Smithfield Herald

Johnston Health adds VP of medical affairs

Johnston Health has added a new member to its leadership team.

Dr. Donald Pocock, a native of Ohio, is the new vice president of medical affairs. He brings to the job more than 30 years of clinical and administrative experience in private practice and hospital settings.

“We’re thrilled to have Dr. Pocock on our team,” said Chuck Elliott, chief executive and president of Johnston Health. “He brings a wealth of knowledge and an impressive set of skills and talents.”

Before accepting the position, Pocock was chief medical officer for eight years at Morton Plant Mease Health Care in Clearwater, Fla. Earlier, he was chief medical officer for four years at Roper St. Francis Healthcare in Charleston, S.C.

Pocock, who is building a house in Clayton, said he’s excited about his return to Eastern North Carolina. For 21 years, he was in private practice with Eastern Carolina Internal Medicine in Pollocksville.

But while he loved taking care of patients, he said, he grew weary of the long hours the practice required. The group had grown from seven doctors when he arrived in 1980 to more than 30 by the time he left in 2001 for the administrative job with Roper St. Francis.

At a young age, Pocock knew he wanted to pursue a career in medicine. His father was a cardiologist who had a private practice in their hometown of Massillon, Ohio.

His mother, who is now 90 and still lives in Ohio, felt strongly about their children’s music education. She enrolled him, his brother and their sister in piano lessons when they turned 6. Pocock, who was the oldest, developed a love of classical music and played for 20 years. He also acted in theater productions.

Pocock earned his undergraduate degree from the College of Wooster in Ohio and his medical degree from Case Western Reserve University.

He completed his internal-medicine internship and residency at the University of North Carolina and did fellowship training in infectious disease at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio.

Pocock and his wife, Darby, have a daughter in Charlottesville, Va., and a son and daughter-in-law in Winston-Salem who have two children.