President and Chief Executive Officer
Joseph L. Perras, MD, was named President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Cheshire Medical Center, effective August 7, 2023, after a 6-year tenure as CEO of Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center (MAHHC). Both organizations are members of the Dartmouth Health system.
As president and CEO, Perras has overall responsibility for ensuring that the mission and strategic objectives of Cheshire Medical Center are achieved in an efficient, effective, and high-quality manner, consistent with the health needs of the hospital's service area and the strategic objectives of Dartmouth Health.
Perras joined Mt. Ascutney Hospital in 2013 as director of Hospital Medicine and served as its Chief Medical Officer from 2015 to 2023. Before joining MAHHC, he practiced at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center for 12 years, where he served on the staff of Internal Medicine and was a founding physician within the Hospital Medicine practice. While there, he held clinical leadership positions, including section chief of Hospital Medicine and Medical Director of Care Management. His clinical and academic interests include healthcare delivery reform in rural environments and building accountable communities for health.
Perras served as the vice chair of the Board of Managers for One Care Vermont, the accountable care organization that works to provide high-value care to thousands of Vermonters. Additionally, Perras served as a trustee for the Visiting Nurse and Hospice for Vermont and New Hampshire, where he chaired the Professional Advisory and Quality Committee and the Historic Homes of Runnemeade assisted living facility in Windsor, Vermont. He is past chairperson of the American Hospital Association's Small or Rural Hospital Council, representing the interests of rural healthcare providers at the national level. He has also been appointed to the AHA's Institute of Diversity and Health Equity, working with health services organizations to advance healthcare equity and leadership opportunities for under-represented groups in healthcare management.
Perras completed his internship and internal medicine residency at the Beth Israel-Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, MA. He served 12 months as a chief medical resident and was an Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He holds the academic appointment of assistant professor of medicine at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. He received his undergraduate and medical degrees at The George Washington University in Washington, DC.