Kevin Sowers is president and CEO of Duke University Hospital, a nationally ranked institution located in Durham, N.C. He joined Duke University Hospital in 1985 as a staff nurse in oncology and has been in leadership roles within Duke University Health System over the last 25 years.
Sowers served as chief operating officer for Duke University Hospital from 2003 to 2009. Prior to that, he served as interim CEO for Durham Regional Hospital, a community hospital within the Duke University Health System. Before that, he served in a variety of senior administrative roles responsible for Duke’s clinical lab services, emergency/LifeFlight/trauma services, managed care services and patient care services.
Sowers holds a bachelor of science degree in nursing from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio, and a master of science degree in nursing from Duke University School of Nursing in Durham.
Sowers is internationally known for his lectures and writings on the issues of leadership, organizational change, mentorship and cancer care. He serves on the North Carolina Hospital Association Board of Trustees, the North Carolina Institute of Medicine Board of Directors and the Council of Teaching Hospitals Administrative Board. He is an American Academy of Nursing Fellow and has collaborated on numerous research efforts as well as consulted internationally. He is adjunct faculty at Duke University School of Nursing, Duke University Fuqua School of Business and UNC School of Public Health. He has also served in leadership roles with the American Heart Association, Susan G. Komen and the Oncology Nursing Society.