Dr. Kevin Buckwalter is a physician in Las Vegas, Nevada, and the director of a local medical office for almost a decade. Dr. Kevin Buckwalter’s professional affiliations include membership in the American Medical Association (AMA), which released new guiding principles on integrated leadership in early June 2015.
New principles support team-oriented environments and stronger relationships among professionals by encouraging hospitals to include more physicians at various management levels, such as the boardroom and executive levels. Additionally, the guidelines emphasize the need for strong relationships between physicians and administrative personnel to promote quality joint decision making by medical professionals and health system managers. The guide’s new framework also outlines core elements and challenges for implementing integrated healthcare leadership.