Biester - Gates Family Foundation

Doris J. Biester


Dr. Biester served as President and Chief Executive Officer at The Children’s Hospital, Denver, Colorado from July 1998 to January 2007. Prior to assuming the position of President and Chief Executive Officer, Dori served as Senior Vice President, Director of Nursing, then as Senior Vice President/Patient Care Services, and as Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer. During her tenure at Children’s, she created the vision and strategic direction to establish new modalities for the care of children, established professional nursing at the hospital as a national model, and provided leadership for the planning and development of a new Children’s Hospital on the Anschutz Medical Campus. While Dori served as CEO, The Children’s Hospital was consistently ranked among the top 10 children’s hospitals by U.S. News and World Report.

Dori earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Iowa, her master’s degree in pediatric nursing from the University of Wisconsin, and her doctorate degree in nursing from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center.

In addition to her involvement with the Gates Family Foundation, Dori serves on the Advisory Board for the Gates Center for Regenerative Medicine and is a member of the University Hospital Board.