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APHA Members Named among the 50 Most Powerful Physician Executives

Washington, D.C., May 13, 2009 — The readers of Modern Physician and Modern Healthcare have selected Georges C. Benjamin, MD, FACP, FACEP (Emeritus), executive director of the American Public Health Association (APHA), as one of “The 50 Most Powerful Physician Executives in Healthcare” for 2009. Dr. Benjamin shares this honor with current APHA members Carolyn Clancy, MD; Ron J. Anderson, MD; and Harvey Fineberg, MD, PhD.


Dr. Clancy, director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, was selected as the most powerful physician executive and is the first woman to top the list. She is joined on the list by Dr. Anderson, president and CEO of the Parkland Health & Hospital System, who was one of the 24 physician-executives on the list who work at hospitals or health systems; Dr. Fineberg, president of the Institute of Medicine; and Dr. Benjamin who was included among several physician leaders of health associations.


“I am continually impressed by the great work being done across the nation by Association members and it is an honor to have individuals working in the public health sector recognized among the most powerful,” said Cheryl Easley, PhD, RN, president of APHA. “The inclusion of these leaders signifies the growing acknowledgement of the importance of public health in building the foundation for a healthy America.”


Visit Modern Healthcare to view the entire list.


Modern Physician and sister publication Modern Healthcare co-sponsor the annual “50 Most Powerful Physician Executives in Healthcare” recognition program. The winners were selected through voting on a final ballot for which more than 4,300 nominations were submitted. The final ballot was based on those nominations and more than 27,000 votes were cast during the voting period.


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Founded in 1872, the APHA is the oldest, largest and most diverse organization of public health professionals in the world. The association aims to protect all Americans and their communities from preventable, serious health threats and strives to assure community-based health promotion and disease prevention activities and preventive health services are universally accessible in the United States. APHA represents a broad array of health providers, educators, environmentalists, policy-makers and health officials at all levels working both within and outside governmental organizations and educational institutions. More information is available at