Kenneth Rothfield, MD, MBA, CPE, CPPS
System Vice President and Chief Medical & Quality Officer, Saint Vincent’s Healthcare of Ascension Health
Dr. Ken Rothfield is the System Vice President and Chief Medical & Quality Officer at Saint Vincent’s Healthcare of Ascension Health in Jacksonville, Florida. He previously served as Chairman of the Department of Anesthesiology at Ascension’s Saint Agnes Hospital in Baltimore, as well as Adjunct Associate Professor of Nursing at the University of Maryland. Dr. Rothfield received his undergraduate degree from Harvard College, medical degree from the University of Rochester, and MBA from the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School. He completed his training in anesthesiology, as well as a fellowship in cardiovascular anesthesia and research, at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, where he was subsequently appointed to the cardiac anesthesia faculty. After his tenure at UPMC, Dr. Rothfield served as chairman of anesthesiology at two Maryland community hospitals. He reentered academic medicine in 2006 to serve on the cardiac anesthesia faculty at the University of Maryland. Dr. Rothfield was subsequently recruited to Saint Agnes Hospital in 2008, where he led the Department of Anesthesiology for 6 years. He transitioned to his current position in 2014.
He is nationally recognized for his work in patient safety, including emergency airway management, opioid safety, and respiratory monitoring, and disclosure and resolution of unanticipated medical outcomes. Dr. Rothfield is the recipient of a Healthcare Heroes Award from the Baltimore Daily Record, as well as a Circle of Honor Award for Innovation in Patient Safety from the Maryland Patient Safety Center.