Board of Directors

Qualifications and Commitments

Board Member Responsibilities & Commitments

Board members are the fiduciaries who steer the Association towards a sustainable future by adopting sound, ethical, and legal governance, and financial management policies, as well as ensuring the American Association for Physician Leadership has adequate resources to advance its mission.

Board members provide foresight, oversight, and insight while the CEO, in conjunction with the Association senior leaders, steer the Association staff by managing day-to-day operations.

Just as for any corporation, the Board of Directors has three primary legal duties known as:

  • Duty of Care: Officers and directors must act in a manner that they believe to be in the best interests of AAPL, and with such care, including reasonable inquiry, as an ordinarily prudent person in a like position would use under similar circumstances. Directors take care of the Association by ensuring the prudent use of assets, including facility, people, and goodwill.

  • Duty of Loyalty: Ensure that the Associations activities and transactions are, first and foremost, advancing its mission. Officers and Directors recognize and disclose conflicts of interest; making decisions that are in the best interest of the Association and its collective members.

  • Duty of Obedience: Ensure that the Association obeys applicable laws and regulations; follows its own bylaws; and adheres to its stated Association purposes/mission.

Board members play significant roles providing guidance to AAPL by contributing to the organization’s strategic focus, effectiveness, and financial sustainability, and serving as ambassadors and advocates. Beyond fulfilling your legal duties, AAPL’s board members are an important resource for the organization.

AAPL embraces Diversity and Inclusion to achieve our Mission, Vision, and Values.

We seek board members with expertise across the healthcare industry, who are experienced in governance of non-profit organization Boards. In addition, our Directors are knowledgeable in higher education and adult learning, strategic planning, financial management, have legal and risk management expertise, have experience with public relations, marketing, information technology and are importantly, experienced Physician Leaders.

AAPL’s Board Directors are individuals who are dedicated to serving the Mission, Vision, and Values of the Association. They manifest and demonstrate the core AAPL Leadership Competencies for healthcare leadership, provide the organization with a mature understanding of the domestic healthcare system and the environment in which healthcare leadership functions, and have the willingness to devote their time to the governance, activities, and conferences of the Association. Board Members are value resources who meet the needs and are readily available to AAPL’s membership.

Qualifications to be a Board Director

The AAPL Board of Directors is comprised of Association Members who want to use their considerable expertise to contribute to the success of AAPL. As such, Board Directors must be active Members of the Association.

Board Directors must also have demonstrated their commitment to Physician Leadership by having attained the Certified Physician Executive (CPE) credential, and/or be an AAPL Fellow, and/or have obtained a Master's degree from one of the Association's partnering universities. (Indiana University - Kelley School of Business; Carnegie Mellon University – Heinz College; UMass Amherst – Isenberg School of Management; Thomas Jefferson University – Jefferson College of Population Health, Arizona State University – College of Health Solutions, University of Southern California)

Directors should also be skilled in at least one of the following Areas of Expertise

Areas of Expertise are the Directors unique combination of professional knowledge, skills, and experiences needed to effectively participate in the Board of Directors.

  • Academic Medical Centers-Leadership

  • Accreditation

  • ACOs, CINs, PHOs & Value Based Models

  • Communications, National Public Speaking, Public Relations & Media Relations

  • Executive Recruitment & Search

  • Federal Agencies & Regulations

  • Federal Medicine (Military, VA, Public Health)

  • For Profit Health Care Systems-Leadership

  • For Profit Payors & Managed Care/Retail Pharmacy

  • Health Care Economics & Next Generation Payment

  • Health Equity

  • Health Law

  • Health Policy & Federal or State Relations

  • Health Services Research

  • Information Technology & Medical Informatics

  • Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Venture Capital

  • Medical Education – UME, GME, CME, MOC

  • Medical Group Practice-Leadership

  • Medical Technology, Pharmaceuticals & Devices

  • Non-Profit Health Care Systems-Leadership

  • Patient & Family Advocacy

  • Population Health

  • Post-Acute Care Settings

  • Quality, Safety & Efficiency

  • Rural Medicine & Critical Access Hospitals

  • Safety Net Clinical Delivery Systems-Leadership

  • Workforce Wellness

Commitment of Time, Participation, and Availability

Our Board Directors serve a 4-year term, where they participate in Board Meetings, Committees and AAPL’s Institutes, conferences, and live events.

The Board holds meetings quarterly, with meetings being held both in-person and virtually. As a member of the Board, Directors will need to be available to travel to in-person meetings as well as take part in Committee meetings which are also generally held once a quarter. Directors are generally assigned to at least one committee, becoming a Committee Chair in their fourth year of service.

During their term, Directors will also have the opportunity to apply for Board positions such as Board Chair and Vice-Chair. If a Director is elected to a to Board position, the commitment of time will include availability to participate in multiple committees and management of the Board.

For over 45 years.

The American Association for Physician Leadership has helped physicians develop their leadership skills through education, career development, thought leadership and community building.

The American Association for Physician Leadership (AAPL) changed its name from the American College of Physician Executives (ACPE) in 2014. We may have changed our name, but we are the same organization that has been serving physician leaders since 1975.


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