Patient Safety Institute

William F. Jessee, MD, FACMPE - Advisor to the Board

William F. Jessee, MD, FACMPE, is president and chief executive officer of the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA). Before joining MGMA in 1999, Dr. Jessee served for three years as vice president for quality and managed care standards at the American Medical Association. He also holds academic appointments as clinical professor of preventive medicine and biometrics at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver, and adjunct professor of health policy and administration at the University of North Carolina School of Public Health, Chapel Hill.

He received his undergraduate degree at Stanford University and his medical degree at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine. He took residency training in pediatrics at Indiana University Hospitals, Indianapolis, and completed his training in preventive medicine at the University of Maryland Hospital, Baltimore. He is a fellow of the American College of Preventive Medicine; an honorary fellow of the American College of Medical Quality; and a board certified medical practice executive and fellow of the American College of Medical Practice Executives.

Dr. Jessee serves as a board member for Exempla Health System (Denver), the National Patient Safety Foundation, and the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education. Dr. Jessee was a founding board member of the International Society for Quality in Health Care, for which he served as president from 1989 to 1991, on its board from 1985 to 1993, and was named a life member and fellow in 1993. He also was chairman of the board of trustees of the Commission on Professional and Hospital Activities from 1992 to 1995 and served on the National Advisory Council to the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) from 2000 until 2002.