New Executive Vice President selected to lead state's largest medical society
June 21, 2012
The Iowa Medical Society Board of Directors has selected Clare Kelly to serve as the organization's new Executive Vice President. She will begin serving in her new position on August 27.
Kelly has sixteen years of experience in state and federal government relations, direct and grassroots lobbying, hospital and physician Medicaid reimbursement policy, and political campaign fundraising. She most recently served as the Executive Director of Government & External Affairs for the Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. She also served as Director of Legislative Affairs for the National Association of Children's Hospitals in Alexandria, Virginia.
IMS President Robert Lee, MD, said the board conducted an extensive national search to fill this position. "We're excited to welcome Clare Kelly back to Iowa and we're confident she has the skills and strategic vision to lead the state's largest physician organization," he said.
A native of Fort Dodge, Iowa, Kelly has a bachelor of arts degree in English and Political Science from the University of Iowa, and she is a member of the board of directors of the University of Iowa Alumni Association.
Kelly succeeds Mike Abrams, who left the organization in February to become the president and CEO of the Ohio Hospital Association.
The Iowa Medical Society is the statewide professional organization representing over 5,300 Iowa MDs and DOs. IMS was founded in 1850 in Burlington, Iowa.