The Iowa Medical Society Board of Directors is pleased to announce Steven W. Churchill as the Society’s next Chief Executive Officer (CEO) effective October 10, 2022. Steven replaces Mike Flesher, who departed IMS in June to accept a new role as the CEO of the Wisconsin Medical Society and Dennis Tibben, who provided dedicated leadership as the Interim Executive Vice President & CEO of IMS from June to present.
After living abroad as Chief of Staff at the United States Embassy in Beijing, China, Churchill returned to Iowa last fall, where he had lived and worked for over 25 years. A graduate of Iowa State University, Mr. Churchill was elected to three terms in the Iowa House of Representatives and served as Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations at Des Moines University during his time in Iowa.
A nationally recognized leader with over two-decades of management experience and 14 years of leadership in the healthcare arena, Churchill previously served as the CEO of the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy in Washington, DC and as Executive Director of the American Medical Association Foundation in Chicago. His leadership experience in the public, private and nonprofit sectors were key factors in his selection to lead the Iowa Medical Society.
An experienced CEO, elected-official, and diplomat with a Master’s in Nonprofit Administration, Steven has a record of working closely with board members and staff to build trusting relationships and strategic partnerships to advance the mission and priorities for the organizations that he has led.
“We are excited to welcome Steve Churchill as the new CEO of the Iowa Medical Society. With broad experience in the healthcare arena, executive leadership in association management and deep ties to Iowa and its leaders – Steve knows his way around the statehouse and understands the issues facing physicians and the patients they serve,” said IMS President Scott Truhlar, MD.
“I am honored to be joining the Iowa Medical Society. As a young state legislator, I clearly recall the important role IMS played in shaping healthcare related policy for the benefit of all Iowans. The society has a long history and an unwavering commitment to representing the needs of physicians and the patients they serve. I am excited to put the skills I’ve learned as a leader across the country and the globe to work to advance the Iowa Medical Society’s mission to assure the highest quality health care in Iowa through its role as physician and patient advocate.” stated Churchill.
Steven will work with the Board, outgoing Interim Executive Vice President & CEO Dennis Tibben, and the IMS staff to ensure an effective and seamless transition.