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Health Care Hall of Fame

Robin C. Buerki
Inducted in 1989

Robin C. Buerki
1892-1991
Inducted in 1989


One of the “graybeards” of the profession, Buerki played a key role in developing the U.S. healthcare system.

From 1938 to 1940, he directed the Commission on Graduate Medical Education, which helped improve the country’s focus on physician education. After World War II, Buerki became one of the original hospital representatives on the Federation Hospital Council. That group was responsible for overseeing the administration of the Hill-Burton Act, which provided funding to build 1,500 hospitals.

The man who went on to become executive director of the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit was also a founder of the American College of Hospital Administrators, now known as the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Buerki was the first to receive the organization’s highest honor: the Gold Medal for Excellence in Hospital Administration. A founding member of the Advisory Board of Medical Specialties in 1933, he reportedly attended every assembly until the time of his death in 1991.

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