August 1, 2007

Effective January 1, 2008, Mark R Chassin, MD, MPP, MPH, will lead The Joint Commission as its next president.

Chassin is the Edmond A Guggenheim Professor of Health Policy and Chairman of the Department of Health Policy at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, and executive vice president for Excellence in Patient Care at The Mount Sinai Medical Center.

Prior to joining Mount Sinai, Chassin served as Commissioner of the New York State Department of Health.
He is a board-certified internist and practiced emergency medicine for 12 years.  His background also includes service in the federal government and many years of health services and health policy research. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and co-chaired its National Roundtable on Health Care Quality.

Dennis S O’Leary, MD, who has led The Joint Commission for the past 21 years, will become President Emeritus of The Joint Commission when Chassin takes over.

Chassin received his undergraduate and medical degrees from Harvard University and a master’s degree in public policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. He also holds a master’s degree in public health from the University of California at Los Angeles.