Hear from our leaders:
John Straumanis, M.D., F.A.A.P., F.C.C.M.
Chief Medical Officer
"What really draws surgeons to Kernan is our size and efficiency. They find the biggest benefit to being a smaller, more close-knit organization is that it runs like a responsive, well-oiled machine. A $100-million operation with its own budget and significant funding from endowments, our structure is less bureaucratic than that of larger medical centers. You can effect change quickly at Kernan. And because the tone of our CEO is so informal and engaging, you feel like you’re an important part of the team right away.
"Surgeons enjoy the efficiency of our ORs: rapid turnover times, an orthopaedic-oriented nursing staff, new power equipment, and no ED to cause scheduling delays. And they find our anesthesiology group is second to none—leading the way in the field of regional anesthesia, and employing the latest regional techniques to ensure optimal intra-operative and post-operative pain control. As central Maryland’s leading rehabilitation center, orthopaedic patients can begin their recovery from day one with the help of a superb therapy team. Additional services such as MRI/CT imaging, 24-hour laboratory, 24-hour hospitalist coverage, an ICU, and an Acute Pain Service provide enhanced on-site capabilities. For many surgeons, the combination of efficiency, ease of practice, and support services are among the primary drivers for bringing their practice to Kernan. "
Dr. Straumanis has served as Chief Medical Officer and Vice President of Medical Affairs at Kernan Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation since November 2010. Prior to joining Kernan, he was the Medical Director of the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at the University of Maryland Medical Center. Dr. Straumanis received his medical degree from the Louisiana State University School of Medicine in Shreveport, completed his pediatric residency at the Medical University of South Carolina, and a pediatric critical care medicine fellowship at The Children's Hospital/University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. He is a fellow of both the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Society of Critical Care Medicine, a diplomat of the American Board of Pediatrics and Subboard of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, a former president of the Baltimore Society of Critical Care Medicine chapter, and involved nationally in pediatric and critical care leadership.