Susan Turney, M.D., medical director of patient financial services at the Marshfield (Wis.) Clinic since 1995, has been named chief executive
officer and executive vice president of the 10,000-member Wisconsin Medical Society. She is the first physician and the first woman to hold the CEO position in the society's 163-year history.
Turney, an internist, has testified on behalf of the physicians before the Wisconsin Legislature and other government entities.
She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Medical School and began her resi-dency at Marshfield in 1979. She joined the Marshfield staff in 1981 and has served on the board of directors at the clinic. She is vice chairwoman of the board of directors for the state medical society and former chairwoman of its healthcare access and finance council.
"Although I've been a practicing physician most of my career, I've always had an interest in the socioeconomics of medicine and been a leader in my group for 20 years," Turney said. "So, the leadership position at the society is really a marriage of my abilities and my interest in advocacy on behalf of patients."
Turney said she expects to face the same issues heading the Wisconsin society that physicians are confronting across the country. Among the challenges are workforce issues, access to care, consumer-driven demand, patient-safety issues and disease management, she said.
She will begin work at her new position in August.