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JOHN R. COMBES, M.D.

John R. Combes, M.D., is the former Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President at the American Hospital Association (AHA) and the former President of the Center for Healthcare Governance (CHG), an AHA affiliate organization.  Dr. Combes also led the AHA’s Physician Leadership Forum providing education, tools and information to encourage physician leadership development.  Dr. Combes served as Senior Fellow at The Hospital Research and Education Trust (HRET), and in that role focused on quality and leadership issues in Patient Safety, End of Life Care and Clinical Performance Improvement.

Dr. Combes received his medical degree from Cornell University in New York and received his post-graduate training from Boston City Hospital.  He is certified in Internal Medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine and has Management Certification from the American College of Physician Executives.  Dr. Combes has held several senior management positions at a variety of healthcare organizations.  More recently he has served on several national advisory groups on medical ethics, palliative care and reduction of medication errors. He had served as Principal Investigator for an AHRQ national initiative to reducing central line infections through the use of a comprehensive unit based patient safety approach pioneered by Johns Hopkins University.

Dr. Combes writes and lectures frequently on governance, physician issues and quality.

Speaker Topics

  • Future of Health Care
  • Governance
  • Medical Staff Development
  • Physician Leadership
  • Population Health
  • Quality and Patient Safety
  • Strategic Planning

Speaker Type

  • Breakout Presenter
  • Keynote Presenter
  • Presentation Moderator