The board plans to hire a search firm to identify a successor to be in place by the time Maves' contract expires. In the meantime, Chief Operating Officer Bernard Hengesbaugh will work with Maves, 62, to prepare for the transition.
Maves, also quoted in the release, echoes the feeling that 2011 presents a natural transition to a new executive and credits the AMA for being “unwavering in their commitment to helping doctors help patients.” Maves assumed leadership of the AMA after a period of instability, becoming the organization's fourth top executive in as many years when he took the job in 2001.
Hoven credits Maves with restoring financial stability to the AMA and shepherding the organization through the recession while carrying out initiatives aimed at improving the quality of care, expanding access to care and fighting for fair Medicare reimbursement for physicians. “We thank him for his many years of distinguished service,” she said.
Maves has been a consistent presence on Modern Healthcare's 100 Most Powerful People in Healthcare, ranking 86th in the 2010 list. He also has been one of Modern Physician's 50 Most Powerful Physician Executives in each of the six years the list has been in existence, holding the No. 40 slot in 2010.
An otolaryngologist by training, Maves previously was executive vice president of the American Academy of Otolaryngology from 1994 to 1999 and then was president of the Consumer Healthcare Products Association, a Washington-based trade group, before joining the AMA.