Children's Hospital Association Names New Chief Executive Officer

Children's Hospital Association Names New Chief Executive Officer

Matt Cook named as chief executive officer (CEO) effective October 16, 2023.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Children’s Hospital Association (CHA) has named Matt Cook as chief executive officer (CEO) effective October 16, 2023. Cook will join CHA after serving as president of UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals and senior vice president of Children's Services at UCSF Health where he oversees strategic direction, operations, and clinical services for pediatric care in Oakland and San Francisco. 

“Matt has been actively involved with CHA throughout his career in children’s hospitals as a hospital leader and board member,” said Jeff Sperring, M.D., CEO of Seattle Children’s Hospital and Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Children’s Hospital Association. “We are looking forward to partnering with him as he brings his expertise and strategic vision to advance this essential work for children’s health. I want to share my sincere gratitude to the outgoing and founding Chief Executive Officer Mark Wietecha. Mark’s tenure with CHA has not only led to critical policy advances for children’s health but has also secured an incredibly strong foundation for our next era.”

Prior to Cook’s role at UCSF, he served as president of Riley Children's Health. He also served as chief strategy officer for Indiana University Health, where he provided strategic direction and leadership for pediatric services throughout the state's largest health system. Before his time in Indianapolis, Cook was executive vice president of strategic planning and business development at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and spent nine years as a principal at the Chartis Group, a health care consulting firm based in Chicago.

“I am honored to accept the role as CEO of Children’s Hospital Association and look forward to leading and partnering with our incredible teams to continue to advance children's health across the country,” Cook said.

Matt graduated from the Wharton School with bachelor's degrees in economics and German and earned a Master of Business Administration degree from New York University.


About Children's Hospital Association

Children’s Hospital Association is the national voice of more than 200 children’s hospitals, advancing child health through innovation in the quality, cost and delivery of care.