As a senior executive at Partners HealthCare (Mass General Brigham) John Fernandez serves in two key leadership roles. He is President of Massachusetts Eye and Ear, a teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School and one of the nation’s largest specialty hospitals, exclusively dedicated to academic research, training and treatment for conditions that impair vision, hearing and other disorders of the eyes, ears, nose, throat, head and neck.
Under Fernandez’s leadership since 2007, Mass. Eye and Ear has grown significantly from four to 21 patient care sites throughout Greater Boston, Cape Cod and Providence, through a strategy developed to bring the hospital’s world-class care to patients throughout the region. Fernandez has also formed new clinical alliances for Mass. Eye and Ear with its neighbors, Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston Children’s Hospital, Braintree Rehab and Atrius Health. In 2011, under Fernandez’ leadership, Mass. Eye and Ear merged with Schepens Eye Research Institute to create the largest vision and hearing research center anywhere in the world. With the full backing of the Mass. Eye and Ear Board of Directors, Fernandez led the effort to make Mass. Eye and Ear a full member of Partners Health Care, a merger that was completed in Spring of 2018.
In recognition of its strong commitment to outstanding clinical care, Mass. Eye and Ear has consistently ranked in the top 10 “Best Hospitals” nationwide by U.S. News and World Report.
Fernandez also serves as President of Partners Ambulatory Care, a PHS entity formed in 2019 with a mission to bring lower cost health care closer to where patients live. Partners has announced in December of 2019 that Partners Ambulatory Care will initially add four new locations throughout eastern Massachusetts and New Hampshire.
Between 1992 and 2006 Fernandez held a number of increasingly senior positions at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, culminating in the role of Vice President of Surgical, Imaging, Cancer and Pathology/Lab Services and Network Development. In this position he served as an active member of the leadership team focused on driving the organization to meet its vision while achieving operating margin targets. John led Network Development for BWH, working closely with the CMO of the BWPO, Department Chairs and Administrative Directors and other clinical Vice Presidents on numerous planning and growth initiatives, including the South Shore Hospital (new cancer center and numerous surgical practices), and the BWH Foxboro/Patriots Place Multispecialty Ambulatory Care Centers and other physician practice development functions.
He is a graduate of the College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio, and he holds a Master’s degree in Government Administration from the University of Pennsylvania. A dedicated member of the Boston health care and business executive community, Fernandez serves as Chairman of the Conference of Boston Teaching Hospitals and as a member of The Healthcare Roundtable and the Suffolk University Board of Trustees.
Fernandez has shared his insight and expertise through invited lectures at the MIT Sloan School of Management, the Dartmouth College Tuck School of Business, Harvard Medical School, the Simmons College School of Management and Suffolk University.