The executive board of the Medical Society of Delaware announced that Mark B. Thompson, MHSA, has been named as the society's next executive director. Thompson will assume the position effective July 1.
The announcement comes after a national search was conducted to replace Mark A. Meister, who announced his retirement in January. Meister has served in this capacity since joining the society in April 1989.
"Our focus was to identify an exceptional leader who could continue Mark Meister's great work as a strong voice for the medical profession and tireless advocacy for Delaware's physician community, while successfully guiding MSD through the ever-changing landscape of medicine," said President Prayus Tailor, MD.
Thompson has nearly 25 years of experience in healthcare, including the last six years serving as the medical society's external affairs officer, where he was responsible for government relations, public relations and community outreach initiatives, as well as the Delaware Medical Political Action Committee. He also is active on a number of committees and boards including the Delaware Health Resources Board and the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce Health Care Committee.
"This is truly an honor, and I am most grateful for the opportunity to serve in such a capacity to continue to advance our time-honored mission," said Thompson. "I cannot think of a more dynamic and challenging time in healthcare than that of today. But, with these challenges come opportunities, and I believe that physicians are the ones best suited to have the most positive impact on meaningful healthcare reform and quality initiatives at both the state and federal levels."
Before coming to the society in May 2011, Thompson had served as associate director, community relations at Georgetown University Medical Center; director of marketing and community relations for St. Francis Healthcare Services in Wilmington; director of public relations and community health for Beebe Medical Center; and as assistant vice president, communications and marketing, at the University of Maryland, Baltimore. He has a bachelor of arts degree from Duke University and master of health services administration degree from The George Washington University.