Physician-executive Kenneth Kizer, M.D., is stepping down as the chairman of the board and CEO of healthcare information technology developer Medsphere Systems Corp., Aliso Viejo, Calif. It really has nothing to do with my enthusiasm for the company, Kizer says. The company is doing very well. Its kind of a personal and family-related thing. Kizer, who has long maintained his residence in the Sacramento, Calif., suburb of Rocklin, commuted between his West Coast home and Washington. There, he served from 1994 to 1999 as the top physician at the Veterans Affairs Department, and later, as the first president and CEO of the National Quality Forum, from 1999 until December 2005, when he took over as CEO at Medsphere. He served as chairman of the Orange County company since its founding in 2002. I had always lived in Northern California and commuted to Washington, and what I ended up doing was trading a 2,500-mile commute to a 500-mile commute, so clearly part of the agenda is to start co-habiting with my wife. That is not an insignificant consideration, he says. Kizer adds that his resignation will become effective when there is a new person to take the helm. Kizer says he has no definite primary employer at this time, although he will remain on the Medsphere board of directors. Kizers name has been mentioned in industry circles as a possible successor to Dennis OLeary, M.D., outgoing president of the Joint Commission, but Kizer scotched the rumor. No one has ever talked to me about it, Kizer says. I can say unequivocally Im not part of anything there. His age was not available at deadline.
Kizer, Kenneth, M.D.
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