Dr. Donald Kearns

Dr. Donald Kearns

Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego has named Dr. Donald Kearns as president and chief executive officer.

Kearns served in the hospital’s top executive role for more than a year, beginning in November 2013 when he was named acting president and chief medical officer. He was named president in July 2014.

“Dr. Kearns brings a unique skill set to the role of President and CEO,” said incoming Board Chair Ted Roth. “His years of training as a physician and surgeon have provided him with a deep understanding of the clinical priorities at Rady Children’s, and his experience as an executive gives him the necessary tools to provide strong leadership to the organization.”

Kearns practiced pediatric otolaryngology for more than 25 years at Rady Children’s and has served as chairman of the department of surgery for Rady Children’s, surgeon-in-chief of Rady Children’s Specialists of San Diego and chief medical officer of Rady Children’s.