About

The American Association for Physician Leadership®

 Empowering Physician Leaders for More than 40 Years


Physician Leaders Defined

When a physician extends his or her influence and reach beyond clinical acumen to anticipating changes in the industry, setting the vision and tone for an organization, leading the charge in setting and achieving objectives, mentoring and motivating others, improving outcomes and contributing to the advancement of his or her organization and health care in general, that physician has become a physician leader. Since 1975, the American Association for Physician Leadership has helped physicians develop their leadership skills through education, career development, thought leadership and community building.




Our Story


1975

The American Academy of Medical Directors (AAMD) is founded by Roger Schenke, MBA.

1986

The American Academy of Medical Directors (AAMD) is founded by Roger Schenke, MBA.



1989

AAMD becomes American College of Physician Executives (ACPE).


1998

ACPE and Carnegie Mellon team up to offers a master’s in medical management (MMM).



2001

ACPE and the University of Southern California offer a master’s in medical management (MMM).


2002

ACPE and the University of Massachusetts-Amherst offer a master’s in business administration (MBA).


2008

Barry Silbaugh, MD, MS, FACPE, named CEP of ACPE.


2011

ACPE and Thomas Jefferson University offer a master’s of science in health care quality and safety management (MS-HQSM).


2011

Peter Angood, MD, FRCS(C), FACS, MCCM, named president and CEO of ACPE

2014

The American College of Physician Executives becomes American Association for Physician Leadership

Our Mission

Our programs are designed to address the rapid changes in health care and are tailored to physician leaders of all types at all stages of their careers.

Our Vision

We firmly believe that physicians best understand the intricacies of health care, and equipped with the appropriate leadership skills, are perfectly suited to becoming the change agents within their health care delivery systems.