Or­lowski of­fi­cially ap­pointed AAMC’s chief health­care of­fi­cer

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Who: Dr. Ja­nis Or­lowski, 57

New role: Chief health­care of­fi­cer at the As­so­ci­a­tion of Amer­i­can Med­i­cal Col­leges. Or­lowski has been serv­ing as in­terim CHO since June af­ter Dr. Joanne Con­roy left the po­si­tion to be­come CEO of La­hey Hos­pi­tal & Med­i­cal Cen­ter in Burling­ton, Mass. As chief health­care of­fi­cer, she will fo­cus on the in­ter­face of health­care de­liv­ery and aca­demic pro­grams.

Pri­or­i­ties in her new job: “What I see as the main fo­cus over the next cou­ple of years is clin­i­cal trans­for­ma­tion. Health­care is chang­ing—we’re see­ing an em­pha­sis more on to­tal pop­u­la­tion health, we’re see­ing other changes in health­care with an em­pha­sis on am­bu­la­tory care.”

Out­spo­ken on gun vi­o­lence: Or­lowski was chief med­i­cal of­fi­cer and COO at MedS­tar Wash­ing­ton Hos­pi­tal Cen­ter in Wash­ing­ton when the hos­pi­tal re­ceived vic­tims from a deadly shoot­ing at the Wash­ing­ton Navy Yard in Septem­ber 2013. A lone gun­man killed 12 peo­ple and then him­self. Dur­ing a tele­vised news con­fer­ence, Or­lowski made a plea to end gun vi­o­lence that quickly went vi­ral: “I would like you to put my trauma cen­ter out of busi­ness,” she said. “I would like to not be an ex­pert on gun­shots.”

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