Committee on Clinical Leadership


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.

Committee on Clinical Leadership Members

Amy AdomeAmy Adome, MD is responsible for leading efforts to maintain and improve the quality of patient care across the Sharp system as senior vice president of clinical effectiveness. Dr. Adome joined Sharp HealthCare in April 2013. Her most recent role before moving to San Diego was as vice president of quality and patient safety at Mary Washington Healthcare in Fredericksburg, Va. While there, she was responsible for building and leading their corporate quality and patient safety program. Before that, she served as the director of quality at North Shore University hospital, an 806-bed teaching hospital that is one of the cornerstones of North Shore LIJ Health System. Dr. Adome received her medical degree from Makerere University in Uganda and worked as a primary care physician in Kenya before moving to the United States to pursue a master of public health with a concentration in health care management from Harvard University in Boston.

Kenneth CochranKenneth Cochran, DSc, RN, FACHE has more than 15 years of hospital experience including diversified experience in clinical department management. He currently serves as president and chief executive officer at Opelousas General Health System located in Opelousas, LA. Prior to serving as CEO of Opelousas General Health System, Dr. Cochran served as president and CEO of River Valley Health Partners located in East Liverpool, OH and chief executive officer of Cibola General Hospital located in Grants, NM. Dr. Cochran also has a background as a chief nursing officer at Colorado Plains Medical Center located in Fort Morgan and Good Samaritan Hospital in Bakersfield, CA. 

Jason CohenJason Cohen, MD serves as Chief Medical Officer at North Valley Hospital located in Whitefish, MT. He received his B.A. in Comparative Politics from Wesleyan University and obtained his medical degree from the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. He completed his internship at Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) in internal medicine.  Dr. Cohen has practiced in a variety of clinical environments, including large community and rural critical access hospitals.  He was on faculty at University of New Mexico School of Medicine, and co-founded a health clinic for low-income women in rural Montana.  Dr. Cohen is a member of several professional associations, including the American Medical Association, American College of Physicians, American Board of Internal Medicine, Society of Hospital Medicine, and the Legislative Committee of the Montana Medical Association. In his current role as CMO of North Valley Hospital, Dr. Cohen is actively involved in creating physician partnerships across the newly affiliated hospital system to develop care protocols and embed best practices in patient care plans.

Richard FreemanRichard W. Freeman, MD, FACP is senior vice president and chief transformation officer for Eastern Maine Healthcare System (EMHS). Before attending medical school, Dr. Freeman served on the professional staff of Baltimore City Hospitals as a physician’s assistant, and led the reform of the prison healthcare system for the Baltimore City Jail and the Maryland Division of Correction. Concurrently, he earned a master of public health degree and a doctorate in epidemiology from the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health. After completing medical school at the University of Maryland and residency in general internal medicine at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, he spent the next five years on the full-time faculty of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. During that time he practiced internal medicine, led the first-year student preceptorship, Introduction to Medicine, and served as medical director in the Community-Based Practices and, subsequently, as vice president for medical affairs at Hopkins Bayview. He then led a venture-capital funded care management company, providing care coordination and medical management services to Blue Cross Blue Shield plans. After 9/11, he was invited to lead the Center for Public Health Preparedness at New York University School of Medicine, and concurrently provided consulting services to academic medical centers and community hospitals on financial performance improvement, care coordination and physician practice funds flow. Then, after serving in executive leadership positions at two large, multi-specialty, medical group practices associated with health systems in Rochester, NY, and Grand Rapids, MI, Dr. Freeman was invited to join EMHS as its first Chief Transformation Officer.

Paul HicksPaul Hicks, MD, MSHCM serves as the vice president of clinical and physician affairs at the Ohio Hospital Association (OHA) located in Columbus, OH. In this role, he leads the development of the Physician Leadership Council to maximize engagement of practicing physicians throughout the state. Additionally he supports the OHA's quality and safety initiatives around sepsis and infant mortality as well as represents hospitals and physicians at the state Medicaid Clinical Advisory Council and Governor's Council Opiate Action Taskforce. Prior to his position at the OHA, Dr. Hicks served as chief of staff for the OhioHealth Physician Group. During his time there, Dr. Hicks worked on several notable projects including physician and system alignment around patient experience and restructuring of the physician on-boarding and off-boarding process. Prior to OhioHealth Physician Group, Dr. Hicks spent twenty years in different health care organizations including MedOne Hospital Physicians, the University of Arizona, Salud Family Health Center, and the University of Colorado. 

Jeff GoldJeffrey P. Gold, MD, FACS serves as chancellor of the University of Nebraska Medical Center and chairs the board of a clinical enterprise that includes UNMC’s primary hospital partner, The Nebraska Medical Center; its physician practice group, UNMC Physicians; and the Bellevue Medical Center. Dr. Gold also holds a health professions appointment in the department of surgery. Prior to joining UNMC, Dr. Gold served as Chancellor of the University of Toledo’s health science campus, which includes the Colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Health Science and Human Service, and Graduate Medical Study. Prior to joining the University of Toledo, Dr. Gold served at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and the Weill Cornell Medical College. Dr. Gold graduated from the Cornell University College of Engineering and earned his M.D. from the Weill Cornell College of Medicine. He completed his general surgery residency at The New York Hospital and Memorial Hospital and his cardiothoracic residency training at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Boston Children’s Hospital of Harvard Medical School. Dr. Gold is a board certified thoracic surgeon and specializes in adult and pediatric cardiac surgery.

Steven GoldsteinSteven I. Goldstein serves as president and chief executive officer of Strong Memorial Hospital of the University of Rochester, NY. Mr. Goldstein also serves as vice president for the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC), president and chief executive officer for Highland Hospital in Rochester, president for long-term care for URMC, and president of Strong Partners Health System. In addition, he is a professor of community and preventive medicine for the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. Prior to assuming his position at Strong, Mr. Goldstein served in executive or administrative positions at Rochester General Hospital, The Children's Medical Center in Dayton, OH, the University of Nebraska Hospitals and Clinics, and the Nebraska Psychiatric Institute in Omaha, NE. He also served as assistant clinical professor in the Department of Community Medicine at Wright State University School of Medicine in Dayton, OH. He is the past chairman of the Hospital Association of New York State and served on the AHA Board of Trustees.

Beatrice GrauseM. Beatrice Grause, RN, JD, FACHE is president of the Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS). Before joining HANYS, Ms. Grause served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems for 14 years. Ms. Grause also worked for ten years in Washington D.C. in a variety of positions, beginning as a Legislative Assistant for U.S. Representatives Norman Y. Mineta and Joseph P. Kennedy II. She simultaneously held senior governmental affairs positions with the Tennessee Hospital Association and Massachusetts Hospital Association. She spent the last three years working as counsel with the law firm of Foley, Hoag, where she developed tailored legislative and regulatory strategies for healthcare clients. Before Washington D.C., Ms. Grause spent ten years in California, where she worked as a registered nurse, primarily in the emergency room and intensive care areas at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. She is active in the American Hospital Association (AHA), having served as an at-large member of the AHA Board of Trustees and chairing its Allied Advisory Committee on Medicaid. She earned her Juris Doctorate from Santa Clara University School of Law, and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Boston College.

Daniel HandelDaniel A. Handel, MD, MBA, MPH, MAS, FACEP is the Chief Medical Officer and Executive Medical Director of the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) Medical Center and an associate professor in the division of Emergency Medicine. In his role, he is responsible for overseeing patient flow, case management, process improvement and the medical directors throughout the hospital. Prior to his current position, he served as the Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Oregon Health & Sciences University (OHSU) in Portland, Oregon. He also served at OHSU in various hospital leadership roles overseeing safety and patient flow. Dan received his doctor of medicine degree from Northwestern University along with a Masters in Public Health. He completed his Healthcare MBA from OHSU, where he also serves on the faculty of the Division of Management teaching process improvement and value streams since 2010. He is board certified in Emergency Medicine. He is a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians and practices clinically in both the adult and pediatric emergency departments at MUSC.

Tom HansenThomas J. Hansen, MD, FAAFP, MBA has served as chief academic officer of Advocate Health Care since 2013. As such, Dr. Hansen oversees medical student education, residency education, continuing medical education, library services and research. Prior to joining Advocate Health Care, Dr. Hansen served as associate dean of medical education and associate professor of family medicine at Creighton University School of Medicine in Omaha, Neb.

Dr. Hansen is a member of several organizations including The Institute of Medicine of Chicago, Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, The Gold Humanism Honor Society, Society of Family Medicine Teachers, American Academy of Family Physicians, American Medical Association and Alpha Sigma Nu National Jesuit Honor Society. Dr. Hansen received his medical degree from Creighton University School of Medicine and his master’s in business administration from Creighton University College of Business Administration.

Marshall HicksMarshall E. Hicks, MD is a professor of interventional radiology and Head of the Division of Diagnostic Imaging at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. He has served in this role since 2010. Before this appointment, he served as Department Chair ad interim of the Department of Diagnostic Radiology, as well as Section Chief of Interventional Radiology. He is a former president of the Society of Interventional Radiology.

Dr. Hicks received his medical degree from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine and completed a clinical internship in general surgery at Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah, GA. After completing a radiology residency and serving as an instructor in vascular radiology at Indiana University Medical Center in Indianapolis, IN, he completed a clinical fellowship in interventional/vascular radiology at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver, CO. Dr. Hicks served as an assistant professor and associate professor at the Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology in St. Louis, MO, before joining MD Anderson in 1998.

Hal JensonHal B. Jenson, MD, MBA specializes in clinical infectious diseases and virology, and was named founding dean of Western Michigan University School of Medicine in January 2011. Dr. Jenson obtained his medical degree from George Washington University School of Medicine and completed a pediatric residency at Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital at Case Western Reserve University and a fellowship in pediatric infectious diseases at Yale University School of Medicine. He was a visiting fellow in molecular biology in 1984 at the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research in Cambridge, U.K. In 2003, he graduated with an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin.

Dr. Jenson has been professor of pediatrics and microbiology and chief of pediatric infectious diseases at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Texas; professor and chair of the Department of Pediatrics and director of the Center for Pediatric Research at Eastern Virginia Medical School and Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters in Norfolk, Virginia; professor of pediatrics and dean of Baystate Medical Center, Western Campus of Tufts University School of Medicine.

John McWhorterJohn B. McWhorter, III is senior vice president of Baylor Health Care System (BHCS) and president of Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas (Baylor Dallas). Mr. McWhorter also oversees Baylor Institute for Rehabilitation, Our Children's House at Baylor, Baylor Specialty Hospital, Baylor Health Enterprises, and the Baylor Research Institute.

Mr. McWhorter is a graduate of Samford University in Birmingham, AL, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration and finance. Mr. McWhorter completed his Master of Science and his Doctor of Science degree in health care administration at the University of Alabama in Birmingham.

Jeff MuellerJeffrey T. Mueller, MD serves as medical director of Mayo Clinic’s twenty-three hospitals operating in five states, and is directly responsible for the operations of Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix. Dr. Mueller is an active member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists, Arizona Medical Association (serving as President, 2014-2015), Arizona Society of Anesthesiologists (serving as President, 2007-2008), Arizona Medicare Contractor Advisory Committee, and the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association (chairing the Clinical Leadership Committee since 2013). Dr. Mueller graduated from Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO, and completed a Residency in Anesthesiology at Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Medicine.

Adam MyersAdam L. Myers, MD, FACHE, CHQM, CPHRM (Chair) serves as chief medical officer and chief operating officer for Texas Health Organization for Physicians/Physician's Group. Dr. Myers also serves as chief medical officer of Texas Health Physicians' Group where he leads quality initiatives, clinical resource utilization, clinical information technology, medical education and physician performance monitoring for physician practices. A New York City native, Myers is board-certified in family medicine and was in private practice in Oklahoma for more than 10 years before moving to Dallas in 2010 to serve as chief medical officer and senior vice president for Methodist Health System. 

Myers in an accomplished clinician, business leader, author and humanitarian. He has earned numerous professional credentials including the status of Fellow with the American College of Healthcare Executives, The American Institute of Healthcare Quality and the American Association of Family Physicians. He holds additional board certification in health care quality management and patient safety, and he's a certified professional in health care risk management. 

David PerlsteinDavid A. Perlstein, MD, MBA (Past Chair) is president and chief executive officer at SBH Health System (formerly known as St. Barnabas Hospital). Dr. Perlstein received his medical degree from the University of Cincinnati and then completed his internship and residency in pediatrics at The New York Hospital, Cornell Medical Center in New York City. After serving an additional year as chief pediatric resident, he worked as a private practitioner and then was appointed director of ambulatory pediatrics at St. Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx. He has received numerous medical student teaching awards and is on the faculty at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Dr. Perlstein has served on several New York City Department of Health sub-committees focused on immunization practices and he remains clinically active while managing the hospital's clinical operations, quality programs and medical staff.

Donna Poduska Donna Poduska, MS, RN, NE-BC, NEA-BC serves as vice president and chief nursing officer at Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins, CO. In her role, she leads and enhances the professional nursing practice. Poudre Valley Hospital has been designated a Magnet Facility four times. Ms. Poduska brings over 40 years of nursing experience, with progressive leadership roles. She holds her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Montana State University and Masters of Science in Nursing Administration from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. She is an active member of the Colorado Nurses Association, American Nurses Association and AONE. SHe is the current president of the Colorado Organization of Nurse Leaders and served two terms as a member of the Board of Directors of AONE. She has been a Magnet appraiser for over 17 years. 

Kari QuickendenKari Quickenden, PharmD, MHSA serves as the chief clinical officer at Memorial Sweetwater County located in Rock Springs, Wyoming. In her current role, she manages clinical services of the organization, develops institutional policies and procedures, as well as coordinates community education efforts on health care related topics via outreach. Previously she served as director of pharmacy for Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County and Cardinal Health Pharmacy Solutions. Dr. Quckenden is a member of the Wyoming Pharmacy Association, Board of Directors of Sweetwater Community Health Center, and previous member of the American Society of Health System Pharmacists. She has earned several Awards including the Cardinal Health Operational Innovation Award, Cardinal Health Chairman's Award as well as several others.  

Robert RoseRobert V. Rose, RN, MS, NEA-BC serves as chief nurse executive for Carolinas Health Care System Central Division. In his current role, Mr. Rose is accountable for nursing practice, nursing care standards for Carolinas Medical Center, Levine Children's and CMC Mercy Hospitals. Mr. Rose has more than fifteen years' senior leadership experience and eight years diverse clinical experience. Prior to his current role he has held senior leadership positions at multiple organizations including system chief nurse for Christus Trinity Mother Frances Health System in Tyler, Texas, St. Peters Health Care Service in Albany, NY, and South Coast Hospital Group in Fall River, MA. He is a member of AONE, Sigma Theta Tau and Mr. Rose has served nationally on the AONE board of director. 

Christine StablerChristine M. Stabler, MD 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.

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. After two years in practice, she joined the full-time faculty in 1986. She continues to see patients two sessions a week at Family & Maternity Care and participates in afterhours 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 AAFP Commission on Membership and Member Services.

Allen WeissAllen Weiss, MD, MBA, FACP, FACR (AHA Board Liaison)was appointed President and CEO of the NCH Healthcare System in September, 2006. Previously, he was President for over six years. He is responsible for a 715 bed, two-hospital integrated health care system in Naples, Florida. NCH is one of only forty-six hospitals in the country affiliated with Mayo Clinic. NCH has been named five times by U. S. News and World Report as best in the region and among the top 10% best cardiovascular surgical programs according to Society of Thoracic Surgery based on objective data. After graduating from Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons and subsequently completing his training at both the New York Presbyterian Hospital and Hospital for Special Surgery of Cornell University, he had a solo practice in Rheumatology, Internal Medicine, and Geriatrics for twenty-three years. He is board certified in all three specialties and is recognized both as a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and a Fellow of the American College of Rheumatology. In 2017, Dr. Weiss became an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Mayo Clinic School of Medicine and was elected to the American Hospital Association Board. Additionally, Dr. Weiss is past Chair of the Florida Hospital Association and past Chairman of the Upper Midwest Vizient Board. He is on the Boards of the Chamber of Commerce, a five year member of the Regional Advisory Council of the American Hospital Association, Wolford School for Certified Nurse Anesthesiology, Telford Board, American Momentum Bank since inception and the Foundation Board of Florida Gulf Coast University.

Anthony WeissAnthony P. Weiss, MD, MBA serves as chief medical officer of Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse, NY. Prior to joining Upstate University Hospital, Dr. Weiss was at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), where he has served in a variety of roles since 1997, most recently as director of quality management for MGH’s Department of Psychiatry. As director of Quality Management, Weiss led a number of initiatives to improve access and measure outcomes related to mental health care. Dr. Weiss has been a member of Harvard Medical School faculty since 2000, most recently as assistant professor. Weiss is a board-certified psychiatrist, with a clinical focus in neuropsychiatry. He is an active member of the American Neuropsychiatric Association, the American College of Physician Executives and the Association of Professionals in Patient Safety. A Wisconsin native, Weiss earned a bachelor’s degree in pharmacology and toxicology and a doctorate in medicine from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He also holds a master’s degree from Harvard Medical School in Boston and an MBA, summa cum laude, from Babson College in Wellesley, Mass.

Patrice WeissPatrice M. Weiss, MD, FACOG is the chief medical officer of Carilion Clinic. Prior to joining Carilion Clinic, Dr. Weiss served as vice chair of education, research, and academic compliance as well as residency program director at Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown, Pa. She was also the medical director of risk management for Lehigh Valley Physician Group.

Dr. Weiss has served as chair of the ACOG Patient Safety & Quality Improvement Committee, member of the ACGME OB/GYN Resident Review Committee and the Council of Residency Education in OB/GYN, and on the APGO board of directors serving as the ex officio member of the Professional Liability Committee and the Voluntary review of Quality of Care Steering Committee. Dr. Weiss received her medical degree from Hahnemann University (Drexel) School of Medicine where she was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha honorary medical society and completed her residency at Lehigh Valley Hospital. She completed the Council of University Chairs of Obstetrics and Gynecology Fellowship in Academic Leadership.

Roxie WellsRoxie C. Wells, MD is the president of Bladen and Hoke Healthcare/Hospitals in North Carolina. In her current position she provides executive leadership and operational management of Bladen Healthcare, which includes the critical access hospital in Elizabethtown, multispecialty physician practices, pharmacy imaging and multiple hospital-based service lines. Additionally, she provides operational management of Hoke Healthcare, LLC, a 60 acre campus that includes physician practices, retail pharmacy, imaging, an information technology hub for the health system and a 41 bed hospital. Previously, Dr. Wells served as associate chief medical officer for ambulatory services at Cape Fer Medical System where she provided leadership of 33 multi-specialty physician practices across the health system. 

Dr. Wells is an active member of the North Carolina Academy of Family Physicians and the American Academy of Family Physicians. Additionally, she serves on several committees including the North Carolina Hospital Association Policy Development Committee and serves as the chairperson for the North Carolina Hospital Association Physician Work Group.

William WilsonWilliam C. Wilson, MD, MA is the chief medical officer at UC Irvine Health. He also continues as clinical professor of Anesthesiology, Medicine and Surgery. Prior to this position, Dr. Wilson served as director of critical care services. In that role, Dr. Wilson oversaw all of the adult intensive care units at UC Irvine Douglas Hospital, and spearheaded more than 25 separate evidence-based protocols and clinical pathways. Dr. Wilson works collaboratively with physician, nurse, and ancillary staff, to improve efficiencies and patient care outcomes. In this capacity, he provides leadership in promoting overall hospital quality and safety. He also serves as the UC Irvine Telehealth Physician Champion where he develops ideas for including technological enhancements to population management programs envisioned to cover the entire spectrum of care from hospital to home. Prior to UC Irvine, Dr. Wilson was at the University of California, San Diego, where he served as vice chairman of Anesthesiology, and chief of Anesthesiology Critical Care. During his 20-year tenure there, he served as co-director of the Trauma/SICU, and provided the leadership and inspiration to develop four separate new critical care services. 

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