AAMC Applauds Howerton Appointment to PCORI Board of Governors

AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges) President and CEO Darrell G. Kirch, MD, issued the following statement applauding the appointment of Russell M. Howerton, MD, FACS, to the Board of Governors of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI):

“As a member of the Board of Governors, Russell Howerton, MD, FACS, will bring a broad range of perspectives and expertise in clinical health sciences research to PCORI, helping that organization identify critical research questions, fund patient-centered comparative clinical effectiveness research, and disseminate the results in ways that are useful to patients and to our community. Dr. Howerton’s clinical leadership as chief medical officer and vice president of clinical operations at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center has led to improved processes and systems that have enhanced the quality and efficiency of patient care. He also serves as the current chair of the AAMC’s Chief Medical Officers Group and has played a primary role in implementing research and improving the linkage between research and clinical care.

The AAMC has been a strong supporter of PCORI’s mission and its activities in the conduct of comparative clinical effectiveness research that strengthens decision-making by patients and providers. PCORI is critical to the success of our health care system, and the institute and its leadership will benefit greatly from the knowledge and expertise that Dr. Howerton brings to the board.”


The Association of American Medical Colleges is a not-for-profit association dedicated to transforming health care through innovative medical education, cutting-edge patient care, and groundbreaking medical research. Its members comprise all 149 accredited U.S. and 17 accredited Canadian medical schools; nearly 400 major teaching hospitals and health systems, and more than 80 academic societies. Through these institutions and organizations, the AAMC serves the leaders of America’s medical schools and teaching hospitals and their nearly 167,000 full-time faculty members, 88,000 medical students, and 124,000 resident physicians. Additional information about the AAMC and its member medical schools and teaching hospitals is available at www.aamc.org.