Newswise — The American Medical Group Association (AMGA) announced the addition of four new members to its Board of Directors, beginning their tenure in January 2011. Joining the AMGA Board are the following:

Joseph Golbus, M.D., President, NorthShore University HealthSystem Medical Group, Evanston, IllinoisDr. Golbus joined the NorthShore University HealthSystem in 1987 as a practicing physician, and in 1988 became Head of the Division of Rheumatology. He has been President of NorthShore Medical Group since 1998.

Dr. Golbus has served in numerous leadership positions within non-profit and professional organizations, including service as President of the American College of Rheumatology's Research and Education Foundation, Chairman of the Greater Chicago Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation and several terms as a member of the Board of Trustees of the National Arthritis Foundation and Board of Directors of the American College of Rheumatology.

Dr. Golbus has received numerous awards and honors, including the National Arthritis Foundation Leadership Award and the 2009 Leader of the Year Award by the Human Resources Management Association of Chicago. He has also been consistently named as one of America's "Top Doctors."

Dr. Golbus received his Fellowship training in Rheumatology at the University of Michigan Hospitals (1984-1987); residency training at Northwestern University at the Evanston Hospital (1981-1984); and his M.D. degree from the University of Illinois Abraham Lincoln School of Medicine. Dr. Golbus has received his M.B.A. from Northwestern University's Kellogg Graduate School of Management.

Larry J. Harrison, M.H.A., M.B.A., Chief Executive, Senior Vice President, Scripps Medical Foundation, La Jolla, CaliforniaMr. Harrison has been Chief Executive of Scripps Medical Foundation since February 2003. Scripps Medical Foundation is a California 1206(L) Foundation consisting of Scripps Clinic with 600 multispecialty physicians and 38 divisions including 60 extenders; Scripps Coastal Medical Group with 150 primary care providers including 14 extenders; and Scripps Cardio Vascular Thoracic Surgery Group with 6 surgeons and 4 extenders.

Prior to joining Scripps, Mr. Harrison served as Executive Director of the Cleveland Clinic Florida Health Network in Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Executive Vice President of Operations for Health Partners, Inc. in Norwalk, Connecticut, where he directed all clinical operations for multiple state physician management organizations; and Executive Vice President of HealthCare Partners Medical Group in Los Angeles, California, where he was one of the founding executives.

Mr. Harrison received a Master of Business Administration from the University of Southern California, a Master of Health Administration from Johns Hopkins University, and a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology from Michigan State University.

Mr. Harrison is a member of the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA), and the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE). He was longstanding board member and past president of Unified Medical Group Association (UMGA). He has been a guest speaker at AMGA, ACHE, and MGMA conferences, sharing insights on the financial turnaround he managed at Scripps Clinic and the achievement of Fortune Magazine's Top 100 Great Places to Work.

Jeffry G. James, M.B.A., Chief Executive Officer, Wilmington Health, Wilmington, North CarolinaMr. James is CEO of Wilmington Health, responsible for the strategic vision and its deployment, as well as all financial and operational aspects of the practice. He has practiced "Lean" in health care for over five years and is a frequent national speaker on the subject.

Mr. James is a healthcare executive/consultant with over 15 years of strategic and operational experience. He emphasizes cultural transformation as a basis for strategic deployment coupled with environmental awareness to produce organizational effectiveness. He has developed and implemented numerous physician compensation plans which align group operational turnaround/performance enhancement initiatives.

In addition to overall strategic deployment, Mr. James has significant experience in payer strategy and diversification. He is a retained consultant in managed care contracting and development. He also participates as a paid consultant and expert witness in provider sponsored insurance litigation/arbitration. Mr. James is actively involved as a content expert with AMGA's Accountable Care Organization Collaborative and is a regular speaker on the subject with AMGA and other organizations.

Mr. James holds a Master of Business Administration degree and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Barbara Walters, D.O., Senior Medical Director, Dartmouth-Hitchcock, Bedford, New HampshireDr. Walters is senior medical director at Dartmouth-Hitchcock and medical director of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock "Health Plan," a new virtual initiative for the organization. She has operational and profit-and-loss responsibility for the organization's ambulatory sites in the community group practices. These are 18 sites with $300 million in revenue, one million visits per year, and 1,800 staff, including 400 providers. Areas of responsibility include commercial contracting, information technology oversight, quality improvement, evidence-based practice, population health, Regional Primary Care Coordinating Committee, strategic plan oversight, Clinical Transformation Governance Group, and principal investigator for the CMS Physician Group Practice Demonstration Project. She has held this position since 2004, after joining the organization in 1998 as medical director, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Southern NH Community Group Practices.

Prior to joining Dartmouth-Hitchcock, Dr. Walters served as medical director at different levels at the Carolina Permanente Medical Group, Raleigh, NC. She began at the group as Chief of Mental Health Services in 1989. Prior to that organization, she was a psychiatrist at the Kaiser and Wake Mental Health Center in Raleigh.

Dr. Walters serves as principal investigator on the Cigna Medical Home Pilot Project and the CMs Physician Group Practice Demonstration Project. She has also been principal investigator on grants focused on ambulatory electronic medical record medication management; prescribing and ambulatory medication order entry; and development and implementation of Patient-on-line, an interactive patient web portal that supports secure clinical communications.

Dr. Walters received her undergraduate degree from Wayne State, Detroit, Michigan. She received her D.O. from Michigan State University, did her internship at Lansing General Hospital, and completed her residency at University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. She also holds an M.B.A. from Duke University Fuqua School of Business.

Dr. Walters belongs to American Medical Association, American College of Physician Executives, American Osteopathic Association, New Hampshire Medical Society, American Psychiatric Association, and American Medical Women's Association. She currently serves on the boards of the New Hampshire Foundation for Healthy Communities, Child and Family Services of NH, Group Practice Improvement Network. She has served on the NH Governor's Task Force for Administrative Simplifications and the NH Department of Insurance Data Task Force. She was appointed and still serves on the Citizens Health Initiative.

The Board of Directors represents the leadership of some of AMGA's most prominent member medical groups. Following is a complete listing of the 2011 AMGA Board of Directors:

Chair: Scott D. Hayworth, M.D., FACOG, Mount Kisco Medical GroupChair Elect: Robert E. Nesse, M.D., Mayo Clinic Health SystemSecretary: Michael W. Bukosky, M.S.H.A., FACMPE, University of Louisville PhysiciansTreasurer: Howard B. Graman, M.D., Carilion ClinicPresident and CEO: Donald W. Fisher, Ph.D., CAE, American Medical Group AssociationImmediate Past Chair: David L. Bronson, M.D., FACP, Cleveland Clinic Member at Large: Linda C. Leckman, M.D., FAC, Intermountain Healthcare; Intermountain Medical Group

DirectorsNorman H. Cheven, M.D., Austin Regional ClinicJoseph Golbus, M.D., NorthShore University HealthSystem Medical GroupLarry J. Harrison, M.B.A., Scripps Medical FoundationMargaret E. Head, M.S.N., Vanderbilt Medical Group; The Vanderbilt ClinicJeffry G. James, M.B.A., Wilmington HealthMark A. Kelley, M.D., Henry Ford Medical Group; Henry Ford Health SystemDonn E. Sorensen, M.B.A., FACMPE, St. John's Health SystemBarbara Walters, D.O., Dartmouth-HitchcockDon L. Wreden, M.D., Sutter Medical Group

Directors who completed their terms of office in 2010 include Patricia C. Briggs, Northwest Physicians Network; C. Edward Brown, FACHE, The Iowa Clinic, P.C.; John H. Cochran, M.D., FACS, The Permanente Federation; and Bruce H. Hamory, M.D., FACP, Geisinger Health System.

The American Medical Group Association represents medical groups, including some of the nation's largest, most prestigious medical practices, independent practice associations, and integrated healthcare delivery systems. AMGA's mission is to improve health care for patients by supporting multispecialty medical groups and other organized systems of care. The members of AMGA deliver health care to approximately 110 million patients in 49 states, nearly 1 in 3 Americans. Headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, AMGA is the strategic partner for medical groups, providing a comprehensive package of benefits, including political advocacy, educational and networking programs and publications, benchmarking data services, and financial and operations assistance.