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DeSantis and Pope named Division Administrators

The department saw many changes and additions during the month of July, and among those are two new division administrators joining our team.

IMAG0625Rachel DeSantis, MHA, was named the division administrator for Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology. Born and raised in Syracuse, New York, she attended Cornell University to complete a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology & Society followed by a Masters in Health Administration. During her studies, she worked for St. Vincent Health System developing a bundled payment strategy for total joint replacements and later at a health IT firm in Boston focusing on patient transitions from the acute care setting to the post-acute.

She begins her new role as administrator after moving to Baltimore two years ago to complete an administrative fellowship at Johns Hopkins Medicine to better understand the complexity of a large health system and learn the ins and outs of hospital operations.




Ajaye “AJ” Pope, MPA, MBA, became the division administrator for the Division of Clinical Immunology in June. Originally from Detroit, she came to Baltimore to attend Coppin State University on a full athletic scholarship for softball while studying management science with a concentration in accounting. She then obtained her MPA and MBA in Healthcare Management from the University of Baltimore. She came to Hopkins in 2006 as research accountant in the Controller’s Office, and has since served as the ambulatory manager in the Division of Infectious Disease for the past five years.


Kelsey Bennett