ACCME Announces New President and CEO

On January 12, 2015, the Accreditation for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) Board of Directors announced their decision of appointing Graham T. McMahon, MD, MMSc, to the position of President and CEO of the organization.

The current president and CEO, Murray Kopelow, MD, MS(Comm), will retire after more than 30 years of involvement in the CME industry, including 20 years of serving as the ACCME’s Chief Executive. Dr. McMahon will begin his role in April.

“It is an extraordinary honor and privilege to be chosen as the next ACCME President and CEO. The ACCME, with Dr. Kopelow’s transformative leadership, has succeeded in positioning accredited CME as one of the key strategic assets in support of healthcare improvement in America,” Dr. McMahon said. “The ACCME accreditation system is recognized internationally as a model. I am proud to have the opportunity to build on this strong foundation and to work with the ACCME’s expert and committed staff and volunteers.”

Dr. McMahon, a native of Ireland, is currently the Associate Dean for Continuing Education and Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. He is the Editor for Medical Education at the New England Journal of Medicine, and serves as Executive Editor for the NEJM Knowledge+ program.

McMahon earned both a medical degree from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and obtained his doctoral degree in medical education from the National University of Ireland. From Harvard Medical School, he obtained a Master of Medical Science in Clinical Research.

“I could not be more pleased with the Board of Directors’ wise choice of Dr. McMahon as my successor. He brings the excitement, energy, and creativity that we need to successfully lead the ACCME into the future,” Dr. Kopelow said. “I am impressed with his long-term dedication to education as a strategic resource for healthcare change and improvement. With his track record in innovative educational design and research and his forward thinking approaches, I am confident that he will position accredited CME to effectively meet the needs of emerging generations of healthcare professionals.”

To view the full news release provided by the ACCME, please click here.


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