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Riley president-elect of physicians’ organization

Feb. 6, 2014, 9:45 AM

Wayne J. Riley, M.D., MPH, MBA, clinical professor of Medicine with Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and adjunct professor of Healthcare Management with the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University, is president-elect of the American College of Physicians (ACP).

Wayne J. Riley, M.D., MPH, MBA

The 135,000-member ACP is the nation’s largest medical specialty organization and second largest physician group in the United States.

Riley’s term as president-elect begins in April. He will assume the presidency in 2015, during which time the organization will begin the 100-year celebration of its founding.

“I am honored to be elected to lead the nation’s largest medical specialty society, particularly during this time of enormous change in medicine and health care,” said Riley.

Riley joined the organization during his residency and has held several leadership posts within the ACP, including the first vice chair of the National Council of Associates, president of the Texas Academy of Internal Medicine for the Texas chapter of the ACP and governor of the Texas Southern Region of the ACP.

In 2009 he became a member of the Board of Regents and was awarded Mastership in the College, the highest membership category in the society.

“As an organization, the ACP has been at the forefront of advocating for quality in the practice of medicine in general and in internal medicine in particular,” said Riley.

“It has also been a strong proponent of reforming the U.S. health care system, improving the cost and quality of medical care and training the next generation of internal medicine physicians.”

Riley, a national health policy and academic health sciences center leader is also a senior adviser of the Association of Academic Health Centers, is the former president and chief executive officer of Meharry Medical College, and was founder and senior health policy associate at Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center for Health Policy at Meharry, in conjunction with Vanderbilt University’s School of Arts and Science.

Riley is a diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine, the National Board of Medical Examiners and holds memberships in Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, the Arnold P. Gold Medical Humanism Society, the American Clinical and Climatological Association and most recently was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.

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