Dr. Wartman served from 2005 – 2018 as the 3rd President and CEO of the Association of Academic Health Centers (AAHC), a non-profit global association based in Washington, DC that seeks to advance health and well-being through the vigorous leadership of the multifaceted institutions that educate the next generation of health professionals, conduct cutting edge biomedical and clinical research, and offer comprehensive patient care from the basic to the most advanced levels. Prior to assuming this position, he was Executive Vice President for Academic and Health Affairs and Dean of the School of Medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. Dr. Wartman’s career in academic medicine also includes chairing a department of medicine at two institutions and being the founding director of a division of general internal medicine.
Dr. Wartman, an internist and sociologist, is board certified in internal medicine and a Master of the American College of Physicians. He received his AB from Cornell University and his MD and PhD degrees from Johns Hopkins University. He was also a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at Johns Hopkins and a Henry Luce Scholar in Indonesia.
He is recognized internationally for his work involving the organization and management of academic health centers, where he has taken the lead on many critical issues, including the need for alignment among an institution’s clinical, research, and education programs. In 2008, he founded AAHC International™ (AAHCI), a global organization dedicated to improving health and well-being worldwide. In 2012, he edited Confluence of Policy and Leadership in Academic Health Science Centers, published by Radcliffe Press, which for the first time provided a comprehensive overview of the academic health center enterprise. He authored in 2014 a new guide, Searching for Leadership: Best Practices for Academic Institutions that describes characteristics of successful leaders and a detailed analysis of the process to select them. In 2015 Elsevier published The Transformation of Academic Health Science Centers, the definitive work on the future of these vital institutions, which he edited and also contributed. In 2016 Dr. Wartman founded the AAHC Thought Leadership Institute to offer healthcare leaders around the world in-depth views and analyses of seminal issues transforming 21st century medicine. He also initiated that year the Aligned Institutional Mission (AIM) Program to provide a platform for academic health centers to capture the important synergy and benefit resulting from the optimal alignment of their education, research and clinical programs. He has authored many forward-thinking articles involving the future of the health professions, the interface between medicine and machines, and the need to change medical education.
He has received numerous awards and honorary degrees, including the 2015 Johns Hopkins School of Medicine’s Distinguished Medical Alumnus Award and the 2018 Special Recognition Award of the Association of American Medical Colleges.