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Leadership Team

WakeMed and its leadership is committed to being the best in the health care business.  We continually offer new and improved medical services, build state-of-the-art, convenient facilities for our customers and hire the best and the brightest people to work in our organization - all in the name of providing a quality experience for the people we serve.

WakeMed Board of Directors

As a private, not-for-profit organization, WakeMed Health & Hospitals is governed by a 14-member volunteer Board of Directors who are representative of the communities we serve.  All inquiries for the Board should be directed to Roylyn Johnson, manager, Office of the Board & CEO at 919-350-8102 or RCJOHNSON@wakemed.org.

Executive Staff

donald gintzig

Donald R. Gintzig
President & CEO

Rick Carrico, CFO

Rick Carrico, MBA, CPA
Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

denise warren

Denise Warren, MBA
Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer

Rebecca Andrews

Rebecca E. Andrews, MSCL
Senior Vice President & Administrator, Raleigh Campus

Cindy A. Boily

Cindy A. Boily, MSN, RN
Senior Vice President & Chief Nursing Officer

Seth Brody

Seth Brody, MD, MPH
Senior Vice President, Physician Services

Chris DeRienzo

Chris DeRienzo, MD
Senior Vice President, Quality & Chief Medical Officer


Thomas Gough, MHA
Senior Vice President, Administrator Cary Hospital & North Hospital

Carolyn Knaup

Carolyn Knaup, MHA, RN
Senior Vice President, Strategic Ventures & Ambulatory Operations

Jeanene R. Martin

Jeanene R. Martin, MPH, MEd
Senior Vice President, Human Resources

Valerie Barlow

Valerie Barlow, PharmD, MBA
Vice President, Clinical & Support Services

Tom Hughes

Thomas Hughes, MHA
Vice President, Operations, Community Hospitals

Shon Brink

Shon Brink, MBA, CMPE, FACHE
Vice President, Operations, WakeMed Physician Practices

Tom Cavender

Thomas G. Cavender, PE
Vice President, Facilities & Construction

Christine Craig

Christine Craig
Vice President, Government Affairs

Susan James

Susan James, JD
Vice President & Chief Legal Officer

Debra Z. Laughery

Debra Z. Laughery, MBA
Vice President, Marketing & Communications


Ted Lotchin, JD, MPH
Vice President & Chief Compliance and Privacy Officer

Peter Marks

Peter Marks, PhD
Vice President & Chief Information Officer

John Perry

John Perry, MD
Vice President, Medical Education


Stephanie Sessoms

Stephanie Sessoms
Vice President, Finance

Rick Shrum

Rick Shrum, MBA, MHA
Vice President & Chief Strategy Officer

Sheldrick Streete

Sheldrick Streete, MBA, BSN, RN, CNOR
Vice President, Nursing, Raleigh Campus

Neal Chawla, MC

Neal Chawla, MD
Chief Medical Information Officer

Karen Bash

Karen Bash, MD
Chief Medical Officer, North Hospital

Chuck Harr

Charles Harr, MD
Chief Medical Officer, Raleigh Campus

Chuck Harr

Doug Trocinski, MD
Chief Medical Officer, Cary Hospital

Medical Staff

Our physicians represent nearly every medical and surgical specialty, with 90+% being either Board certified or Board eligible.  Our physicians hold key leadership positions throughout the organization - current presidents of our Medical Staffs are as follows:

  • Raleigh Campus: Doug Trocinski, MD - (Emergency Medicine)
  • Cary Hospital: Matthew Plymyer, MD - President (Pathology)