Patricia M.C. Brown, a leader in health care administration for one of the nation's most respected medical centers, is serving as 2010 leader-in-residence at the University of Richmond’s Jepson School of Leadership Studies.

An attorney and Richmond alumna, Brown is president of Baltimore-based Johns Hopkins HealthCare LLC and senior counsel for The Johns Hopkins Health System.

"Health care is at this moment a prime topic in the national conversation," said Jepson School Dean Sandra J. Peart, "and the leadership and ethical challenges are ongoing and complex.”

The Jepson School offers an ethics and health care course, and some students pursue careers in the field. “We work closely with our educational partners in business, political science and the pre-health careers program to provide students with insights to be effective and help them understand health care policy and the business realities of our medical systems,” said Peart.

The Jepson School selects leaders-in-residence for their professional accomplishments and leadership to interact with faculty and students in discussions, lectures and activities. Previous leaders-in-residence included astronaut Leland Melvin, former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine and former Virginia attorney general Mary Sue Terry.

As president of Johns Hopkins HealthCare, Brown oversees all managed-care products for 200,000 individuals enrolled in self-funded employer, Medicaid, and Department of Defense health benefit plans.

Brown also is responsible for integrating and coordinating managed-care contracting and payer and market strategy for all Johns Hopkins Medicine entities, including The Johns Hopkins Hospital, The Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, Howard County General Hospital, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, the Johns Hopkins Community Physicians and Suburban Hospital. As senior counsel, she provides legal advice for managed care and regulatory compliance.

Brown is a 1982 Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Richmond and earned her law degree at the University of Baltimore. Prior to joining Hopkins in 1994, she served as Maryland assistant attorney general and taught health care law at the University of Baltimore.