AMA Names New Key Executive

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American Medical Association
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For more than 16 years, Dr. Soon K. Kim has served as chairman, president, and CEO of Aurora Behavioral Health Care, where he oversees the operations of seven acute psychiatric hospitals. Active in his field, Dr. Soon K. Kim belongs to numerous professional organizations, including the American Medical Association.

The American Medical Association (AMA) recently announced a new hire to serve as the organization’s Chief Experience Officer (CXO) and Senior Vice President of Physician Engagement – successful executive and Harvard MBA graduate Todd Unger, who prior to this post served with the Daily Racing Form as its Chief Digital Officer and Chief Marketing Officer.

In addition to his experience in the digital media space, Mr. Unger worked with high-profile companies such as Procter & Gamble and Leo Burnett, helping them promote and optimize their unique brand profiles. He has also held key marketing roles with Lifetime Television and Major League Gaming.

In his comments, AMA CEO James L. Madara, MD, said that Unger’s experience positions him for success in this new role. He believes Unger will be a tremendous asset to the AMA, helping to develop the best digital tools for physicians for years to come.

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The 2017 American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting in San Diego

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American Psychiatric Association
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An experienced healthcare professional, Dr. Soon K. Kim oversees the business operations of seven hospitals and multiple inpatient facilities as president and CEO of Signature Healthcare Services, based in Corona, California. In addition to his executive responsibilities, Dr. Soon K. Kim maintains membership with the American Psychiatric Association.

The leading organization of its kind, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) supports more than 37,000 physicians practicing in the United States and in countries around the world. Focused on assisting individuals with mental illnesses and their families, the association endeavors to increase the availability and accessibility of high-quality psychiatric care. The APA supports its vision and mission by gathering its membership each year.

From May 20 to 24, 2017, the APA will host its Annual Meeting, “Prevention through Partnership,” at the San Diego Convention Center. Organizers have planned a program with more than 450 courses and sessions, as well as a variety of exhibitions and poster presentations. The program will also include special events, such as a lecture from journalist Elizabeth Vargas and a piano performance from psychiatrist Dr. Richard Kogan.

Outside of the offerings at the San Diego Convention Center, the APA Foundation will hold a benefit dinner at the San Diego Wine and Culinary Event Center. For more details on the Annual Meeting, please visit www.psychiatry.org.

The USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology Longevity Institute

 

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Leonard Davis School of Gerontology
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Dr. Soon K. Kim is a board-certified psychiatrist with a subspecialty in geriatric psychiatry. Dr. Kim practiced psychiatry privately and in clinics and hospitals for 25 years. Currently, Dr. Soon K. Kim serves on the board of directors at the University of Southern California Leonard Davis School of Gerontology.

The USC Davis School of Gerontology includes courses and educational programs focused on biological, psychological, and social human development and aging. The school offers 12 distinct programs, including two degrees that may be obtained online.

Additionally, the USC Davis School offers students the opportunity to become involved in its wide range of research centers and institutes, including the USC Longevity Institute (LI). The LI capitalizes on the knowledge base of scientists and clinicians from five different USC schools. The faculty includes specialists in neurodegenerative diseases, cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, psychological disorders, and normal aging.

LI members work together in units to identify and test approaches to maximize health and prevent age-related illnesses. The LI is considered one of the leading research centers of its kind.