President of Sinai Hospital and Grace Medical Center leaving to lead New York-based ENT practice

The president of two Baltimore hospitals, Sinai Hospital and Grace Medical Center, will step down next week to head what is described as the nation’s largest ear, nose and throat, allergy and audiology practice.

Daniel Blum, a senior vice president of Baltimore-based LIfeBridge Health, the hospitals’ owner, will become CEO of New York-based ENT and Allergy Associates on Feb. 27.


Leslie Simmons, LifeBridge executive vice president and chief operating officer, will lead both Baltimore hospitals as interim president until the roles can be permanently filled, LifeBridge announced Friday.

Daniel Blum is stepping down as president of Sinai Hospital of Baltimore and Grace Medical Center in West Baltimore to head a New York-based medical practice.
Leslie Simmons, Lifebridge Health' chief operating officer and executive president, will serve as interim president of Sinai Hospital of Baltimore and Grace Medical Center in West Baltimore while a search for a new executive is carried out.

Blum, who joined LifeBridge in April 2020, led the hospitals through the pandemic and made other “significant contributions,” LifeBridge President and CEO Neil Meltzer said in an announcement.


Blum also oversaw the renovation and expansion of Sinai’s emergency department, the renovation of Grace Medical and the opening at Sinai of The Jill Fox Center for Hope, which offers violence prevention programs.

“Dan truly cares deeply for our team members, our patients and our communities, and that compassion has been a hallmark of his tenure,” Meltzer said.

Blum’s last day will be Dec. 9.

Besides running Sinai in Northwest Baltimore and Grace Medical in West Baltimore, formerly known as Bon Secours Hospital, LifeBridge operates Northwest Hospital, Carroll Hospital and Levindale Hebrew Geriatric Center and Hospital. It operates related affiliates such as ExpressCare Urgent Care Centers and LifeBridge Health & Fitness.