Henry Ford Hospital CEO John Popovich to Retire in Mid-2018


Dr. John Popvich, president and CEO of Henry Ford Hospital and executive vice president and chief medical officer of Henry Ford Health System, both in Detroit, has announced plans to retire from the organization at the end of the second quarter of 2018. Dr. Popovich has been with Henry Ford Hospital since 1975 out of medical school.

Immediately following his fellowship at Henry Ford Hospital in 1980, Dr. Popovich became a senior staff physician for Henry Ford Medical Group and director of the medical intensive care unit, where he developed the critical care training program and led the expansion of critical care medicine at Henry Ford. He was later appointed division head of pulmonary and critical care medicine, a position he held for nearly 10 years.

“Dr. Popovich is known for his love of the people at Henry Ford Hospital and his affection for the city of Detroit,” says Wright Lassiter III, president and CEO of Henry Ford Health System. “His legacy includes building, leading, and nurturing a team that is well-positioned to continue the hospital’s reputation as an academic medical center highly regarded for its research, education, and clinical excellence.”

In 1999, Dr. Popovich continued his career as chair of the department of internal medicine and he was named senior vice president for clinical affairs for Henry Ford Health System. He assumed the role of Henry Ford Hospital president and CEO in 2010, and became executive vice president and chief medical officer two years later.

Dr. Popovich is also a lecturer and has authored more than 150 journal articles, scientific abstracts, and book chapters. His chief research interest was the diagnoses of pulmonary thromboembolism and interstitial lung diseases. He also created the blog Doc in The D.