University Distinguished Service Professor, Johns Hopkins (JHU) Anesthesiology/Critical Care Medicine (ACCM), Neurology and Neurosurgery, Past Vice President for Medical Affairs of Johns Hopkins Medicine International (JHI)
Dr. John Ulatowski has been a faculty member of JHU since 1991 and has held various leadership positions through his career.
Education and Academia
Dr. Ulatowski received his undergraduate degree in biology from Niagara University in New York and earned his M.S. in natural sciences, Ph.D. in physiology and M.D. at The State University of New York at Buffalo. After completing his internship and residency in neurology at the University of Maryland Hospital, he began a second residency in anesthesiology at Johns Hopkins in 1988. He followed this with combined fellowships in neuroanesthesia and neurocritical care. His career on faculty included acute care of the neurologically impaired patient in the operating rooms and as co-director of the Neuroscience ICU. He then served in a number of leadership roles before becoming Clinical Vice Chair for ACCM. He received his M.B.A. from Loyola College of Maryland in 2000. His areas of ongoing research interest are the regulatory mechanisms of cerebral blood flow and oxygen delivery to the brain, pain management and sedation, and patient safety and performance improvement in the OR and ICU environments. He continues to be an active member of the neuroanesthesiology faculty, in clinical practice, teaching and research.
Administrative and Leadership Experience
In 2004, Dr. Ulatowski became the Mark C. Rogers Professor and director of the department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine (ACCM), as well as anesthesiologist-in-chief for The Johns Hopkins Hospital. Under his oversight, ACCM emerged as an institutional leader in patient safety, culminating in the founding of the Armstrong Institute. On his watch, the program had unprecedented growth with expansion of the faculty; creation of a new educational platform for the residency and fellowships in all specialties in anesthesia; expanded research programs and growth of the CRNA division. He introduced new care models to clinical practice, implemented electronic medical records for perioperative environments, and has facilitated telemedicine initiatives in the adult and pediatric ICUs to improve patient care. His guidance on hospital redesign aimed at improving patient-centered care and cost effectiveness was invaluable during the construction of the Johns Hopkins Medicine Sheikh Zayed Tower and the Charlotte R. Bloomberg Children’s Center, and he oversaw the Department of ACCM’s successful transition to the new patient towers.
In 2013, Dr. Ulatowski devoted his full-time attention as vice president of JHI. He occupied this role from 2011-2018 overseeing delivery of medical care to international patients coming to The Johns Hopkins Health System in the U.S. He also leads efforts to increase medical care and medical program development in the affiliate institutions around the world for JHI. During this period, Dr. Ulatowski also served as Interim CEO of Johns Hopkins Aramco Healthcare Company 2015-2016.