T. Michael Bolger, president and chief executive officer of the Medical College of Wisconsin, is the new chairman of the Association of Academic Medical Centers. Bolger, a lawyer, has led the Milwaukee medical school since 1990.
Frank Cerra, M.D., senior vice president of health sciences at the Academic Health Center of the University of Minnesota, is the new chairman-elect of the association. Since 1996, Cerra, a specialist in critical-care surgery, has headed the six schools that make up the center: the schools of medicine, dentistry, nursing, pharmacy, public health and veterinary medicine.
More than 100 institutions are members of the association. These institutions are the nation's primary resources for education in the health professions, biomedical and health services research, and many aspects of patient care. Each consists of an allopathic or osteopathic school of medicine, at least one other health school or program, and one or more teaching hospitals at universities throughout the U.S.
New board members are: R. Philip Eaton, M.D., vice president of the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center; Fred Sanfilippo, M.D., senior vice president of health sciences and dean of the College of Medicine and Public Health at Ohio State University; and Arthur Rubenstein, executive vice president of the University of Pennsylvania Health System and dean of the medical school.
Bolger said access and quality improvement are two major issues the association will confront in his year of leadership. The association's approach will include offering educational events and working with member institutions to develop an academic agenda, including direct lobbying at the federal level, he said.
"I think people are realizing the system is broken and our employer-based healthcare system can no longer stand the strains that are put on it," Bolger said.