Catholic Health Initiatives Names New Chief Medical Officer, Senior Vice President of Mission
“John brings a deep commitment to quality health care to Catholic Health Initiatives, along with a thorough understanding of our system.”
John Anderson, MD has been a member of the Catholic Health Initiatives Board of Stewardship Trustees since 1999. “John brings a deep commitment to quality health care to Catholic Health Initiatives, along with a thorough understanding of our system,” said Kevin E. Lofton, president and chief executive officer of Catholic Health Initiatives.
Anderson will join the Catholic Health Initiatives’ leadership team from Baylor Health Care System of Dallas, Texas, where he served as senior vice president for clinical integration and physician services, responsible for clinical and medical staff affairs across the system. He also filled the role of chief medical officer for the system’s flagship hospital, Baylor University Medical Center.
Anderson is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member of the American College of Physician Executives. His many honors and appointments include serving as chair of the Texas Hospital Association’s Quality and Patient Safety Committee.
He holds a bachelor’s degree from Baylor University, Waco, Texas, and earned his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. He completed his internship and residency in general surgery at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, as well as a fellowship in peripheral vascular surgery at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis, Tenn.
Anderson will join Catholic Health Initiatives in September and will be based in the Denver office.
“Tom’s strong academic background in theology and ethics will be an asset to Catholic Health Initiatives as it continues to ensure a strong Catholic identity throughout the system.”
Thomas Kopfensteiner, PhD will join Catholic Health Initiatives from Fordham University, Bronx, N.Y., where he has been associate professor of moral theology and chair of the department of theology. He has been involved in the governance of several health care organizations, including Cabrini Medical Center in New York City; CHRISTUS Health Care System of Houston, Texas; and the Sisters of Mercy Health Care System of St. Louis, Mo. He has also served as an ethical consultant to a number of Catholic health care organizations and is currently chair of the Theology and Ethics Resource Group of the Catholic Health Association. “Tom’s strong academic background in theology and ethics will be an asset to Catholic Health Initiatives as it continues to ensure a strong Catholic identity throughout the system,” said Esther Anderson, OSF, chair of the Catholic Health Initiatives Board of Stewardship Trustees. “His manner, education and experience in consulting with various health care organizations will assist us with present and future challenges in health care and the Catholic health ministry.” Kopfensteiner started his career as a parish priest in the diocese of St. Louis. After receiving his doctorate in Rome, Italy, he returned to St. Louis to serve as instructor of moral theology at the Paul VI Catechetical Institute for Teachers and assistant professor of moral theology at Kenrick School of Theology. From 1988 to 1994, he worked with the National Catholic Conference of Bishops on what is now the current edition of the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Healthcare Services. Kopfensteiner has a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Cardinal Glennon College of St. Louis; a baccalaureate degree in sacred theology from the University of St. Thomas in Rome; and a licentiate and doctorate in sacred theology, with specialization in moral theology, from Gregorian University in Rome. Kopfensteiner will join Catholic Health Initiatives August 1 and will be based in the Denver office.