David J. Bailey, MD, MBA

President and Chief Executive Officer, Nemours


“Everything we do must be for the child. If it’s not, then we need to reconsider why we are doing it.”

David J. Bailey, MD, MBA, became president and CEO of the Nemours Foundation in 2006. Nemours is an integrated Children’s Health System with two free-standing hospitals in the Delaware Valley and Florida serving children from across the United States and internationally, and operating 50 plus primary, specialty and urgent care clinics in five states. Nemours also operates KidsHealth, ranked as the No. 1 website for children’s health care information; and is renowned for its research and medical education programs.

Under Dr. Bailey’s leadership, Nemours has sharpened its strategic focus on becoming a pre-eminent voice for children’s healthcare focused on the whole child and actively engaged in population health and children’s health advocacy initiatives in 22 states. A member of the Healthcare Value Network, Dr. Bailey is leading Nemours transformation to a culture of Continuous Improvement using the Toyota LEAN principles to improve quality outcomes and safety, increase operational efficiency and ensure the best of patient- and family-centered care.

An early adopter of the electronic health record, Nemours has achieved the prestigious HIMMS Stage 7 top ranking for its Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Delaware, Nemours Children’s Hospital in Orlando, ambulatory surgery centers and the majority of its practices in five states. Nemours commitment to quality and safety is recognized by the Leapfrog Group, Magnet Certification of its Delaware nursing program and more.

A pediatric gastroenterologist for more than 16 years, Dr. Bailey graduated from West Virginia University Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa in Biology and earned his medical degree from Penn State University. He completed his residency program in Pediatrics at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington D.C.

His Army Medical Corps service included duty as a pediatrician at Fort Rucker, Ala., a clinical professor appointment to the Uniformed Services Medical School as director of medical student pediatric clinical training; completion of a fellowship in Pediatric Gastroenterology at the University of Florida; and an appointment as Chief of Pediatric Gastroenterology at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu.

After leaving the military, Dr. Bailey established the Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology at the Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children in Orlando and pursued his MBA at the University of South Florida. He joined Nemours in 1997 as Chair of the Department of Pediatrics for Nemours Specialty Care in Orlando, went on to serve as chief executive of Nemours Florida practice and as executive vice president and chief operating officer before being name president and CEO.

Dr. Bailey has been recognized by Modern Healthcare Magazine as one of the 50 Most Influential Physician Executives and the 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare, and by Becker’s Review as one of the 100 CEOs of Hospitals and Health Systems to Know. He was the 2010 recipient of the University of West Virginia's Distinguished Alumni Award in Biological Science. Dr. Bailey is a member of the Executive Leadership Network for Continuously Learning Health Care of the National Academy of Medicine, Modern Healthcare’s editorial advisory CEO Power Panel, and the North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition and the American Medical Association.

Dr. Bailey has been married to his college sweetheart, Ginny, for 43 years and is the proud father of three daughters, Jennifer, Kathryn and Rebecca, and two granddaughters, Olivia and Phoebe.