Enterprise Leadership

Enterprise Leadership - Maryland Proton Treatment Center

The Maryland Proton Treatment Center (MPTC) has a leadership team comprised of physicians and business leaders from the University of Maryland School of Medicine’s Department of Radiation Oncology, as well as business leaders from Maryland Proton Treatment Holdings.

Get to know the MPTC enterprise leadership team by viewing their profiles below.

President and CEO of the Maryland Proton Treatment Center

Healthcare finance executive and banker Leigh T. Howe became the MPTC President and CEO in June 2018. Howe has 40-years of experience working at major U.S. banks and private investment companies focusing on healthcare lending and investing. A native of Baltimore, Howe worked at Equitable Trust and NationsBank as a Senior Vice President in the first healthcare banking group in Maryland from 1978 to 1995. In 1995, she joined M&T Bank in Baltimore and became Administrative Vice President in healthcare banking where she was responsible for managing a portfolio totaling close to $2 Billion.

In 2007, Howe was a founding principal in Windsor Healthcare Equities, a Baltimore-based private equity investment company, where she was Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. At Windsor, she developed a $500 million portfolio of healthcare assets including senior housing, assisted living, memory care, skilled nursing, medical office buildings and medical technology. Most recently, Howe was Executive Vice President and Chief Credit and Risk Officer for CFG Community Bank in Baltimore.

Chief Administrative Officer for the Maryland Proton Treatment Center

Laura joined the MPTC team in September 2018 as the Chief Administrative Officer. With more than 30 years of professional business administration and finance experience, Laura’s career has always been focused on developing business strategies that provide a firm foundation to companies on a growth trajectory. Her career has been closely tied to the healthcare industry since 1997. As a Vice President in the healthcare banking group of M&T Bank, she was a member of the team that broke into the Pennsylvania healthcare market. Her roles at M&T ranged from commercial finance to portfolio management for assets totaling close to $2 Billion. From 2010 to 2015, Laura was the Vice President of Operations for Windsor Healthcare Equities, a Baltimore-based private equity investment company, developing operational standards and investor reports as the company holdings grew to $500 Million. Laura also served as Vice President and Portfolio Manager for Capital Funding Group, headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland, leading the implementation of a portfolio management strategy that supported a fast-growing book of assets that grew to more than $700 million in loans to senior living providers.

Most recently, building on her extensive professional experience and network, Laura began GPS Life Transition Partners, a firm uniquely capable of guiding older adults and their families to the senior market resources that help them age well. Laura continues to educate and empower through board leadership and speaking engagements.

Chief Financial Officer / Vice President of Corporate Development for Maryland Proton Treatment Center

Shareef is a private equity specialist bringing 20 years of industry experience in healthcare, oil and gas and technology.  While at Citigroup New York, he directed consumer and healthcare M&A as a Global Markets investment banker. While with the Qatar Investment Authority Foundation in Doha and Hermes in Dubai, he invested $85M in energy infrastructure projects across emerging markets including the Saharan Desert. While with Qualcomm in Silicon Valley, Shareef managed a $100M telecommunications semiconductor product line which he successfully deployed worldwide.

He has conducted business in 30 countries and has worked and lived overseas for 5 years in China and the Middle East / North Africa region. He held Series 7 and 63 licenses while based on Wall Street and graduated from Columbia Business School with an MBA with honors in Finance and Management. Shareef also graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Science cum laude in Electrical Engineering and concentration in International Relations.

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