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American Public Health Association Leadership and Members Named among Top 50 Most Powerful Physician Executives


Washington, D.C., April 15, 2010 For a second consecutive year, Modern Healthcare Magazine has selected Georges C. Benjamin, MD, FACP, FACEP (Emeritus), executive director of the American Public Health Association, as one of “The 50 Most Powerful Physician Executives in Healthcare” for 2010. Dr. Benjamin shares this distinct honor with current APHA members Carolyn Clancy, MD, and Christine Cassel, MD.

Dr. Clancy, director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, is the only female to be selected for the list every year that the public poll has been taken. She is joined by Dr. Cassel, president and CEO of the American Board of Internal Medicine and the ABIM Foundation. Dr. Benjamin, who has served as the executive director of APHA since 2002, ranks among other leading physician executives at health associations.

“I am pleased by the shared commitment of Dr. Benjamin and other public health leaders to advocate for the bold mission of improving the health of all Americans,” said Carmen Nevarez, MD, MPH, president of APHA. “Their countless contributions in the public health sector are critically important to ensuring that community-based prevention and wellness initiatives remain front and center in the national agenda.”

Visit Modern Healthcare to view the entire list.

Modern Physician and its 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 11,000 nominations were submitted, compared to more than 4,300 from last year. The final ballot was based on those nominations and nearly 70,000 votes were cast during the voting period.

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