Dennis W. Pullin is president and CEO of Virtua Health, a not-for-profit integrated health system in New Jersey, offering a full continuum of primary, preventative, wellness, acute, and long-term care.
In 2020 and 2018, Modern Healthcare recognized Mr. Pullin as one of the nation’s Top 25 Minority Executives in Healthcare. In 2019, the Philadelphia Business Journal honored Mr. Pullin with two distinguished awards — Most Admired CEO and one of the 2019 Power 100 list of most influential people in the region. He was chosen as one of South Jersey Biz’s 50 Most Influential Leaders in 2019 and 2018, and Top CEOs/CFOs in 2017. In 2018, Mr. Pullin received the Distinguished Healthcare Leadership Award from the National Association of Health Services Executives.
Mr. Pullin came to Virtua in 2017 from the Washington, D.C./Baltimore, MD 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, D.C.
Mr. Pullin’s extensive background includes many leadership positions in hospitals, academic medical centers, physician group practices, and private industry. He was vice president of Operations and Business Development at St. Luke’s Episcopal Health System in Houston and vice president of Acquisitions and Development at Symbion Healthcare, Inc.
A Fellow and past Regent of the American College of Healthcare Executives, Mr. 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 New Jersey Hospital Association Board of Trustees and the Chamber of Commerce Southern New Jersey Board of Directors, as well as past chair of the American Hospital Association’s Governance Council for Metropolitan Hospitals. He served on the board of the College of Health Professions at Towson University and is a past member of the Maryland Hospital Association’s Council on Legislative and Regulatory Policy.
Mr. Pullin serves as host for the Here for Good podcast, where he engages in meaningful conversations with transformational leaders about how they create a positive impact on the world around them.
Mr. 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, San Antonio, Texas.
Mr. Pullin received his Bachelor’s degree at Texas Lutheran University and earned a Master of Science degree at Texas A&M University.