Transforming 21st Century Healthcare: Academic Health Centers and the Private Sector

Private sector initiatives are playing an ever-increasing role in the dynamics of patient care. In this era of substantial advances and changes in healthcare – driven by a variety of economic, social, scientific, and technological trends – the focus of the Association of Academic Health Centers (AAHC) Annual Meeting in San Diego September 22-23 is on how academic health centers and the private sector can work together to transform healthcare.


“By bringing together academic health center leaders and healthcare leaders from the private sector at its Annual Meeting, AAHC remains squarely committed to being at the center of gravity of healthcare in the 21st century,” said AAHC President and CEO, Dr. Steven A. Wartman, adding “it is vital for leaders in clinical care, health professions education, and biomedical and clinical research to have this opportunity to exchange knowledge, share best practices, and build on successes.”


Attendees at the meeting will participate in an exceptional program that provides a cross-cutting combination of speakers, panels, and private sector leaders. Focus sessions include multiple interactive dialogues with representatives from a broad range of private sector companies, experts in health policy and the impact of the upcoming election, and academic health center leaders sharing expertise on evolving healthcare best practices. In addition, the new AAHC Thought Leadership Institute is offering a fascinating session on “Must a Physician be Human?”

“With all the challenges facing healthcare – changes in financing, delivery systems, and technology that impact the academic health center core missions of education, research, and clinical care – it is important and timely to remain focused on how academic health centers and the private sector can collaborate to build new care delivery models,” said Wartman.

AAHC’s Annual Meeting, to be held at the Westgate Hotel, is open to key leaders, faculty, and staff from its member institutions.

The AAHC is a non-profit association dedicated to advancing health and well-being through the vigorous leadership of academic health centers. For more information contact Angela Mills, 202-265-9600, amills_(@)