Saint Peter’s Chief Medical Officer Elected to Prestigious Post as Chairman of the American Medical Association’s Council on Medical Education

December 20, 2021

Saint Peter’s Chief Medical Officer Elected to Prestigious Post as  Chairman of the American Medical Association’s Council on Medical Education
New Brunswick, N.J. – December 20, 2021 – Saint Peter’s Healthcare System is pleased to announce that Niranjan Rao, MD, FACS, chief medical officer (CMO) at Saint Peter’s, has been elected as chairman of the American Medical Association’s (AMA) Council on Medical Education for the 2021-2022 term.
Dr. Rao, who has served as Saint Peter’s CMO since November 2015, is board certified in vascular and general surgery and offers treatment in general, vascular and endovascular surgery. He is a graduate of M. Rampure Medical College in India and completed his residency in general surgery at the Albert Einstein Healthcare Network in Philadelphia, PA, followed by a fellowship in vascular surgery at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, OH.
The AMA’s mission is to promote the art of science and medicine and the betterment of public health. It is the largest and only national association that convenes 190-plus state and specialty medical societies and other critical stake holders. The AMA leads the charge in preventing chronic disease and confronting public health crises, driving the future of medicine and tackling the biggest challenges in health care and training the leaders of tomorrow.
Education is at the heart of the AMA’s mission. The Council on Medical Education is responsible for recommending educational policies to the AMA House of Delegates. As an accredited provider of continuing medical education (CME) and a driving force in the modernization of physician training, the AMA is revolutionizing the way physicians advance their knowledge and skills.
“I am honored and humbled to have been elected the chairman of the AMA’s Council on Medical Education. It’s a privilege to be working with extremely bright, distinguished and talented councilmembers from around the country,” said Dr. Rao. “My colleagues and I are excited to have an ability to impact change related to critical issues facing the practice of medicine today. These include enhancing the processes involved in graduate medical education and resident and fellowship training, making improvements to online learning, advancing access to allow for more medical school diversity and more. This position is truly a highlight of my professional medical career.”
Leslie D. Hirsch, FACHE, president and CEO of Saint Peter’s Healthcare System, commented on Dr. Rao’s new appointment saying, “Working with the other councilmembers, Dr. Rao has the opportunity to influence the future of medicine and to prepare our physicians for success in a rapidly changing healthcare environment. I can think of no better candidate to lead the dialogue that will shape tomorrow’s medical providers.”
About Saint Peter’s Healthcare System
Saint Peter’s Healthcare System Inc., parent company of the Saint Peter’s healthcare delivery system, is comprised of Saint Peter’s University Hospital, a 478-bed acute-care teaching hospital and state-designated children’s hospital and regional perinatal center; Saint Peter’s Foundation, the fundraising arm of the hospital; Saint Peter’s Health and Management Services Corp., which oversees outpatient facilities, including  the CARES Surgicenter; and Saint Peter’s Physician Associates, a network of primary and specialty care physician practices. Saint Peter’s is a sponsor of residency programs in obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics and internal medicine, and is a major clinical affiliate of Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences. Saint Peter’s Healthcare System is sponsored by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Metuchen. For more information about Saint Peter’s Healthcare System, please visit or call 732-745-8600.

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