Patient Safety Institute

Jack C. Lewin, MD

Dr. Jack Lewin has been Chief Executive Officer of the American College of Cardiology (ACC) since November 2006. The College represents over 30,000 American cardiologists, and a growing number of international members. Based in Washington DC, ACC has a distinguished reputation among all professional societies for leadership and excellence in the monitoring of quality care and outcomes. Through its various National Cardiovascular Disease Registries (NCDR), ACC has been the world leader in quality monitoring for cardiovascular disease and prevention, and for making such results transparent. As publisher of the esteemed Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC), and several additional peer-reviewed internationally-acclaimed journals, ACC is also the world leader in cardiovascular clinical education, and is an acclaimed contributor to related clinical research.

Under Lewin’s leadership, ACC has aspired to contribute greatly to national leadership in advocacy related to expanding access to care for uninsured persons, and in reforming Medicare, Medicaid, and the financing and delivery of quality health care. These efforts are part of ACC’s mission to promote ‘heart health’ and reductions in cardiovascular morbidity and mortality worldwide. ACC has over 270 employees and an annual budget of over $85 million. Its growing international outreach to Asia, Europe, Central and South America, the Middle East, and Canada make it the world’s premier clinical cardiovascular institution and resource.

Prior to Coming to ACC, Lewin was CEO of the California Medical Association. In this position, he oversaw the 35,000-member association, as well as its various subsidiary companies. CMA is the nation’s largest state medical association, with over $45 million in annual revenues, $50 million in assets, and over 300 employees, including the CMA subsidiary companies.

Lewin was formerly Hawaii’s Director of Health from 1986-1994, overseeing 6500 employees and a $1 Billion budget. In this role, he helped Hawaii achieve near-universal access to health care and revitalize statewide public health systems. In Hawaii, he was also CEO of the statewide 13-facility Community Hospital System.

Before that, as a Commissioned Officer in the USPHS, he was the founder and first Director of the Navajo Nation Department of Health, serving the needs of America’s largest Indian tribe, straddling the three states of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah.

Trained in internal medicine, Lewin has also enjoyed many years of practicing primary care medicine during his career in Arizona, Hawaii, and California.

Dr. Lewin serves on numerous national boards and advisory bodies. He was a founder and President of the Physicians’ Foundations, which are among the top ten health-related philanthropies in the nation, focused on promoting quality, patient safety, and health information technology adoption. He is Chair, President, and a Founder of the national Patient Safety Institute. His board appointments have included Partnership for Prevention, the AudioDigest Foundation, Marathon Multimedia Inc, Hepatitis Foundation International, the Institute for Medical Quality, Consumers Allied for Patient Protection, the Navajo Nation Health Advisory Board, the e-Health Initiative, Connecting for Health, CAL-RHIO, and, the California Governor’s Council on Sports and Fitness. He was an advisor on health policy to President Clinton.

Dr. Lewin has been honored with many awards. These include the Health Leader of the Year Award from the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Officers’ Association, the Nathan Davis Award from the American Medical Association, the American Hospital Association’s Justin Ford Kimbal Award, and the Arthur T. McCormack Award from the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials. He is an honorary Past President of the California Medical Association.

Dr. Lewin publications have appeared in JAMA, American Journal of Surgery, Health Affairs, and many other professional, scientific, and national media sources.

Dr. Lewin received his B.A. in Biological Sciences from the University of California, Irvine, and his M.D. from the University of Southern California. His hobbies include composing for piano, skiing, biking, kayaking, and long-distance running, having completed over 25 marathons. He and his wife Sandra have three children.