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An emergency physician and health care executive will be the AOA’s next CEO

Kevin Klauer, DO, EJD, FACEP, will begin on or before May 31.

Kevin Klauer, DO, EJD, is the AOA’s incoming CEO, the AOA Board of Trustees announced Wednesday.

Dr. Klauer, a graduate of Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine, joins the AOA from TeamHealth, where he most recently served as chief medical officer for hospital-based services, chief risk officer and executive director for the patient safety organization.

‘A pivotal moment’

“This is a pivotal moment for the osteopathic profession and health care overall, and we are confident in Dr. Klauer’s experience to lead us through a dynamic and evolving landscape,” said AOA President William S. Mayo, DO, in a press release.

As CEO, Dr. Klauer will oversee strategy, operations, organizational growth and advocacy for the osteopathic profession.

‘So very proud to serve the osteopathic profession’

“As an osteopathic physician, I am humbled and so very proud to serve the osteopathic profession, the American Osteopathic Association, our current and future members, and all osteopathic physicians and medical students,” Dr. Klauer said in a press release. “Advocating for the osteopathic profession is a passion, not a job.”

Prior to his arrival at TeamHealth in January 2015, Dr. Klauer spent 15 years with Emergency Medicine Physicians, Ltd. (EMP), serving in many capacities. He also served as a board member for the EMP Medical Group and the Physicians Specialty Limited Risk Retention Group.

Dr. Klauer was recognized by the American College of Osteopathic Emergency Physicians with the 2018 Outstanding Educator of the Year award. He is an assistant clinical professor at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine and a clinical assistant professor at University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine.

Dr. Klauer was elected to the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) Board of Directors in October 2016 and he previously served as ACEP Council Speaker. He also serves as the medical editor-in-chief for ACEP Now, ACEP’s monthly publication, and was editor-in-chief for Emergency Physicians Monthly.

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