Inova Schar Cancer Institute is proud to announce that Laura Matthews, MBA, MPH, has been named as Inova Schar’s Vice President and Administrator. Laura joined Inova in 2014 as part of the strategic planning team before joining the Inova Schar team as Director of Operations and Growth in January 2018. She began working as the Acting Vice President for Inova Schar Cancer Institute in October 2019.

During her time with Inova Schar, Laura has led many key operations including the opening of the Inova Mather Proton Therapy Center and leading the team through COVID-19 response-related efforts during this pandemic.

“Laura is an exceptional member of our team who has seamlessly guided us during this unprecedented time. Her dedication to quality patient care and outcomes perfectly aligns with Inova’s commitment to excellence,” said John Deeken, MD, President of Inova Schar Cancer Institute. “We are thrilled to have her not only as a team member at Inova Schar, but also to complete the leadership triad for cancer services.”     

Prior to her work with Inova, Laura served in various internal and external healthcare consulting roles with ECG Management Consultants, Booz Allen Hamilton and the Nemours A.I. DuPont Hospital for Children. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University in Washington, DC, her MPH from George Washington University in Washington, DC, and her MBA with a healthcare specialization from Vanderbilt University in Nashville.

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Inova is Northern Virginia’s leading nonprofit healthcare provider, recognized in 2019 and 2020 by U.S. News & World Report, which named Inova Fairfax Hospital the #1 hospital in the Washington, DC region, and ranked Inova’s Gynecology Department #9 in the nation. All five Inova hospitals were awarded ‘A’ grades for the spring 2020 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades, recognizing Inova’s achievements in protecting patients from harm and providing safer healthcare. Each of Inova’s five hospitals holds a 5-star rating from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), distinguishing Inova as the highest-rated large health system in the U.S., and the only system to have all hospitals receive five stars. Inova Fairfax Medical Campus was named to the Fortune/IBM Watson Health 100 Top Hospitals list, ranking in the top 10 nationwide among Major Teaching Hospitals. Our mission is to provide world-class healthcare – every time, every touch – to each person in every community we have the privilege to serve. Inova’s 18,000 team members serve more than 2 million individuals annually through an integrated network of hospitals, primary and specialty care practices, emergency and urgent care centers, outpatient services and destination institutes. Inova is home to Northern Virginia’s only Level 1 Trauma Center and Level 4 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Its hospitals have a total of 1,800 licensed beds. More information and statistics about Inova can be found at

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