Howard County General Hospital names vice president, medical affairs/chief medical officer

After a thorough search process, Howard County General Hospital named Dr. Jeanette Nazarian as vice president, medical affairs/chief medical officer. Nazarian will lead medical affairs as well as quality, safety and service for the hospital. She will also oversee contracted physician services and help foster growth in regional clinical services while maintaining the high-quality standards of Johns Hopkins Medicine.

Nazarian has served as interim vice president, medical affairs/chief medical officer since November 2020 and has led the intensive care and step-down units as medical director since 2012. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, she led both critical care services and the medical staff in her interim role. She was president of the professional staff from July 2019 to November 2020.

“We are delighted to officially welcome Dr. Nazarian to this role,” said Dr. Shafeeq Ahmed, president of Howard County General Hospital. “She has a strong vision and leadership in developing programs to meet patient needs in the hospital, as well as an understanding of the needs of physicians and other staff. Her experience at the hospital and Johns Hopkins Medicine will serve us well as we move into the next phase of pandemic management and hospital growth.”


Prior to joining Howard County General Hospital, she served as an intensivist for the critical care units at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore. Previously, she was medical director for University Specialty Hospital and an assistant professor in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at the University of Maryland Medical System.

Nazarian received her medical degree and completed her internship and residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in pulmonary and critical care medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Yale University.


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