Michael R. Fraser, PhD, CAE, the new executive vice president (EVP) of the Pennsylvania Medical Society (PAMED), is enthusiastic about working with Pennsylvania physicians.
“My first months will be about listening and learning,” said Fraser. “But I am already seeing some important themes emerge as I speak with our leadership and staff: we need to focus and prioritize PAMED’s efforts on behalf of our members and better communicate our value proposition to existing and potential members alike. The challenges are great, but the opportunities are even greater.”
Fraser comes to PAMED from the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP), a Washington, DC-based membership organization of state maternal and child health programs, where he served as chief executive officer since 2007. He brings a strong understanding of health care and public health systems, as well as association leadership, to the position. He values the opportunity to work at the state level and advocate for Pennsylvania’s physician community.
“Pennsylvania is a really interesting microcosm of what is going on nationally as we see health care change and systems and providers adapt,” said Fraser.
“Coming to Pennsylvania to work with one of its largest and most reputable organizations, the Pennsylvania Medical Society, is truly an honor for me. The opportunity to make a difference for Pennsylvania physicians and their patients is one that I take seriously and look forward to with energy and enthusiasm.”
Fraser holds a doctorate in sociology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, a master of sociology degree (also from Amherst), and a bachelor of arts in sociology (highest honors) from Oberlin College in Ohio. He also holds a certified association executive designation with the American Society of Association Executives.
He succeeds Denise E. Zimmerman as EVP, who retired after more than 35 years with the Society. Honor Denise by making a contribution to the Foundation.
Fraser has relocated to the Harrisburg and anticipates traveling across the state to meet frequently with members, partners and PAMED field staff. Read more in this press release.