Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Johns Hopkins Medicine
Robert A. Kasdin is the senior vice president and chief operating officer for Johns Hopkins Medicine. He is responsible for overall operations, including strategic direction, administration of existing programs and development of new initiatives to ensure that Johns Hopkins Medicine’s strategic imperatives are achieved or exceeded.
Kasdin came to Johns Hopkins from Columbia University, where he served as its senior executive vice president since 2002. He oversaw overall operations, finances, human resources, information technology, and development and commercialization of intellectual property. Additionally, he played an important role in Columbia’s relationships with major donors and with city and state government. While at Columbia, he also reorganized the university’s operations to integrate business processes and improved efficiency and accountability.
Before joining Columbia University, Kasdin served as the executive vice president and chief financial officer of the University of Michigan, treasurer and chief investment officer for The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the vice president and general counsel for Princeton University Investment Company. He began his career as a corporate attorney at Davis Polk & Wardwell.
Kasdin earned his B.A. from Princeton and his J.D. from Harvard Law School. He is a board member for the Harbor Funds, Apollo Commercial Real Estate Finance, and the National September 11 Memorial and Museum. He previously chaired the board of trustees of the Dalton School and co-chaired the Transition Committee for New York City’s Comptroller. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Kasdin is married to Claire Ullman, a political scientist, and has three children.