Established in 2012. Created to honor the partnership, contributions and leadership that Ronald Peterson has provided to The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center and Johns Hopkins Medicine.

RONALD R. PETERSON, A&S '70, is president of The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System and executive vice president of Johns Hopkins Medicine, the umbrella alliance of the Health System and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. As president of the Johns Hopkins Health System, he provides senior oversight for Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, Howard County General Hospital, Suburban Hospital, Sibley Memorial Hospital, and All Children’s Hospital as well as The Johns Hopkins Hospital. He also serves as chairman of Johns Hopkins Community Physicians which provides ambulatory care at 36 locations throughout Maryland and the Washington, DC, area and as a director of Johns Hopkins HealthCare, the Johns Hopkins Home Care Group and Johns Hopkins Medicine International.

The tenth president of The Johns Hopkins Hospital -- rated the nation’s best for 21 consecutive years by U.S. News & World Report -- Mr. Peterson arrived at Hopkins in 1973 as an administrative resident and, since then, has carried out one assignment after another on behalf of Hopkins. He became administrator of the Henry Phipps Psychiatric Clinic in 1974, of Hopkins Hospital’s Cost Improvement Program in 1975, and of the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center in 1978. In 1982, he started the process of transforming the troubled Baltimore City Hospitals into what is now known as the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, directing a $100 million physical redevelopment program and turning a $7 million-a-year loss under city ownership into a significant positive bottom line performance. He served as president of the medical center from 1984 until 1999.

In 1995, Mr. Peterson was named executive vice president and chief operating officer of Johns Hopkins Health System in order to bring stronger coordination and cohesion to its operations and strategic planning. He was named acting president of Hopkins Hospital and Health System in September 1996. The hospital position was made permanent in December 1996 and the health system position in February 1997.

A 1970 graduate of The Johns Hopkins University, with a master’s degree in hospital administration from George Washington University, Mr. Peterson is a member of the board of governors of the University Health System Consortium, vice chairman of the Governor’s Workforce Investment Board, and holds an appointment to the Notre Dame of Maryland University President’s Advisory Council and the Joint Commission Center for Transforming Health Care’s Leadership Advisory Council. He serves as a member of the boards of Big Brother Big Sister Maryland Mentoring Partnership, the Maryland Business Roundtable for Education, the Living Classrooms Foundation and the Greater Baltimore Committee, as well as the Maryland Hospital Association Executive Committee. Born in 1948, the New Brunswick, New Jersey, native now lives in Bel Air, Maryland, with his wife, Elizabeth "Rooney" Peterson. Their daughter, Susie, a graduate of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, is currently a chief resident at Hopkins in emergency medicine, and son Joe is an attorney in Baltimore and the father of their two delightful grandsons.


PAUL J. SCHEEL, JR., Bus '99 (Cert.), '02 (MBA), the inaugural Ronald R. Peterson Professor, is associate professor and director of the Division of Nephrology at The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. Dr. Scheel graduated from Lynchburg College in 1984. After earning his medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C., in 1987, Dr. Scheel completed an internship and residency in internal medicine in the Osler Medical Service at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. Subsequently, he completed a fellowship in nephrology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and a master of business administration degree at Johns Hopkins Carey Business School. After completing his fellowship in the Division of Nephrology, Dr. Scheel joined the faculty in 1992 and rose to the rank of director of the division in 2004.

Dr. Scheel served as the medical director of dialysis from 1992 to 2002, medical director of renal transplantation from 1995 to 2001, and vice chairman of clinical operations in the Department of Medicine from 2000 to 2006 at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. He also served as the director of the Division of Nephrology at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center from 1995 to 2001. He currently serves as the associate medical director of the Clinical Practice Association at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the medical director of Integrated Renal Solutions in Glen Burnie, Maryland.

Dr. Scheel is renowned for his expertise in the care of patients with renal disease. He is responsible for developing medical therapy for patients with retroperitoneal fibrosis that is used by other physicians throughout the world. Dr. Scheel was the principal investigator in the analysis of the relationship of exposure to respirable silica dust and the development of chronic kidney disease, and he defined the mechanism through which intravenous immunoglobulin causes acute renal failure.

He is on the editorial board of Journal of Clinical Therapeutics and has been featured in many professional publications, including The American Journal of Kidney Disease, Kidney International, and The New England Journal of Medicine. Dr. Scheel is board certified in nephrology. Additionally, he is a fellow of The American Society of Nephrology and is certified by the American Society of Hypertension.

Dr. Scheel is the recipient of the Theodore Woodward Award and is an honorary professor of medicine at Fudan University in Shanghai, China.