CAP CEO James L. Weidner Elected Chair of the Physician Insurers Association of America

Thursday, May 20, 2010 General News J E 4

LOS ANGELES, May 19 The Cooperative of American Physicians, Inc. (CAP) today announced that Chief Executive Officer James L. Weidner has been elected chair of the Physician Insurers Association of America (PIAA), a leading trade association representing domestic and international medical professional liability insurance companies owned and/or operated by physicians, hospitals, dentists, and other health care providers. The election took place during the organization's annual meeting held recently in Chicago.

"We are pleased to announce the appointment of James L. Weidner as PIAA chair for the upcoming year," said Lawrence E. Smarr, president of the PIAA. "His experience and depth of knowledge in insurance and patient safety will be extremely valuable as we continue to work in support of our member companies."

Mr. Weidner has been on the PIAA board since 2002, most recently serving as the association's vice chair. In his new role as chair, he will have general oversight of the business of the association, and supervision of the other officers of the board, as well as the president of the association.

"Jim has demonstrated a true commitment to improving the practice of medicine through his work at the Cooperative of American Physicians," Smarr continued. "He embodies the ideals that make the PIAA companies stand out so clearly in the field of medical professional liability insurers--and we look forward to the insight and guidance he will bring to the association in his new leadership role."

Said Mr. Weidner, "I am honored to assume the role of PIAA chair and, as always, am solidly committed to helping carry out PIAA's mission to assist its members worldwide through education, patient safety initiatives, research, and government relations."

About the Cooperative of American Physicians, Inc.

The Cooperative of American Physicians, Inc. (CAP) was established in 1975 by a group of California physicians to manage the escalating cost of medical professional liability coverage. Two years later, CAP formed the Mutual Protection Trust (MPT), today a market leader in California's medical professional liability arena. MPT currently covers nearly 11,000 of the state's finest physicians and is the only physician-owned organization of its kind rated A+ (Superior) by A.M. Best Company. Based in Los Angeles, CAP also has offices in San Diego, Orange, Sacramento, and Palo Alto, California. For more information, visit

CONTACT: Mary Crystal Director, Corporate Communications 213-473-8734

SOURCE Cooperative of American Physicians, Inc.


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