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  • Press Release

    AAMC Names Stephen J. Lopez, PhD, MBA, as Chief Information Officer

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    John Buarotti, Sr. Public Relations Specialist

    The AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges) has named Stephen J. Lopez, PhD, MBA, as chief information officer (CIO) after an extensive national search. As CIO, Lopez leads the AAMC’s Information Technology (IT) team and guides immediate and long-term strategic approaches to support the association and its member institutions. In this role, he enhances and implements IT governance processes to ensure timely, cost-effective delivery of high-quality applications and infrastructure.

    Lopez joined the AAMC in 2015 as a senior director overseeing information security, technology infrastructure operations, and enterprise architecture. He was named interim CIO in 2021, during which time his steadfast focus and leadership ensured that the AAMC’s IT modernization, cloud migration, and ongoing operations continued without interruption.

    “Steve has a deep understanding of and commitment to the AAMC’s mission in medical education and beyond, and he brings substantial experience across many domains within IT,” said David J. Skorton, MD, AAMC president and CEO. “He is recognized as a supportive and decisive leader, as well as a resourceful problem solver. Steve’s contributions have been especially critical to improving the infrastructure that will allow us to deepen and broaden our engagement with faculty, staff, and learners.”

    Before joining the AAMC, Lopez held several roles at the National Board of Medical Examiners, including vice president of support services from 2002-2011 and associate vice president of technology services from 1999-2002. He has also served as an adjunct faculty member at DeVry University, Strayer University, Philadelphia University, and Drexel University. Lopez earned his bachelor of science in applied science and technology from Thomas Edison State University, his master of business administration in finance and operations management from the University of Phoenix, and his doctorate in information systems from Nova Southeastern University.

    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 are all 158 U.S. medical schools accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education; 13 accredited Canadian medical schools; approximately 400 academic health systems and teaching hospitals, 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, academic health systems and teaching hospitals, and the millions of individuals across academic medicine, including more than 193,000 full-time faculty members, 96,000 medical students, 153,000 resident physicians, and 60,000 graduate students and postdoctoral researchers in the biomedical sciences. Following a 2022 merger, the Alliance of Academic Health Centers and the Alliance of Academic Health Centers International broadened participation in the AAMC by U.S. and international academic health centers.