American College of Cardiology Executive Vice President Dr. William Oetgen Named MedStar Health Board of Directors Chair

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William Oetgen, MD, MBA, American College of Cardiology executive vice president for science and quality, education and publications, has been elected chairman of the MedStar Health Board of Directors. Oetgen will serve a two-year term.

“MedStar Health and the communities we serve are fortunate to have such distinguished and respected individuals serving on our Board of Directors,” said MedStar President and Chief Executive Officer Kenneth A. Samet, FACHE. “Dr. Oetgen continues this tradition, bringing valuable insights as a physician and clinical leader, along with his knowledge of MedStar and his service in health care governance.”

Oetgen has served on the MedStar Health Board since 2005, and has been vice chair since 2013. He has previously held the positions of Finance Committee chair, Audit and Compliance Committee vice chair and Executive Compensation Committee vice chair.

“MedStar Health has a noble mission to serve patients, those who care for them and the community that surrounds us,” Oetgen said. “I am honored to be elected to this position and to have the opportunity to work with MedStar and the other distinguished members of the board in furthering that mission.”

Prior to joining the ACC staff in 2001, Oetgen was a practicing cardiologist. He earned his medical degree from Saint Louis University School of Medicine, where he was selected for membership in Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. He completed an internship and residencies in pediatrics and internal medicine at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.  He served on Active Duty in the U.S. Army, volunteering at the U.S. Army Hospital in Seoul, Korea as an internist and flight surgeon. Oetgen completed his training in adult cardiovascular disease in 1981 at Water Reed, serving as director of the coronary care unit.

After completing his active duty Army service in 1986, Oetgen entered private practice and was appointed chief of cardiology at Greater Southeast Community Hospital in Washington. In 1997, Oetgen co-founded Maryland Health Care Associates, a multi-specialty medical practice, and Apollo Medical Management Company, a management services organization in the southern Maryland suburbs of Washington.

In 1999, Oetgen retired as a colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve Medical Corps. He then went on to receive his M.B.A. from Georgetown University McDonough School of Business in 1996 and his B.S. in Accounting from the University of Maryland University College in 2001. In 2010, he retired from the active practice of cardiovascular medicine.

As Chair, Oetgen succeeds William R. Roberts, who served as Board Chairman from 2013 to 2017.

MedStar is a not-for-profit health system and the largest health care provider in Maryland and the Washington region. It includes 10 hospitals, the MedStar Health Research Institute, MedStar Medical Group, and other programs and services. MedStar associates also provide primary care, urgent care and home health care services in communities and homes across the Washington area, and for patients requiring non-acute care, MedStar operates subacute, assisted living and long-term care services. MedStar also trains medical residents through its medical education and clinical partner with Georgetown University.