CMSS Announces Norman B. Kahn Jr, MD to Complete Term as EVP & CEO at End of 2017

CMSS Announces Norman B. Kahn Jr, MD to Complete Term as EVP & CEO at End of 2017

At its Annual Meeting in Washington, DC last week, the Council of Medical Specialty Societies (CMSS) announced that Norman B. Kahn Jr, MD will complete his last term as Executive Vice President and CEO at the end of 2017.

“I have been honored to serve as CMSS CEO for 10 years, and am extremely proud of our successes,” says Dr. Kahn. “With the collaboration of our 43 member societies, we have made great strides in facilitating a culture of performance improvement in practice and in modeling professionalism.”

Among the many accomplishments during his leadership, most notable include CMSS’ creation of the CMSS Code for Interaction with Companies, CMSS Principles for the Development of Specialty Society Guidelines, and the CMSS Registries Primer.

During his tenure, CMSS hosted successful national summits in CME, GME Financing, Simulation in Medical Education, Alternative Payment Models, Registries and Patient Reported Outcomes. CMSS also has adopted positions in support of GME financing, universal immunization except for health reasons, and patient access to needed medications in an era of rapidly rising prices.

Dr. Kahn serves as Convener of the Conjoint Committee on Continuing Education (CCCE), with 26 member organizations in medicine, nursing, pharmacy, dentistry, physician assistants and nurse practitioners, which is addressing the opioid epidemic in the US through education of prescribers and their practice teams.

“Under Norm’s leadership, CMSS has grown into an influential voice for our 43 member organizations,” says CMSS President Steven Weinberger, MD. “The Board of Directors and members are grateful to Norm for his unwavering commitment to CMSS. Because of his vision, CMSS is a stronger organization today.”

Dr. Kahn assumed the role of CEO in 2008. Prior to joining CMSS, Dr. Kahn served more than 15 years as Director of Education, then Vice-president for Science and Education with the American Academy of Family Physicians. Previously, he served five years on the faculty of the University of California, Davis, where he was responsible for the training of family physicians for rural northern California, and headed the California Statewide Area Health Education Center (AHEC). From 2000 to 2006, Dr. Kahn served as a Director of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), where he chaired the Task Force that revised the Standards for Commercial Support of CME.

Dr. Kahn received his medical degree from the University of Kansas, and completed his residency in family medicine at San Francisco General Hospital, affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco. After completing his residency, Dr. Kahn established a rural practice in Hughson, California, population 2,940. He is board certified in Family Medicine and Geriatrics, and participates in ABMS Maintenance of Certification in family medicine.