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Dr. Christopher Colenda


Dr. Christopher Colenda was appointed to the Cardinal Innovations Healthcare Board of Directors in 2018. He has held a number of national leadership positions in medicine and public health policy and within associations supporting academic medicine. He has testified before numerous state and federal legislative bodies and has been appointed to a number of state and federal advisory agencies, boards, or committees during his career. His public policy work has focused on topics such as workforce, geriatrics and geriatric mental health policy, Medicaid and Medicare, Veterans Affairs, and health education.

Dr. Colenda is President Emeritus of the West Virginia University Health System and Dean Emeritus of Texas A&M University Health Sciences. As a Senior Advisor for Veterans Affairs for the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), he currently provides consultative services to the AAMC on matters relating to academic medicine and the Department of Veterans Administration. Additionally, he serves in the “Of Counsel” capacity with Witt/Kieffer Search firm’s Academic Medicine practice, supporting the recruitment of presidents and CEOs, deans, departmental chairs, and other senior-level positions for academic health centers.

In 2016, following retirement from a notable 35-year career as an accomplished health services and clinical investigator, a practicing physician, and a senior administrator in both medical and academic settings, he created a health care consulting firm. The firm’s services include strategic planning for academic medicine and health systems; educational and research policy review; personnel management and coaching; and leadership transition planning. Clients have included Marshall University, The Ohio State University, Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine, and Wake Forest University.

He has been recognized for his achievements with numerous awards including the election to 2017 Edition of Who’s Who in America; 2015 Becker’s Hospital Review List of 100 Physician Leaders of Hospitals and Health Systems; the Edithe J. Levit Distinguished Service Award from the National Board of Medical Examiners; and the American Psychiatric Association’s Jack Weinberg Award in Geriatric Psychiatry.

His undergraduate and graduate education were completed at the Wittenberg University, Springfield, Ohio; Medical College of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia; and Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland. His residencies include the Department of Pathology, University Hospitals, Case Western Reserve University Cleveland, Ohio; the Department of Behavioral Medicine and Psychiatry, University of Virginia Hospital, Charlottesville, Virginia; General Preventive Medicine, Johns Hopkins University; and the Department of Psychiatry Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia.

Dr. Colenda resides in Winston-Salem, NC.

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