Must CMOs Always Be Licensed Physicians?

While many hospitals prize training in medical management, operational vision, and leadership ability over clinical skills, the American Medical Association and others maintain that a licensed physician should be chief medical officer.

4 comments on "Must CMOs Always Be Licensed Physicians?"
Dave Mittman, PA (8/20/2012 at 11:38 AM)

Not trying to be hostile but I have a license to practice medicine also. Why could a PA who has an advanced degree and is licensed not be a CMO? It happens in smallest hospitals. How about an NP also? I think the US Army Surgeon General is an RN. I could argue that as they never practiced medicine. I in fact do and went to medical school to learn my craft. Dave
A.Duhe (8/16/2012 at 11:11 PM)

Dr. Leighton Smith, as a CMO without a medical license, shouldn't have been making medical decisions regarding patients and their he was known to do. Mr. Bruce Crowthers ( together with the confidentiality agreement he hides behind) is not stubborn nor oblivious; accordingly, he must be hiding something. Let's get to the whole truth and nothing but the truth. This story reeks. What was there to hide between 1999 to June of 2012? Qui bono?
Keith Steinhurst, MD (8/16/2012 at 3:39 PM)

Well - as more physicians seek non-clinical positions this topic will likely come up with more frequency. The license does not necessarily speak to quality - it does speak to permission to practice clinically in a given jurisdiction. The intent here though is to limit the field to specified criteria - in this case holders of unlimited licenses - which I submit that, for this position, is unrelated to quality of care. Best qualified should, in my opinion, always prevail!
Mithi Govil, M.D. (8/16/2012 at 3:38 PM)

Just having an active License does not mean you know what practicing medicine is all about. All CMOs should be practicing physicians (part time)so they know what is happening at the patient care level. In a rapidly changing world of medicine they soon become nothing but an administrator who is claiming to be an MD.


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