Joy Drass, MD, is executive vice president and chief operating officer for MedStar Health with executive oversight of 10 hospitals, integrated operations (lab, pharmacy, imaging, transport, security, supply chain, environmental services, food and nutrition, and laundry), nursing, and operational support. She also has executive responsibility for MedStar Ambulatory Services, MedStar Health Home Care, MedStar National Rehabilitation Network, and MedStar Medical Group, the system’s physician enterprise activities.
Previously, Dr. Drass served as executive vice president of operations for the Washington, DC region with responsibility for system-wide human resources and nursing functions and focused on regional program development and operational synergy among the Washington, DC market-based entities for MedStar Health. She provided strategic oversight and management for MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, MedStar Montgomery Medical Center, MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital, MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital, MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center, and MedStar Washington Hospital Center.
Before her system-wide roles, Dr. Drass served as president of MedStar Georgetown University Hospital for nine years and was responsible for the overall strategic and operational direction including the hospital's clinical enterprise and faculty practice. She joined MedStar Georgetown with a significant amount of operational and management experience having served as vice president for professional services and associate medical director at MedStar Washington Hospital Center. As part of this position, Dr. Drass played a crucial role in navigating the Georgetown/MedStar Health merger.
An alumna of Georgetown University Medical School, Dr. Drass received her medical degree and remained in the Washington, DC, area to complete her residency and critical care fellowship programs. Dr. Drass worked for 13 years as an intensivist in the surgical intensive care unit, and the MedSTAR trauma unit at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, as well as held a variety of clinical leadership roles at MedStar Washington Hospital Center. In addition to her medical credentials, Dr. Drass received a master's degree in business administration from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business.
Dr. Drass has served as chair of the District of Columbia Hospital Association Board of Directors and numerous other Washington, DC-based task forces and committees. She speaks and writes on health care topics and regularly participates in conferences.