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 Adome

Amy 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.

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Brooke M. Buckley, MD, FACS serves as vice president and chief medical officer of Meritus Health in Maryland and as chief medical officer of CoreLife. Dr. Buckley is a board certified general surgeon. She previously served as the associate chair of Surgery and medical director for both the Acute Care Surgery and Wound Center programs at Anne Arundel Medical Center. She is an active member of the Maryland State Medical Association (serving as president, 2015-2016), Maryland Medical Political Action Committee (serving the board since 2010 and as treasurer, 2017-present), Maryland Physician Health Program Board, the American Medical Association, American Medical Political Action Committee (Chair of Congressional Review Committee 2018-2019), and the American College of Surgeons (Mastery in General Surgery Committee). Dr. Buckley graduated from The Ohio State University College of Medicine and Public Health, in Columbus, Ohio, and completed Internship and Surgical Residency in General Surgery at Fairview Hospital in the Cleveland Clinic Health System. 

Kenneth Cochran

Kenneth 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 Cohen

Jason 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.

Jeff Gold

Jeffrey 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 Goldstein

Steven 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.

Daniel Handel

Daniel 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 Hansen

Thomas 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 Hicks

Marshall 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.

Paul Hicks

Paul 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. 

Hal Jenson

Hal 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.

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Michael S. McNear MD, MBA, FACP  is the Chief Medical Officer and Medical Group President for Jersey Community Health, which is located in rural southwestern Illinois. In this role, he is responsible for overseeing all clinical operations of the organization as well as quality and population health programs. Dr. McNear received his medical degree from Southern Illinois University School of Medicine and completed his Internal Medicine residency training at St. John’s Mercy Medical Center in St. Louis, Missouri. He has practiced as a primary care physician for 20 years. In 2010, he earned his MBA from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Dr. McNear currently serves on the Board of the Illinois Rural Health Association and on the Illinois Hospital Association Medical Executive Forum. His also Vice Chairman of the Greene County Board of Commissioners.  

John McWhorter

John 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.

Adam Myers

Adam L. Myers, MD, FACHE, CHQM, CPHRM (Chair) serves as Chief, Population Health and Chair, Cleveland Clinic Community Care. In this role he leads the ambulatory practices, community internal medicine, geriatrics, community pediatrics, family medicine, hospital medicine, express care, post-acute medicine, ambulatory pharmacy, medical care@home, distance health, the ACO structure, the 6000 member clinically integrated network, wellness, integrative medicine, executive health, three residency programs, ambulatory behavioral medicine, the employee health plan, as well as the center for value-based research. Prior to joining the clinic, Dr. Myers served as Chief Medical Officer and Chief Operating Office of Texas Health Physicians Group, a 1000-member multispecialty group affiliated with Texas Health Resources. Dr. Myers also served as chair of clinical integration for a 3000 member joint venture CIN with UTSW called Southwestern Health Resources. 

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 cheif medical officer and senior vice president for Methodist Health System. Myers is an accomplished clinician, business leader, author and humanitarian. 

David Perlstein

David 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 Quickenden

Kari 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 Rose

Robert 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 Stabler

Christine 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.

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Michael Suk, MD, JD, MPH ,MBA, FACS is System Wide Chairman of the Geisinger Musculoskeletal Institute for the Geisinger Health System based in Danville, PA. As the clinical driving force behind the Geisinger ProvenCare® Acute Orthopaedic Programs in Total Hip, Total Knee, Hip Fracture and Lumbar Spine – Dr. Suk is widely sought after for his expertise in new models for healthcare payment and delivery, physician engagement and leadership. Dr. Suk also serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Keystone Accountable Care Organization serving Central Pennsylvania. In 2015, Dr. Suk was named Chief Physician Officer of Geisinger System Services – to provide clinical leadership over the shared services including facilities management and care support services. Of special note, in 2003, Dr. Suk was selected as a White House Fellow by President George W. Bush and served as Special Assistant to Secretary Gale A. Norton at the U.S. Department of the Interior.

Dr. Suk received a B.A. with distinction in African-American history from Carleton College, where he achieved athletic recognition in collegiate tennis and was elected Class President. He then went on to simultaneously complete an M.D. at the university of Illinois College of Medicine and a J.D./M.P.H. with special certification in health care law at Boston University School of Law and School of Public Health. He later completed his orthopaedic surgery residency training at Montefiore Medical Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, NY and a fellowship in orthopaedic trauma at the Hospital for Special Surgery, Weill College of Medicine at Cornell University in New York City. In addition, Dr. Suk completed his M.B.A. from the Kania School of Management at the university of Scranton, where he made history in the international academic honor society, Alpha Sigma Nu, for serving as the Keynote Speaker at his own induction ceremony. 

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Ward C. VanWichen, BSN, RN, NHA, MHA, FACHE has served as CEO of the Phillips County Hospital & Family Health Clinic, a six-bed, frontier critical access hospital (CAH) and provider based rural health clinic (RHC) located in Malta, Montana since 2007. 


Ward started his career in healthcare in 1988, enlisting in the Navy Reserves as a Hospital Corpsman, while simultaneously attending nursing school at Montana State University (MSU)-Bozeman. Ward obtained his graduate degree in Health Care Administration as MSU-Billings in 2013. He progressed to the leadership level via a clinical path, developing from CNA, RN, Charge Nurse, Home Health/Hospice branch office manager, ADON, DON, Nursing Home Administrator and CEO; all of his positions have been in frontier facilities and/or organizations. 


Ward sits on many different local, community boards and groups as well as regional and state healthcare boards, including the following: Chair of the Montana Health Network, Northcentral Montana Healthcare Alliance, NE Montana STAT Air Ambulance, Montana Family Medicine Residency Program, Montana Health Research and Education Foundation as well as the Performance Improvement Network, which are both part of the Montana Hospital Association. 


Anthony Weiss

Anthony 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 Weiss

Patrice 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 Wells

Roxie 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 Wilson

William 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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