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Michael G. Rock, M.D., to Receive AHA Board of Trustees Award

WASHINGTON (April 5, 2016) – The American Hospital Association (AHA) today announced that Michael G. Rock, M.D., professor of orthopedic surgery and former chief medical officer, Mayo Clinic Hospitals/Mayo Foundation, Rochester, Minn. will be awarded its 2016 Board of Trustees Award. The award is presented to individuals or groups who have made substantial and noteworthy contributions to the work of the AHA. Rock will receive the award at a ceremony at the AHA Annual Membership Meeting on Monday, May 2 in Washington, D.C.

“Mike is a true health care leader,” said AHA President and CEO Rick Pollack. “With his deep health policy knowledge and practical experience – especially when it comes to physician outreach – he has made an invaluable contribution to the AHA and the entire hospital community.” 

A former member of the AHA Board of Trustees and Executive Committee, Rock currently chairs the Health Research and Educational Trust (HRET) and serves on the AHA Committee on Research. He has been active in AHA’s physician outreach, serving as a member and chair of the AHA Physician Leadership Forum Advisory Committee and member of the Committee on Clinical Leadership. Other AHA leadership roles have included chairing the AHA Section for Health Care Systems Governing Council and serving on the Committee on Performance Improvement and other committees and task forces.  

Rock received a Bachelor’s of Science from the University of Western Ontario in Canada, later receiving a Doctor of Medicine cum laude (deans honor list) from the same university. He did his post-graduate fellowship training in surgical oncology at The Rizzoli Institute in Bologna, Italy and the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. Rock is married and has four children. 

Sandra Bennett Bruce, past president and CEO, Presence Health, Chicago also will receive the 2016 Board of Trustees Award.

About the AHA

The AHA is a not-for-profit association of health care provider organizations and individuals that are committed to the health improvement of their communities. The AHA is the national advocate for its members, which include nearly 5,000 hospitals, health care systems, networks, other providers of care and 43,000 individual members. Founded in 1898, the AHA provides education for health care leaders and is a source of information on health care issues and trends. For more information, visit the AHA website at

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