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AMGA Appoints New President and CEO

News  |  By Debra Shute  
   October 06, 2017

Jerry Penso, MD, MBA, plans to help medical groups face regulatory burdens, physician burnout, and increased consumer expectations.

The American Medical Group Association’s (AMGA) board of directors announced today that it has appointed Jerry Penso, MD, MBA, to the position of president and chief executive officer, effective October 16, 2017.

“New payment models, regulatory burdens, physician burnout, consolidation in the market, and increased patient expectations for convenience and service are just a few of the challenges our members face,” Penso stated.

“My aim is for AMGA to be our members’ preferred partner as they navigate the transition to value-based and high-performance health models. I’m committed to ensuring AMGA becomes an even stronger voice in changing and improving healthcare, and supporting our members in meeting the needs of patients. I look forward to bringing members and other stakeholders together for this important work,” he said.

Penso currently serves as president of the AMGA Foundation and chief medical and quality officer for the AMGA. He replaces Donald W. Fisher, PhD, CAE, who passed away in March 2017. Ryan O’Connor, MBA, CAE, AMGA’s vice president of membership and marketing has served as interim president and CEO since June 2017. 

Prior to joining AMGA, Penso served as medical director, continuum of care for Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Group (SRSMG), the largest integrated healthcare delivery system in San Diego.

In addition, Penso has served on the Integrated Healthcare Association Board of Directors, the California Cooperative Healthcare Reporting Initiative Executive Committee, and other prominent healthcare councils.

Debra Shute is the Senior Physicians Editor for HealthLeaders Media.

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