Carolinas HealthCare System

Behavioral Health Leadership Team

John Santopietro

John SantopietroJohn Santopietro, MD, FAPA, is chief clinical officer of behavioral health at Carolinas HealthCare System, headquartered in Charlotte, NC.

For the last 15 years, Dr. Santopietro has been devoted to transformation of the current healthcare delivery model in order to improve care for patients suffering with mental illness. He has held leadership positions in community mental health, public and private hospital systems, and has worked in Maine, Massachusetts and Connecticut. He has taught on psychiatric leadership nationally and is passionate about the need for clinical leadership in solving the substantial challenges which confront the healthcare community and the community at large when it comes to behavioral health.

Dr. Santopietro graduated cum laude with a degree in psychology and philosophy from Yale University, obtained his medical degree from Northwestern University Medical School, and completed his internship, residency in psychiatry and fellowship at Harvard Medical School. He is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, is a fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and member of the American Association of Community Psychiatrists and American College of Physician Executives. He has served as president of the Connecticut Psychiatric Association and as an appointee to the Connecticut Mental Health Commissioner’s advisory board. 

Martha Whitecotton

Martha WhitecottonMartha Whitecotton is senior vice president of behavioral health services at Carolinas HealthCare System in Charlotte, NC.

Whitecotton most recently served as president of Levine Children’s Hospital, with responsibility for hospital operations, emergency services and ambulatory specialty care. She led the strategic development of the hospital’s Congenital Heart Center, pediatric inpatient rehabilitation and a blood and marrow transplant program – leading the hospital to national rankings in cardiac care, cancer, oncology, nephrology, orthopedics and neonatology within five years of the hospital’s opening.  Based on her experience with the Children’s Hospital, Whitecotton was drawn to this opportunity for transformation in the current model of delivery of behavioral health services.

Whitecotton earned her master's degree in Family Nursing from West Texas State University and also received her BSN from West Texas State University. She completed a Nurse Executive Fellowship in 2005, at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. She is a fellow in of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

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