AMGA appoints Jerry Penso, M.D., president

The AMGA didn’t have to look far for its new president and CEO.

Its board of directors has appointed Jerry Penso, M.D., who currently serves as president of the AMGA Foundation and chief medical and quality officer of AMGA, to the position. His appointment is effective Oct. 16, when Penso will take over leadership of the trade association that represents more than 450 multispecialty medical groups and integrated care systems and is advocating for the transformation of healthcare.

“New payment models, regulatory burdens, physician burnout, consolidation in the market and increased patient expectations for convenience and service are just a few of the challenges our members face,” Penso said in an announcement. His aim is for AMGA to help members navigate the transition to value-based and high-performance health models, he said.

Prior to joining AMGA, Penso served as medical director, continuum of care for Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Group, the largest integrated healthcare delivery system in San Diego.

Penso replaces Donald W. Fisher, Ph.D., who died in March 2017 and had served as AMGA president and CEO for more than 35 years.