Robert J. Bachman

Robert J. Bachman

Chief Executive Officer of Emory University Hospital and Emory University Orthopaedics & Spine Hospital

Robert J. Bachman is chief executive officer for Emory University Hospital, a 573-bed adult, tertiary care facility that is at the heart of one of the nation's leading university-based health systems, with nationally and internationally recognized faculty physicians in a broad range of specialty areas.

As chief operating officer, Bachman, who holds a bachelor's degree from the State University of New York and a master's degree from Mercer University, provides the overall leadership and has day-to-day responsibility for the hospital, which is staffed by 954 practicing physicians who are also faculty members at the Emory School of Medicine.

Beginning his career in health care as a respiratory therapist, Bachman has also held roles as director of respiratory services at Grady Memorial Hospital and Emory Crawford Long Hospital (now Emory University Hospital Midtown). He served as director of medical education services for the Emory University School of Medicine from 1992 until his appointment as COO for Emory University Hospital in 2001.

For many years in a row, members of the Atlanta community have named Emory University Hospital the Consumer's Choice Award winner. More than 20,000 inpatients and some 86,000 outpatients come to Emory University Hospital each year. Providing a full range of specialized care, the hospital is annually included in U.S. News and World Report's "America's Best Hospitals," and is recognized as one of the nation's leaders in cardiology and cardiac surgery, neurology and neurosurgery, oncology, ophthalmology, orthopaedics, and organ and tissue transplantation.

Emory University Hospital recently was awarded Primary Stroke Center Certification from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations for its rapid response in diagnosing and treating stroke patients and for its exceptional efforts to foster better outcomes for stroke care. Stroke treatment begins as soon as patients arrive in the emergency room.

Committed to patient care, teaching and research, Emory University Hospital has established a solid foundation for outstanding quality healthcare, leadership and medical integrity for Atlantans and the Southeast. The hospital's relationship with Emory University's Woodruff Health Sciences Center has had an incredible impact on patients. Through this partnership, great strides have been made in the advancement of medicine that will affect the lives of Georgians for the next 100 years.