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    Pierre Joanis, MBA, named AAMC Chief Human Resources Officer

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    Christina Spoehr, Sr. Media Relations Specialist

    The AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges) has named Pierre Joanis, MBA, as its next chief human resources officer. He comes to the AAMC from Johns Hopkins University where he served as vice president for human resources. Prior to Johns Hopkins, Joanis was the first vice president for human resources at Bucknell University and previously served as executive director for human resources at Princeton University. He will join the AAMC on Oct. 16.

    Pierre Joanis
    Pierre Joanis

    Joanis succeeds Yvonne Massenburg, MBA, an esteemed HR leader who served the AAMC for more than a decade until her departure in May 2023. As chief human resources officer, Joanis is responsible for designing and executing strategies that attract, develop, engage, and retain the best people needed to help the AAMC achieve its mission “to improve the health of people everywhere.”

    “Pierre is a seasoned human resources leader, serving in HR leadership roles for two decades at renowned institutions of higher education,” said David J. Skorton, MD, AAMC president and CEO. “He is the right leader at the right time to lead and advance the AAMC’s commitment to becoming a diverse, equitable, and inclusive organization and to leading and serving our colleagues throughout the academic medicine community.”

    Joanis has served as a national board member to the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources, and as a commissioner for the State of New Jersey Public Employment Relations Commission. He holds a bachelor of arts in Labor Studies from the National Labor College, and a master of business administration from Arcadia 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.