Dennis W. Pullin is President and CEO of Virtua Health System, a non-profit health care organization in New Jersey, offering a full continuum of primary, preventative, wellness, acute, and long-term care. He is a seasoned health care executive with operational and business development experience and has had leadership roles in hospitals, academic medical centers, physician group practices, and private industry.
For Pullin, success will always begin with people. He always believed that he is just part of a larger purpose—to make a difference. He shares this vision with everyone in the organization and encourages them to realize the connection between what they do and why they are here—and that is championing an outstanding patient experience and dedicating their efforts to achieve healthier communities.
In 2018, Modern Healthcare recognized Pullin as one of the nation’s Top 25 Minority Executives in Healthcare, and he was chosen as one of South Jersey Biz’s Top CEOs/CFOs in 2017.
Pullin came to Virtua in 2017 from the Washington, DC/Baltimore area where he had been President of MedStar Harbor Hospital and Senior Vice President of MedStar Health. Prior to leading MedStar Harbor, he was Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at MedStar Washington Hospital Center in Washington, DC.
Pullin’s extensive background includes many leadership positions in health care management. He was Vice President of Operations and Business Development at St. Luke’s Episcopal Health System in Houston; Vice President of Acquisitions and Development at Symbion Healthcare, Inc.; Executive Director of the Baylor Sports Medicine Institute at Baylor College of Medicine; and Chief Operating Officer at Hopestar Medical Management Group.
A fellow and past regent of the American College of Healthcare Executives and past chair of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Health and Medical Research Foundation, Pullin has served on the boards of numerous non-profit community and civic organizations, including Healthcare for the Homeless, Houston Regional HIV/AIDS Resource Group, the American Heart Association and DePelchin Children’s Center, among others. He also serves on the American Hospital Association’s Governance Council for Metropolitan Hospitals. He served on the board of the College of Health Professions, Towson University, and is a past member of the Maryland Hospital Association’s Council on Legislative and Regulatory Policy, as well as the Maryland Hospital Association’s Prime Group Purchasing Organization.
Pullin has served as an adjunct professor at Texas Lutheran University and Towson University and has presented and published a wide variety of papers and articles. A past Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine, he is a Hall of Fame Inductee of the Edgewood Independent School District.
A San Antonio native, Pullin received his bachelor’s degree at Texas Lutheran University and earned a Master of Science at Texas A&M University.