Dr. James Madara | Director
Dr. James “Jim” Madara is the CEO of the American Medical Association (AMA), the premiere national organization dedicated to empowering physicians and shaping a healthier future for the nation. As a Director, Jim brings to Akiri the valuable experience he’s gained addressing strategic, operational and financial challenges at both medical and biosciences organizations.
An accomplished academic medical center physician, medical scientist, and administrative leader, Jim is passionate about creating a healthcare system that delivers better outcomes for all. Prior to joining the AMA, he spent over seven years at the University of Chicago, serving as CEO of the medical center and dean of the Biological Sciences Division and Pritzker School of Medicine, a $1.6B unit which included the medical school, biological sciences, hospitals and clinics. During his tenure, the medical school ranking rose from 22nd to 13th, student selectivity rose from 43rd to 3rd nationally, a $1.5B capital renewal of biomedicine and health was financed and enacted, and the unit delivered 5-7% operating income even as investment in R&D increased by over 300%. Jim also successfully worked to bring biomedical research, teaching and clinical activities together and forged new affiliations with community hospitals, teaching hospital systems, community care centers, and national research organizations.
Previously, Jim served as Timmie Professor and chair of the department of pathology and laboratory medicine at Emory University, and professor of pathology at Harvard Medical School. He received a B.A. from Juniata College, an MD from Hahnemann Medical School, and an honorary MA from Harvard University.