Committee on Clinical Leadership


Committee on Clinical Leadership Members

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Thomas R. Yackel, MD, MPH, MS, MBA, FACP, 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.

Handel Daniel A. Handel, MD, MBA, MPH, MAS, FACEP, Chair-elect, is 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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Patrice M. Weiss, MD, FACOG, Past Chair, is the executive vice president and 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 American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologist (ACOG) Patient Safety & Quality Improvement Committee and serves on the Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics 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.

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Roxie C. Wells, MD, board liaison is the President of Bladen and Hoke Healthcare/Hospitals in North Carolina. In her current position she provides executive leadership and operation management of Bladen Healthcare, which includes the critical access hospital in Elizabethtown, multi-specialty 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 Fear Medical System where she provided leadership of 33 multi-specialty physician practices across the health system. Dr. Wells received her undergraduate degree and graduate degrees from Fayetteville State University and her medical degree at East Carolina University Brody School of Medicine in Greenville. She completed a residency in family practice at New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington.


Gaurava Agarwal, MD is an assistant professor in both the Departments of Medical Education, and Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Northwestern’s Feinberg School of Medicine. He also serves as the director of Physician Well-Being for Northwestern Medical Group. In this role 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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Brooke Buckley, MD, FACS is the chief medical officer at Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital in Wyandotte, MI. Prior to her position at Henry Ford Wyandotte, Dr. Buckley was the vice president and chief medical officer at Meritus Health in Hagerstown, MD. Dr. Buckley has dedicated a significant portion of her training and professional life to organized medicine and taking a broader look at medical care delivery, with specific interests in emergency surgical care health-care delivery to rural communities, and physician well-being. Dr. Buckley completed her undergraduate studies at The Johns Hopkins University and medical school at The Ohio State University College of Medicine and Public Health. Dr. Buckley completed her general surgical internship and residency at Fairview Hospital in the Cleveland Clinic System before taking her first surgical position with Shore Health in Easton, Maryland in 2007.

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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.

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.
Fritz François, MD, MSc, FACG Fritz François, MD, MSc, FACG serves as chief medical officer 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.
Haley Leon L. Haley, Jr., MD, MHSA, CPE, FACEP, FACHE (ACGME liaison) serves as the CEO of UF Health Jacksonville, vice-president for Health Affairs and Dean of the University of Florida College of Medicine –Jacksonville; and professor of Emergency Medicine. He previously served as the Emory Executive Associate Dean for Clinical Services at Grady and CMO of the Emory Medical Care Foundation. A former professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Emory, Dr. Haley formerly served as Deputy senior vice-president of Medical Affairs, chief of Emergency Medicine for the Grady Health System and vice-chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Emory University.

Dr. Haley received his undergraduate degree from Brown University, his medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh and his master’s degree in health services administration from the University of Michigan. Dr. Haley completed his residency, including a year as Chief resident, in Emergency Medicine at the Henry Ford Health System in Detroit, MI. Prior to his position at Grady and Emory, Dr. Haley was a senior staff physician at the Henry Ford Health System and a member of the Henry Ford Medical Group. Dr. Haley is Board-Certified in Emergency Medicine, a Certified Physician Executive, Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians and a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

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Thomas J. Hansen, MD, FAAFP, MBA (ACGME liaison) 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 received his medical degree from Creighton University School of Medicine and his master’s in business administration from Creighton University College of Business Administration.

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.

Lopez David Lopez, FACHE (ACGME liaison) serves as the chief operating officer at Parkland and Hospital System. Prior to joining Parkland in 2016, Lopez served as chief executive officer for nine years and chief operating officer for four years at Harris Health System in Houston. He helped lead many initiatives to strengthen the fiscal health of the Harris Health System and improve the health of the community. Much of his career has been spent working in public health systems throughout Texas and he is committed to the public health care mission. Mr. Lopez earned both a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Master of Science in Health Care Administration from Trinity University in San Antonio. He is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and has served in various roles for the American Hospital Association, Texas Hospital Association and National Association of Public Hospitals.
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Sharmila Makhija, MD, MBA, FACOG is 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.

McCann Robert McCann, MD, MACP serves as chief of medicine and CEO of Accountable Health Partners (AHP), a provider network that integrates hospitals and physicians in Rochester and its surrounding regions. Previously, he served as interim CEO. Dr. McCann has experience as a practicing clinician and is a pioneer of new health care delivery and payment models, building an accountable care network aimed at improving quality and value of health care through collaboration. A professor of Medicine at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, Dr. McCann is also acting chief of the Division of Geriatrics and chief of medicine at UR Medicine’s Highland Hospital. He serves on the board of directors for Strong Health and Highland Hospital, and is currently Governor for the Upstate Chapter of the American College of Physicians. Dr. McCann earned his medical degree from SUNY Upstate Medical Center and is board certified in internal medicine, geriatrics, and hospice and palliative 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 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. 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.

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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Michael Suk, MD, JD, MPH, MBA, FACS is currently the chief physician officer of Geisinger System Services, as well as the system wide chairman of the Geisinger Musculoskeletal Institute for the Geisinger Health System based in Danville, PA.  Dr. Suk also serves as a member of Board of Directors for the Keystone Accountable Care Organization serving Central Pennsylvania. 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 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.

Patrick Torcson

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.

Yehia Baligh Yehia, MD, MPP, FACP serves as chief medical officer at Ascension Medical Group (AMG). Dr. Yehia has extensive experience in building and leading change in complex health systems and markets, including the deployment of population health strategies. Prior to joining AMG, Dr. Yehia led enterprise-wide initiatives to improve community health and clinical integration across Johns Hopkins Medicine's hospitals, physician network, home-care group and health plans. Dr. Yehia also served as the first Deputy Under Secretary for Health for Community Care at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Washington, D.C., where he established the VA Office of Community Care. A nationally recognized expert in health disparities and HIV medicine, Dr. Yehia has published more than 150 articles, abstracts and chapters in leading journals. Dr. Yehia is board certified in internal medicine and infectious diseases. He received his bachelor’s and medical degrees from the University of Florida, and completed internal medicine residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital and an infectious diseases fellowship at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He also holds a Master’s in Public Policy from Princeton University and Master 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.


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