Dr. Kenneth Kizer, founding president and CEO of the National Quality Forum, has been named director of the new Institute for Population Health Improvement at the University of California at Davis.
Former NQF president to direct new UC Davis institute
Kizer spent seven years as president and CEO of Carlsbad, Calif.-based Medsphere Systems Corp., an open-source information technology services provider. He retired from that post in 2007 and has since served as chairman of the company's board.
In his new post at the institute, Kizer will launch an initiative to assess how UC Davis can play a greater role in promoting population health, according to a UC Davis Health System news release. He also will work to foster collaborations that leverage population-health expertise within and outside the university, according to the release.
Kizer previously held roles as director of California's health services department and as undersecretary for health in the Veterans Affairs Department. He was ranked at No. 92 and No. 84, respectively, on Modern Healthcare's 2004 and 2005 lists of the 100 Most Powerful People in Healthcare.
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