American Association for Physician Leadership

Christopher O'Connell


Vice President/Chief Medical Officer

Sentara CarePlex

Christopher Michael O'Connell, DO, CPE, FACHE, FAAPL, is the Vice President/Chief Medical Officer at Sentara CarePlex Hospital in Hampton, Virginia, and a board member for HELP, Inc. Dr. O'Connell served as the Chief Quality and Community Service Officer/Division Chief of Ambulatory Medicine at Henry Ford Macomb Hospital in Clinton Township, MI between 2012 and 2021. He has been a Clinical Assistant Professor at Michigan State University of Osteopathic Medicine since 2007 and served as a member of the Board of Directors for Macomb County Community Mental Health from 2017 to 2021. He earned a Master of Arts in Health Professions Education/Administration from Michigan State University in 2014. Dr. O'Connell earned his FACHE credential in June 2021 and his FAAPL credential in March 2023. An AAPL member since 2011, he was certified as a Physician Executive by CCMM in 2016.

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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formerly known as the American College of Physician Executives (ACPE)