Paz elected board chair of national organization

Dr. Harold L. Paz, chief executive officer, Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and Penn State Hershey Health System, Penn State's senior vice president for health affairs, and dean of Penn State College of Medicine, was elected to the position of chair of the board of directors of the Association of Academic Health Centers (AAHC) at its annual meeting held Sept. 25-27 in Boston.

An expert in critical care clinical outcomes, health system design, and health care policy, Paz oversees the academic, research, and clinical missions of Penn State Hershey Medical Center and Health System and College of Medicine, where he is professor of internal medicine and public health sciences.

"Dr. Paz is an outstanding leader and advocate who understands the vital role academic health centers must and will play in the economy and wellbeing of our nation," noted Dr. Steven A. Wartman, AAHC president and CEO.  "I very much look forward to working with him and the AAHC Board as we continue to develop groundbreaking initiatives within a transforming health care system."

During his tenure at Penn State Hershey, Paz initiated a major expansion of the Medical Center and the formation of the Penn State Hershey Health System, which includes four hospitals, 62 ambulatory care practices, and 17 affiliated hospitals. Serving on numerous national professional boards and the recipient of many awards, including the Sir William Osler Humanitarian Award from the American Lung Association of New Jersey, Paz remains clinically active with a special interest in patients with sarcoidosis.

The AAHC is a nonprofit association dedicated to advancing the nation's health and well-being through the vigorous leadership of academic health centers.

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Last Updated January 09, 2015