Dr. Carl Sirio, chief operating, clinical and medical officer at UT Medical Center, and senior associate dean for clinical affairs in the College of Medicine and Life Sciences, was re-elected to serve on the Board of Trustees of the American Medical Association (AMA), the largest physician organization in America.Sirio has served on the 21-member board since 2010 and is on the executive committee as well as finance, membership and business strategies committees.
“I value greatly the opportunity to give back some measure of myself to improve our health-care system for the benefit of the patients we serve,” Sirio said. “It is my strongest hope to leave for those that follow us a profession that remains noble and satisfying.”
Board members are elected by physicians and medical students from more than 180 state and specialty medical societies who gather in Chicago for the annual House of Delegates meeting, the AMA’s primary policymaking body, according the association’s website.
Before being elected to the board, Sirio chaired the Initiative to Transform Medical Education on the AMA Council on Medical Education and represented the association for the Liaison Committee on Medical Education — during which time he helped create new standards for building greater diversity in medicine. In addition, he served on the internal medicine residency review committee and helped develop pilot programs on more clearly linking educational and clinical care outcomes.
Sirio has been nationally recognized for co-founding the Pittsburgh Regional Healthcare Initiative, one of the first regional collaborations in the country for medical, business and civic leaders to address health-care safety and quality improvements.
Additionally, he has received $6.5 million in grants from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality for work designed to improve patient care.
Currently, Sirio is a member of the Board of Commissioners for the Joint Commission and Measure Applications Partnership sponsored by the National Quality Forum as part of his work in quality of care and performance improvement.