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John P. Howe, III, M.D., President and CEO of Project HOPE

John P. Howe, III, President and CEO of Project HOPE

John P. Howe, III, M.D., became President and CEO of Project HOPE in 2001.

Before coming to Project HOPE, Dr. Howe was the Distinguished Chair in Health Policy at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and served as the Center's chief executive for fifteen years. Dr. Howe is board certified in both internal medicine and cardiovascular disease.

Dr. Howe has a bachelor’s degree from Amherst College and earned his medical degree from Boston University School of Medicine. He served two years in the Army Medical Corps and later completed the Health Systems Management Program at Harvard Business School.

Read more about Dr. Howe's Legacy of Leadership

Board of Directors


Richard T. Clark ~  Chairman
Retired Chairman
Merck & Co., Inc.

George B. Abercrombie ~ Vice Chairman
Retired President & CEO

William F. Brandt, Jr. ~ Treasurer
Retired Chairman & CEO
American Woodmark

Dayton Ogden ~ Secretary
Former Chairman
SpencerStuart Worldwide


Deborah DiSanzo
Former CEO
Philips Healthcare

John D. Fowler
Vice Chairman
Wells Fargo Securities

Julie Gerberding, M.D.
President, Merck Vaccines
Merck & Co., Inc.

Jack M. Gill Ph.D.
The Gill Foundation

Bernard A. Harris, Jr., M.D.
President & CEO
Vesalius Ventures, Inc.

John P. Howe, III, M.D.
President & CEO
Project HOPE

Dennis J. Manning
Retired Chairman & CEO
Guardian Life

Gerhard N. Mayr

J. Michael McQuade, Ph.D.
Senior Vice President
Science & Technology
United Technology Corporation

Viren Mehta, PharmaD
Founder and Managing Partner, Mehta Partners
Co-founder and Chairman, Gather Health

Walter G. Montgomery
Partner & CEO
RLM Finsbury

Reynold W. Mooney
Principal, Global Leader, Life Sciences & Health Care Practice
Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited

Phebe Novakovic
Chairman & CEO
General Dynamics

Steven B. Pfeiffer, Esq.
Former Chair of the Executive Committee
Fulbright & Jaworski LLP
Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright

Stephen H. Rusckowski
President and CEO 
Quest Diagnostics

Charles A. Sanders, M.D. ~ Chairman Emeritus
Retired Chairman & CEO

Ambassador Miriam E. Sapiro
Visiting Fellow, Brookings

Curt M. Selquist
Operating Partner
Water Street Healthcare Partners

Marshall Smith
Co-Head of the Consumer Retail Healthcare Group
Goldman Sachs & Company

Louis W. Sullivan, M.D.
President Emeritus
Morehouse School of Medicine

Henri A. Termeer 
Retired Chairman, President & CEO
Genzyme Corporation

Christian Weinrank
Vice President & Managing Director, Germany
Medtronic Germany

Karen Welke
Retired Group Vice President
3M Company

Peter Wilden, Ph.D.
Chief Financial Officer
Ferring Pharmaceuticals

Bradley A. J. Wilson
PharmaKodex Ltd.

Emeritus Members

John W. Galiardo
Maurice R. Greenberg
William L. Henry
Ben L. Holmes
Robert A. Ingram
Edward J. Ludwig
James E. Preston
Jerry E. Robertson, Ph.D.