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Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Chief Diversity Officer Named among 40 Under Forty

June 17, 2014

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – Ryan Patrick Parker, Chief Diversity Officer at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH), recently was honored among The Network Journal’s “40 Under Forty.”


The Network Journal (TNJ) is a quarterly magazine for black professionals, corporate executives and small business owners. TNJ held its 17th Annual Achievement Awards dinner,  themed “Reaching for Higher Goals” this year, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Times Square.


“I am truly humbled by this recognition including me among this year’s elite group of trailblazers,” said Parker, who joined RWJUH in August 2013 as Director of Diversity and Inclusion and became the hospital’s Chief Diversity Officer (CDO) earlier this year. “I will honor it through continued service to my organization, our community and the people whose voices are heard through each endeavor.”


Under Parker’s leadership, the hospital has established a Center for Diversity and Inclusion, provided new opportunities for employee engagement through Business Resource Groups and expanded the Diversity and Inclusion Steering Committee into a Diversity and Inclusion Partnership Council, which consists of a variety of stakeholders that collaborate on internal and external diversity and inclusion initiatives. Going forward, Parker will lead the expansion of the hospital’s integrated diversity and inclusion strategy.


Parker, who resides in New Brunswick, came to RWJUH after successfully leading similar initiatives around diversity and inclusion for some of the nation’s leading universities and academic medical centers including, most recently, the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Georgia Institute of Technology, and the University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences. He also worked within the Diversity Policy and Programs Division at the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) in Washington, D.C.


He holds a B.S. in Psychology from Jacksonville State University and is pursuing graduate studies in organizational leadership.


“As we celebrate the 17th year of our 40 Under Forty Achievement Awards, TNJ cherishes its role as a facilitator for our up-and-coming African-American men and women to progress even further in their careers. Through events such as our recognition awards program, TNJ brings these accomplished professionals and entrepreneurs to the attention of our vast network of corporate affiliations,” says Aziz Gueye Adetimirin, TNJ’s founder, publisher and CEO.

About Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) is a 965-bed academic medical center with campuses in New Brunswick and Somerville, NJ.  Its Centers of Excellence include cardiovascular care from minimally invasive heart surgery to transplantation, cancer care, stroke care, neuroscience, joint replacement, and women’s and children’s care including The Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital ( 

As the flagship Cancer Hospital of Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and the principal teaching hospital of Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick, RWJUH is an innovative leader in advancing state-of-the-art care. A Level 1 Trauma Center and the first Pediatric Trauma Center in the state, RWJUH’s New Brunswick campus serves as a national resource in its ground-breaking approaches to emergency preparedness.

RWJUH has been ranked among the best hospitals in America by U.S. News & World Report seven times and has been selected by the publication as a high performing hospital in numerous specialties.  The Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital has been ranked among the best hospitals in America by U.S. News & World Report three times. In addition, RWJUH was named among the best places to work in health care by Modern Healthcare magazine and received the Equity Care of Award as Top Hospital for Healthcare Diversity and Inclusion from the American Hospital Association.

Both the New Brunswick and Somerset campuses have earned significant national recognition for clinical quality and patient safety, including the prestigious Magnet® Award for Nursing Excellence and “Most Wired” designation by Hospitals and Health Networks Magazine. The Joint Commission and the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services have designated the New Brunswick Campus as a Comprehensive Stroke Center and the Somerset Campus as a Primary Stroke Center.

The American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer has rated RWJUH New Brunswick among the nation’s best comprehensive cancer centers and designated the Steeplechase Cancer Center at RWJ Somerset as a Comprehensive Community Cancer Center.  The Joint Surgery Center at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset has earned the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for total knee and total hip replacement surgery.