Debra F. Sukin, PhD, FACHE

Executive Vice President | CEO
Houston Methodist | Houston Methodist The Woodlands Hospital

As regional senior vice president of Houston Methodist, Debra Sukin has responsibility for four suburban hospitals, the neuroscience service line and the Houston Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center. Dr. Sukin also serves as the preceptor and executive leader for the Houston Methodist Administrative Fellowship Program. With more than 25 years of healthcare experience, Dr. Sukin has designed, developed and opened four hospitals in her career. In 2017, she opened Houston Methodist The Woodlands Hospital, where she serves as CEO and is currently involved in the planning and design phase for the recently announced Houston Methodist Cypress Hospital, expected to open in 2025. Prior to joining Houston Methodist, Dr. Sukin served as senior vice president of CHI St. Luke’s Health System and CEO of CHI St. Luke’s The Woodlands Hospital, St. Luke’s Lakeside Hospital and St. Luke’s Springwood Village. A Houston native, Dr. Sukin is an active community advocate and public speaker. She is past chair of the boards of directors for Interfaith of The Woodlands and The Woodlands Area Economic Development Partnership. Dr. Sukin also serves as a board member for Woodforest National Bank, Texas Hospital Association HOSPAC Board and the Angelman Syndrome Foundation’s Medical Advisory Board. She is a member of the Texas Hospital Association Council on Policy Development and The Greater Houston Chapter of the Young President’s Organization. Dr. Sukin has received numerous accolades throughout the years. For example, The Houston Business Journal recognized Dr. Sukin as an “Outstanding Business Leader in Healthcare for Women Who Mean Business” and “Business Woman of the Year” in 2017. She was chosen as a 2021 Hall of Fame inductee by The Greater Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce for her contributions to the advancement of women and improved quality of life for future generations. Dr. Sukin earned a doctorate in health policy and health management from The University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston. She received her Master of Healthcare Administration degree from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. She is board certified in healthcare management as an ACHE Fellow.


Monday, March 20
10:00–11:30 a.m.
06X - Hedging Your Bets: Lessons in Building the Hospital of the Future From the Ground Up