Patient Safety Institute


Dr. Richard Corlin Joins PSI Board of Directors

President of the American Medical Association Brings a Physician Perspective and Expertise to Growing Patient Safety Initiative

(Santa Monica, CA, February 26, 2002) - Richard F. Corlin, MD, the 156th President and an Executive Committee Member of the American Medical Association (AMA) has joined the Patient Safety Institute (PSI) board of directors.

PSI, a non-profit, voluntary, collaborative initiative formed to establish a technology-based patient safety and healthcare solution, is governed by a Board of Directors that includes leading advocates from the three groups most directly involved in patient care: physicians, hospitals and patients. Dr. Corlin is the third representative to sit on the Board representing the physician community.

"Dr. Corlin will provide tremendous insight, thoughtfulness and experience to PSI as both the leader of the most prestigious medical association in the country, and as a physician in private practice who routinely engages with patients," said Jack C. Lewin, MD, CEO of the California Medical Association and chair of PSI's Board of Directors. "Dr. Corlin will be an integral part of our team at PSI as we strive to unite those involved with the delivery of healthcare to decrease costs, increase hospital efficiency and most important, save lives." The PSI system, which moves into the Beta testing phase shortly, will provide real-time, secure, patient-centric clinical information through publicly available, open standard technology.

About Dr. Richard Corlin
Richard F. Corlin, MD, is a gastroenterologist who has been in private practice in Santa Monica, California since 1972. Prior to becoming AMA's President, Dr. Corlin served as Speaker of the AMA's House of Delegates for five years. He has been active in the affairs of the AMA for the past twenty years, having served for nine years as a member and then Chair of the AMA Council on Long Range Planning and Development.

Dr. Corlin was asked to Chair the AMA Commission on Services to Young Physicians, which ultimately led to the creation of the Young Physicians Section in the House of Delegates. He served as Chair of the AMA Study Committee on Hospital Medical Staff, and has been a member and chair of AMA reference committees.

A Past President of the California Medical Association (CMA), Dr. Corlin served as its President from 1992 to 1993, was Vice Speaker and Speaker of the CMA House of Delegates for nine years, and a member of its Board of Trustees for twelve years. In addition, he was President of the Los Angeles County Medical Association (LACMA) in 1978-79.

Dr. Corlin is a graduate of Rutgers University, and received his MD degree from Hahnemann Medical College. He is a fellow of the American College of Physicians, a member of both the American Gastroenterology Association and the American Society of Internal Medicine, and Past President of the Southern California Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. He is also the Chairman of the Audio Digest Foundation, and is an assistant clinical professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Medicine.

About the PSI Board of Directors
Dr. Corlin joins Dr. Lewin and seven other leading healthcare advocates on PSI's board of directors: Don C. Black, president, Child Health Corporation of America; Twila Brase, RN, PHN, president, Citizens' Council on Health Care; Jane L. Delgado, Ph.D., president & CEO, National Alliance for Hispanic Health; Karin DuFault, SP, Ph.D., RN, chairperson of the board of directors of the Providence Health System and member of the Board of Trustees of the Catholic Health Association; Linda F. Golodner, president & CEO, National Consumers League; William F. Jessee, MD, CMPE, president & CEO, Medical Group Management Association; and Daniel H. Winship, MD, vice chancellor of health affairs and CEO, University of Missouri-Columbia Health System, and member, Executive Committee of the University Healthsystem Consortium.

About PSI
PSI is a non-profit, collaborative and voluntary initiative that combines the power of technology and the strength of community-driven, patient-provider relationships to improve care and lower the costs of healthcare. In developing the PSI system, patients, physicians and hospitals have united to provide strictly confidential, real time access to critical information at the point of care. More information on PSI can be found at


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