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Health Leaders Ricardo Martinez, MD and Wayne J. Riley, MD Join The Sullivan Alliance Board of Directors

Alexandria, VA (May 10, 2016) – The Sullivan Alliance to Transform the Health Professions (The Sullivan Alliance) has expanded its Board of Directors to include two additional healthcare leaders – Ricardo Martinez, MD, FACEP and Wayne J. Riley, MD, MPH, MBA, MACP.

“We are very pleased that Drs. Martinez and Riley accepted our invitation to join our Board of Directors,” said The Sullivan Alliance Chairman and CEO Louis W. Sullivan, MD. “They are strong, innovative leaders in their fields and we welcome their fresh perspective as we chart the Alliance’s future and work to increase diversity in the health workforce.”

Ricardo Martinez, MD, FACEP is the Chief Medical Officer of North Highland Worldwide Consulting. A recognized healthcare innovator, he has served in senior roles in academics, federal government and business including faculty at both Emory and Stanford University Schools of Medicine; VP of Medical Affairs at WebMD; President of Division East and EVP of Medical Affairs for the Schumacher Group, an emergency medicine practice management company; and as the federal Administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (1994-1999). He also established and served as the Executive Director of the Medical Leadership Academy. He was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences in 2004, and appointed to the Board of Population Health and Public Health Service. He is a member of the American Association for Physician Leadership. His thought leadership includes the development of the Inclusive Trauma System, EMS Agenda for the Future, and the emerging Integrated Networks of Emergency Care that use technology and telemedicine to redesign existing care systems. He has been honored with national awards by the American Medical Association, the American College of Emergency Physicians, the American Trauma Society, and the National Association of EMS Physicians. He first described and published the “Martinez Phenomenon” in the New England of Journal in 1991. Since 1988, Dr. Martinez has been the senior medical advisor to the National Football League for the Super Bowl.

Wayne J. Riley, MD, MPH, MBA, MACP is the President of the American College of Physicians (ACP), the nation's largest medical specialty organization. Dr. Riley has served as a member of ACP’s Board of Regents since 2009 and previously served as President of the Texas Academy of Internal Medicine - the Texas Chapter of the ACP and as Governor-elect of the Texas Southern region of the College.

Currently, Dr. Riley is clinical professor of Medicine at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, and an Adjunct Professor of Healthcare Management at Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University. From January 2007- June 2013, Dr. Riley served as the 10th President and Chief Executive Officer of Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee where he also held the rank of tenured Professor of Medicine and Senior Health Policy Associate at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center for Health Policy at Meharry. Dr. Riley is a member of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academy of Sciences and currently serves as Vice Chair of the Administration of Health Services, Education and Research Section of the IOM.

About the Sullivan Alliance to Transform the Health Professions

Under the leadership of Dr. Louis W. Sullivan, former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, the Sullivan Alliance to Transform the Health Professions was organized in January 2005, to act on the reports and recommendations of the Sullivan Commission (Missing Persons: Minorities in the Health Professions, September, 2004), and the Institute of Medicine Committee on Institutional and Policy-Level Strategies for Increasing the Diversity of the U.S. Healthcare Workforce (In the Nation’s Compelling Interest: Ensuring Diversity in the Healthcare Workforce). The Alliance’s goal is to provide the focused leadership, deep commitment, and sustainable efforts that will result in the addition to our nation’s workforce of more well-trained health professionals from racially and ethnically diverse backgrounds able to provide quality health care and innovative research in the decades ahead.

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