Tuesday, August 02, 2005 - DMC Names Dr. Herman B. Gray President of Children's Hospital of Michigan

Detroit Medical Center (DMC) President and CEO Michael Duggan today announced Herman B. Gray, M.D. will lead Children’s Hospital of Michigan as president.

“We are excited to see Dr. Gray take the reins at Children’s Hospital of Michigan. We could not have found a more qualified candidate,” said Duggan. “Dr. Gray has been with Children’s for nearly 25 years. He is a great doctor and leader and will be an extraordinary asset to the continued development of Children’s Hospital of Michigan.”

Children’s Hospital of Michigan board chair John Baker, M.D., led an extensive national search for a successor to retiring president Larry Fleischmann. The search team included physicians, employees and board members. “Many excellent national health care candidates were considered and interviewed,” said Baker, “and Herman Gray was clearly our best choice. His knowledge and experience will benefit not only our patients, but the entire medical staff as well.”

Fleischmann, who announced his retirement in January, will leave his post at the end of this week. Duggan commended Fleishmann for his nearly 40 years of service to Children’s Hospital of Michigan noting that the institution has become a national leader in pediatric services.

Gray has a long history with Children’s Hospital of Michigan, dating back to the late 1970s when he served as chief pediatric resident. At the hospital, he served as vice president of graduate medical education, pediatric residency program director, chief of staff and then chief operating officer. Gray also served as associate dean for graduate medical education at Wayne State University School of Medicine. Under his leadership the residency program developed several innovative programs and successfully recruited a significant number of minorities. Gray continues to serve as a clinical associate professor in pediatrics.

Gray earned his medical degree from the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor and also holds a physician executive MBA from the University of Tennessee. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and a member of the American Medical Association, Michigan State Medical Society, and Wayne County Medical Society. In addition to his career at the DMC, he has served as medical consultant for the Michigan Department of Community Health - Children’s Special Health Services (CSHCS) and as vice president and medical director of clinical affairs for Blue Care Network. A pediatrician and child and family advocate, Gray has been honored numerous times for his humanitarian efforts related to pediatric health care, particularly children with special needs, and served on a variety of state and national committees and organizations. Gray is the first African American in the history of the hospital to serve as president.

The Detroit Medical Center operates nine hospitals and institutions, including Children’s Hospital of Michigan, Detroit Receiving Hospital and University Health Center, Harper University Hospital, Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital, Hutzel Women’s Hospital, Kresge Eye Institute, Michigan Orthopaedic Specialty Hospital, Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan, and Sinai-Grace Hospital.

Established as a nonprofit corporation in 1985, the Detroit Medical Center is a leading regional health care system with a mission of excellence in clinical care, research and medical education. The Detroit Medical Center is the academic health center for Wayne State University and its schools of medicine, nursing and allied health services. Wayne State University School of Medicine is the one of America’s top medical schools.