Dr. John Ball

John R. Ball, M.D., J.D.

“My hope is that we will make a measurable difference in the way people look at how health can be improved. It’s not just about health care; there are many other factors involved. To make an impact, we have to ask questions that matter.”

“Even before I was born, I was destined to be a doctor,” explains Dr. John Ball. “My grandfather was only able to graduate from the 8th grade, so his kids were the first in the family to go to college. He put a high stock in education and thought caring for others by learning and practicing medicine was the highest calling.”

John not only went on to medical school at Duke, he earned a law degree as well. These unique medical and legal qualifications led him to a career in health policy and administration, where he served as chief executive officer of the American College of Physicians and the American Society for Clinical Pathology. He also served as interim president of the Milbank Memorial Fund and CEO of Pennsylvania Hospital.

Giving back was also instilled in John by his father and grandfather, leading him to be an active contributor to the communities he’s served. His previous nonprofit board service includes Pennsylvania Hospital, Healthcare Association of Pennsylvania, Delaware Valley Healthcare Council, Sun Valley Forum on National Heath and Presbyterian Medical Mission Fund. He’s also an elected member of the Society of Medical Administrators, the American Clinical and Climatological Association, and the National Academy of Medicine.

And now he brings that commitment to helping Dogwood Health Trust address the underlying factors to poor health.

“There are people in Western North Carolina who are older, sicker, poorer and less insured than the state and national average,” John said. “We have to focus on things like early childhood development, education and economic development to address the underlying causes that impact health.”