AAHC President’s Councils aim to advance thought leadership, foster sharing of best practices, and catalyze the diffusion of innovation.

Convened in 2022, the AAHC President’s Council on the Learning Health System focuses on concerns at the level of the most senior leaders of academic health centers, such as delineating the leadership role of the academic health center in establishing and maintaining a learning health system, determining what questions a top leader should ask their direct reports to track the progress of a learning health system, and delineating the benefits and risks associated with a learning health system for an academic health center.

The members of the Council meet via various forums throughout the year to examine learning health systems at academic health centers and to develop resources that may include:

  • An inventory of innovative learning health system models;
  • A key considerations document to guide leadership in tracking the progress of a learning health system;
  • An interactive and engaging session for members at the AAHC Annual Meeting;
  • A curated and annotated collection of relevant key readings; and
  • Other materials as deemed important by the Council.

Council Members

Deborah German, MD (Chair)
Vice President for Health Affairs and Dean
University of Central Florida

Naser Ammash, MD
Sheikh Shakhbout Medical City

Jerry Balentine, DO
Vice President for Health Sciences and Medical Affairs
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
New York Institute of Technology

Richard Barohn, MD
Executive Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs
University of Missouri-Columbia

David Burn, MBBS, MA (Oxford), MRCP, MD
Pro-Vice Chancellor (Medical Sciences)
Newcastle Health Innovation Partners

Archana Chatterjee, MD, PhD
Dean, Chicago Medical School
Vice President for Medical Affairs, RFU
Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science

Harold Collard, MD
Associate Vice Chancellor of Clinical Research
University of California, San Francisco

Eric Elster, MD
Dean, Hebert School of Medicine
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences

Toni Ganzel, MD
Vice President for Academic Medical Affairs
University of Louisville

Steven Goldstein, MD, PhD, FAAP, MA
Vice Chancellor of Health Affairs
University of California, Irvine

Dean, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences
University of Melbourne

Gustavo Quintero Hernández, MD
Decano, Escuela de Medicina y Ciencias de la Salud
Universidad del Rosario

Frank Rühli, Dr. med., EMBA
Founding Chair and Director, Institute of Evolutionary Medicine
Dean, Faculty of Medicine
University of Zurich Medical School

Ex Officio:
Steven Kanter, MD
President and Chief Executive Officer

Lauren Maggio, PhD
Programs Scholar
Association of Academic Health Centers/International