As the Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer at University of Maryland Capital Region Health within the University of Maryland Medical System, Dr. Joseph Wright leads a strong team of physician executives and clinician-educators. He has firsthand leadership experience in leveraging the talent of clinical faculty in the generation of scholarly product for the synergistic benefit of balancing an academic and service delivery institutional mission.
Areas of Interest
Community Engagement; Evidence-based Best Practice; Advocacy and Policy Development; Equity, Disparities and Social Justice
Joseph L. Wright, MD, MPH, is Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of Capital Region Health within the University of Maryland Medical System. He previously served as Professor and Chair of Pediatrics at the Howard University College of Medicine and as Senior Vice President within the Children's National Health System, where he provided strategic leadership for the organization’s advocacy mission, public policy positions and community partnership initiatives. He maintains appointments as an adjunct professor of emergency medicine and health policy at George Washington University and is an adjunct professor of health policy and management at the University of Maryland School of Public Health. He served 17 years as the state pediatric medical director within the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems (MIEMSS), in addition to 8 years as principal investigator of the federally-funded EMS for Children National Resource Center.
Academically, Dr. Wright is among the nation’s original cohort of board-certified pediatric emergency physicians with scholarly interests that include injury prevention and the needs of underserved communities. He has contributed over 100 publications to the scientific literature, served more than 20 visiting professorships and was the principal investigator of the NIH-funded DC-Baltimore Research Center on Child Health Disparities. Dr. Wright is an elected member of the Alpha Omega Alpha (medicine) and Delta Omega (public health) honor societies, the Academy of Medicine of Washington and the American Pediatric Society for which he co-chairs the Committee on Diversity, Inclusion and Equity.
Dr. Wright is immediate past chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Committee on Pediatric Emergency Medicine after having served as the inaugural chair of the AAP Violence Prevention Subcommittee. He also chaired the AAP Task Force on Addressing Bias and Discrimination and is a newly elected member of the AAP Board of Directors. Dr. Wright has been recognized throughout his career for his advocacy work highlighted by receipt of two lifetime achievement awards from the AAP for distinguished contributions to the disciplines of injury prevention and emergency medicine, respectively. He is also a recipient of the prestigious Shining Star Award from the Los Angeles-based Starlight Foundation for outstanding service to communities of color and was recognized by the Washington Business Journal with its 2020 Minority Business Leader Award.
Dr. Wright provides national leadership through advisory and governance service to several organized medicine and health and human service entities including the Association of American Medical Colleges, the American Hospital Association, the Aspen Institute, the March of Dimes and served as an Obama administration appointee to the Pediatric Advisory Committee of the Food and Drug Administration. He regularly presents invited testimony before Congress, state and municipal legislative bodies, has made numerous media appearances and lectures widely to both professional and lay audiences.
Dr. Wright earned a BA from Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, his M.D. from Rutgers University and a Master of Public Health in Administrative Medicine and Management from George Washington University.
BA, Psychology, 1979
Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT
Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, Newark, NJ
MPH, Administrative Medicine and Management, 1994
George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services, Washington, DC
Residency, Pediatric Medicine, 1986
Children’s National Health System, Washington, DC
Fellowship, Pediatric Emergency Medicine, 1990-92
Children’s Nat’l Health System, Washington, DC
SPHL601 Core Concepts in Public Health
Dr. Maynard J. Cohen Memorial Award, “For Intense Interest, Diligence, Excellence of Judgment in Care of the Pediatric Patient”, Children’s National Health System, 1986
Adele C. Smithers Humanitarian Award, “For Contribution to the Field of Alcoholism on a National Level”, National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc., 1992
Shining Star Award, “In Recognition of Outstanding Contributions in Health Care Service to the African-American Community”, Starlight Foundation, Los Angeles, 1994
Elected Member, Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health, George Washington University Chapter, 1996
Pediatric Ethicscope Essay Award – “Family-Centered Care and End-of-Life in Emergency Medical Services for Children”, Children’s National Health System, 2005
Academic Pediatrics Association Regional Research Award (senior investigator), 2006
Pediatric Emergency Medicine (PEM) Pix Competition Award, American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Emergency Medicine (senior author), 2008
Distinguished Alumni Achievement – Polytechnic Preparatory Country Day School, 2010
1st Place - Community Research, Children’s National Research Week Competition, 2011
Fellow Achievement Award, “In Recognition of Exceptional Contribution to the Area of Injury, Violence and Poison Prevention”, American Academy of Pediatrics, 2011
Jim Seidel Distinguished Service Award, “In Recognition of Significant Career Achievements in Pediatric Emergency Medicine”, American Academy of Pediatrics, 2013
Wall of Champion Honoree, Greater Baden Medical Services Federally Qualified Health Center System, 2014
Maryland EMS Star of Life, Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems, 2014
Elected Member, Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, Howard Univ. Chapter, 2015
Distinguished Healthcare Leader, National Association of Health Services Executives, Washington Metropolitan Area Chapter, 2015
Inductee, Academy of Medicine of Washington, 2016
Honoree, Outstanding African Americans in Medicine, National Medical Association, 2018
Outstanding Alumni Award, Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University, 2018
Minority Business Leader Award, Washington Business Journal, 2020
Remick K, Gausche-Hill M, Joseph M, Brown K, Snow SK, Wright JL; AAP Committee on Pediatric Emergency Medicine and Section on Surgery, ACEP Pediatric Emergency Medicine Committee, ENA Pediatrics Committee. Pediatric Readiness in the Emergency Department. Annals of Emergency Medicine 2018;72:e123-e136 (jointly published – Pediatrics 2018;142:e20182459 and Journal of Emergency Nursing 2019;45:e3-e18)
Dixon G, Kind T, Wright J, et al. Factors That Influence the Choice of Academic Pediatrics by Underrepresented Minorities. Pediatrics 2019;144:e20182759
Dreyer BP, Trent M…Wright JL, et al. The Death of George Floyd: Bending the Arc of History Towards Justice for Generations of Children. Pediatrics 2020;146(3):e2020009639.
Dixon G, Kind T, Wright J, et al. Factors that Influence Underrepresented in Medicine (URiM) Medical Students to Pursue a Career in Academic Pediatrics. [published online ahead of print, 2020 Aug 5]. J Natl Med Assoc. 2020;S0027-9684(20)30154-1.
American Academy of Pediatrics Board of Directors (lead author). Truth, Reconciliation and Transformation: Continuing on the Path to Equity. Pediatrics 2020;146(3):e2020019794.
Wright JL, Jarvis JN, Pachter LM, Walker-Harding LR. "Racism as a public health issue" APS racism series: at the intersection of equity, science, and social justice. Pediatric Research 2020 Nov;88(5):696-698.
Walker-Harding LR, Bogue CW, Hendricks-Munoz KD, Raphael JL, Wright JL. "Challenges and opportunities in academic medicine" APS racism series: at the intersection of equity, science, and social justice. Pediatric Research 2020 Nov;88(5):699-701.
Pursley DM, Coyne-Beasley TD, Freed GL, Walker-Harding LR, Wright JL. "Organizational solutions: calling the question" APS racism series: at the intersection of equity, science, and social justice. Pediatric Research 2020 Nov;88(5):702-703
Gausche-Hill M, Krug S, Wright J. Emergency Medical Services 2050: A Vision for the Future of Pediatric Prehospital Care. Prehospital Emergency Care 2021;25:91-94
*Nfonoyim B, Martin A, Ellison A, Joseph L. Wright JL, Johnson TJ. Experiences of Under-Represented Faculty in Pediatric Emergency Medicine. Academic Emergency Medicine 2020 Dec 8. Epub ahead of print.