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Meharry Medical College President Elected to the Prestigious Society of Medical Administrators,
Date:4/14/2010

Wayne J. Riley, M.D., MPH, MBA, MACP, President & Chief Executive Officer of Meharry Medical College has been elected to the prestigious Society of Medical Administrators (SOMA).

Nashville, TN (Vocus) April 14, 2010 -- Wayne J. Riley, M.D., MPH, MBA, MACP, President & Chief Executive Officer of Meharry Medical College has been elected to the prestigious Society of Medical Administrators (SOMA).

SOMA started in 1909 as the Medical Superintendents Club, a small group who met annually in New York City to discuss hospital administration. Originally, membership was limited to 25 people, all of whom had to be physician CEOs of hospitals. Charter members included the directors of Massachusetts General Hospital, Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York, Bellevue Hospital, Cincinnati General Hospital, Brigham Hospital, Barnes Hospital and New Haven Hospital. Membership was by election and had to be unanimous. These criteria remain in place today.

By 1949 the organization expanded to 50 active members — where it stands today — and was composed of physicians with major leadership responsibilities in healthcare organizations and health facilities not limited to acute care hospitals. Notable members include Harry R. Jacobson, M.D., vice chancellor for Health Affairs, emeritus at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Jacobson and Riley are the only two Nashvillians of three Tennesseans in the group. Prominent current members include: Dr. Darrell Kirch, President & CEO of the Association of American Medical Colleges, Dr. Marc Chasin, President of The Joint Commission, Dr. Peter Slavin, President, Massachusetts General Hospital and Dr. Christine Cassell, President of the American Board of Internal Medicine. Riley is the third Meharrian, and the first Meharry Medi
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