ACGME Names First Chief Accreditation Officer

24 June 2019
Lynne M. Kirk, MD, MACP

Today the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) announced that Lynne M. Kirk, MD, MACP will join the organization as its Chief Accreditation Officer in September. Dr. Kirk will lead the ACGME’s specialty and subspecialty Review and Recognition Committee activities relating to the review of residency and fellowship programs. She will monitor and manage the development, revision, and dissemination of national accreditation standards for residency programs; lead continuous quality improvement of the accreditation process; and advise the committees on policies and procedures to ensure fair and equitable evaluation of programs.

“Dr. Kirk brings a wealth of experience to the ACGME as a clinician, educational program administrator, and leader in organized medicine,” said Thomas J. Nasca, MD, MACP, ACGME president and chief executive officer. “We look forward to her leadership and expertise to continue to advance the ACGME’s accreditation processes and support our mission to improve the health of the American public.”

“There are great opportunities in accreditation of medical education and training,” said Dr. Kirk. “I look forward to leading the ACGME’s accreditation processes to assist our educational programs as they create the highest quality physician workforce to meet the diverse health care needs of our population.”

Dr. Kirk comes to the ACGME from a 30-year career in internal medicine and geriatrics at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. She is currently a Toni and Timothy P. Hartman Distinguished Teaching Professor in internal medicine and associate program director for internal medicine. She has held several additional roles, including Associate Dean of Graduate Medical Education and program director of the primary care track. Dr. Kirk served on the ACGME Board of Directors, as a member of the ACGME’s Clinical Learning Environment Review (CLER) Evaluation Committee, and as a member and Chair of the GME Committee for the Council on Medical Education of the American Medical Association. She is president-emeritus of the American College of Physicians.

Throughout her career, Dr. Kirk has received many accolades, including election to the Gold Humanism Honor Society of the Arnold P. Gold Foundation in 2017, and election to Mastership in the American College of Physicians. She has published on topics including medical professionalism, faculty development, clinical guidelines, and medical education.

Dr. Kirk received her undergraduate degree in zoology from the University of Nebraska, and her medical degree with distinction from the University of Nebraska Medical Center. She completed her residency in internal medicine at University Hospital in Boston.