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APHA Executive Director, Leading Public Health Experts Named among Top 50 Most Influential Physician Executives

Washington, D.C., May 9, 2011 — For a third 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 Influential Physician Executives in Healthcare.” Dr. Benjamin shares this distinct honor with Carolyn Clancy, MD, a long-standing APHA member and other public health leaders.

Dr. Clancy is the director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. This year’s list is composed largely of physicians based in the greater Washington metro area, many of whom are employed by the Department of Health and Human Services, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other federal agencies.

“Dr. Benjamin and other public health leaders chosen for this distinguished honor have dedicated their careers to improving the health of all Americans,” said Linda Rae Murray, 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 health agenda.”

Dr. Benjamin, who has served as the executive director of APHA since 2002, ranks among other leading physician executives at health associations. Visit Modern Healthcare to view the entire list.

Modern Healthcare and its sister publication Modern Physician co-sponsor the annual “50 Most Influential Physician Executives in Healthcare” recognition program. The winners were selected through voting on a final ballot, for which more than 11,700 nominations were submitted, compared to more than 11,300 from last year. The final ballot was based on those nominations and nearly 152,000 votes were cast during the voting period.

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Founded in 1872, the APHA is the oldest 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 www.apha.org.