Executive Profile: Joanne Conroy, MD

Joanne Conroy

In June 2014, Dr. Conroy joined Lahey Hospital & Medical Center as chief executive officer. Her primary responsibilities include enhancing Lahey Hospital & Medical Center’s operational infrastructure through clinical quality, service, financial and information systems, and facilities to support the overall objectives of Lahey Health. She will develop and drive an effective clinical integration strategy consistent with Lahey Health’s vision, expanding educational and research programs, and strengthening a culture of philanthropy.

Dr. Conroy was previously at the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), based in Washington, District of Columbia, where she served as chief health care officer for the last five and one half years. In this role, she advanced AAMC’s strategic imperative of leading change to improve the nation’s healthcare system. By working with member medical schools and teaching hospitals, Dr. Conroy helped establish national health priorities and developed best practices to improve health by focusing on medical education, care delivery, research, diversity and inclusion.

Prior to that, she served as chief medical officer for four years, vice president, Academic Affairs for three, and executive vice president for three, at the Atlantic Health System based in Florham Park, New Jersey. The not-for-profit Atlantic Health System operates three acute care hospitals providing general medical and surgical services to residents of northern New Jersey. Its flagship Morristown Medical Center serves as a regional level 1 trauma center. While serving as executive vice president for the Atlantic Health System, Dr. Conroy was named president and chief operating officer for the Morristown Memorial Hospital (now called Morristown Medical Center) in Morristown, New Jersey.

Prior to these roles, Dr. Conroy held several academic and administrative leadership positions at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). Among other responsibilities, she served as president of the MUSC medical staff, director of residency education for the Department of Anesthesiology, chair of the Department of Anesthesia & Perioperative Medicine, associate vice president for Medical Affairs, executive medical director, and senior associate dean of the MUSC College of Medicine.

She received her undergraduate degree in chemistry from Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire and was the recipient of a Robert Sloan scholarship from Singer Corporation. Dr. Conroy received her medical degree from MUSC, where she completed her residency in anesthesiology, serving as chief resident for one year.

Dr. Conroy is board certified with the American Board of Anesthesiologists, attained a Certificate of Added Qualifications in Pain Management, and is a Diplomat with the American Academy of Pain Management.

Dr. Conroy has achieved several awards and honors, including Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine, and Salute to the Policy Makers, Executive Women of New Jersey. She also holds several board positions and memberships in societies, and authored abstracts, book chapters, executive presentations, and numerous peer and non-peer reviewed articles.