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John McConnell, MD


Wake Forest University Medical Center

In 2008, John D. McConnell, MD, was named as the first chief executive officer in the history of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, the largest employer in the Piedmont Triad, including almost 90% of the region’s physicians listed among the “Best Doctors in America.”

As CEO, McConnell oversees the clinical, research and academic enterprise for Wake Forest Baptist, reporting to the Medical Center’s board of directors.

McConnell comes to Winston-Salem from Dallas, where he was executive vice president of health system affairs at University of Texas Southwestern beginning in 2003. In that position, he had overall responsibility for UT Southwestern’s university hospitals and clinics as well as the faculty physician practice.

A noted urologist who joined the UT Southwestern faculty in 1984, McConnell held a number of clinical as well as administrative posts at UT Southwestern, including urology department chair, prostate disease center director, vice president for clinical programs and executive vice president for administration.

During his tenure as chair of urology, McConnell’s department was ranked in the NIH top 10 funding list. His own research accomplishments were recognized by his election to the prestigious Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.

A native of Independence, Kansas, McConnell earned a BA in chemistry from the University of Kansas, then an MD (magna cum laude) from Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine, followed by surgical internship and urology residency at UT Southwestern.

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