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  • Press Release

    AAMC Announces 2020-2021 Board of Directors

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    John Buarotti, Sr. Media Relations Specialist

    The AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges) has announced its new board of directors. The board’s term will run through the conclusion of Learn Serve Lead: The AAMC Annual Meeting in November 2021.

    J. Larry Jameson, MD, PhD, executive vice president of the University of Pennsylvania for the Health System and dean of the Raymond and Ruth Perelman School of Medicine, is the new chair of the AAMC Board of Directors. He succeeds Joseph E. Kerschner, MD, dean, Medical College of Wisconsin School of Medicine, and executive vice president and provost, Medical College of Wisconsin. Kirk A. Calhoun, MD, president of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler, has been named chair-elect and will succeed Jameson next year.

    Jameson became executive vice president of the University of Pennsylvania for the Health System and dean of the Raymond and Ruth Perelman School of Medicine in July 2011. Together, the two entities make up Penn Medicine. Jameson also serves as the Robert G. Dunlop Professor of Medicine. He has been a member of the AAMC Board of Directors since 2017, and during that time also served as chair of the AAMC Council of Deans. A prolific physician-scientist, Jameson’s research has focused on the genetic basis of hormonal disorders. He is an editor of Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine, and an elected member of both the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Medicine.

    Calhoun became president of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler in November 2002. He also serves as chairman of the board of directors for UT Health East Texas. Prior to being named chair-elect of the AAMC Board of Directors, Calhoun served as chair of the AAMC Council of Teaching Hospitals and Health Systems. A native of Chicago, he earned a medical degree from the University of Kansas School of Medicine. He completed an internship and residency in internal medicine at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., as well as a fellowship in clinical nephrology, hypertension, and metabolism at the University of Chicago.

    In addition to the chair and chair-elect, the AAMC Board of Directors includes the AAMC president and CEO, immediate past chair, and chairs and chairs-elect from the association’s three member councils: Council of Deans, Council of Teaching Hospitals and Health Systems, and Council of Faculty and Academic Societies. The board also has seven at-large members, including a medical student, a resident physician, and one “public” member not affiliated with the AAMC, a medical school, or a teaching hospital.

    The members of the 2020-2021 AAMC Board of Directors are:

    Chair:
    J. Larry Jameson, MD, PhD
    University of Pennsylvania

    Chair-elect:
    Kirk A. Calhoun, MD
    The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler 

    Immediate Past Chair:
    Joseph E. Kerschner, MD
    Medical College of Wisconsin

    President and CEO:
    David J. Skorton, MD
    Association of American Medical Colleges

    Peter F. Buckley, MD
    Virginia Commonwealth University

    Julie A. Freischlag, MD
    Wake Forest Baptist Health

    Aviad Haramati, PhD
    Georgetown University

    Brittany N. Hasty, MD, MHPE
    Loyola University Medical Center

    Danny Jacobs, MD, MPH
    Oregon Health & Science University

    Beverley H. Johnson
    Institute for Patient- and Family-Centered Care

    Lee D. Jones, MD
    University of California, San Francisco

    Gabriela K. Popescu, PhD, MS
    University at Buffalo

    Elizabeth L. Travis, PhD, MEd
    The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

    Michael Waldrum, MD, MSc, MBA
    Vidant Health

    Kate Walsh, MPH
    Boston Medical Center

    Marie C. Walters, PhD, MS
    Wright State University

    LouAnn Woodward, MD
    University of Mississippi Medical Center


    The AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges) is a nonprofit association dedicated to improving the health of people everywhere through medical education, health care, medical research, and community collaborations. Its members comprise all 155 accredited U.S. and 16 accredited Canadian medical schools; approximately 400 teaching hospitals and health systems, including Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers; and more than 70 academic societies. Through these institutions and organizations, the AAMC leads and serves America’s medical schools and teaching hospitals and the millions of individuals employed across academic medicine, including more than 191,000 full-time faculty members, 95,000 medical students, 149,000 resident physicians, and 60,000 graduate students and postdoctoral researchers in the biomedical sciences. In 2022, the Association of Academic Health Centers and the Association of Academic Health Centers International merged into the AAMC, broadening the AAMC’s U.S. membership and expanding its reach to international academic health centers. Learn more at aamc.org.