Jonathan Sugarman, MD, MPH, is president of the American Health Quality Association (AHQA). AHQA is a not-for-profit national membership association dedicated to health care quality improvement through community-based, independent quality evaluation and improvement programs. AHQA represents quality improvement organizations and professionals working to improve health care quality and patient safety. The organization maintains a close working relationship with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services at the Department of Health and Human Services, the National Quality Forum, major professional medical and health care associations, and the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission--serving as a professional resource and as a partner on projects. Sugarman is president and CEO of Qualis Health in Seattle, Wash., a non-profit, health care quality improvement organization. Sugarman also has served as an advisor for numerous government and private sector quality initiatives, and has authored over 75 papers and book chapters. He has conducted research and led quality improvement initiatives related to a broad range of acute and chronic conditions. He is a graduate of Harvard College, the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and the University of Washington School of Public Health and Community Medicine. He was named by the World Health Organization as a member of its Network of Innovators. He is a clinical professor in the departments of family medicine and epidemiology at the University of Washington.