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Jerry Penso, M.D., M.B.A., Named AMGA President and CEO

Jerry Penso, M.D., M.B.A., Named AMGA President and CEO

10/06/2017

Jerry Penso, M.D., M.B.A., Named AMGA President and CEO

AMGA today announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Jerry Penso, M.D., M.B.A., to the position of president and chief executive officer, effective October 16, 2017. Dr. Penso currently serves as president, AMGA Foundation, and chief medical and quality officer, AMGA.

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Jerry Penso, M.D., M.B.A. (Photo: Business Wire)

Jerry Penso, M.D., M.B.A. (Photo: Business Wire)

“Health care in America is experiencing great change, and Jerry’s ability to advocate, innovate, energize, and collaborate will fuel AMGA’s and our members’ future success,” said Donn E. Sorensen, executive vice president of operations, Mercy, and AMGA board chair. “Jerry was chosen in a competitive selection process from a strong pool of candidates. His track record in extensively growing AMGA quality programs and his ability to provide physician leadership and continuity while having a strategy to foster innovation are among the many attributes that set him apart. He’s the right individual to guide AMGA as it begins a new chapter.”

Prior to joining AMGA, Dr. Penso served as medical director, continuum of care for Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Group (SRSMG), the largest integrated healthcare delivery system in San Diego. During his tenure, SRSMG was recognized as a top performer in California's Pay for Performance Program for five consecutive years with outstanding results in clinical quality, patient experience, and use of information technology. SRSMG is a 2007 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award recipient and 2010 Acclaim Award Honoree. The Acclaim Award is AMGA’s highest honor.

“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,” Dr. Penso noted. “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 health care, and supporting our members in meeting the needs of patients. I look forward to bringing members and other stakeholders together for this important work.”

Dr. Penso replaces Donald W. Fisher, Ph.D., CAE, who passed away in March 2017 and served as AMGA president and CEO for more than 35 years. Ryan O’Connor, M.B.A., CAE, AMGA’s vice president, membership and marketing, has served as interim president and CEO, since June 2017.

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