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Kernan Hospital Announces Appointment of New CEO

Michael Jablonover, MD, to assume leadership as current CEO James Ross moves to leadership of Chester River Health System

Michael Jablonover, MD, MBA, FACP
Michael Jablonover, MD, MBA, FACP

Baltimore, MD (December 10, 2009) - James Lawrence Kernan Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation Hospital in Woodlawn, the largest provider of rehabilitation care in Maryland, has announced the appointment of Michael Jablonover, MD, MBA, FACP, as president and CEO.

Dr. Jablonover, who currently serves as Kernan's vice president of medical affairs and chief medical officer, replaces James E. Ross, FACHE, Kernan's leader since 1994, who is assuming the presidency of Chester River Health System in Chestertown. The transfer of leadership at Kernan is set for January 18.

Both Kernan Hospital and Chester River Health System are members of the University of Maryland Medical System.

Board certified in Internal Medicine, Dr. Jablonover has also served as chief medical officer at University Specialty Hospital, as interim chief medical officer at the University of Maryland Medical Center, as director of hospitalist services at the University of Maryland Medical Center, and as associate chief, general internal medicine, department of Medicine, University of Maryland School of Medicine.

A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Duke University and a graduate of Duke University School of Medicine, he completed his residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Maryland Medical Center, and earned an MBA with a health care specialization from the University of Baltimore. He is also a Fellow of the American College of Physicians.

Davis V.R. Sherman, an attorney at Venable LLP and chair of the Kernan Board, praised the performance of the incoming CEO, noting that Dr. Jablonover has worked closely and successfully with the Board. "He is an experienced and admired leader who is more than ready to guide Kernan's future," Sherman said. Ross shared the same assessment of his replacement. "The wisdom in selecting Michael Jablonover as Kernan's next president and CEO is obvious to all," he said.

On leaving Kernan after 15 years of leadership, Ross commented, "How can I adequately express my gratitude for being part of what is a most special community of caregivers? I will always remember my time at Kernan as the most important and satisfying of my professional career."

About James Lawrence Kernan Hospital:

A 138-bed rehabilitation and orthopaedic hospital, Kernan offers inpatient and outpatient surgery in a variety of specialties, including total joint replacement, sports injuries, scoliosis, neck, back, upper and lower extremity injuries, as well as plastic surgery, dental surgery, and trauma reconstruction, for children and adults. Kernan’s William Donald Schaefer Rehabilitation Center offers the most technologically advanced therapy for orthopaedic injuries, brain and spinal cord injuries, stroke, multiple sclerosis, and other neurologic disorders. Kernan houses the University of Maryland Complementary Medicine Program. Kernan also operates an outpatient center in Timonium that offers comprehensive orthopaedic services, physical therapy, and sports medicine for professional and college athletes as well as "weekend warriors."