Howard Kern

Howard Kern Howard Kern Howard Kern
President & CEO
Sentara Healthcare

Howard Kern is president and chief executive officer of Sentara Healthcare. He has been with Sentara since 1980, serving as chief operating officer immediately prior to his current position.

Mr. Kern received his Master of Health Administration degree from the Medical College of Virginia in 1981, after receiving his undergraduate degree from the State University of New York.

Mr. Kern is a Fellow with American College of Healthcare Executives and served as a member of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell’s Health and Human Resources Transition Team and the Governor’s Task Force on Health Reform.

He served on the board of the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association starting in 2003 and was its chairman in 2012.

He serves as an Affiliate Professor of the Medical College of Virginia, Department of Health Administration.