James R. Kimmey, M.D., M.P.H.
Dr. Kimmey is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Missouri Foundation for Health, Missouri's largest health foundation and one of the top fifty foundations in the United States. He provides leadership to the Foundation's efforts to improve the health of the residents of its region, with particular attention to the health needs of the underserved.
For fourteen years prior to joining the Foundation, Kimmey was a key member of the Saint Louis University administration, first as Director of its Center for Health Services Education and Research and founding Dean of the School of Public Health, and from 1993 to 1998, as Vice President for Health Sciences. While Vice President for Health Sciences, Kimmey led a successful effort to restructure the clinical activities of the University to compete more effectively in the St. Louis market, and was a key participant in a successful effort to secure a strong network partner for the Health Sciences Center and its schools, culminating in the sale of Saint Louis University Hospital and formation of a network with Tenet HealthSystems. He served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Saint Louis University from 1998 until September 1, 2000. In that position, he was responsible for all University operations and businesses, directly supervising the University functions which support both academic and business activities, including legal services, facilities services, human resources, finance, development and University relations, information technology, and community and governmental relations.
Kimmey is Professor Emeritus of Health Administration and Policy at the Saint Louis University School of Public Health. He recently chaired the Pew Task Force on Accreditation for the Health Professions and serves on many other national, state, and local boards and advisory committees dealing with health care and educational matters. His career has encompassed service with federal and state government agencies, professional associations, and educational organizations. He served as Chair of St. Louis ConnectCare, the local safety-net provider for primary and specialty care from 1999 to 2001, and as Vice Chair of Access to Health, Inc., a community nonprofit planning effort for the same period.
He earned his medical degree from the University of Wisconsin in 1961 and his masters in public health from the University of California at Berkeley in 1967. Kimmey and his wife Sarah have two children, Elisabeth and Jay.