The Wisconsin Hospital Association (WHA) announced today that Dr. Mark Kaufman will become its next Chief Medical Officer (CMO).   Kaufman will join the WHA team on November 1, succeeding WHA’s long-time CMO Dr. Chuck Shabino, who is retiring at the end of 2018.


“Dr. Kaufman is an accomplished and widely respected physician leader who brings over four decades of physician leadership and engagement to the WHA team,” said WHA President and CEO Eric Borgerding.  “Mark’s extensive experience and notable achievements in the clinical and administrative elements of health systems, health plans and physician group practices are a perfect match for WHA as we continue to grow our agenda beyond the hospital walls.”

Prior to joining WHA, Kaufman held key leadership roles with Dean Health System, Dean Clinic and Dean Health Plan.  While with Dean Clinic, Kaufman served as Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, with oversight of all medical services to Dean patients and responsibility for the leadership, engagement, and management of all Dean Health System physicians and advanced practice clinicians.  Among his duties as CMO of Dean Health Plan, one of the state’s largest HMOs with more than 400,000 covered lives, Kaufman was responsible for creating and sustaining relationships with the health plan’s contracted physicians and health systems.  Kaufman also chaired the Dean Heath System Board of Directors and served as its Interim President and CEO in 2006.

Most recently, Kaufman has been a sought-after consultant, assisting clients, such as the Wisconsin Collaborative for Health Care Quality and the Wisconsin Health Information Organization, with various aspects of public reporting, quality improvement, practice transformation and reducing unwanted clinical practice variation. Read the full story here.