Will Ferniany, Ph.D., CEO of the University of Alabama at Birmingham Health System, has been named to the board of directors of the Association of American Medical Colleges. Ferniany is one of 13 members who make up the board, along with the chair, chair-elect, immediate past chair and president/CEO of AAMC.
Ferniany became chief executive officer of the UAB Health System in September 2008. A leader in health care since 1975 and in academic medicine since 1988, Ferniany came to UAB from his position as associate vice chancellor and chief executive officer of the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson. He previously held key leadership positions at the University of Pennsylvania Health System and at UAB.
Ferniany earned his bachelor’s degree in manpower and industrial relations from the University of Alabama and his master’s degree in hospital and health administration and doctorate in health services administration from UAB.
The Association of American Medical Colleges is a not-for-profit association representing all 141 accredited U.S. and 17 accredited Canadian medical schools; nearly 400 major teaching hospitals and health systems, including 51 Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers; and nearly 90 academic and scientific societies. Through these institutions and organizations, the AAMC represents 148,000 faculty members, 83,000 medical students and 115,000 resident physicians.