Dr. A. Craig Hillemeier
CEO, Senior Vice President for Health Affairs, and Dean
Dr. A. Craig Hillemeier was appointed CEO of Penn State Hershey Medical Center and Health System, senior vice president for health affairs for Penn State, and dean of its College of Medicine in July 2014.
Dr. Hillemeier joined Penn State Hershey in 2001 as chair of pediatrics and medical director of Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital. He served as interim executive director of the Medical Center for nine months during 2006 and subsequently became vice dean for clinical affairs at Penn State Hershey. He also served as director and chief operating officer of Penn State Hershey Medical Group since its inception in 2008
Dr. Hillemeier oversaw the development and opening of the Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital in spring 2013. Under his leadership, the Children's Hospital has regularly scored greater than the 90th percentile on inpatient patient satisfaction surveys and has been named among the nation's best since 2010.
During Dr. Hillemeier's tenure as chair of pediatrics, faculty grew from 63 to 143 in 14 divisions. The newest division, Child Abuse Pediatrics, was formed in 2012 to support the Penn State Hershey Center for the Protection of Children.
As vice dean for clinical affairs, Dr. Hillemeier oversaw the growth of Penn State Hershey Medical Group to include nearly 900 physicians and 300 advanced practice clinicians, 64 specialty practices located at 24 clinics across central Pennsylvania, and more than one million outpatient visits each year.
Dr. Hillemeier holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Iowa and earned his M.D. from Loyola University Medical School, where he then completed a residency in pediatrics.
Dr. Hillemeier is board-certified in pediatrics and pediatric gastroenterology and is immediate past chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics.