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HEALTH Hires Chief Administrative Officer for Medical Board

The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) is pleased to announce the hire of James McDonald, MD, MPH as Chief Administrative Officer of the Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline for the State of Rhode Island. McDonald started on February 27.

McDonald comes to HEALTH after serving as Director of Health Services for Naval Health Clinic New England in Newport, RI since 2008. From 1990 to 1996, he was a pediatrician on active duty for the U.S. Navy, the private sector, and public health. While at Naval Health Clinic New England, McDonald was an advocate for patient safety, physician accountability and wise stewardship of limited government resources. He holds board certifications in pediatrics and preventative medicine.

"Dr. McDonald is an acknowledged leader of physician organizations," said Director of Health Michael Fine, MD. "We are impressed with his deep commitment to the integrity of professional practice and his commitment to protecting the safety of all Rhode Islanders."

The mission of the Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline is to protect the public and to assure practice and professional standards in Rhode Island's physician community. The Board reviews and approves physician license applications, investigates complaints of unprofessional conduct, and assures the achievement of continuing medical education standards.

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