Our Leaders at Baptist Medical Group
Mark Swanson, MD
Vice President, Baptist Physician Enterprise and CEO, Baptist Medical Group
Dr. Mark Swanson serves as Baptist Memorial Health Care's vice president of physician enterprise and CEO of Baptist Medical Group, Baptist's 500-member multispecialty physician group. He joined Baptist in March 2014 as chief quality officer.
After earning a Bachelor of Science degree from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, Dr. Swanson earned a medical degree from Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Virginia. He received his pediatric residency training at the U.S. Naval Hospital in Portsmouth, Virginia, and accepted a fellowship in pediatric critical care and anesthesia at the Children's Hospital at the Harvard Medical School in Boston. He also earned a Master of Science degree in Healthcare Management from the Harvard School of Public Health.
Before coming to Baptist, Dr. Swanson spent 28 years at Orlando Health, an eight-hospital, not-for-profit health care system. Most recently, he served as chief quality officer of the organization's physician group and physician clinical integration initiative. Before that, he was chief medical officer of the Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, medical director of the Nemours Children's Clinic, medical director of pediatric services for the Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children and Women and pediatrician-in-chief of the Nemours Children's Clinic.
Chief Operating Officer
Robert Vest (STET) has been with Baptist since 2008. Prior to becoming chief operating officer, he served as executive director of physician acquisitions and development. In that role, Robert and his team structured the acquisition of many of the physician practices that are now part of the Baptist Medical Group family. As Baptist Medical Group grew, Robert added executive director of transition operations to his responsibilities as he and his team helped new physician practices transition to Baptist Medical Group. Robert holds a Bachelor of Science and a Juris Doctorate (law degree) from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Prior to joining Baptist, Robert practiced law as both a transactional attorney and a commercial litigator. Robert is a board member of the Tennessee Hospital Association’s Hospital Owned Physician Practice Executives of Tennessee and is a member of the American Medical Group Association, American Health Lawyers Association and the Tennessee Health Law Association.