David P. Bernard, MBA/MHA, FACHE, senior vice president, Houston Methodist, officially assumed the role of chief executive officer of Houston Methodist The Woodlands Hospital effective Jan. 1, 2024.


Bernard has vast experience within Houston Methodist, having started his career in the rigorous administrative fellowship program at Houston Methodist in 2000. He worked his way up to vice president at Houston Methodist Hospital and served in that role for 12 years. He has experience across various finance and operational leadership roles and built world class clinical, research and education programs. Bernard also led the DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center and the J.C. Walter Jr. Transplant Center to becoming nationally recognized centers of excellence.


“It has been an honor to serve within our values-based organization for nearly 24 years. I love Houston Methodist and our mission to serve others by providing unparalleled safety, quality, service and innovation,” Bernard said. “I am excited to help build upon the outstanding work started by my amazing predecessor, Debbie Sukin, and make our institution the very best it can be and serve our community. Houston Methodist The Woodlands will continue to lead medicine and bring the consistency and quality of service that our patients have come to expect.”


Bernard joins Houston Methodist The Woodlands after previously serving as CEO of Houston Methodist Baytown since 2015.


“In the past eight years, [Houston Methodist] Baytown has thrived, recently rising from No. 104 in Vizient’s quality and safety rankings to No. 2 for two consecutive years. Not only has he led the improvement of care but has shared his talents and passions to rally the hospital’s employees and physicians around a shared mission,” stated Marc L. Boom, president, and chief executive officer of Houston Methodist, in an email to all employees. “David is a very experienced leader and HMTW will be in great hands. I am excited to see what David can accomplish there.”


Bernard is excited to begin his new role and develop new relationships across the region as the leader of Houston Methodist The Woodlands hospital.  

“The future of our hospital is bright,” Bernard said. “We have an amazing culture and I look forward to working with our team to grow with our community, set new standards in care and service and introduce new and effective innovations to continue leading medicine in Montgomery County.”