Joanne Conroy, M.D., 53, joined the Association of American Medical Colleges on Oct. 1 as its new chief healthcare officer. Conroy, executive vice president of Atlantic Health system and chief operating officer of one of Atlantics hospitals, Morristown (N.J.) Memorial Hospital, replaced Robert Dickler, who announced in 2007 that he intended to step down after 16 years of service to the AAMC. In her new position, Conroy is focusing on the interface between the healthcare delivery system and academic medicine, paying particular attention to how healthcare in academic settings can address quality of care and patient-centered-care issues, the AAMC says in a statement. She is also overseeing the AAMCs Council of Teaching Hospitals and Health Systems, which includes approximately 400 major teaching hospitals and health systems, including 64 Veterans Affairs medical centers. An anesthesiologist by training, Conroy is past president of the Society for Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine and past chairwoman of the board of trustees for the Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research. The AAMC is a not-for-profit association representing 129 accredited U.S. and 17 accredited Canadian medical schools.
Conroy, Joanne, M.D.
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