ASSOCIATIONSRick Kellerman, M.D., a family physician fromWichita, Kan., is the new president of the 94,000-member American Academy of Family Physicians, the nation’s second-largest medical-specialty society. Kellerman, 52, took over the top post in September during the organization’s annual meeting. Kellerman is a private practitioner who also serves as a professor and chairman of the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita. … Steven Waldren, M.D., was promoted to director of the AAFP’s Center for Health Information Technology, replacing David Kibbe, M.D. Kibbe, 56, will work as an adviser to the center as needed, the AAFP says. Waldren, 33, served as co-chairman of the ASTM Continuity of Care Record Technical Committee and has worked on the compromise Continuity of Care Document standard, a joint development between ASTM International and Health Level 7.
GOVERNMENTFormer CMS Administrator Mark McClellan, M.D., will become a visiting senior fellow at the AEI-Brookings Joint Center for Regulatory Studies, where he will focus primarily on improvements to boost healthcare quality, affordability and innovation. McClellan, 43, announced his resignation from the CMS in September and left the agency last month. ...
The Association of American Indian Physicians named Kelly Moore, M.D., the 2006 Indian Physician of the Year. Moore, 51, is a clinical consultant in the Indian Health Service Division of Diabetes Treatment and Prevention, Albuquerque , and serves as chairwoman of the American Indian and Alaskan Native Work Group of the National Diabetes Education Program.
HOSPITALS, SYSTEMSBernard Gawne, M.D., was named vice president and chief medical officer at SSM St. Mary’s Health Center, St. Louis. Gawne, 61, was the former CMO for the Provena Health Central Illinois Region. … Brian Issell, M.D., was named vice president of clinical research at Scripps Health, San Diego. He will start his new job in December. Issell, 62, is the former director of the clinical-trials unit at the University of Hawaii’s Cancer Research Center. ... Barbara Paul, M.D., joined Community Health Systems, Brentwood , Tenn. , in the new post of national medical adviser. She will provide consulting assistance to the quality- and resource-management team and the hospital system’s physician advisory groups. Most recently, Paul, 52, was senior vice president and CMO at Beverly Enterprises.
INSURERSWilliam McGuire, M.D., resigned as chairman of Minnetonka, Minn.-based UnitedHealth Group in the wake of a stock-options backdating scandal at the 28.3 million-member health insurer. McGuire, 58, also will resign as UnitedHealth’s CEO effective Dec. 1. Modern Physician readers voted McGuire to the No. 1 spot in the Most Powerful Physician Executives in Healthcare list for 2006 (May 2006.
SUPPLIERS, VENDORSCardiac surgeon Michael Gallagher, M.D., was named medical director for eNotes Systems, a Pacific Palisades, Calif.-based developer and marketer of telemedicine products and services. Gallagher was also appointed chairman of the eNotes Systems medical advisory board. Previously, he served as vice chairman of the Cardiothoracic Surgical Section at Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital in Houston and as a clinical assistant professor in the surgery department at the University of Texas (Houston) Medical School.