Executive Leadership

John Murphy, MD
John Murphy, MD
President, Rhode Island Hospital and its Hasbro Children's Hospital

John B. Murphy, MD is president of Rhode Island Hospital and its Hasbro Children's Hospital, and a professor of medicine and family medicine at Brown University's Alpert Medical School. He was previously executive vice president of physician affairs for Lifespan Corporation, chief medical officer for Rhode Island Hospital, director of graduate medical education for Lifespan, and director of the geriatrics division of the Alpert Medical School. He has been president-elect, president, and chairman of the board of the American Geriatrics Society. 

Dr. Murphy is board certified in family medicine and geriatrics and was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha, the national honors society for medicine. He has lectured nationally and internationally and has testified before the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging. Dr. Murphy received his bachelor’s degree from Union College and his medical degree from SUNY Downstate. He also holds an ad eundem degree from Brown University.

Mamie Wakefield
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Lifespan

Mary Wakefield is Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Lifespan Corporation. Prior to her current position she was Vice President of Finance for Lifespan Corporation and Chief Financial Officer hospitals (1997-2005). Before joining Lifespan, she worked for KPMG LLP as an audit partner, specializing in health care clients during the last five years of her tenure. She received her bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University and is a certified public accountant.

Cynthia Danner
Cynthia Danner, DNP, RN, NE-BC
Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer, Rhode Island Hospital

Cynthia Danner, DNP, RN, NE-BC, is senior vice president and chief nursing officer at Rhode Island Hospital and its Hasbro Children’s Hospital.

Dr. Danner’s more than 20 years of leadership experience in teaching and academic medical centers includes serving as interim chief nursing officer for Northeast Georgia Medical Center – Braselton, and a decade as nurse administrator for Mayo Clinic Florida, where she was one of five members of the steering committee that guided the effort to achieve Magnet designation in 2015.

Dr. Danner earned her bachelor of science degree in nursing at Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia, followed by a master of science in nursing at University of Phoenix, Jacksonville, Florida. She received her doctor of nursing practice degree from University of North Florida, Jacksonville.

Dr. Danner joined Rhode Island Hospital from Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC), a Level II trauma center and the 600-bed flagship hospital for the Northeast Georgia Health System. As associate chief nursing officer, she was responsible for acute care services, trauma, mother/baby, pediatrics, intermediate care, and ambulatory care. Among her other accomplishments at NGMC was championing an initiative to create an Endocrinology Center of Excellence to provide comprehensive diabetic care, serving on a task force charged with developing a strategic plan for a comprehensive neurosciences program, and spearheading a system-wide initiative to improve patient experience and nurse communication.

She is a member of the American Organization for Nursing Leadership, the American College of Healthcare Executives, and Sigma Theta Tau, and sits on the Medical Advisory Board of Sharps Technology Inc.

Pediatrician-in-Chief and Medical Director, Hasbro Children's Hospital

Phyllis A. Dennery, MD, FAAP, is pediatrician-in-chief at Rhode Island Hospital and medical director of Hasbro Children’s Hospital. She is the Sylvia Kay Hassenfeld professor and the chair of pediatrics at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, where she also is a professor of molecular biology, cell biology, and biochemistry. Previously, she served as director of neonatology research and associate division chief at Stanford University, and as division chief in neonatology at Children’s Hospital and the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Dennery’s research has been consistently funded by the National Institutes of Health and her work has been published in top-tier medical journals. Her research is focused on oxidative stress-mediated neonatal lung gene regulation and on hyperoxic lung injury and repair. Her clinical interests are in neonatal jaundice, bronchopulmonary dysplasia, and the long-term consequences of prematurity, as well as in improving pediatric health through community engagement.

Dr. Dennery is the recipient of many awards and honors, including the Ross Young Investigator Award from the Western Society of Pediatrics, the Alfred Stengel Health System Champion Award from the University of Pennsylvania, an honorary doctorate of science from Ursinus College, election to the National Academy of Medicine and an appointment to the Secretary of Health and Human Services Advisory Committee on Infant Mortality, among many others.

She is an active member of many professional and scientific societies, including the American Society of Clinical Investigation, the American Thoracic Society and the American Pediatric Society. Dr. Dennery served as president of the Society for Pediatric Research and the International Pediatric Research Foundation. She is now president of the Society for Redox Biology and Medicine and the North American president of the International Perinatal Collegium.

Susan Korber, MS, RN
Susan F. Korber, MS, RN
Vice President, Lifespan Cancer Institute

Susan F. Korber, MS, RN, OCN, NE-BC is the vice president of the Lifespan Cancer Institute and associate chief nursing officer for Rhode Island Hospital. She earned her bachelor of science in nursing from Boston University and her master of science in health service administration from Salve Regina University in Newport, RI. Korber is a board-certified nurse executive and oncology nurse. Her research interests include prechemotherapy education and nursing leadership and navigation practices. She is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the Oncology Nursing Society.

Pediatric Surgeon-in-Chief and Division Chief of Pediatric Surgery, Hasbro Children's Hospital

Francois Luks, MD, PhD, is pediatric surgeon-in-chief and division chief of pediatric surgery at Hasbro Children’s Hospital. 

Dr. Luks earned his bachelor’s degree from Rijksuniversitair Centrum Antwerpen, his medical degree from Universitaire Instelling Antwerpen, and his PhD in medical sciences from Catholic University Leuven, all in his native Belgium. He completed his residency in general surgery at Catholic Medical Center of Brooklyn and Queens (NY), then a residency in pediatric surgery at Hospital Ste-Justine in Montreal. He spent two years on a research fellowship through Catholic University of Leuven before joining both Hasbro and Women & Infants as Attending Surgeon in 1994. 

Dr. Luks has taken on progressively senior management roles at Hasbro, serving as director for trauma in the PICU for 15 years from 1995 to 2010, then subsequently director of trauma for the whole of Hasbro Children’s Hospital. He has served on and led more than a dozen standing and ad hoc committees at the hospital, from those in his specialty like the Pediatric Trauma Patient Care Committee, which he chaired, to those addressing issues in the broader hospital community, such as the Rhode Island Hospital Strategic Planning Committee. He has also continued to serve concurrently as attending surgeon at Women & Infants, and for several years each as attending surgeon at Morton Hospital (Taunton, MA) and New England Medical Center (Boston, MA). He also operates at St. Anne's Hospital in Fall River, MA. 

His research interests include fetal development and fetal surgery, and in particular the etiology of twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome. He was the site principal investigator for the first randomized study on endoscopic fetal surgery for this syndrome; the Brown Fetal Treatment Program was the only North American center participating in the study. The program is a founding member of the North American Fetal Treatment Network (NAFTNet); Dr. Luks has been a member of its Executive Committee since 2007.

Dr. Luks has published and presented widely, with more than 120 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters and more than 100 abstracts. He has served The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University for his entire 25 years in Providence, currently as director of the Program in Fetal Medicine, and professor of surgery, pediatrics and obstetrics & gynecology. Throughout the course of his time at Brown he has served as independent course director, faculty sponsor and thesis director to numerous promising medical students.

Joseph Pannozzo
Joseph Pannozzo
Vice President and Chief Development Officer, Rhode Island Hospital and its Hasbro Children's Hospital

Joseph Pannozzo is vice president and chief development officer at Rhode Island Hospital and its Hasbro Children’s Hospital. He leads a comprehensive team of professionals focused on raising funds for clinical care and programs, research and facilities, and is the lead staff to the Rhode Island Hospital Foundation. Pannozzo has more than 20 years of experience working in the philanthropic sector. Prior to his current role, Pannozzo held senior fundraising positions at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Tufts Medical Center and Stonehill College.

Tracey Wallace, MBA, CMPE
Vice President of Pediatric Services, Hasbro Children's Hospital

Tracey L. Wallace, MBA, CMPE, is the vice president of pediatric services at Lifespan. She provides system leadership and oversight for the operations of Lifespan’s pediatric service lines, including Bradley Hospital and Hasbro Children’s Hospital. She received her bachelor’s degree in economics from Westfield State College before earning her master’s degree in business administration with a concentration in health care from Salve Regina University. She is on the board of directors for the Providence Ronald McDonald House, she is a nominee for the American College of Healthcare Executives, and a member of the American Academy of Medical Practice Executives and the Healthcare Financial Management Association.