Leadership for Dallas

John E. Phillips, FACHE, President, Methodist Dallas Medical Center

John E. Phillips, FACHEPresident, Methodist Dallas Medical Center

John Phillips is president of Methodist Dallas Medical Center. Phillips has been a member of the Methodist family since 2011, having served seven years as president of Methodist Mansfield Medical Center, where he oversaw operations of a 254-bed non-profit acute care hospital with more than 1,000 employees and 200 physicians. Phillips was instrumental in leading and growing the hospital, which achieved Magnet designation for excellence in nursing during his time as president. 

Phillips is leading the development of the new Methodist Midlothian Medical Center. In 2017, he led Methodist Mansfield Medical Center’s new $11.8-million professional office building, and in 2015, the facility opened the $118-million Amon G. Carter Foundation Heart and Vascular Center and patient tower.

Phillips earned a MBA from Hardin-Simmons University and a Master of Health Care Administration from Trinity University.

Barbara Madson Madden, MSN, RN, Vice President, Chief Nursing Officer, Methodist Dallas Medical Center

Barbara Madden Barbara Madden, MSN, RN, is a driven clinical leader with over 22 years of experience in acute inpatient and outpatient services. She began her career at Methodist Dallas in 1985 as a staff nurse in acute medical-surgical.

Barbara holds a Bachelor of Science in nursing from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, and a Master of Science in nursing from the University of Texas at Arlington. After serving as a staff nurse for six years, Barbara earned several promotions including critical care educator, manager of the surgical/trauma intensive care unit, and director of nursing for adult critical care services. She held this latest leadership role for 19 years until her recent promotion to vice president, chief nursing officer.

Kevin P. Vaughn, MBA – Vice President of Finance, Methodist Dallas Medical Center

​​​​​​​Kevin VaughnKevin Vaughn, MBA, is Vice President of Finance of Methodist Dallas Medical Center. Prior to joining Methodist Dallas, Kevin served as the Chief Financial Officer of Kansas Spine & Specialty Hospital in Wichita, KS for nine years. Previously, Kevin also held the position of Controller at St. Vincent Health System and worked in Finance and IT at St. Therese Medical Center. In total, Kevin has more than thirty years of experience within the healthcare industry. Kevin graduated from North Central College in 1982 with a double major in Business Administration and Computer Science. He received his Master of Business Administration from Lake Forest Graduate School of Management in 1994. 

Tracy Giacoma, MSN, MBA, RN, FACHE, Vice President Transplant Services, Methodist Dallas Medical Center

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Leslie Cler, MD, FACP, CPE, Chief Medical Officer, Methodist Dallas Medical Center

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Leslie Cler, MD, FACP, CPE is Chief Medical Officer (CMO) of Methodist Dallas Medical Center (MDMC). Dr. Cler has been a practicing physician with Methodist Dallas Medical Center for eight years. Dr. Cler graduated from Texas Tech University in 1996 and later earned his medical degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center (UTSW) in 2006. He then completed a three-year residency in Internal Medicine at UTSW and subsequently joined the Internal Medicine faculty at Methodist Dallas in 2010 after a short time as an internist in central Texas. Dr. Cler is a Certified Physician Executive (CPE), a certification awarded by the American Association for Physician Leadership. While at Methodist Dallas, Dr. Cler has had the opportunity to serve as chair of the Pharmaceuticals and Therapeutics Committee, co-chair of the system-wide Sepsis Committee, and co-owner of the system-wide Physician Wellness Committee amongst numerous other committees with which he has been involved. He has continued to find time where available to provide hospitalist care at the bedside. He remains an active member of the Internal Medicine core faculty, regularly teaching and attending on internal medicine wards. He also serves as the Utilization Management Medical Director for the Methodist Health System. Dr. Cler is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians (FACP) and a member of the Society of Hospital Medicine and the Dallas County Medical Society.