Calvin Bland

Chair, MedicAlert Foundation®, Research Professor and Director, New Jersey Health Initiatives, Rutgers University

Calvin Bland currently serves the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (the largest philanthropic organization dedicated to healthcare) as Special Advisor to the Director of its New Jersey Health Initiatives (NJHI) program, located within Rutgers University's Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research. Mr. Bland retired as Chief of Staff and Special Advisor to the foundation's President in December 2008.

Bland served as the President and Chief Executive Officer at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children from 1980 to 1999 (Philadelphia, PA). He is Chairman, Board of Directors, MedicAlert Foundation International and has been a director since August 2010.

He has chaired the boards of trustees of the National Association of Children's Hospitals and Related Institutions and the National Association of Children's Hospitals (its public policy affiliate), and the advisory board of the Foundation's NJHI program. He was a member of the boards of Health Partners of Philadelphia, St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, Allegheny University of the Health Sciences, Association of American Medical Colleges’ Council of Teaching Hospitals and several other boards of nonprofit agencies and institutions. He has served on numerous medical and health-related committees in New Jersey and Philadelphia. A highly regarded health executive, Bland has received a number of distinguished honors throughout his career including "Health Care Administrator of the Year" from the National Association of Health Services Executives (Philadelphia). His most recent honor was the establishment of the "Calvin Bland Endowed Chair in Hematology and Sickle Cell Disease" at Drexel University's College of Medicine. He is a former diplomat of the American College of Health Care Executives.

Bland received an M.S. in Administrative Medicine (Hospital Administration) from the Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University and a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.