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Cabell Huntington Hospital Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, Hoyt J. Burdick, MD, MMM, CPE, was sworn in as President of the West Virginia State Medical Association during a ceremony recently at The Greenbrier Hotel.
As president of the West Virginia State Medical Association, Dr. Burdick represents the state’s largest physician advocacy organization dedicated to improving the health of all West Virginians. With more than 2,500 members, including actively practicing physicians, medical students and medical residents, the WVSMA hosts continuing medical education conferences, publishes West Virginia’s only clinical peer-reviewed medical journal and supports medical education and health promotion initiatives throughout the state.
“We have been fortunate to have the right leader at the right time at the WVSMA,” said Evan Jenkins, WVSMA Executive Director. “Dr. Burdick is an excellent physician with keen insights into how we advance access to top quality health care in a rapidly changing environment. He has been engaged for years at the local, state and national levels with physician leaders who care deeply about our healthcare delivery system and the patients we serve. So much of the healthcare reform debate these last few years has been centered in Washington. Now the focus is shifting to the states, and Dr. Burdick will make sure that the voice of medicine is heard as we fight to preserve the critically important patient-physician relationship.”
As Chief Medical Officer at Cabell Huntington Hospital, Dr. Burdick oversees performance improvement and patient safety, infection prevention, regulatory compliance, medical staff peer review, credentialing, medical informatics, emergency physicians and supervision of physician medical directors.
Prior to his current role, Dr. Burdick practiced for ten years as an intensivist, pulmonologist and internist in private practice, with a volunteer faculty position in the Marshall University School of Medicine. Early career experiences as the Medical Director of Respiratory Care and the Medical Director of Critical Care led Dr. Burdick to pursue additional leadership training and professional development through the American College of Physician Executives (ACPE). He has been a member of ACPE since 1994 and has been awarded a Certificate in Medical Management, Masters of Medical Management degree through Tulane University, and he is a Fellow of the ACPE. The combination of learning and insight obtained through the ACPE has helped to prepare Dr. Burdick for opportunities to serve in leadership roles in multiple local charitable organizations, in a regional leadership role as an officer of an organ procurement organization and on a national level as an ACPE Board member. Dr. Burdick currently serves as an officer of the County Medical Society, State Medical Association and is the West Virginia Chair of the Organized Medical Staff Section of the AMA.
Dr. Burdick received his medical degree in 1980 from the University of Mississippi School of Medicine, where he also completed training in internal medicine, pulmonology and critical care. Despite his full-time administrative position, he remains boarded in all three specialties and recently recertified in critical care medicine and became certified by the American Board of Independent Medical Examiners. In addition to the ACPE, he is a fellow of the American College of Physicians, the American College of Chest Physicians, the American College of Healthcare Executives, and he is a Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality. Dr. Burdick also served as a national Baldrige Examiner in 2009.