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Rakesh T. Chauhan, MD, CMCE, FAAFP, is vice president of medical management and medical director for quality at Premera Blue Cross in Mountlake Terrace, Wash. His responsibilities include leadership and strategic planning for medical management and oversight of Premera's medical quality division. The division includes: clinical quality programs, disease management programs, medical policy development, compliance and education for medical management, the development of clinical practice guidelines, oversight of adverse quality of care concerns and the patient safety program. Chauhan attended medical school at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, Mass. He completed his residency and fellowship in family practice at the University of California, San Francisco, residency program in Santa Rosa, Calif., before going into private practice in the San Francisco Bay Area. He previously was assistant clinical professor in family and community medicine at the University of California, San Francisco.

Mary Jo Gorman, MD, is the vice president of medical affairs for IPC- The Hospitalist Company based in St. Louis, Mo. Gorman takes a company-wide leadership role in IPC strategies that enhance clinical performance. She will also be involved in IPC's recruitment and retention programs. Gorman began practicing as a hospitalist in St. Louis in 1997 and started the first hospitalist practice in the region. She earned her medical degree from Southern Illinois University School of medicine and her MBA from Washington University, Olin School of Business in St. Louis.

Steven Hanks, MD, of Rochester, N.Y., is the vice president of medical affairs and chief medical officer for Finger Lakes Health in Geneva, N.Y. He serves the medical staffs at Geneva General Hospital and at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital. Hanks is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine. He attended medical school at the University of Rochester, where he graduated with distinction in research. He holds a certificate in medical management from the American College of Physician Executives. He earned his Master of Medical Management degree at Carnegie Mellon University in August. Hanks' achievements include the Rochester Business Journal's "40 under 40 Award in 1998, Fellow, American College of Physicians/American Society of Internal Medicine, 1999, and the American Medical Association Physician's Recognition Award in Continuing Medical Education, 2000-2003. He recently served as chief medical officer for Rochester Community Individual Practice Association and Doctor's

Health Plan, and at Adroit Research Solutions, a clinical research company, where he was also co-founder. Hanks is a clinical instructor in medicine and emergency medicine at the University of Rochester, Strong Memorial Hospital. He is also the chief medical editor for, a medical resource on the Web.

Barry K. Herman, MD, MMM, CPE, FACPE, is director and regional medical research specialist for Pfizer, Inc., serving on the company's central nervous system team in the Mid-Atlantic region. He was formerly president and CEO of Barry K. Herman, MD & Associates, PA.

Steven Linn, MD, MPH, CPE, is vice president of medical affairs for South Jersey Hospital in Bridgeton, N.J. Linn previously served as senior vice president of medical affairs at The Kingston Hospital in Kingston, N.Y. Prior to that, he was vice president of medical affairs and chief medical officer at Drake Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. Linn is a graduate of Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and holds a master's degree in public health from Boston University School of Public Health.

Max Michael, Ill, MD, is the new dean for the School of Public Health at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Michael spent eight years as chief executive officer and medical director of Jefferson Health System/Cooper Green Hospital in Birmingham. He served on the executive committee of the National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems and as president of the Birmingham Regional Council of the Alabama Hospital Association. Michael earned his bachelor's degree in general biology from Vanderbilt University and his medical degree from Harvard Medical School. He also spent two years as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation clinical scholar with the department of medicine at the University of North Carolina. He was named director of ambulatory services at Cooper Green Hospital in 1977 and chairman of the department of medicine in 1983, a position he held until being named CEO in 1992. During his tenure as department chair, Michael spent a year on the staff of the health subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellow.

Thomas Platt, MD, is vice president and corporate medical director for M-CARE, the managed care organization designed by the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich. Plait is responsible for medical management activities, including case management, utilization management and pharmacy services. Previously, Platt spent more than 20 years in a variety of medical management positions, including medical director with Harvard Pilgrim Health Care in Providence, R.I. Most recently, Platt was chief medical officer for Texas Health Choice, a managed care organization in Dallas, Texas.

Scott Ransom, DO, MBA, CPE, FACPE, and ACPE secretary/treasurer has joined Witt/Kieffer, the nation's largest executive search firm specializing in health care, insurance/managed care and education. Ransom focuses on executive searches for CEOs, COOs, CFOs, physician executives and other senior management and clinical vice presidents and directors at hospital, health systems and related multispecialty physician group practices and managed care organizations. Based in Witt/Kieffer's Oak Brook, Ill., office, Ransom will concentrate searches in the firm's central region, but also assist clients nationwide.

John Whitelaw, MD, was named president-elect of the California Medical Association following the death of Gary F. Krieger, MD. Whitelaw, a Sacramento OB/GYN, is president of Sutter Medical Group in Sacramento. Sutter is a 160-physician multispecialty group. He has been on CMA's board since 1994 and is a former president of the Sacramento County Medical Society.
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