Darrell G. Kirch, MD, to Step Down as AAMC President and CEO in 2019

Association to Launch Search for Successor

The AAMC announced today that AAMC President and CEO Darrell G. Kirch, MD, has decided to step out of his role on June 30, 2019. In the months to come, the association will conduct a nationwide search for his successor.

Kirch has served as the association’s president since July 2006. The search will be led by the AAMC Board of Directors, and Marsha D. Rappley, MD, immediate past chair, will chair the search committee.

“Finding someone with an equally vibrant vision for academic medicine, a passion for improving medical education and health care, and a strong, collaborative voice to succeed a transformative leader like Darrell Kirch is the challenge now ahead of us,” said M. Roy Wilson, MD, chair of the AAMC Board of Directors.

More details about the search process will be announced as it begins in the coming weeks.


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, including 51 Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers; 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.