then a fellowship in the Division of Pulmonary Medicine. He joined the hospital as a senior staff physician in 1980.
Dr. Popovich has been instrumental in the growth of intensive care and critical care at Henry Ford Hospital. While serving as director of the medical intensive care unit, he developed the critical care training program and led the expansion of critical care medicine at Henry Ford Hospital.
He served for 10 years as division head of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, before becoming chair of the Department of Internal Medicine in 1999. He became the health system's senior vice president for Clinical Affairs in 2008. In this role he was the physician lead in developing the Henry Ford Physician Network. He currently is chief executive officer and chair of the board of this organization.
Dr. Popovich is past chair of the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation and is a past chair of the American Board of Internal Medicine, the nation's largest physician - certifying board. During his tenure as chair of the American Board of Internal Medicine, he led efforts to expand the recertification program for internal medicine physicians, as well as initiate the development of certification in hospitalist medicine.
In his Foundation role, he led the organization's efforts to advance medical professionalism, working with different health care policy makers and constituents to develop environmental conditions that encourage clinicians to do the right thing in the service of improved quality of care. Dr. Popovich is a highly respected lecturer and has authored more than 150 journal articles, scientific abstracts and book chapters. His chief research interest is the diagnoses of pulmonary thromboembolism and interstitial lung diseases.
Beyond his roles at Henry Ford, Dr. Popovich is a professor at Wayne State University's School of Medicine. He also serves as a member of the American Medical Association, Michigan State Medical Society, Wayne County Medical Society, American Thoracic Society, American College of Chest Physicians, Henry Ford Hospital Alumni Association, and the American College of Physicians. In 2005 he became a Master in the American College of Physicians, the highest honor bestowed by the organization.