• Medical Administrators Conference


    The Medical Administrators Conference (MAC) was established as an informal organization with no name in 1939. The original nine members first met at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, New York, December 8-9, 1939. MAC was the brainchild of Anthony J.J. Rourke, MD, who conceived of the idea and was largely responsible for the invitation to the other eight original members.

    MAC was patterned after an existing organization, the Medical Superintendents Club, which had been in existence since 1920. The membership of the elder organization was originally limited to physicians who were superintendents of hospitals. Over the years, it grew to be the most prestigious organization of physician administrators in the US. By 1939, many members of the Medical Superintendents Club had attracted young physicians as assistant administrators. They served as the reservoir from which the nine - relatively young - individuals were selected for MAC. All were physicians, all were assistant directors of major hospitals and most, if not all of their bosses were members of the Medical Superintendents Club.

    Since 1939, MAC has matured to become the most distinguished organization of physicians engaged in administrative responsibilities with a range of health care organizations. Up until the 1970s, most of its members were hospital administrators. Since that time, members have been drawn from the ranks of academic medicine and public health, managed care organizations, local, state and federal governments, consulting firms, for-profit health care service and product companies, and Fortune 500 companies. True to its roots, however, members must be physicians in administrative positions and not primarily involved in direct patient care at the time of their election into MAC. According to the Constitution and By-Laws, the number of active members may not exceed 50.

    The MAC meeting is held annually, typically in June of each year. The site of the meeting alternates; however, every fourth year, right after each presidential election, we meet in Washington, D.C., to try to guess what the new administration plans to do in the area of health. Presenters for each meeting are experts drawn from a broad range of national and at times international health care positions, both physicians and non-physicians, and the speakers are asked to address cutting-edge topics related to health insurance, quality of care, government and private support for health care services, the changing structure of health care delivery systems, and many other subjects. The highlight of each meeting is the "Show and Tell" session, during which members in attendance share their recent experiences and perspectives on the evolving US health care system. All active and honorary members - former members who for reasons of health, seniority, retirement or limitation of activity - who are no longer at the cutting edge of medical administration - are invited to attend the annual meeting.

    The value of MAC is best summarized by a former officer of the organization: "We are an eclectic mix that has been transformed significantly over my 17-year tenure. There is always an immediate gratification that results from the renewal of human ties in this motivated network. But the greatest secondary gain certainly grows from the ideas that are triggered and/or reinforced during the meetings."


    June 20-22

    - New York State Medicaid achievements and challenges; Is this the model for the nation?

    - Single payer proposal & politics in New York State



    New York, New York


    June 11-13


    The Dual Pandemics of COVID-19 and Racism
    Resulting in Marked Racial Health Disparities





    June 11


    The legacy of COVID-19: How did health care change?
    How will the health system be different after COVID?





    "I want to thank everyone in the group for making MAC so special. The combination of sharing, intellectual stimulation, and being in a safe space with peers makes MAC my favorite meeting of the year. I think it's quite unique."
    - Susan Fleischman, MD


    Click member name to view summary biography (as available)

    • David T. Allen, MD, MPH (Honorary)
      Title(s) to be added
    • Wade Aubry, MD
      Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine, Institute for Health Policy Studies, University of California, San Francisco
    • Elaine Batchlor, MD, MPH
      CEO, Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital, Los Angeles
    • Georges Benjamin, MD 
      Executive Director, American Public Health Association
    • Don Berwick, MD, MPP, FRCP 
      President Emeritus and Senior Fellow, Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI)
    • Monica Bharel, MD, MPH
      Commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Public Health
    • Brian Biles, MD, MPH
      Professor Emeritus, Department of Health Policy School of Public Health & Health Services, George Washington University
    • P. Jeffrey Brady, MD, MPH
      Director, Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Department of Health and Human Services
    • David Carlisle, MD, PhD
      President and CEO, Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science
    • Fred Cerise, MD, MPH
      President and CEO, Parkland Health and Hospital System
    • Bruce Chernof, MD
      President and CEO, The SCAN Foundation
    • Phil Colmenares, MD, MPH

      Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, Premera Blue Cross

    • Ruth Covell, MD (Honorary)
      Senior Associate Dean, Emeritus and Clinical Professor, School of Medicine, University of California, San Diego (UCSD)

    • Robert Dubois, MD, PhD
      Chief Science Officer, National Pharmaceutical Council
    • Michael Eliastam, MB, BCh, MPP, FACP (Honorary)
      Clinical Dean Emeritus, Saba University Medical School
    • William Faber, MD, MA, MHCM
      Principal Consultant Lumina Health Partners
    • Susan Fleischman, MD (Honorary)
      Vice President, Medicaid Programs, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc.
    • Stephen Friedhoff, MD
      Chief Clinical Officer, Anthem, Inc.
    • Richard Gilfillan, MD
      Title(s) to be added
    • Michael J. Goran, MD
      Senior Vice President, OptumInsight
    • Robert Graham, MD
      Director, National Program Office, Aligning Forces for Quality, Department of Health Policy, Milken Institute School of Public Health, George Washington University
    • Amy Helwig, MD, MS
      Chief Quality Officer and Vice President, Quality Improvement and Performance, Insurance Services Division, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
    • Jane Henney, MD
      Home Secretary, Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences
    • Cornelius L. Hopper, MD (Honorary)
      Vice President for Health Affairs, Emeritus University of California, System-wide
    • Cynda Johnson, MD, MBA (Honorary)
      President and Founding Dean, School of Medicine, Virginia Tech Carilion
    • Stephen Keith, MD, MSPH
      Medical Director, Syneos Health
    • Vincent Kerr, MD
      President, Care Solutions, United Health Care
    • Mitzi Krockover, MD
      Senior Partner, SSB Solutions; Managing Director, Golden Seeds
    • John Lewin, MD
      Founder & CEO, Lewin & Associates, LLC; Chair, National Coalition on Health Care, Washington DC
    • Carl Mankowitz, MD (Honorary)
      Former Partner, Computer Sciences Corporation Health Care Practice
    • Kedar Mate, MD 
      President and CEO, Institute for Healthcare Improvement
    • Michael McGarvey, MD (Honorary)
      Retired Chief Medical Officer, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
    • William Munier, MD (Honorary)
      Retired Consultant, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

    • Naim Munir, MD
      Independent Consultant
    • Jane Murray, MD
      Founder, Sastun Center of Integrative Health Care; Founder and Practitioner, Sastun Associates
    • Woodrow Myers, MD, MBA
      Candidate, Governor, State of Indiana; Former Chief Medical Officer, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona
    • R. Heather Palmer, MD (Honorary)

      Retired Professor of Health Policy and Management, Harvard Chan School of Public Health

    • Minalkumar Patel, MD, MPH
      Founder and CEO, Abacus Insights, Inc.
    • Joan Reede, MD, MPH, MS, MBA
      Dean for Diversity and Community Partnership, Harvard Medical School
    • Jack A. Resnick, MD
      President, Empire State Medical Associates, P.C.
    • Aran Ron, MD
      Health Strategy Consultants
    • Eric Schneider, MD
      Director, Boston Office, RAND Corporation
    • Joseph Schulman, MD

      Director of NICU Quality Measurement and Improvement; Public Health Medical Officer, California Children's Services, Department of Health Care Services

    • Roy Schutzengel, MD, MBA
      Medical Director, Integrated Systems of Care, California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS)
    • Cary Sennett, MD, PhD
      President, Medical Education and Research Institute for Functional Medicine
    • Helen Smits, MD (Honorary)
      Retired Health Policy Influencer and Advocate

    • Jacque Sokolov, MD
      Chairman & CEO, SSB Solutions, Inc.
    • Arthur Southam, MD
      Executive Vice President, Health Plan Operations, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan Inc.
    • Judith Taylor, MD (Honorary)
      Neurologist and Retired Medical Administrator, City of New York
    • Prentiss Taylor, MD
      Vice President, Medical Affairs Doctor on Demand Telemedicine
    • David Tillman, MD, MPH
      Title(s) to be added
    • Paul Torrens, MD (Honorary)
      Emeritus Professor of Public Health, UCLA School of Public Health

    • Robert Tranquada, MD (Honorary)
      Professor Emeritus of Medicine and Public Policy, School of Medicine, University of Southern California (USC)

    • Jeanie Tse, MD
      Chief Medical Officer, Institute for Community Living, Inc. (ICL)