Howard Kern

Howard Kern
President and Chief Executive Officer

Howard P. Kern is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Sentara Healthcare. Kern has been with Sentara Healthcare since 1980.

Current Professional Affiliations

American College of Healthcare Executives (Fellow)

Future Hampton Roads (Board of Directors)

MDLive (Board of Directors)

Medical College of Virginia, Department of Health Administration (Affiliate Professor)

MNS Supply Chain (Board of Directors)

Optima/Sentara Health Plans (Board of Directors)

VHA Central Atlantic (Board of Directors)

Virginia Biosciences Health Research Corporation (Board of Directors)

Virginia Symphony Orchestra (Board of Directors)

Previous Professional Affiliations

American Heart Association (Board Member)

American Cancer Society (Board Member)

Health Performance Improvement (Board of Directors)

Junior Achievement (Board Member)

Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine (Board Member)

Norfolk Chamber of Commerce (Board Member)

Norfolk State University (Board of Visitors)

Norfolk State University’s Finance, Audit and Nominating Committee (Chair)

Norfolk State University’s Search Committee (Co-Chair)

Norfolk State University’s Research and Technology Committee (Member)

Virginia Health Network (Board of Directors)

Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association (Board of Directors)

Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association (Chair)

Virginia Shared Hospital Services Corporation (Board of Directors)

Westminster Canterbury of Chesapeake Bay (Board of Directors)


Medical College of Virginia (Richmond, VA) – MHA

State University of New York – BS


Kern served as a member of former Gov. Bob McDonnell’s Health and Human Resources Transition Team and the Governor’s Task Force on Health Reform.

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