Alfred Gilchrist will take over as CEO of the California Medical Association, effective Nov. 16.
Gilchrist is currently the CEO of the Colorado Medical Society, and was formerly director of state and federal governmental advocacy for the Texas Medical Association.
He replaces Joe Dunn, who announced his resignation in July.
Gilchrist spent 16 years shepherding the Texas Medical Association's legislative agenda, including patient rights, medical liability and tobacco control measures. During his five years as the Colorado Medical Society's top executive he worked to change managed-care contracting practices; physician- profiling and -rating systems; improve the transparency and disclosure measures in the state's health plan merger and acquisitions statute; and expand Medicaid. His age was not immediately available.
“Alfred Gilchrist has extraordinary knowledge on issues facing medicine,” said Dev Gnanadev, M.D., president of the California Medical Association, in a statement. “His invaluable experience and demonstrated talents at the state and federal level could not come at a more crucial time, as our nation discusses how to improve our healthcare system.”
Gilchrist said in a statement that he is “honored and humbled to step into this role in this great state.”
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