Medical Assn. of Georgia exec taking over state health office

NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted Dec. 27, 2010

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David A. Cook, executive director of the Medical Assn. of Georgia since 2001, will be the next director of the Georgia Dept. of Community Health, the state's top health agency.

Georgia Gov.-elect Nathan Deal announced the appointment Dec. 7. Cook begins his job on Jan. 10, 2011. Cook was Deal's chief of staff during part of the governor-elect's tenure in the Georgia Senate and Deal's first years as a member of Congress, from 1992-95. Cook received the American Medical Association's Medical Executive Meritorious Achievement Award in 2009, in part because he was an instrumental figure behind Georgia's adoption of medical liability reform in 2005.

"We are obviously sad to see David go, but he's been given a rare opportunity to serve the residents of this state in some significant, life-changing ways," said MAG President Dan DeLoach, MD. Donald J. Palmisano Jr., will take over as MAG executive director. He became MAG's general counsel in 2006 and took on the additional position of director of government relations in 2009.

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