Dr. Jack Lewin is the chief executive officer of the American College of Cardiology (ACC), a position he has held since November 2006. Under his leadership, ACC has aspired to contribute greatly to national leadership in advocacy related to expanding access to care for uninsured persons, and in reforming Medicare, Medicaid, and the financing and delivery of quality health care. These efforts are part of ACC's mission to promote ‘heart health' and reductions in cardiovascular morbidity and mortality worldwide.
Prior to coming to ACC, Dr. Lewin was the chief executive officer of the California Medical Association and its various subsidiary companies. Dr. Lewin was also formerly Hawaii's Director of Health from 1986-1994, a role through which he helped Hawaii achieve near-universal access to health care and revitalize statewide public health systems. In Hawaii, he was also the chief executive officer of the statewide 13-facility Community Hospital System.
Before that, as a commissioned officer in the United States Public Heath Service, he was the founding director of the Navajo Nation Department of Health, serving the needs of America's largest Indian tribe, based in the three states of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah.
Trained in internal medicine, Dr. Lewin has also enjoyed many years of practicing primary care medicine during his career in Arizona, Hawaii, and California. He serves on numerous national boards and advisory bodies, including his work as founding president of the Physicians' Foundations, which are among the top ten health-related philanthropies in the nation, focused on promoting quality, patient safety, and health information technology adoption, and as president of the Patient Safety Institute. He was also an advisor on health policy to President Bill Clinton.
Dr. Lewin received his bachelor's degree in biological sciences from the University of California, Irvine, and earned his medical doctorate from the University of Southern California. His hobbies include composing for piano, skiing, biking, kayaking, and long-distance running, having completed over 25 marathons. He and his wife Sandra have three children.
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March 19, 2012 American Medical News "House closer to repeal of Medicare pay board"
February 12, 2012 Fox News "A change of heart: Cardiologists leaving private practices for hospitals"
December 20, 2011 Bloomberg BW "Doctors’ Medicare Pay Cut Won’t Be Unlinked From Tax Bill"
November 3, 2011 The State Column "Rep. Phil Roe Aims to Increase Awareness of Heart Disease"
October 22, 2011 "Washington Week: CMS Releases Final ACO Rule"
October 16, 2011 Capitol Weekly "California Medical Association recommends marijuana legalization"
October 5, 2011 American Mediacl News "Delaware Blues fined for denying cardiac tests"
September 27, 2011 aalatimes.com "Need to create heart attack awareness among masses"
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