AHA taps WakeMed Health's former chief medical officer to serve in new executive role

The American Hospital Association has selected Chris DeRienzo, MD, to serve as senior vice president and chief physician executive — a newly created role in which he will oversee the organization's physician leadership agenda.

Dr. DeRienzo is the former chief medical officer and senior vice president of quality at Raleigh, N.C.-based WakeMed Health. Prior to that, he served as CMO of a healthcare predictive analytics company and as chief quality officer at Asheville, N.C.-based Mission Health. In his new role at the AHA, Dr. he will serve as a "key spokesperson on clinical issues," and develop strategies to improve health outcomes, according to a Dec. 21 statement. 

"Strengthening our relationships with physicians and other clinicians is more important than ever," Rick Pollack, president and CEO of the AHA, said in a news release. "Chris brings a deep practical knowledge of healthcare services, as well as a strong record leading efforts on care transformation and quality and continuous improvement to this vital work." 

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