Darrell Kirch

Darrell G. Kirch is an American physician who is president and CEO emeritus of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). He trained as a psychiatrist and neuroscientist, before going on to hold senior administrative positions at several medical colleges.

Education and early careerEdit

He studied medicine at University of Colorado Denver, graduating with a BA and then with an MD in 1977.[1] He completed a residency in psychiatry in 1982.[2]

Leadership rolesEdit

He worked at the National Institute of Mental Health, becoming the acting scientific director in 1993.[2]

In 1994 he became Dean of the School of Medicine at the Medical College of Georgia (MCG).[2] In 2000, Kirch he took up the positions of Dean of the Penn State College of Medicine and CEO of Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.

He joined the AAMC's Executive Council in 2001,[3] then in July 2006, he took up the position of president and CEO. He is a keynote speaker at multiple conferences and meetings including SUO/AADO/OPDO Combined Meeting 2018 and Association of Academic Psychiatry Annual Meeting 2018.[4][5]

On July 15, 2019, he stepped down from his position at the AAMC.[6] David J. Skorton, the former Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, succeeds him in the leadership role.[7]

Personal lifeEdit

He is married to Deborah and they have two daughters.[8]

Awards and honoursEdit

He was awarded the Outstanding Service Medal of the United States Public Health Service.[citation needed]

He received the University of Colorado Denver's "Silver and Gold" award in 2002.[1] He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science in 2013.[9]


  1. ^ a b "Alumni Awards: Silver & Gold Award". University of Colorado Denver. Retrieved 3 November 2015.
  2. ^ a b c "Dr. Darrell G. Kirch to head the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and Penn state's college of medicine" (Press release). Pennsylvania State University. 12 May 2000. Retrieved 3 November 2015.
  3. ^ "AAMC Names Next President" (Press release). www.newswise.com. 29 November 2005. Retrieved 3 November 2015.
  4. ^ "2018 Association of Academic Psychiatry Annual Meeting - Whova". 2018-09-05. Retrieved 2018-10-22.
  5. ^ "2018 SUO/AADO/OPDO Combined Meeting". 2018-11-09. Retrieved 2018-10-22.
  6. ^ "AAMC to search for new leader as Darrell Kirch steps down after almost a dozen years". FierceHealthcare. Retrieved 2019-07-15.
  7. ^ "A conversation with David J. Skorton, MD". news.aamc.org. Retrieved 2019-07-15.
  8. ^ Deam, Jenny (October 2011). "Colorado Shaped AAMC President Darrell Kirch". CU Medicine Today. University of Colorado. Retrieved 3 November 2015.
  9. ^ "Honorary Degrees, University Medals and Distinguished Service Awards 2001-pres". University of Colorado. Retrieved 3 November 2015.

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