June 24, 2008

The Dallas Morning News Robert Miller Column: Dr. Cynthia Sherry to Lead American College of Physician Executives

By Robert Miller, The Dallas Morning News

Jun. 23--Dr. Cynthia Sherry, chairwoman of radiology at Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas and president of the Texas Radiological Society, has been elected president of the American College of Physician Executives.

The group holds "that the clinical skills, ethics and values physicians acquired in traditional medical education can be augmented by leadership training to create uniquely talented physician executives," said Presbyterian spokesman Stephen O'Brien.

"It's an honor to be picked to lead such an important organization, and I look forward to taking on this exciting, challenging role in the coming year," Dr. Sherry said.

"The American College of Physician Executives is well known for providing the best educational programs," she said, enhancing physicians' backgrounds in clinical medicine with leadership and management training that enables them to be successful in their practices and organizations.

Dr. Sherry is past president of the Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas medical staff and former chairwoman of the Physician Leadership Council for Texas Health Resources, Presbyterian's parent corporation.

The council has improved the lines of communications between physicians and hospitals, helping them implement quality- improvement initiatives.

"Physician leadership to me means that doctors take on front-line responsibility for seeing that health care is provided to patients in an ethical, compassionate way," Dr. Sherry said.

As chairwoman of radiology at Presbyterian, she oversees a wide variety of advanced diagnostic imaging technologies, from 64-slice CT scans for heart imaging to advanced MRI techniques for the early diagnosis of breast cancer and brain tumors.

An author of dozens of research articles, abstracts and medical presentations, Dr. Sherry earned her medical degree at UT Southwestern Medical School in 1983 before completing her residency and fellowship program in radiology and MRI at Baylor University Medical Center. She also earned a master's degree in medical management from Carnegie Mellon University in 2000. She is a fellow of the American College of Radiology and a member of many other professional organizations.

Leadership award

The Center for American and International Law in Plano is hosting its annual six-week business-oriented program for lawyers from other nations.

As part of the conference, the center gave the Robert G. Storey International Award for Leadership to Jose Luis de Salles Freire, principal of Brazil's TozziniFreire Advogados law firm. Mr. Freire is the founding partner of the law firm and chairman of its executive committee. He's also the first private practitioner to receive a Storey award.


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