American Association for Physician Leadership

News Release

David Harrison

David Nash, MD, Receives the American Association for Physician Leadership Inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award

June 23, 2023

WASHINGTON, DC – June 23, 2023 – The American Association for Physician Leadership (AAPL) presented its inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award to David Nash, MD, MBA, during its Annual Leadership Conference, held last week in Chicago, Illinois.

Nash is a board-certified internist who is internationally recognized for his work in public accountability for outcomes, physician leadership development, population health, and quality-of-care improvement. He is the Founding Dean Emeritus of the Jefferson College of Population Health and now serves as the Dr. Raymond C. and Doris N. Grandon Professor of Health Policy.

Nash is regularly on Modern Healthcare magazine’s list of Most Influential People in Healthcare and is a principal faculty member for quality-of-care programming for the American Association for Physician Leadership. He has authored more than 100 peer-reviewed articles and edited 23 books, including Connecting with theNew Healthcare Consumer, The Quality Solution, Demand Better, Population Health: Creating a Culture of Wellness (3rd edition), and most recently, How Covid Crashed the System: A Guide to Fixing American Health Care.

“There is no one who has contributed more to physician leadership, and to AAPL specifically than David Nash,” said Peter Angood, MD, FRCS (C), FACS, MCCM, FAAPL(Hon), president and CEO of AAPL. “He is a mentor to those who pursue the Certified Physician Executive (CPE) designation and to all physicians who aspire to greater leadership opportunities. He is more than deserving of AAPL’s first Lifetime Achievement Award, though we will certainly look forward to more accomplishments.”

About the American Association for Physician Leadership®The American Association for Physician Leadership (AAPL) is an international non-profit organization in healthcare with a focus on professional and organizational development through physician-led, inter-professional leadership by offering an array of information resources, education programs, and community experiences. With the goal of improving patient outcomes, workforce wellness, and a refinement of all healthcare delivery, AAPL has remained the only association solely focused on providing professional development, leadership education, and management training for physicians. Since its founding in 1975, AAPL has educated 250,000+ physicians across 40 countries—including CEOs, chief medical officers, and physicians at all levels of healthcare.

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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