It's been a busy time on the association front: Larrie Dawkins, director of compliance at Wake Forest University Physicians, Winston-Salem, N.C., was named board chairman of the Medical Group Management Association, Englewood, Colo., at the organization's annual meeting in Las Vegas late last month. ... James Barnes has been named executive director of the Washington-based National Medical Association, the nation's largest and oldest association of African-American physicians. Barnes is former COO of George Washington University Medical Center. ... Benjamin Cutler, chairman and CEO of Fortis Health, has been appointed chairman of the Health Insurance Association of America, Washington, effective Jan. 1. ... Georges Benjamin, M.D., secretary of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, will become the new executive director of the American Public Health Association, Washington, Jan. 1, replacing Mohammad Akhter, M.D., who will depart after six years. ... Theresa Bischoff, president of New York University Hospitals Center and co-executive vice president of Mount Sinai NYU Health, began a one-year term as chairwoman of the Washington-based Association of American Medical Colleges during the organization's annual meeting last week in San Francisco.
Donald Wilson, M.D., dean of the University of Maryland School of Medicine, was named as the association's chairman-elect. He will be the association's first black chairman. ... Richard Henault, executive vice president of Methodist Health Care System Foundation, Houston, was nominated as chairman-elect of the American College of Healthcare Executives, Chicago. ... Audrey Weiner has been appointed president and CEO of Jewish Home and Hospital Lifecare System, New York, replacing Sheldon Goldberg, who has accepted a position as president and CEO of the Alzheimer's Association, Chicago.