J. Knox Singleton

Chief Executive Officer
Inova Health System

J. Knox Singleton is Chief Executive Officer of Inova Health System, one of the nation’s most integrated and most wired healthcare delivery systems and one of the largest in the metropolitan Washington region. Through Mr. Singleton’s stewardship for the past 25 years, Inova Health System has pursued its not-for-profit mission of providing world-class healthcare to all members of its diverse Northern Virginia community, regardless of ability to pay. For 13 of the past 14 years, U.S. News & World Report has named Inova Fairfax Hospital, Inova's flagship facility, as one of “America’s Best Hospitals.” (For more information on other awards received by the System for its care, see inova.org/awards.) Mr. Singleton was first named to lead the organization in 1984 when it was called the Fairfax Hospital Association. He joined the Fairfax Hospital Association as executive vice president for operations in 1983.

During his tenure, he has led Inova through a period of significant growth and expansion that continues today. Inova now comprises hospitals, nursing homes, emergency- and urgent-care centers, assisted-living communities, a home health agency, community health and wellness programs, and various community clinics.

Mr. Singleton is a director and officer of a variety of community organizations that address issues such as affordable housing and human services. He serves on the board of directors of Washington Mutual Investment Funds, JPMorgan Value Opportunities Fund and Healthcare Realty Trust. He serves as president for the Community Coalition for Haiti and is a Ruling Elder of Vienna Presbyterian Church. Mr. Singleton also served on the George Mason University’s Board of Visitors as Vice Rector as well as a trustee of Maryville College in Maryville, TN and Wesley Theological Seminary where he also served as Chair of Wesley Finance Committee. He was named 1990 Citizen of the Year by The Washington Post and received the 1993 Community Care Award for Health from the Northern Virginia Community Foundation. In 2000, he received the distinguished Regent’s Award from the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), and that year also received the Distinguished Leadership Award from the Washington Chapter of the American Jewish Committee. In 2004, he received the distinguished Governor’s Award from Virginia Gov. Mark Warner, recognizing Mr. Singleton’s outstanding leadership in business and education partnerships. In November 2009, he was inducted into the Washington Business Hall of Fame, established in 1988 by Washingtonian magazine, the Greater Washington Board of Trade, and Junior Achievement of the National Capital Area.

Before joining Inova, Mr. Singleton served as the hospital director for the Hershey Medical Center of Pennsylvania State University in Hershey, PA, from 1978 to 1983. He was the assistant director of the Medical Center from 1975 to 1977. His first position in the healthcare field was in administration for the English National Health Service, at Guy’s Hospital in London, England.

He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of North Carolina, where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration in 1970. He received his Master’s Degree in Health Administration from Duke University in 1973. Mr. Singleton also has received honorary degrees from Northern Virginia Community College and Cumberland College in Williamsburg, KY.

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