Mark Sedler, MD, MPH, Elected Chairman of CPMP Governing Board

Mark J. Sedler, M.D., M.P.H., Professor and Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science, was elected Chairman of the Governing Board of the Clinical Practice Management Plan (CPMP) at its electoral meeting on March 16, 2011.  He received a majority of the votes cast by the Board’s nineteen members. 

Dr. Sedler served as Secretary of the Board from 1998 through 2005, having been elected to three consecutive terms.  As Secretary, he chaired the Budget and Finance Committee and founded the Plan’s Managed Care Committee for which he was the first Chairman.  
Dr. Sedler said that he is “enthusiastic about taking on this responsibility at a critical juncture in the evolution of the School of Medicine,” adding that his goals are “to enhance our core mission of providing essential MSO services to the faculty at the same time that we foster increased alignment of CPMP with the overall objectives of the Medical Center.”  

The Practice Plan is established by Article XVI of the Policies of the SUNY Board of Trustees for the management of the clinical practice income earned from fees for professional services rendered in connection with clinical practice.  The Governing Board is responsible for ensuring that the plan properly manages and accounts for the funds in its care.  As Chairman, Dr. Sedler presides over the meetings of the Board and the Board’s Executive Committee. 

Dr. Sedler succeeds Peter S.A. Glass, M.D., Professor and Chairman of the Department of Anesthesiology. Dr. Glass served as Chairman of the Board of Directors for the last five years.  According to Dr. Glass, the Chairman of the Board also functions in the very important role of representing the clinical faculty in all of its dealings with the School of Medicine and the Hospital. 

Ellen Dank Cohen, CEO, CPMP, notes that “as Chair of the CPMP Board of Directors, Dr. Sedler is in the position to be both spokesperson for the Plan as well as to unify the sometimes disparate needs of its membership through good communication, consensus-building, and understanding of faculty issues.”