Richard J. Liekweg
became group president of BJC HealthCare and president of Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital in September 2009.
Rich previously served as chief executive officer and associate vice chancellor for the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) Medical Center. In this position, he was responsible for overall management of the academic medical center, including two adult hospitals, child & adolescent psychiatric services, a regional burn center, a comprehensive solid organ transplant program, a National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center, the Shiley Eye Center and a Level 1 Trauma Center.
Prior to joining UCSD, Rich spent more than 15 years at Duke University Health System. He served as administrative director for the department of pediatrics and assistant chief operating officer, focused on children’s & women’s services. He was later promoted to senior associate, chief operating officer. In 1999, Liekweg successfully integrated Durham Regional Hospital following its acquisition. Liekweg was later appointed chief executive officer, Durham Regional Hospital.
Liekweg earned a bachelor's in economics from the University of Virginia and master's degrees in health services administration and business administration, both from the University of Michigan.