Presidents, CEOsDoris J. Biester was named president and chief executive officer of Children's Hospital, Denver. Biester currently is Children's executive vice president and chief operating officer and has been at the hospital since 1979.Gail R. Bellamy was named president of the National Rural Health Association. Bellamy currently is the director of community research and program development for Scott and White Memorial Hospital in Temple, Texas. A member of the NRHA for seven years, Bellamy has served as chair of the government affairs committee for the past four years.Charles Bentlage, M.D., was named president of the Community Clinic Board of Directors for Freeman Health System, which provides free medical services to individuals with limited access to healthcare in the Joplin, Miss. area.John McLachlan, M.D., was named president of the Louisiana Orthopedic Association. He will preside over more than 250 orthopedists in the state.Rodrigo Munoz, M.D., was named president of the American Psychiatric Association. He is the first Hispanic president of the APA. Munoz has been in private practice in San Diego since 1970 and has published hundreds of manuscripts on the subject of mental health.Janis M. Orlowski, M.D., was named president of the Chicago Medical Society. She is executive dean of operations and associate vice-president for medical affairs at Rush Medical College in Chicago.R. Gregory Sachs, M.D., was named president of the Medical Society of New Jersey. A member of the Union County Medical Society, Sachs has been a practicing cardiologist for 25 years.
Chief medical officers, VPsMelissa Welch, M.D., was named chief medical officer and associate clinical professor in medicine at the University of California at San Francisco. Welch was the medical director of Maxine Hall Health Center and a UCSF clinical faculty member in primary care from 1993-1998.
Medical directorsDee B. Whittlesey, M.D., was named medical director for the Northeast Texas Geographic Business Unit of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas. Whittlesey joined Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas in 1989 as associate medical director.Todd A. Gruber, M.D., was named medical director of Monmouth Health Center at Broadway, Long Branch, N.J. Gruber currently is co-director of the internal medicine residency program at Monmouth Medical Center.Derek Prentice, M.D., was named medical director for Healthsource North Carolina, a CIGNA HealthCare company, Raleigh, N.C. Prentice had been the associate dean for Clinical Affairs at the East Carolina University School of Medicine and associate medical director for the Carolina Permanente Medical Group.Jodi Keeler, M.D., was named Tennessee network medical director for Aetna U.S. Healthcare. Keeler will be responsible for recruiting and building strategic relationships with medical communities in Nashville and throughout the state. She currently is an assistant clinical professor at Vanderbilt University Children's Hospital.