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Norman Kahn, Jr., MD CPE
Former Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer
Council of Medical Specialty Societies

Norman Kahn MD recently completed ten years as Executive Vice-president and Chief Executive Officer of the Council of Medical Specialty Societies (CMSS). CMSS represents 43 medical specialty societies with an aggregate membership of nearly 800,000 physicians in the United States. Under his leadership, CMSS has prioritized the development and maturation of specialty society clinical data registries. At CMSS, Dr. Kahn facilitated the effort to enhance the engagement of patients and families in the governance and activities of specialty societies.


Dr. Kahn has represented CMSS to groups fulfilling the profession’s self-regulatory role, including the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), American Medical Association (AMA), American Osteopathic Association (AOA), Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB), and the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP).


Dr. Kahn has represented CMSS to performance measurement and improvement agencies, including the National Committee on Quality Assurance (NCQA), National Quality Forum (NQF), National Quality Partners (NQP), National Quality Registries Network (NQRN), Physicians Consortium for Performance Improvement (PCPI), American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation’s (ABIM-F) Choosing Wisely Campaign, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Healthcare Learning and Action Network (LAN), and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation’s (CMMI) Partnership for Patients (PfP) campaign.


Dr. Kahn currently serves as Convener of the Conjoint Committee on Continuing Education (CCCE), a coalition of 27 national organizations in medicine, nursing, pharmacy, dentistry and physician assistants, addressing the opioid epidemic through the continuing education of health professionals. To date, more than 595,000 health professionals have completed FDA Blueprint/REMS-compliant continuing education in appropriate pain management and safer opioid prescribing.