John graduated from SUNY Upstate Medical University in 1979. He specializes in emergency medicine and was named CEO of the University Hospital and senior vice president for hospital affairs in 2009. He has helped lead discussion on national health issues as president of the American College of Emergency Physicians and the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He also has served as a member of the executive committee of the American Board of Medical Specialties.
“My wife and I had set up a scholarship fund at the Community Foundation in memory of our son. Soon after I was asked to join the board by Dr. Hal Wanamaker who was a good friend and a very well-respected member of the community. The Community Foundation has that unique role as a collaborator by pulling together diverse groups who by themselves might not have as much impact on their own. If we take poverty as an example, there’s no simple solution. It’s about families and it’s about education. It’s about health. It’s about transportation. It’s about nutrition. Nobody other than the Community Foundation has their fingers or their hooks into all the entities that have the capacity to help work on those issues.”