Peter O. Kohler, MD: President & CEO

Dr. Peter O. Kohler is a retired academic executive with substantial business experience. As President of the Oregon Health & Sciences University (“OHSU”) for 18 years, he was responsible for leading the complex network of healthcare organizations, hospitals, clinics, and schools. There were over 13,000 employees with an annual operating budget of over $1.2 billion when he retired in 2006. He also served on multiple Boards, including the Portland branch of the Federal Reserve Board. He has been the recipient of numerous awards throughout his career and has written and published a lengthy list of books, research papers and other literature. After returning to Arkansas, he served as the Vice Chancellor of the regional campus of UAMS in Northwest Arkansas for 10 years. In 2017, his accomplishments at OHSU were the subject of a newly published book, Transformed, by William Graves.