John Tooker has announced that he will step down from his position as the executive vice president and CEO of the 129,000-member American College of Physicians, the nation's second-largest physician organization.
He will stay on the job until a replacement is named which is expected to happen within the next six to 12 months, a news release said.
A leader in promoting the use of health information technology, Tooker, 65, chairs the boards of the National Committee for Quality Assurance and the National eHealth Collaborative, and is on the boards of the National Quality Forum and the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology.
Tooker joined the Philadelphia-based internal medicine specialty organization in 1995, serving as deputy executive vice president and chief operating officer. He was promoted to the post of executive vice president and CEO on July 1, 2002. Under his leadership, the ACP's membership has increased 12%.
Earlier this year, Tooker, a physician, was voted No. 86 on the 100 Most Powerful People in Healthcare ranking by readers of Modern Healthcare and Modern Physician.