President's Bio

David J. Roberts, M.D., has served as president of Salem Hospital since 2017.

Prior to becoming president, Dr. Roberts served as Salem Hospital Chair of Medicine (2011-2017) and Chief of Cardiology (1991-2017) while maintaining an active practice in interventional cardiology. Board certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease and interventional cardiology, Dr. Roberts was instrumental in building a comprehensive interventional and medical cardiology program at Salem Hospital.

Dr. Roberts received his medical degree from the University of Vermont and completed his residency at Kaiser Foundation Hospital in San Francisco, specializing in internal medicine.

He completed his cardiology fellowship at New England Medical Center. In 2000, he received Salem Hospital’s prestigious Holyoke Award for leadership and service aligning with the Salem Hospital mission. From 1993 to 2012, Dr. Roberts was an attending physician at the cardiac catherization lab at Mass General Hospital.

As president, Dr. Roberts has brought his deep understanding of the North Shore community, as well as strong relationships with the medical staff at both Salem Hospital and Mass General Hospital. He has outlined a bold path forward for the hospital that has brought about lasting clinical process improvements, the development of a robust and highly competent hospitalist service, and the creation of a culture of empathy-driven, patient-centered care. During his tenure, the hospital has received a Leapfrog safety grade of “A” for 2020, 2021 and 2022, reflecting an enhanced commitment to patient safety and quality.

A key component of Dr. Roberts’s vision for the hospital was a physical plant that could meet the needs of the community for years to come. To that end, a new Emergency Department was constructed and opened in 2019 as well as a new 24-bed medical/surgical inpatient floor. Other projects have included renovating a 137,000-foot rehabilitation facility into the Epstein Center, a 120-bed inpatient psychiatric facility, and the repurposing of the Union Hospital campus into the Lynn Medical Village, a 42,000 square-foot facility that offers a mixture of primary, specialty and urgent care as well as diagnostic imaging and lab services. In 2023, the hospital will complete renovation of the Davenport 4 main entrance to create a new and expanded main lobby and patient drop-off area that will significantly improve the patient experience.

For 2022 and beyond, Dr. Roberts has set high standards for improving patient experience and collaborating with Mass General Brigham colleagues to deepen support for the care needs of the local community. He has also placed a focus on employee job satisfaction and nurse recruitment and renewed the hospital’s focus on patient care quality and safety. These initiatives will ensure that Salem Hospital will continue to provide the highest level of care for the North Shore community for decades to come.

Dr. Roberts lives on the North Shore with his family and is an avid reader, golfer and mountain biker. He continues to see patients at the NSPG Cardiology practice in Salem.