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Kernan Hospital Announces Appointment of New Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Roy T. Smoot, Jr., to take CMO post as Dr. Michael Jablonover becomes CEO of Kernan

Dr. Roy T. Smoot, Jr.
Roy T. Smoot, Jr., MD, FACS

Baltimore, MD (January 6, 2010) - Kernan Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation Hospital in Woodlawn, the largest provider of rehabilitation care in Maryland, has announced the appointment of Roy T. Smoot, Jr., MD, FACS, as vice president of medical affairs and chief medical officer.

Dr. Smoot, who recently served as the chief medical officer at Maryland General Hospital, replaces Michael Jablonover, MD, MBA, FACP, Kernan's current vice president of medical affairs and chief medical officer, who will be assuming leadership of Kernan as its chief executive officer. Dr. Jablonover and Dr. Smoot will assume their new positions on January 18.

Both Kernan Hospital and Maryland General Hospital are part of the University of Maryland Medical System, an 11-hospital network located throughout Maryland.

Dr. Smoot, who is board-certified in general surgery, has previously served as the chief medical officer of Betsy Johnson Regional Hospital in Dunn, North Carolina; director of bariatric surgery at the Upper Chesapeake Health System; vice president and management partner of Nanticoke Surgical Instruments; president of Nanticoke Diagnostics; and partner of the Mid-Delmarva Breast Center.

Dr. Smoot completed his residency in general surgery at the University of Maryland Medical Center, where he served as chief resident. A graduate of the University of Maryland School of Medicine, he is also a member of the American College of Physician Executives and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

"Dr. Smoot is a welcome addition to Kernan," Dr. Jablonover says. "He is a talented, dedicated and accomplished physician leader who is committed to the highest level of quality care and patient safety. His expertise will help us to continue our mission to our patients and community as we move into 2010."

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."