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Joslin President and CEO

Kenneth E. Quickel, Jr., M.D. is President and CEO of the Joslin Diabetes Center. 

A board-certified endocrinologist, Dr. Quickel received his medical degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, MD (1964). His residency training took place at Johns Hopkins Hospital as well as Duke University Medical Center in Durham, NC, where he also completed clinical and research fellowships in endocrinology.

After two years at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, GA, Dr. Quickel joined the Geisinger System of Healthcare in north central Pennsylvania in 1971. Rising through the ranks, he served as Associate in endocrinology and then as head of several of the subsidiaries of this non-profit healthcare corporation. In 1982 Dr. Quickel became President and CEO of Geisinger’s Medical Center, a 665-bed tertiary care center and Executive VP of the Geisinger System.

In 1984 Dr. Quickel became President of the Ramsey Clinic, a 200-physician multi-specialty group practice in St. Paul, MN. While there, he also served as Chairman of the St. Paul-Ramsey Foundation, the clinic’s research and education arm.

Dr. Quickel was previously President of Joslin from 1987-2000. During that time, Joslin expanded its clinical and research programs nationwide, while building its endowment to over $65 million. The Center also expanded in the Boston area, completing a $25 million clinical and research addition to its headquarters building.  During that time, Dr. Quickel was a member of the Boards of CareGroup and BIDMC, and an Overseer at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Dr. Quickel served on the Board of the ADA and its Research Foundation, and chaired the ADA Government Relations Committee and the ADA Research Committee.  He is active in a number of not-for-profit organizations and served as a founding director of the Diabetes Education Center on Cape Cod.  He is an honorary member of the Joslin Diabetes Center Board of Trustees and a member of the Research Advisory Committee.

Page last updated: April 23, 2014