Javier Hernández-Lichtl is the CEO of Doctors Hospital and Miami Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Institute. He also holds the role of Chief Academic Officer for Baptist Health South Florida, leading the Center for Advancement of Learning, which includes all nursing, pharmacy, allied health and Graduate Medical Education (GME) programs. Additionally, he serves as the executive responsible for all green and sustainability initiatives for the organization.
Mr. Hernández-Lichtl began his career with Baptist Health more than 30 years ago as an administrative resident at Baptist Hospital. During his career, he has served as executive vice president and chief administrative officer of Baptist Health as well as CEO of Baptist Health Enterprises, Baptist Outpatient Service and South Miami Hospital, where he led the facility to receive the prestigious Governor’s Sterling Award for performance excellence. Mr. Hernández- Lichtl also was CEO of West Kendall Baptist Hospital, Baptist Health’s first academic medical facility and the first new, non-replacement hospital opened in Miami in more than 30 years.
Mr. Hernández-Lichtl’s dedication to the South Florida community encompasses not only healthcare but also education, the arts and children’s issues. He currently serves on the board of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, is a past board member of the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts and past chair of the board of trustees of Miami International University of Art & Design. He also served as president of the Florida Sterling Council in 2012.
Other volunteer leadership positions include chairing the healthcare division campaign for the United Way of Miami-Dade, where he later served on the board of directors, and serving as a past board member of the Florida Patient Safety Corporation. He also chaired the 2008 American Heart Association’s Heart Walk and the March of Dimes March for Babies.
Mr. Hernández-Lichtl’s commitment to building sustainable communities is reflected in his visionary leadership of Healthy West Kendall, a community coalition with the ambitious goal of creating the Healthiest Community in Florida. In addition, he is leading West Kendall Baptist Hospital’s participation in Communities of Excellence 2026 – a national movement improving the quality of life of U.S. residents by assisting communities in implementing the Baldrige-based framework. For his commitment to healthcare and community development, Mr. Hernandez-Lichtl received the Claude Pepper Community Builder Award in 2015.
Several organizations have honored Hernández-Lichtl for his leadership and humanitarianism. In 2014, he received the Hispanic Business Top 50 Most Influential award. In 2013, the Boy Scouts of America’s South Florida Council honored him with the Good Scout Award. He also received the 2011 Power Leader of the Year Award from the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce as well as the March of Dimes 2009 Humanitarian of the Year Award.
A graduate of Holy Cross College, Mr. Hernández-Lichtl also holds a master’s degree in public health administration from Tulane University in New Orleans. He has earned the distinction of board certification in healthcare management as a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, signifying expertise, experience and commitment to continuing education and professional development. He is also a member of Leadership Florida Class XXIII.