Jeff Dunn

Jeff Dunn, MD
Mount Desert Island, ME
Term: April 2018 – December 2020 (1)

Jeff Dunn is a retired Pediatric Cardiac Surgeon, and Hospital Administrator. He was born in Brooklyn, New York, and grew up in upstate New York. Jeff graduated from Rensselear Polytechnic Institute and Albany Medical College, and received an MBA from Temple University. He trained in General Surgery and Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University of Michigan.

In 1977 and 78 Jeff was the Senior Registrar in Pediatric Cardiac Surgery at the Great Ormand Street Hospital for Sick Children, and the Harley Street Clinic in London, England. He observed and participated as a patient and provider in England’s universal and single payer health care system.

He returned to the United States and practiced Pediatric Cardiac Surgery at Temple University and St Christopher’s Hospital for Children in Philadelphia. There, he was tenured Professor and Chief of Pediatric Cardiac Surgery, Director of the Philadelphia Pediatric Heart Institute, and led the Pediatric Heart Transplant Program. He served as the Chairman of the hospital’s Investigation Review Board and Ethics Committees. Jeff’s research activities were in pediatric transplantation, mechanical cardiac assist, and fetal cardiac surgery. He was author of over 40 juried scientific papers and edited two books on pediatric cardiac surgery (Valve Surgery in Children, and Cardiac Transplantation in Children).

Jeff left Temple to become Chief Medical Officer of a large multihospital health care system in New Jersey (Meridian Health). He also served as President and CEO of one of its hospitals. He was tasked with designing and implementing the transformation of its flagship hospital into the major university teaching hospital for Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, developing an early model of computerized medical records, and designing and implementing a demonstration project providing physician gain sharing, rewarding quality and safety clinical practices.

Jeff headed a 150 national hospital cooperative effort promoting quality and safety in the critical care unit and the operating room. Quality and safety practices and indicators developed in these programs contributed to the CMS quality indicators.

Jeff has served as a Port Warden (Board of trustees) for the Philadelphia Maritime Museum, and President of the Pennsylvania American Heart Association. He recently concluded 2 terms as Trustee for the Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor.

Jeff and his family have summered Downeast for 36 years. He and his wife, Linda, now reside full time on Somes Sound on Mount Desert Island. Jeff enjoys sailing, hiking, plein air painting, and walking their dog Moxie.

Linda is a retired High Risk Obstetrician and Neonatal Geneticist, and was Chairwomen of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Medical College of Pennsylvania. She is now focused on gardening and hiking. She was on the Board of the Abbe Museum, and is Vice–President elect of Acadia Senior College. Jeff and Linda have 2 grown children David in Philly, and Kate in Baltimore.