EMHSA Director Elected President of American College of Preventive Medicine

SEPTEMBER 15, 2015 – The director of the Executive Master’s Program in Health Systems Administration at the School of Nursing & Health Studies has been elected the president of a major medical society.

Robert Carr, MD, MPH, who recently joined Georgetown’s faculty after serving as chief medical director at GlaxoSmithKline, will begin this voluntary role at the American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM) in 2017.

“I extend heartfelt congratulations to Bob on this significant achievement,” says Patricia Cloonan, PhD, RN, the school’s interim dean. “The fact that our faculty colleagues are tapped for these significant leadership roles speaks to their renown within important professional circles in the health fields. A faculty of this high quality presents significant opportunities for our student body.”

Major Organization

Founded over 60 years ago, ACPM includes more than 2,700 members from around the world in fields including academe, the clinical environment, the government, and research.

“I am deeply humbled and honored to lead the national organization of physician’s dedicated to prevention at a time we are undergoing such transformational changes to our health care infrastructure and moving to a system more focused on enhancing health and prevention,” Carr says. 

The group, which is the society for physicians who focus on population and preventive medicine and public health, works to improve “the health of individuals and populations through evidence-based health promotion, disease prevention, and systems-based approaches to improving health and health care,” according to its Web site.

Aligned Missions

Ryung Suh, MD, MPP, MBA, MPH, who is the interim chair of the Department of Health Systems Administration, will serve on the ACPM Board of Regents – the organization’s governance body. He congratulated Carr.

“The department is filled with talented and committed faculty who not only engage in exceptional scholarship and innovative teaching programs, but they serve in important national leadership and service roles,” Suh says. “Bob’s election as the incoming ACPM president reflects the high caliber and quality of our faculty. ACPM’s mission aligns well with the NHS mission of advancing the health and well-being of individuals and communities, and we are looking forward to Bob’s leadership and contributions on the national stage.”

Complex Health System

Carr says that he hopes to inspire coordination and collaboration through this new role.

“We live with an enormously complex health system that requires greater coordination among the many stakeholders,” he says. “As president, I intend to drive greater collaboration across multiple disciplines and areas toward the collective goal of improving the health of the patient through the levers of policy, practice, capability, and innovation.”

He also seeks to elevate the impact preventive medicine physicians have in the transformation of health care delivery, innovation, and patient outcomes.

“This includes promoting, advancing, and optimizing the delivery of evidence-based clinical preventive and lifestyle medicine services and their competencies; health systems innovation; community-based improvement in social determinants of health; greater collaboration with other medical and non-medical disciplines; and worksite employee health performance and productivity,” Carr says.

By Bill Cessato

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