Committee on Clinical Leadership


Committee on Clinical Leadership Members

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Robert V. Rose, RN, MS, NEA-BC, Chair-elect, 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.

Handel Daniel A. Handel, MD, MBA, MPH, MAS, FACEP, Chair, is currently the Vice President and Chief Medical Officer for the Central Market, Atrium Health in Charlotte, NC. Prior to this role, he was the vice president and chief medical officer of the south central region for Indiana University Health. In addition to serving as CMO, Dr. Handel is a practicing clinician in the emergency department at IU Health Bloomington. Prior to joining IU Health, Dr. Handel served as 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 where he was responsible for overseeing patient flow, case management, process improvement and the medical directors throughout the hospital. Dr. Handel has also served as the vice chair for Clinical Affairs in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Oregon Health & Sciences University (OHSU) in Portland, Oregon where he held 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 served on the faculty of the Division of Management teaching process improvement and value streams. He is board certified in Emergency Medicine. 

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Thomas R. Yackel, MD, MPH, MS, MBA, FACP, Past-chair, is currently the President of MCV Physicians, which is the faculty practice plan of VCU Health System. He also serves as senior associate dean for clinical affairs in the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine. Prior to joining MCV, Dr. Yackel served as the chief health information officer for the Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) for ten years. He is a practicing primary care internist and is board certified in internal medicine and clinical informatics. Dr. Yackel graduated from George Washington University in 1996 with Doctor of Medicine and Master of Public Health degrees. He continued his training as a primary care internal medicine resident at George Washington University Hospital and served as chief resident. In 2002, he completed a fellowship and Master of Science in medical informatics at OHSU.

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C. Wright Pinson, MD, MBA, FACS, board liaison is the deputy CEO and chief health system officer at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and the senior associate dean for Clinical Affairs at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. Dr. Pinson regularly contributes his time and expertise to surgical education and administration. He is Chief of Staff at Vanderbilt University Hospital and Chairman of the Vanderbilt University Medical Center Medical Board. He is a Diplomate of the National Board of Medical Examiners. He is a member of the board of directors for both the Hospitality House and the Ronald McDonald House of Nashville, TN.

He belongs to numerous professional societies, among them the American Surgical Association, the American College of Surgeons, the Southern Medical Association - (Chairman, Section on Surgery), the Southeastern Surgical Congress, the Tennessee Transplant Society - (President), the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract, the Society of Surgical Chairmen, the Society of Surgical Oncology, the Society of University Surgeons, the Southern Surgical Association, the Western Surgical Association and the United Network for Organ Sharing (Liver Committee 1988-present; Scientific Affairs 1992-94). He is also a member of the Collegium Internationale Chirurgiae Digestivae, the International Federation of Surgical Colleges, the International Liver Transplantation Society, the International Hepato Pancreato Biliary Association, and the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation. Dr. Pinson earned ;his medical degree from Vanderbilt University.


Gaurava Agarwal, MD is the Chief Wellness Executive at Northwestern Medicine and the Director of Faculty Wellness at Northwestern University. White at Northwestern, he created an initiative called the “Scholars of Wellness” (SOW) to address the organizational drivers of burnout and build physician leaders which won the 2019 Illinois Psychiatric Society’s Innovation in Physician Wellness Award. Dr. Agarwal also serves as the director of Medical Student Education in Psychiatry at Northwestern’s Feinberg School of Medicine. He is a nationally recognized educator and specializes in occupational and organizational psychiatry with an emphasis on workplace mental health. Dr. Agarwal earned his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine and completed his residency in psychiatry at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University. He is board-certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.  

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Christine M. Carr, MD, CPE, FACEP is the senior clinical advisor for the South Carolina Hospital Association and the chief clinical officer for Health Sciences South Carolina. She is a clinically active professor of Emergency Medicine and Public Health Sciences at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston.  A Cornell University graduate, Dr. Carr went on to earn her M.D. at the Medical University of South Carolina, then completed her internship and residency in Emergency Medicine at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. Dr. Carr’s academic expertise is in clinical informatics and health information exchange.


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.


Chris DeRienzo, MD, MPP, currently serves as the system chief medical officer of WakeMed Health & Hospitals where he is also a practicing neonatologist.  Outside WakeMed, Chris serves as a Senior Scholar in the Stanford University Clinical Excellence Research Center, and a Board Advisor to both Premier, Inc. (NASD: PINC) and Mercy Health (Chesterfield, MO).  

Chris's previous roles include serving as chief quality officer at Mission Health, a $2B integrated health system based in Asheville, NC.  His leadership there helped infuse a data-driven, analytics-enabled culture of continuous improvement throughout the organization’s team members, propelling Mission back to recognition by IBM Watson as a Top 15 Health System in both 2017 and 2018.  He also previously served as Chief Medical Officer of AI-based company Prealize, where he led the company’s clinical and health economics portfolios through a period of significant growth and a $22 million funding round.

Dishman Kevin Dishman, MD, MPH is the senior vice president and chief medical officer at Stormont Vail Health in Topeka, KS. Since joining Stormont in 2000, Dr. Dishman has held a variety of leadership roles. He most recently served as the vice president of acute care services. Dr. Dishman’s interests include addressing the social determinants of health and leading Stormont to have a greater impact in the community. Dr. Dishman serves on a variety of boards including the Midwest Transplant Network, Stormont Vail Health, Kansas Rehabilitation Hospital, and chair’s the Kansas Hospital Association Physician Leadership Committee. Dr. Dishman received his medical degree from the University of Missouri School of Medicine at Columbia, MO. He completed his internal medicine residency at the University of Missouri. He is currently working on a master’s degree in health administration from Baker University.

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.

Fritz François, MD, MSc, FACG Fritz François, MD, MSc, FACG serves as executive vice president and vice dean, as well as chief of hospital operations at NYU Langone Health. In this role he is responsible for the day-to-day coordination of medical care, clinical quality, risk assessment, system improvement, utilization management, patient experience and infection surveillance across all medical and surgical services within the health system. Additionally, he helped lead efforts to open NYU Langone’s state-of-the-art Kimmel Pavilion and Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital, and improve results around quality, safety, efficiency and patient satisfaction. Prior to his appointment in 2015, Dr. François served as chief of medicine at NYU Langone’s Tisch Hospital, leading transformative efforts around Value Based Management and leadership development at NYU Langone. Dr. François is an academic gastroenterologist with over 70 peer-reviewed publications, book chapters, and presentations in his research areas of interest, which include esophageal disease, H. pylori, Hepatitis C, and colorectal cancer screening in minority populations. He has been funded by the NIH, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the American College of Gastroenterology, and the University of Malaya. Dr. François earned a BA with commencement speaker honors from NYU College of Arts and Science and completed his medical degree at NYU Grossman School of Medicine, where he stayed for his internship, residency, chief residency, and gastroenterology fellowship.
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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.

Hardman Joseph 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.
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Tommy Ibrahim, MD is president and chief executive officer for the Bassett Healthcare Network. Dr. Ibrahim will use his innovative and forward-looking drive to embrace the future of health care and to advance Bassett’s mission of improving the health of their patients and the well-being of their communities. Prior to his time at Bassett, Dr. Ibrahim was the executive vice president and chief physician executive of INTEGRIS, where he was the executive leader of INTEGRIS physician and medical staff leaders. Dr. Ibrahim has served in executive health care for nine years. Dr. Ibrahim received his Bachelor of Medical Science degree and his Doctor of Medicine degree from St. Christopher’s College of Medicine in Cambridge, England, and holds a Master of Science degree in Health Administration from Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey.


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.  


Sharmila Makhija, MD, MBA, an international expert on gynecologic cancer, currently serves as Department Chair of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Women’s Health, professor of gynecologic oncology, and the The Chella and Moise Safra Endowed Chair at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Medical Health System. She has published and lectured nationally and internationally on developmental therapeutics for the treatment of ovarian cancer, for which she was named a NIH Women’s Reproductive Health Research Scholar. She has been the Primary Investigator or Co-Primary Investigator for 15 translational/clinical grants and protocols for the NIH, NCI and pharmaceutical companies, including the HPV vaccine trials. She has served as a reviewer for the Department of Defense and the NIH Clinical Oncology Study Section.

Dr. Makhija earned her B.A. in chemistry from Cornell University, medical degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and completed her obstetrics and gynecology residency at the University of Louisville Hospital and a fellowship in gynecologic oncology at Memorial Sloan‐Kettering Cancer Center in New York. She received her executive MBA from Emory’s Goizueta Business School.

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Elizabeth Mort, MD, MPH is a practicing general internist and also serves 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. At MGH she oversees the Lawrence Center for Quality & Safety and is responsible for high stakes quality and safety measurement and improvement work across a broad range of initiatives. At Mass General Brigham, system-level, she chairs the Chief Quality Officers Council.

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.

Roebel Susan Robel, RN, BSN, MHA, NEA-BC, CPXP serves as the senior vice president of Clinical Operations and chief nursing executive at Intermountain Healthcare. Prior to joining Intermountain in 2019, Ms. Robel served as the executive vice president and chief nursing and patient experience officer for Geisinger Health. Ms. Robel has extensive experience as a clinical executive and has been a leading voice for clinicians, patients and the community. In her role, Ms. Robel focuses on ensuring nursing caregivers are partnering with their colleagues to bring the highest quality, lowest cost care to patients. She also partners with her team to oversee clinical operations throughout the Intermountain system. Ms. Robel completed her studies in nursing at Penn State University. She holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing and completed her MHA from Wilkes University. She is currently a doctoral candidate in Business Administration at Walden University. Ms. Robel actively participates in networking and events through a variety of nursing organizations. She was a 2014 Nightingale Award Finalist in the Nursing Administration – Executive/CNO category and a 2008 Athena Award Finalist, which is a non-profit organization that supports, develops, and honors women leaders through programs administered in partnership with ‘host organizations’ from local communities.
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Christine 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.

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Patrick T. Torcson, MD is senior vice president, chief medical officer at St. Tammany Parish Hospital in Covington, LA. Dr. Torcson has been a member of the STPH medical staff for more than 20 years. While a full-time clinician he held numerous medical staff leadership roles including chief of the medical staff, chair of medical care services and chairman of credentials. Dr. Torcson was a founding member of the STPH Department of Hospital Medicine, served as the medical director for the hospitalist program and vice president/chief medical integration officer before becoming CMO. He is a graduate of Louisiana State University School of Medicine and completed his Internal Medicine training at the Ochsner Medical Foundation in his hometown of New Orleans. He also received a master of medical management degree from Tulane University.

Trepanier Sylvain "Syl" Trepanier, DNP, RN, CENP, FAONL, FAAN is the regional chief clinical executive (RCCE) for Providence St. Joseph Health, Southern California Region. He has regional cross-continuum oversight of clinical care delivery; including strategic direction for all clinical services such as medicine, nursing, quality, infection prevention, care coordination, clinical operations, clinical education, case management, social services. He also serves as the conduit between the system and the region for the clinical institutes. Prior to this appointment he served as the first System Vice-President and Chief Nursing Officer for Premier Health. 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 Executive (AONE. 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.
Wehrli Gay Wehrli, MD, MBA, MS Ed (ACCME liaison) is the chief medical officer with University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center in Cleveland, OH. 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.

Ena Williams, MBA, MSM, BSN, CENP serves as chief nursing officer at Yale New Haven Hospital (YNHH). Williams began her nursing career in Jamaica where she served in numerous staff and leadership roles. After migrating to the US, she joined the team at YNHH as a staff nurse and has progressively advanced to her current role. She has served as a coordinator, an educator, manager and ultimately the nursing director of Perioperative Services. She was promoted to VP and associated chief nurse in 2012 and assumed the current role of senior vice President and chief nursing officer at YNHH. Williams earned her diploma in nursing from the University Hospital of the West Indies, her BSN from Western Governors University and her MSM/MBA from Albertus Magnus College. She is currently enrolled in a PhD program. Williams is a graduate of the GE Health Management Nurse Executive Fellowship and is board-certified in executive nursing practice by the Association of Nurse Executives. She has published several journal and book chapters and is a frequent speaker at local/national nursing conferences.

Williams also currently serves on the board of the Connecticut Hospital Association, the Gateway Community College Foundation, The Whitney Center, the nominating committee for the American Organization for Nursing Leadership (AONL). She is a member of the AONL, ANA, and a lifetime member of the National Black Nurses Association. Williams has been recognized with numerous awards: the Trailblazer Award from the National Black Nurses Association (2017), the Cornell Scott Health Leadership Award from the NAACP of Greater New Haven (2015). In 2012 she was recognized by the West Indian Social Club of Hartford as an outstanding Jamaican in the field of healthcare (2010) and in 2012 as an outstanding Jamaican in America in recognition of the 50th anniversary of Jamaican independence.

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Baligh Yehia, MD, MPP, FACP is senior vice president, Ascension, and president, Ascension Medical Group. In this role, he leads Ascension Medical Group (AMG), Ascension Rx Pharmacy, and virtual care services at Ascension, working to drive clinical transformation to promote high-value care. As leader of AMG, Dr. Yehia provides strategic direction to the physician-led organization, which includes more than 10,000 clinicians who serve more than 2.3 million individuals nationwide. He also works to ensure patients receive the right medication at the right time, and at an affordable cost, by guiding Ascension’s pharmacy strategy including retail, mail order and infusion services, supported by more than 4,000 pharmacy team members across all care settings. Dr. Yehia joined Ascension in July 2018 to serve as Chief Medical Officer. In that role, Dr. Yehia championed clinician engagement, well-being, and development. He worked to develop the medical group’s care model portfolio and virtual care strategy, which enhances the delivery of personalized care and expands practice opportunities for clinicians.

A nationally recognized expert in health disparities and HIV medicine, Dr. Yehia has published over 150 articles, abstracts and chapters in leading journals. He has made important contributions to the understanding of patient engagement in healthcare. Dr. Yehia has served in top leadership positions in government and on numerous boards, and is the former Deputy Under Secretary for Health for the Department of Veterans Affairs. He currently serves on the American Hospital Association Committee on Clinical Leadership and is on the Board of Directors of the Primary Care Collaborative.

Dr. Yehia received his bachelor and medical degrees from the University of Florida, completed internal medicine residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital, and infectious diseases fellowship at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He also holds a Masters in Public Policy from Princeton University and Masters of Science in Health Policy Research from the University of Pennsylvania.

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David W. Zaas, MD, MBA is the chief executive officer for MUSC Health - Charleston Division and chief clinical officer for MUSC Health. In this role, Dr. Zaas leads the MUSC Hospital Authority in Charleston, including the MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital and Pearl Tourville Women’s Pavilion. He oversees the executive leadership team of the MUSC Health - Charleston Division and serves on the MUSC Health System Council, as CEO of the flagship hospital. His responsibility as chief clinical officer is to provide guidance and advice on health care system strategies. Prior to his service at MUSC, he was the president and chief executive of Duke Raleigh Hospital in Raleigh, NC. He played a major role in advancing multiple key strategic initiatives for Duke Health, including care redesign, clinical integration and improving access for patients. Dr. Zaas’s academic interests have involved both translational and clinical research focused on improving outcomes from lung transplantation including the role of infectious complications after transplant. Dr. Zaas is a graduate of Yale University (1994). He completed his medical degree at Northwestern University in 1998 and subsequently did his internship and residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He was selected as Assistant Chief of Service of the Osler Medical Service in 2002-2003. He completed his fellowship training at Duke in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine and then joined the Duke faculty in 2005. Dr. Zaas also completed his Master of Business Administration at Duke in 2008. 


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.