Committee on Clinical Leadership


Committee on Clinical Leadership Members


Brooke Buckley, MD, FACS, Chair, serves as chief medical officer of Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital. She is responsible for the leadership of the hospital’s physicians. Before serving in her current role, Dr. Buckley served as vice president and chief medical officer of Meritus Health, a regional health system in Washington County, Maryland.

A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Dr. Buckley brings with her years of administrative experience with a focus on clinical integration, process improvement and quality care with a special concentration in professional development. She earned her undergraduate degree in biology at The Johns Hopkins University and her medical degree from The Ohio State University College of Medicine and Public Health.

Sylvain "Syl" Trepanier, DNP, RN, CENP, FAONL, FAAN, Chair-elect, is Providence's System Chief Nursing Officer. In this position, he serves as the voice for nursing at the senior executive level, representing nursing practice for 38 thousand nurses in 52 hospitals and 1085 clinics in seven states. He also serves as the co-chair of the system's Workforce Council. Prior to that position, Dr. Trepanier served as the regional chief clinical executive (RCCE) for Providence St. Joseph Health, Southern California Region. Dr. Trepanier is a seasoned nurse executive with healthcare system experience in executive leadership, organizational transformation, and system standardization. Dr. Trepanier is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and an active member of the American Organization of Nursing Leadership (AONL). He obtained his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Nursing from the University of Montreal Canada and a Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) from Texas Tech University Health Science Center (TTUHSC), Anita Thigpen Perry School of Nursing.
Robert V. Rose, RN, MS, NEA-BC, Past Chair, serves as the chief nurse executive, Central Market for Atrium Health where he is responsible for over 3500 nurses within 3 (>1000 beds) Magnet Hospitals and a large ambulatory platform. Previously he served as senior vice president, Patient Care Services and chief nurse executive at CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics in Tyler, TX, where he was accountable for nursing practice, clinical education, and clinical risk/accreditation for twelve hospitals and 60 clinics across the northeast Texas region. 

Mr. Rose has more than fifteen years’ senior leadership experience and eight years diverse clinical experience. He has held senior leadership positions at multiple organizations including Briston Hospital and Healthcare Group in Briston, CT, St. Peters Health Care Services in Albany, NY, and South Coast Hospital Group in Fall River, MA. Mr. Rose holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from State University of New York Utica-Rome and a Master of Science in Health Care Administration from the California College for Health Sciences. He is board certified in Nursing Administration and Critical Care Nursing. 

Steven Diaz, MD, FAAFP, FACEP, chief medical officer for MaineGeneral Health, has been active at MaineGeneral since 1993. He completed his family medicine at the Maine-Dartmouth Family Medicine Residency in 1996, and then joined the department of emergency medicine upon graduation. While at MaineGeneral, he became the assistant medical director of emergency medicine in 2002 and left that position in July 2007 on his way to vice president of Medical Administration, and now the system CMO.  

Dr. Diaz is a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians and a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians. He has published two handbooks on Emergency Medicine that have been translated to become part of an international distribution. Dr. Diaz is also chairman of the Maine Hospital Association Board of Directors, and a past member of the American Hospital Association Regional Policy Board as its physician member.

Mohammed Agha, MD, MHA, serves as the Medical Director of Care Coordination at SSM St. Joseph’s Lake St. Louis. He leads and collaborates with hospital leadership, clinicians, case managers, utilization managers, and social workers to several initiatives to improve care coordination, reduce readmissions, standardize multi-disciplinary rounds, optimize utilization, and improve documentation integrity. He also performs medical necessity and utilization reviews and performs peer-to-peer discussions with insurance medical directors. 

Previously, Dr. Agha worked on clinical integration at BJC HealthCare, where he coordinated quality and resource management across 15 hospitals in the system, focusing on radiology and lab/blood management. He also has extensive experience as a general musculoskeletal and non-interventional spine physiatrist at his prior role at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine as an Assistant Professor of Clinical PM&R and Orthopedic Surgery, utilizing musculoskeletal ultrasound for diagnosis and injections.


Richard Bottner, DHA, PA-C, CPHQ, is the vice president of Clinical Excellence at the Colorado Hospital Association (CHA) and exceptionally passionate about effective, efficient, and interprofessional acute care in hospitals nationwide. In his current role, Dr. Bottner supports strategy and implementation related to a statewide value-based payment pilot. The program, associated with over $1 billion in Medicaid disbursements, is designed specifically around optimization of hospital-based care across Colorado. In addition to health system redesign work, Dr. Bottner focuses on statewide quality and process improvement programs surrounding several critical areas including substance use disorders, maternal health, rural and critical access hospitals, and social determinants of health. 

Prior to his role with CHA, Dr. Bottner was an assistant Professor of Internal Medicine at Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin and was the director of the Buprenorphine Team, a full-service consultation team that provides hospitalized patients who have opioid use disorder with access to treatment and linkage to appropriate outpatient care.  Dr. Bottner has a Doctor of Health Administration from the Medical University of South Carolina with a focus on interprofessional care delivery, Master of Physician Assistant Studies from Quinnipiac University, and Bachelor of Science in Entrepreneurship and Business Administration from Babson College. He holds a Certificate of Additional Qualifications in Hospital Medicine from the National Commission on the Certification of PAs and holds a Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality credential from the National Association for Healthcare Quality.

Jeannette Bronsord, DNP, MS, RN, NEA-BC, is currently Executive Director Surgical Services at Yale New Haven Hospital overseeing nursing practice and operations in the general surgery units, surgical intensive care and stepdown units and has administrative oversight for the Trauma program. She leads strategic workforce initiatives for recruitment and retention of clinical staff including cultivating perioperative pipeline with the development of a specialized student capstone experience and creation of the Clinical Nurse Transition Coach program to support new graduate nurses. Jeannette serves on the board of Organization of Nurse Leaders and represents Connecticut on the Government Affairs Committee. In this role she collaborates with nurse leaders, specialty nursing organizations, and legislators to advance ONL’s legislative priorities.

Dr. Bronsord received her BSN and MSN from Southern Connecticut State University; her Master’s in Organizational Leadership from Quinnipiac University; and her Doctor of Nursing Practice from the University of New Hampshire. She is board certified as a Nurse Executive Advanced through the ANCC, is a Health Management Academy Nursing Executive Fellow class of 2023 and is currently a Johnson & Johnson Nursing Innovation Fellow.


Hoyt Burdick, MD, MMM, CPE, FACP, FCCP, FAAPL, FACHE, CPHQ, CPPS, is the chief medical officer for Mountain Health Network, where he serves a fulltime CMO for two hospitals in Huntington, WV (Cabell Huntington Hospital and St. Mary’s Medical Center. He oversees performance improvement and patient safety, infection prevention, regulatory compliance, medical staff, peer review, credentialing, and supervision of physician medical directors. He also serves as the healthcare system Graduate Medical Education representative for both Marshall University School of Medicine and its residencies/fellowships and the Marshall Community Health Consortium’s programs.

Prior to his current role, Dr. Burdick practiced for ten years as an intensivist and pulmonologist in private practice, with a volunteer faculty position in the Marshall University School of Medicine. Dr. Burdick received his medical degree in 1980 from the University Of Mississippi School Of Medicine, where he also completed training and became board-certified in internal medicine, pulmonology and critical care.


Benjamin R. Carter, CPA, FHFMA is Trinity Health's chief operating officer responsible for leading all Health Ministries and other operational areas. Trinity Health regional CEOs, the executive vice presidents for continuing care and administrative services, Trinity Health's system chief information/innovation officer, and the vice president for diversity, equity and inclusion, all report to Carter. Previously he served as the system's executive vice president and chief financial officer. Additional duties under this role included accountability for several regions operationally as well as leading merger and acquisition integrations. Prior to joining Trinity Health, Carter was executive vice president and chief operating officer of the Detroit Medical Center (DMC), where he was responsible for the operations of the regional system’s eight hospitals and related outpatient facilities. During his tenure there, Carter was instrumental in the DMC’s financial turnaround, which resulted in six consecutive years of profitability. He led key growth, cost reduction and profit initiatives in multiple service lines. Prior to leading DMC operations, Carter spent nearly 17 years in executive-level positions at Oakwood Healthcare in Dearborn, Michigan. He started his career at Plante Moran in Southfield, Michigan, where he worked for eight years.

Throughout his career, Carter has served on many internal and external boards including Care Tech Solutions, Inc., DMC Care Express, the Invest Michigan Advisory Board, Boys Hope Girls Hope of Detroit and also led as co-chair, Governor Rick Snyder's task force on Responsible Retirement Reform for Local Government. He has been appointed by Governor Gretchen Whitmer as a commissioner on the Michigan Aeronautics Commission, overseeing all aviation related activities for the State of Michigan. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants and the Healthcare Financial Management Association. Carter is an alumnus of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where he graduated magna cum laude with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business administration.


Loretta Christensen, MD, MBA, MSJ, FACS, an enrolled member of the Navajo Tribe, serves as the chief medical officer of the Indian Health Service. The IHS, an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the principal federal health care provider for American Indians and Alaska Natives. As the chief medical officer, Dr. Christensen is IHS’ lead expert on medical and public health topics, giving technical consultation and guidance to the IHS Office of the Director and IHS staff throughout the country on American Indian and Alaska Native health care policies and issues. She provides national leadership for clinical and community-based health programs of the agency, and serves as the primary liaison and advocate for IHS health professionals.

Dr. Christensen began her career with the IHS as a general surgeon. She most recently served as the chief medical officer of the Navajo Area Indian Health Service from 2017-2021. Dr. Christensen received her undergraduate degree in biological anthropology from Harvard University and her medical degree from Hahnemann University Medical School, now the Drexel University College of Medicine. Dr. Christensen also holds a master of business administration from Georgian Court University and a master of jurisprudence with a specialty in healthcare law from Seton Hall Law School.



Joy Drass, MD is executive vice president and chief operating officer for MedStar Health with executive oversight of 10 hospitals, Integrated Operations, Nursing, and Operational Support. She also has executive responsibility for MedStar Ambulatory Services, MedStar Health Home Care, MedStar National Rehabilitation Network, and MedStar Medical Group, the system’s physician enterprise activities. Previously, Dr. Drass served as executive vice president of Operations for the Washington region with responsibility for system wide Human Resources and Nursing functions and focused on regional program development and operational synergy among the D.C. market-based entities for MedStar Health. She provided strategic oversight and management for MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, MedStar Montgomery Medical Center, MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital, MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital, MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center, and MedStar Washington Hospital Center.

An alumna of Georgetown University Medical School, Dr. Drass received her medical degree and remained in the Washington, D.C., area to complete her residency and critical care fellowship programs. Dr. Drass worked for 13 years as an intensivist in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit, and the MedSTAR Trauma Unit at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, as well as held a variety of clinical leadership roles at MedStar Washington Hospital Center. In addition to her medical credentials, Dr. Drass received a master's in business administration from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business. Dr. Drass has served as chair of the District of Columbia Hospital Association Board of Directors and numerous other Washington, D.C., based task forces and committees. She speaks and writes on healthcare topics and regularly participates in conferences. 


Jason M. Golbin, DO, MBA, MS serves as executive vice president and chief medical officer for Catholic Health. In this role, Dr. Golbin will oversee quality, safety, regulatory, risk management and the experience of care across Catholic Health. He will continue to pursue clinical excellence and optimize the patient experience. Before joining Catholic Health, Dr. Golbin was in private practice on the South Shore as a pulmonary and critical care physician. In 2013, he joined the health system as vice president and chief medical officer at St. Catherine of Siena Hospital. Four years later he was promoted to senior vice president/system chief quality officer. In 2020, he was named system chief patient experience officer.

Dr. Golbin obtained his medical degree from the New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine. He continued his training in internal medicine at Lenox Hill Hospital followed by a Fellowship in Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care Medicine at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine. He also earned an MBA from Adelphi University.


Samuel Hammerman, MD, MMM, FCCP, CPE, is chief medical officer, LTAC Hospital Division, and Chief Quality Officer, for Select Medical. He also currently serves as Assistant Professor of Medicine at Penn State Hershey Medical Center. He has an extensive background in pulmonology and critical care medicine and recently served as director of pulmonary and critical care medicine for Geisinger Health System. At Geisinger Wyoming Valley Hospital, he led innovation initiatives focusing on patient centered clinical care, operations, quality and safety, and education. He was also previously employed by the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and its Magee Women’s Hospital.

Dr. Hammerman is a graduate of the Medical University of South Carolina and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in pulmonary and critical care medicine at Boston University Medical Center. He earned his master’s degree in medical management (MMM) from Carnegie Mellon University and his bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland. He recently completed requirements to become a Certified Physician Executive.

HardmanJoseph Hardman, MD, MBA (CoC liaison) is the chief medical officer and chief clinical integration officer at Tuality Healthcare. In this role he serves as the physician executive for a 215-bed community hospital newly affiliated with Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU). Dr. Hardman also serves as assistant professor of medicine and associate program director for the Internal Medicine Residency Program at OHSU. As such he provides physician and clinical leadership oriented to improving the quality of care and communication of information to patients and to others in the OHSU community. Dr. Hardman’s clinical and research interests include integrative/lifestyle medicine, nutrition and disease prevention, medical education, and substance abuse. Dr. Hardman received his BS in physiological science from the University of California, Los Angeles and his MD from the University of California, San Diego. He is a general internist who has been practicing at OHSU for nearly 10 years, and his primary clinical focus is outpatient primary care internal medicine. He has also worked on the inpatient teaching service at OHSU.

Sanjeeb Khatua, MD, MPH, MBA-HCM, FAAFP, serves as the chief physician executive for Northshore - Edward-Elmhurst Health. Prior to this role, he served as president and chief executive officer of UnityPoint Clinic in Des Moines, IA. At Edward Elmhurst Health, a $1.5B integrated health delivery system located in the western suburbs of Chicago, Dr. Khatua has held multiple leadership roles. These included executive vice president, chief physician executive and president of Edward Health Ventures (Physician and Ambulatory Network). In his current role, Dr. Khatua works closely with leadership to guide strategic priorities with a strong focus on advancing physician and provider leadership and development and ongoing clinical transformation. 

A board-certified physician, Dr. Khatua earned his MD from Medical University of Silesia in Poland and completed his family medicine residency in Hinsdale, IL. He received his Master of Public Health degree from Loma Linda University in Loma Linda, CA in 2012 and his MBA in Health Care Management from Loyola University in Chicago, IL.  

Tammy Lundstrom, MD, JD, serves as senior vice president and chief medical officer at Trinity Health. Dr. Lundstrom is responsible for leading and aligning more than 33,000 employed and affiliated physicians through her work with ministry CMOs across Trinity Health. Lundstrom has an extensive background in the fields of infection control, hospital epidemiology, quality and patient safety. Dr. Lundstrom has served as an associate professor of infectious diseases at Wayne State University School of Medicine and an adjunct professor at Wayne State University School of Law. She has served on multiple state and national committees relating to infection control and quality, as well as the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services-CDC’s Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee (HICPAC).

Dr. Lundstrom received her medical degree from the University of Minnesota and completed her residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in infectious disease at Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit Medical Center. She is currently board certified in infectious diseases. Lundstrom also holds a law degree from Wayne State University.

Jay Maningo-Salinas, PhD, RN, NE-BC, CPHQ, FACHE, serves as the Vice Chair of Research at Mayo Clinic in Arizona where she provides leadership oversight of more than 400 scientific faculty, clinical and allied health staff. In this role, she partners with the Dean of Research to oversee the conduct of research, strategy planning, prioritization and execution, human resource planning and management, financial performance, and staff relations. Dr. Maningo-Salinas has nearly 30 years of nursing experience in clinical and leadership roles in various health care settings including -- hematology, oncology, solid organ and bone marrow transplant and surgery. She holds academic rank of Assistant Professor of Nursing in the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science.

Dr. Maningo-Salinas started her professional nursing journey with an Associate in Nursing Degree from the College of Lake County. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Alverno College, a Master of Science in Nursing from Benedictine University, a Master of Science in Health and Human Services Administration from Spertus College and a Doctor of Philosophy in Health and Human Services Administration from Capella University.

Kevin McEwan, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, is the Chief Nursing Officer at Madisonhealth in Rexburg. His previous roles were Vice President of patient care services and Chief Nursing Officer at Down East Community Hospital in Machias, Maine, Assistant Professor at Brigham Young University and Nursing Administrator with Intermountain Healthcare. Dr. McEwan is board certified as Nurse Executive and serves as a Magnet Appraiser for the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s International Magnet Recognition Program. He is a past Board member for the American Organization for Nursing Leadership and Current President of Nurse Leaders of Idaho and Board member of the Eastern Idaho Community Crisis Centers. Dr. McEwan’s research emphasis and professional publications are focused on leadership development of colleagues as well as front-line nurse leaders and quality patient outcomes.

Dr. McEwan earned his Doctorate of Nursing Practice in Leadership from Boise State University, Master of Science in Nursing from University of Phoenix and Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Boise State University.

Charles Morrow, MD, FACS,, currently serves as the chief medical officer and vice president of Medical Affairs for Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System. Dr. Morrow received his medical degree from the University of South Carolina in Columbia. He completed his surgical residency at Spartanburg Medical Center and a fellowship in surgical critical care at Orlando Regional Medical Center. Dr. Morrow is the former Trauma Medical Director and Program Director for the Surgical Residency Program. Dr Morrow is the Chief Medical Officer, Vice President of Medical Affairs at Spartanburg Medical Center. He is board certified in general surgery and surgical critical care.

Elizabeth Mort, MD, MPH is a practicing general internist and primary care physician with Beacon Hill Primary Care and Mass General Hospital. Dr. Mort is also an associate professor of Medicine and Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School. She formerly served as the senior vice president of Quality and Safety and chief quality officer at the MGH and the MGPO. Dr. Mort has extensive experience in health care quality measurement, quality and safety improvement, managed care medical management strategies, pay for performance contracting and hospital operations. 

Dr. Mort is nationally recognized as an expert in Quality and Safety. Mort has been a member of the NQF Steering Committee for Additional Priorities for Acute Hospital Quality Measures among others. She currently serves on the CMS Hospital Quality Stars Leadership Work Group. Dr. Mort completed her residency in primary care internal medicine at MGH followed by a fellowship at the Department of Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School (MHS). She received a Master in Public Health from the University of Michigan in Health Planning and Administration and Population Planning. Dr. Mort is an Associate Professor in both the Department of Medicine and Health Care Policy at HMS and she is the course Director Applied Quality and Safety in the new HMS Master in Health Care Quality and Safety Program.


Mary Peterson, MD, MSHCA, FACHE, FASA, FAAP, serves as executive vice president and chief operating officer of Driscoll Health System and emeritus staff at Driscoll Children’s Hospital in Corpus Christi, Texas. She is also a clinical associate professor at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas.

Dr. Peterson is actively involved with the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) and has served in numerous roles at the ASA, most recently as ASA first vice president. Dr. Peterson also serves on the Executive Committees of the Texas Society of Anesthesiologists and Nueces County Medical Society. She has been an active member of the American Medical Association and the Texas Medical Association since 1984.

Dr. Peterson received her Bachelor of Science from Texas A&M University. She completed her Doctor of Medicine and anesthesiology residency at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, where she was elected chief resident. Dr. Peterson also completed a Master of Science in Health Care Administration at Trinity University in San Antonio. She is board-certified in anesthesiology and critical care medicine.


James Porter, MD, FACHE, FACP, FAAP, serves as president of Deaconess Health System Inc., Evansville, Ind. In this role he has initiated Deaconess Care Integration and led its growth and development into one of the most successful Next Generation ACOs in the country. Under Dr. Porter's leadership, Deaconess also launched the OneCare Collaborative, a clinically integrated network recognized as a national leader for innovation and success in value and risk-based arrangements.

Prior to his current role as President, Dr. Porter served as executive vice president and chief physician executive at Deaconess Health System. Dr. Porter is board certified in internal medicine and pediatrics. He received his bachelor of arts from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and his Doctor of Medicine from Saint Louis University School of Medicine.


Adia Ross, MD, MHA, has served as Duke Regional Hospital’s chief medical officer since January 2020. In this role, Dr. Ross helps oversee quality and clinical program priorities as well as works closely with Duke Regional’s medical staff. She also provides leadership support for several Duke Regional clinical and operational departments, including Medical Staff Services, Pharmacy, Nutrition Services, Advanced Practice, Emergency Medicine, Diabetes Management, Infection Prevention, Hospital Medicine, Case Management, Performance Services, Performance Excellence and Palliative Care. Before joining the Duke Regional family, Dr. Ross served as medical director for Hospital Medicine at Duke Raleigh Hospital, a role that combined her clinical, administrative and leadership experience. She also served as medical director for the Duke University Health System Transfer Center and assistant medical officer of quality for Duke University Hospital.

Dr. Ross completed her internal medicine residency at Duke in 2013 and received her Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine in 2009.

Danielle Scheurer, MD, MSCR, is an adult Hospitalist physician, Professor of Medicine, and System Chief Quality Officer at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) Health System. She completed undergraduate studies at Emory University, medical school at The University of Tennessee, and Medicine-Pediatrics residency training at Duke University. Dr. Scheurer then joined MUSC as a Hospitalist and completed her Master’s degree in Clinical Research. After completing her Master’s degree, she practiced as a Hospitalist and Medical Director of the Inpatient Medicine Services at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston for five years before returning back to MUSC in 2010. She is also a certified trainer in Just Culture and TeamStepps, is a Lean-Six Sigma Black Belt, a Baldrige National Examiner, and a certified mediator. As System Chief Quality Officer, she oversees all Quality-Safety, Patient Engagement-Experience, Regulatory, Population Health, and Value-Based Payment models for the system. She is passionate about instilling High Reliability principles throughout the healthcare system, to improve safety and quality across all sites for all patients, while simultaneously enabling team engagement for performance excellence.

Samir Shahen, MD, is an accomplished family medicine physician, born and raised in an underserved community in Chicago. Coming from humble beginnings, has made significant contributions to the healthcare field. Over the past 7 years, he has served the underserved community at Humboldt Park Health, initially starting as a hospitalist physician and faculty member. Driven by his passion for improving healthcare systems, he quickly rose to the position of Chief Hospitalist, where he implemented innovative strategies to enhance quality and safety within the hospital.

Recognizing the importance of education and mentorship, Dr. Shahen took on the role of Program Director for the Family Medicine Program, where he plays a pivotal role in shaping the future generation of physicians. His dedication to medical education led him to assume the responsibilities of Designated Institutional Officer and Director of Medical Education, overseeing the training and development of medical professionals.

StablerChristine M. Stabler, MD (ACCME liaison) became the first vice president for Academic Affairs at Lancaster General (LG) Health in February 2011. In this role, she oversees and coordinates LG Health’s medical education programs that include the family medicine residency; fellowships in geriatrics and palliative medicine; pharmacy residency; dental residency and an expanded medical student program. She also oversees the Institutional Review Committee and the LG Health Research Institute. She continues to see patients two sessions a week at Family & Maternity Care and participates in after-hours obstetrics calls on a part-time basis. She holds faculty appointments at Temple University, University of Pennsylvania and Penn State Colleges of Medicine. Dr. Stabler is a past President of the Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians and Chair of the American Academy of Physicians Commission on Membership and Member Services. A graduate of Pennsylvania State University/Jefferson Medical College BS/MD program, she completed her family medicine residency at LG Health and a one-year teaching fellowship in family medicine at Temple University.
GWehrliGay Wehrli, MD, MBA, MS Ed (ACCME liaison) is the chief medical officer with University Hospitals Samaritan Medical Center in Ashland, OH and Professor of Pathology, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. In this role she serves as a member of the UH CMC Senior Management team, working in partnership with the UH CMC COO and the UH CMO, in providing leadership for the department Chairs and hospital medical staff; an integral piece in ensuring the delivery and transition of patient care as well as service excellence. Prior to this position, Dr. Wehrli was the director of Clinical Informatics for Change Management and Utilization, associate medical director for the Blood Bank and Transfusion Medicine Services (BBTMS) and the Program Director for the BBTM Fellowship at University of Virginia Health in Charlottesville, VA. Dr. Wehrli has a national reputation as a leader in education for which she has received multiple awards including the 2019 AABB President’s Award (AABB is formerly known as the American Association of Blood Banks).  She is very active at a national and international level with AABB, currently serving as Chair for the Annual Meeting and Annual Meeting Highlights in the Middle East. Prior to joining UVA Health, Dr. Wehrli served in medical director positions at Tufts-New England Medical Center and at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.  Dr. Wehrli completed her undergraduate degree at Trinity College (CT), then returned home to complete a medical degree at the University of Southern California (USC) and residency plus fellowship at Los Angeles County + USC Medical Center.  She also completed her Master of Science in Education at USC.  Dr. Wehrli completed her Master of Business Administration with a health sector management certificate at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, where she was selected as a Forté Foundation Fellow.


The Committee on Clinical Leadership (CCL) is one of four specialty committees to the AHA Board of Trustees. The CCL is responsible for:

  • Providing clinical input to the AHA advocacy and public policy process
  • Serving as a clinical resource on policy issues
  • Guiding the ongoing work of the AHA Physician Alliance
  • It shall also be concerned with issues relating to standards and requirements for clinical education programs and activities.