Vanderbilt School of Engineering alumnus and BOV member Calvin Schmidt named chairman of national Healthcare Leadership Council

The industry association, Healthcare Leadership Council, has named School of Engineering alumnus and Board of Visitors member Calvin W. Schmidt, BE’90, as Chairman of the Board for 2024-2025.

Schmidt is currently a Senior Vice President at Johnson & Johnson. Over the course of his tenure at Johnson & Johnson, he has guided the company through critical milestones—including spearheading engagements with the White House and global heads of state during the COVID-19 pandemic and playing an instrumental role in guiding HLC’s policies on pandemic preparedness. During his time as President of Cardiovascular Metabolism (CVM) at Johnson & Johnson, Schmidt led a multi-disciplinary team that focused on continually driving positive impact for patients suffering from chronic conditions such as cardiovascular and metabolic diseases.

“We face complex policy challenges such as rising health care costs and the safe adoption of AI technology,” Schmidt said in an HLC news announcement. “But we also have a unique opportunity to accomplish positive, enduring reform.”

In addition to his role at Johnson & Johnson, Schmidt serves on the Foundation Board of Overseers for the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the Foreign Policy Association Board of Directors. He is also a past Board of Directors member for both the Alliance for Aging Research and the American Diabetes Association.

HLC is a coalition of chief executives from all disciplines within American healthcare.  It is the exclusive forum for the nation’s healthcare leaders to jointly develop policies, plans, and programs to achieve their vision of a 21st century healthcare system that makes affordable high-quality care accessible to all Americans.  Members of HLC—hospitals, academic health centers, health plans, pharmaceutical companies, medical device manufacturers, laboratories, biotech firms, health product distributors, post-acute care providers, home care providers, and information technology companies—advocate for measures to increase the quality and efficiency of healthcare through a patient centered approach.