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American College of Physicians Executive Vice President and CEO to Step Down

John Tooker, MD, MBA, FACP, will remain with ACP until successor is named

John Tooker, MD, MBA, FACP Philadelphia, October 28, 2009 -- John Tooker, MD, MBA, FACP, has announced that he will step down as Executive Vice President (EVP) and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the American College of Physicians (ACP), the nation’s largest medical specialty organization and the second-largest physician group.

“It has been and remains a privilege to serve as ACP’s Executive Vice President and CEO,” Tooker said after announcing his departure at a meeting of ACP’s Board of Regents on October 24. “My decision was influenced by a family member’s health, and my desire to spend more time with my family. Until a new EVP/CEO is named, I will continue to be fully committed to ACP’s mission and to our internist members and their patients.”

ACP’s Board of Regents will form a search committee to select a replacement for Tooker, a process that is anticipated to take approximately six to 12 months.

“John Tooker has been instrumental in ensuring the progress and strategic goals of this organization,” said Frederick Turton, MD, MBA, FACP, Chair of ACP’s Board of Regents. “He has successfully represented the needs of internists and their patients on many levels with the utmost professionalism, and we are deeply appreciative of his leadership and many contributions.”

After serving as Deputy Executive Vice President and COO of the organization since 1995, Tooker became EVP and CEO on July 1, 2002. During his tenure, ACP’s membership increased by more than 12 percent. In August, readers of Modern Healthcare magazine named him one of the 100 Most Powerful People in Healthcare, an annual recognition of individuals considered among the most influential throughout the industry.

Tooker chairs the boards of the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) and the National eHealth Collaborative (NeHC). He also serves on the boards of the National Quality Forum, the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology, and the Electronic Health Record Patient Safety Advisory Board. Tooker represents ACP as a founding member of the AQA, serves on the Quality Alliance Steering Committee (QASC), and is a member of the Center for Payment Reform.

Representing ACP in a variety of national forums to ensure the views of internists and their patients are known, Tooker has testified at congressional hearings and participated on many panels with legislators and other key policy makers with the goal to improve healthcare for patients. He is a frequent speaker on topics such as health information technology, the patient-centered medical home, provider reimbursement, and quality improvement.

After earning his medical degree at University of Colorado School of Medicine, Tooker completed an internal medicine residency at the Bellevue Hospital Center and the University of Colorado, and a pulmonary/critical care fellowship at the Maine Medical Center and the University of Washington. He is a graduate of the Fox School of Business at Temple University, and is an Adjunct Professor of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.

About the American College of Physicians

The American College of Physicians is the largest medical specialty organization and the second-largest physician group in the United States. ACP members include 129,000 internal medicine physicians (internists), related subspecialists, and medical students. Internists specialize in the prevention, detection, and treatment of illness in adults. Follow ACP on Twitter and Facebook.

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