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Principal Speaker- 2019

Darrell G. Kirch, MD,  president and CEO of the AAMC

Darrell G. Kirch, MD

President & CEO, The AAMC 

As president and CEO of the AAMC since 2006, Darrell G. Kirch, MD, guides the premier not-for-profit association representing all LCME-accredited medical schools in the United States and Canada, nearly 400 teaching hospitals and health systems and 80 academic societies. A psychiatrist and clinical neuroscientist by training, Kirch began his career at the National Institute of Mental Health, and subsequently held leadership positions at the Medical College of Georgia and at the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center at The Pennsylvania State University, where he was senior vice president for health affairs, dean of the College of Medicine and CEO.

In 2007, Kirch was elected to the National Academy of Medicine; he also has been named a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and honored with the Gold Humanism in Medicine Medal. Kirch speaks and publishes widely on the need for transformation in America’s health care system and how academic medicine can lead that change.