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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

Executive Staff


Donald R. Gintzig
President & CEO

  Denise Warren
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
  Cindy A. Boily, RN, MSN
Senior Vice President & Chief Nursing Officer
  Carolyn Knaup, RN, MHA
Senior Vice President of Ambulatory Services & Physician Operations

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

  West Paul, MD, PhD
Senior Vice President &
Chief Quality and Medical Staff Officer
  John Piatkowski, MD, MBA
Senior Vice President, Physician Services
  Rebecca E. Andrews, MSCL
Vice President, Health Information and Utilization Management

Denton Arledge, MBA
Vice President & Chief Information Officer

  Thomas G. Cavender
Vice President, Facilities & Construction
  Christine Craig
Vice President, Government Affairs
  Sheri De Shazo
Vice President & Administrator, WakeMed North Family Health & Women's Hospital

John Finley
Vice President & Chief Compliance and Privacy Officer

  Betsy Gaskins-McClaine, RN, BSN, MSN-C
Vice President, Heart & Vascular Services
Thomas Gough, MHA
Senior Vice President, Administrator Cary Hospital
  Georgia Harrington, MSHA
Vice President, Operations
  Susan James
Vice President & Chief Legal Officer
  Debra Z. Laughery, MBA
Vice President, Public Relations
  Matthew Nathan, MD, MPH 
Interim Administrator, Raleigh Campus

John Perry, MD
Vice President, Medical Education


  W. Stan Taylor, MBA
Vice President, Corporate Planning

Seth Brody, MD, MPH
Executive Medical Director, Women's Hospital at WakeMed North

Executive Medical Director, WakeMed Physician Practices - Women's Services

Charles Harr, MD
Executive Medical Director, Raleigh Campus

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:

  • J. Duncan Phillips, MD - (Pediatric Surgery)
  • Cary - Paul Haugan, MD - (Radiology)