University HealthSystem Consortium Names Susan K. Pingleton, MD, as Its Chief Learning Officer

Tuesday, July 8, 2008 General News
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OAK BROOK, Ill., July 7 The University HealthSystemConsortium (UHC), welcomes Susan K. Pingleton, MD, to the newly createdposition of Chief Learning Officer. Dr. Pingleton has more than 20 years ofexperience in academic internal medicine and comes to UHC from The Universityof Kansas School of Medicine where she served as the Peter T. Bohan Professorand Chair of Internal Medicine. From 2007-2008, Dr. Pingleton was thePetersdorf Scholar in Residence at the Association of American MedicalColleges in Washington, DC, where she studied the differences in residenteducation on quality and patient safety in academic teaching hospitals.

As Chief Learning Officer, Dr. Pingleton will direct UHC's membereducation initiatives and programs, namely in the areas of medical leadershipand administration, quality and safety and performance improvement. Inaddition, she will spearhead the development of other UHC educationalofferings focused on helping member academic medical centers effectively useUHC's vast comparative data and improvement resources to achieve clinical,operational, and financial performance excellence.

"We are delighted to welcome Dr. Pingleton at a time when academic medicalcenter leaders are looking for innovative programs and proactive support inthe use of data and performance improvement methods to help them lead thenation in quality. Her depth of experience as an educator and leader inacademic medicine is a perfect blend of practitioner, educator, author andleader in patient quality and safety," said David Burnett, MD, UHC Senior VicePresident.

Commenting on her new post Dr. Pingleton said, "In the past, I havesuccessfully managed the education of medical students, residents and fellows.This new position gives me the unique opportunity to leverage that experienceand impact learning in the critical areas of medical leadership and qualityimprovement in collaboration with academic medical centers across thecountry."

A native of Kansas, Dr. Pingleton received her medical education at TheUniversity of Kansas School of Medicine and completed post graduate trainingat The University of Kansas Medical Center. She completed studies at HarvardUniversity, School of Public Health in Leadership Development for Physiciansin Academic Medical Centers. Dr. Pingleton has authored more than 150scientific papers, reviews, book chapters and abstracts and serves on numerousboards and committees.

About UHC:

UHC offers its 102 academic medical center full members and 184 associatemembers specific programs and services to improve clinical, operational andfinancial performance, including an array of medical education programs suchas UHC's Medical Education Leadership Program and Quality & Safety Fellowship,among others. Visit "About UHC" at for more information.UHC Media Contact: Linda Bosy 630/ 954-2808 312/301-6328 (cell)

SOURCE University HealthSystem Consortium

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