Donald Kearns, M.D.

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Donald Kearns, M.D.

Vice Chair
President Emeritus, Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego

Donald Kearns, M.D.'s Bio

Kearns’ 30-year career at Rady Children’s Hospital culminated in his role as president and CEO from 2014 to 2018.

Prior to this role he held numerous physician leadership roles at Rady Children’s, including 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. Kearns first joined the hospital in 1987 and practiced as an otolaryngologist.

Kearns holds a medical degree from Louisiana State University Medical Center in New Orleans and a master’s degree in medical management from the University of Southern California. He has been recognized annually in the Best Doctors in America national survey.

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