Dr. Hasan Shanawani is the current president of AMHP. His current position is at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Senior Health/ Medicare Advantage, as their Medical Director for Clinical Performance Improvement. Dr. Shanawani has a career interest and extensive training and experience in systems-based practice, health policy, quality improvement, clinical informatics and patient safety. He is board certified in internal medicine, pulmonary and critical care, and clinical informatics.

Before starting medical school, Dr. Shanawani served as an assistant to the chief of staff of the Maryland State Governor, providing data-driven solutions to key policy priorities to the then governor of MD. He completed his medical school and an MPH in Epidemiology and Refugee Health at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD. After medical school, Dr. Shanawani completed a one-year civilian fellowship at the US Army Center for Health Promotion and Preventive Medicine (USA-CHPPM), part of the US Army Medical Command, where he worked on disease outbreak management, and on supply chain management and delivery of vaccines and chemical defense supplies to deployed US Army soldiers in Kuwait and Kosovo. 

Dr. Shanawani completed his residency and chief residency at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU), in Cleveland, OH, and his fellowship in pulmonary and critical care medicine, as well as health ethics and policy, at Duke University in Durham, NC. Dr. Shanawani has a long history in medical and religious ethics. He has published numerous articles on end-of-life care, Islamic Bioethics, and conscientious objection to medical procedures. He served on the Islamic Medical Association of North America (IMANA)’s ethics committee and was an author of their 2005 “Medical Ethics from an Islamic Perspective” statement. He also served on the American Thoracic Society’s Ethics and Conflict-of-Interest Committee.

Since 1998, Dr. Shanawani has served veterans either in training or as a practicing physician, caring for veterans at least part time for 17 of the last 18 years. He was site faculty for the VA’s National Chief Resident in Quality and Patient Safety (CRQS) program and joined the VA’s National Center for Patient Safety (NCPS) in 2015. In 2017 he served as the VA’s deputy CMIO for quality and safety in their Office of Electronic Health Record Modernization. Although leaving the VA Central Office in January 2020, he continues to serve Veterans in their national Tele-ICU program.

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