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Maulik S. Joshi, Dr.P.H.

President and Chief Executive Officer

Maulik Joshi serves as the president and CEO for Meritus Health. Prior to coming to the organization, Dr. Joshi was the executive vice president of integrated care delivery and chief operating officer for the Anne Arundel Health System, a regional health system headquartered in Annapolis, Md., that serves an area of more than 1.2 million people. Previously, Dr. Joshi served as the associate executive vice president at the American Hospital Association and president of the Health Research & Educational Trust. He has a doctorate in public health and a master’s in health services administration, both from the University of Michigan. Dr. Joshi has served on numerous not-for-profit boards within and outside of health care, including most recently, as a governor-appointed commissioner on the Health Services Cost Review Commission (HSCRC).

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Carrie Adams

Carrie Adams, Pharm.D.

Chief Operating Officer

Carrie Adams, Pharm.D., is chief operating officer, overseeing hospital and ambulatory quality and performance improvement, environmental and security services. Previously, she lead the clinical process redesign and installation of the new electronic health record. She started at Meritus as the pharmacy director later advancing to the corporate director of pharmacy services at Trivergent Health Alliance Managed Services Organization, in which Meritus is an affiliated partner. There, she successfully aligned and implemented best practice pharmacy models and led drug utilization initiatives for a cumulative, three-year savings of $11 million. She completed her doctorate at Shenandoah University in Winchester, Va., and her bachelor’s degree in pharmaceutical sciences at Ohio Northern University in Ada, Ohio. She is also certified as a green belt in Six Sigma.


Josh Repac, CPA, M.B.A.

Chief Financial Officer

Josh Repac, chief financial officer and vice president, revenue cycle and clinical support services, previously served as executive director of revenue cycle and reimbursement for the organization. Prior to coming to Meritus health, he served as director of the Berkeley Research Group and manager advisory of KPMG, LLP, both health care reimbursement companies located in the Baltimore region. He is a certified public accountant and holds a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Baltimore/Towson University and a Bachelor of Science in accounting from the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, College Park.


Aaron George, D.O., FAAFP, FCPP

Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Aaron George, Chief Medical Officer, received his medical degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Philadelphia, Pa. and completed his residency in family medicine at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C. Dr. George was a Andlinger fellow in health policy with the Center for Public Health in Vienna, Austria, where he focused on models of care delivery. In addition, he is a clinical associate professor at Penn State College of Medicine, where he teaches coursework on the history of medicine. He has been a regular contributor to Medical Economics with a focus on population health, medical education and physician leadership development throughout the spectrum of clinical training. Dr. George is board certified in Family Medicine by the American Board of Family Medicine.


Dave Lehr

Dave Lehr

Chief Strategy Officer

Dave Lehr is Meritus Health’s first chief strategy officer. In 2021, Governor Larry Hogan appointed him as a commissioner to the Community Health Resources Commission. He also serves on the board for the Washington County Chamber of Commerce. Before joining Meritus, Dave was the chief information officer for Luminis Health, based in Annapolis, where he was selected as one of the top 25 emerging leaders in health care in 2019 by Modern Healthcare. He also served as a co-chair for the national opioid taskforce for the CHIME which brings CIOs together from across the country to fight the opioid epidemic.


Paula​Paula Gregory, D.O., MBA, FACOFP

Dean of Proposed Meritus School of Osteopathic Medicine

Paula Gregory, DO, MBA, FACOFP, will serve as the inaugural Dean for the proposed Meritus Medical School - the Meritus School of Osteopathic Medicine.

Dr. Gregory brings to the organization and the community tremendous experience and expertise as a physician, educator and leader. She received her undergraduate degree in Biology from the University of Georgia and her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine.

Among her many achievements, Dr. Gregory served as Assistant Dean and Chair of Clinical Education at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine - Georgia campus, where she started a free clinic in association with the Pilgrim Cathedral Church. Dr. Gregory was also the founding Dean and Chief Administrative Officer of the Kansas City University School of Medicine and Bioscience – Joplin campus.

Dr. Gregory is joining Meritus from California Health Sciences University where she served as the Chair of Primary Care.

Dr. Gregory has taught clinical education for more than three decades and also serves as the current Associate Editor of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physician's peer-reviewed journal, Osteopathic Family Medicine.

Dr. Gregory chose medicine because she enjoys helping people achieve their dreams.


Lynn Haines, Esq.

Lynn Haines, Esq.

Vice President, Legal Services

Lynn Haines, Esq., vice president, legal services, previously served as associate general counsel for the organization, providing legal advice; drafting, negotiating and reviewing contracts; and serving as a legal resource for various departments. Before joining the health system, she was in-house counsel for Access World (USA) LLC, a Fortune Global 500 subsidiary company in Baltimore, Md., and corporate counsel for Magnolia Management Inc., a skilled nursing home management corporation formerly located in Hagerstown, Md. She received her juris doctor degree from the University of Baltimore School of Law and her bachelor’s degree in psychology from West Virginia University in Morgantown. She is a member of the American Health Law Association and licensed to practice in Maryland. She also served as a volunteer mediator for the District Court of Maryland for many years.


Melissa McHugh Short MBA, Melissa MN, RN

Chief Nursing Officer

Melissa joined Meritus Medical Center in August of 2022, bringing nearly 20 years of experience in nursing, and more than 15 years of experience in nursing leadership.

For the past 11 years, she has served Swedish Hospital and Healthcare System in Seattle, Wash., in numerous executive leadership roles, including women’s and children’s, orthopedics and surgical services. Her most recent role was associate vice president of operations, supporting two hospital campuses.

Melissa received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Washington. Continuing her professional development, she obtained a Master of Nursing and Master of Business Administration from the University of Washington.

She is most proud of the relationships developed within her team and success engaging her employees through shared leadership and improvement in communication. Melissa also has a passion for working with her teams to innovate solutions to meet the needs of the community when gaps in access to care have been identified


Douglas A. Spotts Vice President and Chief Population Health Officer

Douglas A. Spotts, M.D.

Chief Health Officer

Douglas A. Spotts serves as Chief Health Officer of Meritus Health. He leads the Health Bold Goal work of Meritus’ quadruple aim 2030 goals, oversees Meritus Medical Group quality and clinical leadership initiatives for the 150 providers in the practices, and founded the Meritus Family Medicine Residency program in 2019. Dr. Spotts has more than 25 years of experience leading medical operations, quality improvement, and wellness activities for health care organizations. He is board certified in family medicine and received his medical degree from The Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine. He is a fellow and Past President of the American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation and a member of the American Association of Physician Leadership and American College of Healthcare Executives. He was recently selected to participate in the Leadership Maryland Class of 2022.


William Jason Cole

W. Jason Cole

Vice President and Chief Information Officer

Jason Cole is the vice president and chief information officer or CIO, responsible for all information technology for the organization. Previously, he served as senior director/CIO at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, Md., a part of Johns Hopkins Medicine Health System. He also served as senior leader of information technology for Johns Hopkins Community Physicians with 42 ambulatory locations. Additionally, he held several key positions at MedStar, affording him vast exposure to hundreds of application and infrastructure projects across MedStar hospitals. He began his career in technology at two large finance companies, Bank of America and MBNA Financial and earned his bachelor’s degree from York College of Pennsylvania.


David Hope

David Hope

Vice President, Physician Services

David Hope, M.H.S.A., CMPE, is vice president, physician services for Meritus Medical Group. This position includes management responsibility for more than 20 primary and specialty care practices. David has extensive health care experience, serving most recently as the associate vice president of network operations at Wake Forest Baptist Health in Winston-Salem, N.C. He stepped into that role following nine years as the organization’s associate vice president of ambulatory services. Additionally, David was administrator and chief executive officer of the Endoscopy Center of Ocala in Florida, and worked in health care in Arkansas, Georgia and Louisiana. He has a master’s of health services administration from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, and is a certified medical practice executive or CMPE.


Laurie Bender

Laurie Bender

Chief Compliance Officer

Laurie Bender is chief compliance officer, responsible for establishing standards and procedures to ensure programs identify, prevent, detect and correct non-compliance with applicable laws and regulations. She has been with the organization for more than 35 years, starting in budgeting and finance before moving to the compliance department to start up the internal audit function and eventually manage both compliance and internal audit. She has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Frostburg State University and a master’s degree in business administration from Mount Saint Mary’s University, both in Maryland.


Tom Chan  Vice President, Chief Financial Officer

Thomas T. Chan

Chief of Treasury Services

Thomas T. Chan serves as the chief of treasury services. Previously, he served as chief financial officer or CFO. He began his health care career with KPMG and has 15 years of experience in Maryland’s health care rate setting system. He was previously vice president of finance management at Adventist HealthCare in Montgomery County, Md., and vice president and chief financial officer of Washington Adventist Hospital in Takoma Park, Md. He serves on the boards of Trivergent Health Alliance and the Washington County Chamber of Commerce. He has bachelor’s degrees in economics and business administration from the University of Washington in Seattle, and completed his master’s degree in business administration from the University of Illinois at Chicago.