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Adventist HealthCare Names Dwayne Leslie as General Counsel

Leslie holds an undergraduate degree from Andrews University and a law degree from the University of California, Berkeley. He is a lifelong and active member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

Washington, D.C | Adventist HealthCare Staff

Adventist HealthCare (AHC) has named Dwayne Leslie as their new Senior Vice President and General Counsel, effective Jan. 1, 2024. Leslie currently serves as Vice President, Deputy General Counsel & Chief Compliance/Integrity Officer, and replaces Ken DeStefano, who is retiring after serving as General Counsel for 25 years.

Leslie holds over 25 years of legal expertise, drawing on an array of previous roles including working as a health law attorney for international law firms, serving as in-house counsel for healthcare finance companies, and co-founding a specialty pharmaceutical company. Leslie’s experience also encompasses serving as the Director of Government Affairs at the World Headquarters of the Seventh-day Adventist Church for eight years. Since joining AHC in 2019, Dwayne has served as a legal advisor on a wide range of legal issues and has overseen the health system’s compliance, organizational integrity, internal audit, grants management and institutional research programs. 

“Dwayne’s extensive experience and thoughtful insight has been a blessing over the past four years,” said Terry Forde, president and CEO of Adventist HealthCare. ”I am confident that we will enjoy a seamless transition and that Dwayne will continue our commitment to organizational transparency as we fulfill our mission of extending God’s care through the ministry of physical, mental and spiritual healing.” 

Adventist HealthCare is a comprehensive health system serving the Washington, D.C., region since it was founded in 1907 as the Washington Sanitarium. The system now includes three acute care hospitals, two rehabilitation hospitals and two community cancer centers along with a full range of imaging and home care services and established a clinically integrated network of over 2,000 healthcare providers. Adventist HealthCare also manages the historic Howard University Hospital in the nation’s capital. 

“I look forward to supporting Adventist HealthCare’s leadership in making critical decisions on how best to provide hope and healing to our community,” said Leslie. “This is a time where health care is looked at to support whole health and total well-being. Together with my AHC colleagues, I will continue to strive to help our community members have peace of mind in trusting Adventist HealthCare to provide high-quality, compassionate care in their moments of need.”

Leslie earned his undergraduate degree at Andrews University, with honors, and his law degree at University of California, Berkeley, along with management certificates from Harvard and Yale. A life-long and active member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, he resides in Maryland with his wife, Marissa Leslie, MD, a psychiatrist who specializes in treating depression and PTSD in children and adolescents, and their daughter. 

Adventist HealthCare, based in Gaithersburg, Maryland, is one of the longest-serving health systems in the Washington, D.C., region, and one of the largest employers in Maryland. It includes Shady Grove Medical Center, White Oak Medical Center, Fort Washington Medical Center, Adventist HealthCare Rehabilitation, Home Care Services, Adventist Medical Group, Imaging and Urgent Care. Our mission is to extend God’s care through the ministry of physical, mental and spiritual healing.

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