Philadelphia (July 6, 2021) – On July 6th, The College of Physicians of Philadelphia announced the appointment of Dr. Mira Bjelotomich Irons as its 6th President and CEO. She will also be the first woman to lead The College of Physicians in its 234-year history. Dr. Irons comes to the College from the American Medical Association (AMA), where she served as the Chief Health and Science Officer; Group Vice President, Health, Science and Ethics since 2019. Prior to her work at the AMA, Dr. Irons held the role of Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at the American Board of Medical Specialties. Dr. Irons is a board-certified physician in Clinical and Biochemical Genetics and Pediatrics and has an impressive breadth and depth of experience in academic medicine, clinical practice, medical professional leadership and scientific research. In addition, she brings 30 years of experience in academic medicine, initially at Tufts Medical Center and followed by Boston Children’s Hospital where she oversaw clinical operations of the Division of Genetics and Metabolism, served as the residency director for Medical Genetics and fellowship director for the Harvard Laboratory Genetics programs, leading a clinical research program, and serving as an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, in addition to running a busy clinical practice.
Dr. Irons was selected after an 8-month long search, conducted by renowned search firm, Isaacson Miller in conjunction with a College Search Committee chaired by Board Trustee Dr. Erica Thaler. “We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Irons to the College.” said Dr. Thomas Fekete, Board Chair. “Her impressive background and experience will lead The College of Physicians into the next exciting chapter in its centuries long history.”
Dr. Irons career is notable for her numerous local and national roles in both undergraduate, graduate, and continuing medical education, including service as the Chair of the ACGME Residency Review Committee for Medical Genetics; serving on the Boards of Directors of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education and the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics; and serving as the President of the Association of Professors of Human and Medical Genetics. She holds numerous awards and honors including, the Park Gerald Chair in Genetics from Boston Children’s Hospital, the Clinical Excellence Award from the Children’s Tumor Foundation, and the Notable Women In STEM from Crain’s Chicago – Business.
“The mission of the College has never been as important as it is today.” said Dr. Irons. “Throughout my career, the one constant that has always guided me is the importance of the historical perspective of the profession to inform future efforts and the unique and important role that the physician plays in ensuring that all of our patients receive safe, equitable, and quality care. The role that the College plays as a trusted source in preserving that history, educating the community, convening important discussions, and serving as a catalyst for young people to ultimately pursue medicine as a career is unique and positions the College to play an even more important role moving into the future.”
Dr. Irons officially joins the College on August 24, 2021. She succeeds Dr. George M. Wohlreich, MD, MA, DSc (Hon), FCPP, who led the College for nearly 16 years.