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Society of General Internal Medicine Announces Appointment of Frank Fortin, CAE as Executive Director

 , April 28, 2016

The Society of General Internal Medicine’s (SGIM) Council and staff are pleased to announce that Frank Fortin, CAE, will be the new Executive Director of SGIM.  Fortin will begin his employment with the Society on June 6, 2016.

SGIM undertook an extensive search to find the perfect person to serve as only the third Executive Director in SGIM’s 39-year history. “Frank brings to the Society a deep understanding of healthcare professionals, healthcare delivery and policy, and healthcare professionals’ educational needs.  This vision will enable him to strategically take our Society into the future,” said William Moran, MD, SGIM Past President.  “I speak for all members of Council when I say we could not be more pleased with his selection and we look forward to working with him toward SGIM’s mission of advancing the field of academic general internal medicine.”

Frank Fortin has spent 18 years in health care association management, first as Communications Director and then as Chief Digital Strategist for the Massachusetts Medical Society, the oldest continuous active state medical society in the U.S. Previously, he was Vice President for RDW Group, a public relations and marketing firm in Providence, R.I.; editor of the Providence Business News; and news and documentary producer for the NBC-TV affiliate in Providence. He has also been co-president of the Needham Education Foundation, a charity in Needham, Mass., supporting the community’s public school system. He is a Certified Association Executive, an active member of the American Society of Association Executives, and has served a term as chair of the organization’s Health Care Committee.  Fortin is a resident of Needham, MA.

As Executive Director of SGIM, Fortin will oversee our member-based international association of over 3,500 of the world’s leading academic general internists who are dedicated to improving access to care for vulnerable populations, eliminating health care disparities and enhancing medical education. The members of the Society advance the practice of medicine through their commitment to providing comprehensive, coordinated, and cost-effective care to adults, educating the next generation of outstanding physicians, and conducting cutting-edge research to improve quality of care and clinical outcomes of all patients.

Fortin said, “The mission of SGIM is more essential than ever. I’m honored to join the effort to advance the field of General Internal Medicine and to help improve primary care for all Americans. There’s a lot of work to do, and I’m eager to get started.”  

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