Joseph L. Wright, MD, MPH is the recently appointed 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 adjunct professor of emergency medicine and health policy at the George Washington University, and is an adjunct research professor 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, in addition to 8 years as principal investigator and medical director of the federally-funded Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) National Resource Center.
Academically, Dr. Wright is among the 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 principal investigator of the NIH-funded DC-Baltimore Research Center on Child Health Disparities. Dr. Wright is an elected member of both the Alpha Omega Alpha (medicine) and Delta Omega (public health) honor societies, the American Pediatric Society, and was recently inducted into the Academy of Medicine of Washington.
Dr. Wright is current chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Committee on Pediatric Emergency Medicine after having served as inaugural chair of the AAP Violence Prevention Subcommittee. He is also currently chairing the AAP Task Force on Addressing Bias and Discrimination. Dr. Wright has been recognized throughout his career for his advocacy work highlighted by receipt of two lifetime achievement awards from the American Academy of Pediatrics 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.
Dr. Wright provides national leadership through advisory and governance service to several organized medicine bodies including the Association of American Medical Colleges, the American Hospital Association, the March of Dimes, the National Academy of Medicine, the National Highway Traffic Safety, and a recently completed term as an Obama administration appointee to the Pediatric Advisory Committee of the Food and Drug Administration. He regularly presents invited expert 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 B.A. from Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, his M.D. from Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, and a Masters of Public Health in Administrative Medicine and Management from the George Washington University.