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About Us

Our Organization

Welcome to American Association for Physician Leadership, the world’s premier physician leadership organization. For more than 40 years, we have helped physicians develop their leadership skills through education, career development and thought leadership, and by providing a supportive community of peers. We invite you to explore how we can help you develop your leadership skills and advance your career.

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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.

We hold the belief that at some level, all physicians are considered leaders. Our Association helps to deliver on this societal expectation by maximizing the potential of physician leadership to help create personal and organizational transformation that benefits patient outcomes and improves health care internationally.

Our Story

1975
Roger Schenke 1975

Founders

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

1986
1986

Debut

The Physician Executive Journal debuts.

1989
1989

ACPE

AAMD becomes American College of Physician Executives (ACPE).

2001
2001

ACPE

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

2002
2002

ACPE

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

2008
Barry Silbaugh 2008

Barry Silbaugh

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

2011
Board Meeting 2011

Master's of Science

ACPE and Thomas Jefferson University offer a Master’s of Science in Health Care Quality and Safety Management (MS-HQSM).

Peter Angood 2011

Peter Angood

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

2014
American Association for Physician Leadership Logo 2014

Peter Angood

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

Hospital

250,000

People educated by our expert faculty across dozens of disciplines

20,000+

Physician leaders who participated in our education in 2016

3,300+

Certified Physician Executives created since our inception

1,200+

Number of assets and articles in our Physician Leadership Library

Corporate Partners & Sponsors

Organizations, companies and affiliations that sponsor and support the directives, education and members of our organization.
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MaxWorth
Sound Physicians
Nuance
Perfectserve
Simpler Consulting
KaufmanHall
HCA
Meditech
Physician Leader

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.