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Lee B. Sacks, M.D., to Chair AHA's Committee on Clinical Leadership

WASHINGTON – January 13, 2015 – Lee B. Sacks, M.D., executive vice president and chief medical officer of Advocate Health Care in Downers Grove, Ill., will lead the American Hospital Association’s (AHA) Committee for Clinical Leadership (CCL) as chair of its 30-member committee for 2015.


The CCL has been charged with providing clinical input to the AHA advocacy and public policy process, serving as a clinical resource on policy issues, as well as guiding the ongoing work of the AHA's Physician Leadership Forum (PLF). The CCL is also concerned with issues relating to standards and requirements for clinical education programs and activities and includes representatives from the medical, nursing and pharmacy fields.


Dr. Sacks was appointed executive vice president and chief medical officer of Advocate Health Care in 1997.  He is responsible for health outcomes, patient safety, information systems, managed care contracting, PHO operations, research, medical education, risk management and insurance.  Since 1995, he has served as the founding CEO of Advocate Health Partners (now d/b/a Advocate Physician Partners), a clinically integrated network that includes over 5,000 physicians.  APP coordinates care for over 600,000 attributable lives in commercial, Medicare and Medicaid populations.


Dr. Sacks practiced family medicine in a three-person practice from 1980-1992, when it became affiliated with Lutheran General Medical Group.  He has had management roles since 1990 serving as medical director, vice president of Lutheran General Health Plan (PHO) and vice president of primary care development for Lutheran General HealthSystem, prior to the merger that created Advocate in 1995.


Dr. Sacks received a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and a medical degree from the University of Illinois, Chicago, in 1977.  He completed a family practice residency at Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, Ill., serving as chief resident. Kevin Most, D.O., vice president of medical affairs of Cadence Health in Winfield, Ill., is this year’s chair-elect and will assume the role of chairman in 2016. Ken F. Sands, M.D., M.P.H., chief quality officer and senior vice president for health care quality and safety at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, is immediate past chair.


Newly elected members serving three-year terms beginning January 1, 2015, include: John A. Brennan, M.D., M.P.H., president and CEO, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey, Randolph, N.J.; Keith R. Doram, M.D., M.B.A., FACP, vice president for clinical effectiveness and CMO, Adventist Health, Roseville, Calif.; Robert. E. Falcone, M.D., vice president of clinical policy and population health, Ohio Hospital Association, Columbus, Ohio; Robert E. Fromm, Jr., M.D., FACHE, senior vice president and CMO, Maricopa Integrated Health System, Phoenix; Steven I. Goldstein, president and CEO, Strong Memorial Hospital of the University of Rochester, Rochester, N.Y.; Marshall E. Hicks, M.D., professor and division head, division of diagnostic imaging, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, The University of Texas, Houston; Hal B. Jenson, M.D., M.B.A., founding dean, Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine, Kalamazoo, Mich.; Chet Johnson, M.D., FAAP, professor of pediatrics and assistant dean for faculty affairs and faculty development, University of Kansas Hospital, Kansas City, Kan.; Linda J. Knodel, M.H.A., M.S.N., NE-BC, CPHQ, FACHE, senior vice president and CNO, Mercy Hospital Springfield, Springfield, Mo.; David Marshall, J.D., D.N.P., M.S.N., R.N., CENP, NEA-BC, CNO, University of Texas Medical Branch Hospitals, Galveston, Texas; John B. McWhorter, III, senior vice president, Baylor Health Care System and president, Baylor University Medical Center, Dallas; Robert J. Weber, R.Ph., Pharm.D., M.S., BCPS, FASHP, FNAP, administrator, pharmacy services, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Columbus, Ohio; and Thomas R. Yackel, M.D., M.P.H., M.S. FACP, chief health information officer, Oregon Health and Science University, Portland.


The new committee members join current CCL members: John L. Boyd, III, M.D., M.B.A., C.P.E., CEO and CMO, McLane Children’s Hospital and Clinics, Temple, Texas; John B. Chessare, M.D., M.P.H., FACHE, president and CEO, GBMC HealthCare System, Greater Baltimore Medical Center, Baltimore; David Entwistle, CEO, University of Utah Hospitals & Clinics, Salt Lake City; Cheryl L. Hoying, Ph.D., R.N., NEA-BC, FACHE, FAAN, senior vice president of patient services, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati; Adam L. Myers, M.D., FACHE, CHCQM, CPHRM, CMO, Texas Health Physicians Group, Arlington, Texas; David Perlstein, M.D., M.B.A., FAAP, senior vice president and CMO, St. Barnabas Hospital, Bronx, N.Y.; Kimberlydawn Wisdom, M.D., M.S., senior vice president of community health and equity and chief wellness officer, Gail and Lois Warden endowed chair on multicultural health, Henry Ford Health System, Detroit; Richard Afable, M.D., M.P.H., president and CEO, Covenant Health Network and executive vice president, St. Joseph Health, Southern California, Irvine, Calif.; Craig A. Becker, president and CEO, Tennessee Hospital Association, Nashville, Tenn.; Gregory F. McAuliffe, M.D., CMO, San Luis Valley Regional Medical Center, Alamosa, Colo.; James T. McDeavitt, M.D., chair of the department of physical medicine and rehabilitation, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston; Judith A. Melin, M.D., M.A., chief medical services officer, Lahey Clinic, Burlington, Mass.; and William W. Pinsky, M.D., executive vice president and chief academic officer, Ochsner Health System, New Orleans. John H. Vassal II, M.D., CMO, Swedish Medical Center, Seattle, serves as the AHA board representative to the CCL.


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About the AHA’s Physician Leadership Forum

To help foster strong collaboration between hospitals and physicians, the AHA launched the Physician Leadership Forum (PLF) in 2011. Through the PLF, the AHA works closely with the medical community to identify best practices to deliver value-based care, and shares the findings through educational offerings and other resources. The Committee on Clinical Leadership (CCL) was created to offer physicians a unique opportunity to participate in the AHA policy and advocacy process. For more information, visit

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