NCMS BOD At-Large Candidate: Danielle Mahaffey, MD, MMM

Danielle Mahaffey, MD, MMM 

Specialty:  Family Medicine

Practice:  Appalachian Regional Health Care, Boone, NC

Type of practice:  Administrative Medicine

Medical School:  Indiana University School of Medicine

Why I am seeking this position: : I believe it is vital to have physician leaders involved in decisions that impact health care delivery.  With the multitude of challenges and demands that face physicians in our current environment, physicians need to be actively engaged and part of the solution.  That belief has been the fundamental drive in my career as a physician, and is why I am running for a position on the North Carolina Medical Society (NCMS) Board of Directors.   The NCMS effectively provides structure and support to the voice of the physicians across our state, and has led the way to promote physician leadership.  I feel the vision of the organization clearly outlines key topics that we need to both protect and strive to improve.   These are topics that I have personally strived to understand and impact within my professional career.   Understanding the nuances of analyzing the health of a population while preserving the patient-physician relationship will be fundamental to future success.  Minimizing administrative burden by working smarter and not harder is required, especially as we focus on physician burn-out.  Promoting physician leadership to drive improvements in high quality, safe, and efficient care is also of the utmost importance.    I strongly advocate that physicians have a calling to participate in shaping the future of health care in our state.  What that calling ultimately drives is unique for each of us.  Representing physicians and their health care teams as a member of the Board of the NCMS would be a privilege and a response to that calling.

The top three issues facing physicians and PAs in North Carolina today are: Development of physician leadership; population health and its impact on clinical operations and patient care; provider wellness and burnout.


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