Dr. Christopher King, PhD, MHSc, FACHE
Chair, Associate Professor
Georgetown University Department of Health Systems Administration
As Director of Georgetown’s Master’s Program in Health Systems Administration, Christopher provides academic and operational leadership of the program. As associate professor, he teaches and contributes to scholarship on the creation of equitable systems of care within the context of national health reform goals. He works closely with public and private providers to more formally integrate social correlates of health in standards of patient care. Prior to joining Georgetown University, Christopher served as the first Assistant Vice President of Community Health for MedStar Health, a $6B not-for-profit healthcare system comprised of 10 hospitals in the Baltimore/Washington region. Accomplishments included planning, launching and managing a new corporate function designed to apply more rigor and evidence in community-based planning, implementation and evaluation. He was also responsible for developing, testing and evaluating innovative approaches to bridge the gap between medical care and public health.
Prior to his work with MedStar Health, Christopher served as a senior leader for Greater Baden Medical Services, Inc., a Federally Qualified Health Center in southern Maryland. During his four-year tenure, he managed federal grants, oversaw support services and secured more than $7M in public and private grants to promote health equity and improve the health of vulnerable and underserved populations. As former Chairman of the Consumer Health Foundation Board of Directors, he has spearheaded regional efforts to heighten awareness of how racism, discrimination and implicit bias influence individual and population health. Christopher is an active member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and a contributor to Healthcare Executive magazine. He has conducted health disparity and health equity presentations to national audiences. As a senior fellow of the Health Research & Educational Trust (HRET), Christopher joins an esteemed group of national thought leaders dedicated to transforming health care through research and education. His national investigations on screening and barriers to care among cancer survivors by race and ethnicity were published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine and the American Journal of Medical Quality. His thought leadership around Black Lives and the Triple Aim was recently published in the Journal of the National Medical Association.
Christopher is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and served as an advisor for the DC Department of Health State Innovation Model, Adventist HealthCare’s Center for Health Equity and Wellness and the Maryland Governor’s Wellmobile Program. In 2016, he authored a disparities report that was commissioned by the DC Commission on African American Affairs. The Washington Business Journal has recognized him as one of the region’s top minority business leaders.