American Academy of Emergency Medicine

Leslie S. Zun, MD MBA FAAEM

Candidate for Secretary-Treasurer

Nominated by: William T. Durkin, Jr., MD MBA CPE FAAEM and Mark Reiter, MD MBA FAAEM
Membership: 1993-2018
Disclosure: Nothing to disclose at this time

  • AAEM Board of Directors 1998-2002, 2011-2016
  • AAEM Foundation Board of Directors 2011-2016
  • David K. Wagner Award 2011
  • AAEM/RSA Board Liaison 2013
  • Academic Affairs Committee Board Liaison 2014-2016
  • Academic Affairs Committee 2013-2016
  • ACCME Subcommittee 2013-2016
  • Education Committee 2013-2018
  • Finance Committee 2013-2016
  • Independent Practice Support Committee 2013-2018
  • Operations Management Committee 2013-2018
  • Palliative Care Interest Group 2016
  • Quality Standards Committee Board Liaison 2015-2016
  • Quality Standards Committee Chair 2014-2016
  • Inter-American Emergency Medicine Congress Speaker 2014
  • Mediterranean Emergency Medicine Congress Speaker 2013, 2015, 2017
  • Mediterranean Emergency Medicine Congress Abstract Judge 2015
  • Scientific Assembly Speaker 2013-2017
  • AAEM & AAEM/RSA Residency Visit Speaker 2012-2015
  • Common Sense Author 2013-2017
  • AAEM/RSA Podcast Contributor 2017

Candidate Statement

I am running for secretary treasurer of AAEM to continue to serve the members not only to improve our practice environment but also to continue AAEM’s quest to raise concern about contract management companies. My desire to serve AAEM has recently been reinforced by a recent unfortunate situation. My department was recently outsourced so I have the first hand experience of being uprooted from my position after being there for many years. This event motivated me to write an article on this experience as the means to help other emergency physicians who are going or may go through the same thing.

I was present at the organizing meeting to start a new organization focused on emergency physicians, the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. I served on the board a few times in the past, participated on multiple AAEM committees and received the Wagner Award for service to emergency medicine. I am residency trained in emergency medicine at the University of Illinois and acquired a MBA from Northwestern University. I am professor and chair of Emergency Medicine at Chicago Medical School and faculty at the University of Chicago’s Residency Program in Emergency Medicine. I had the experience to see the emergency department from the other side as the President and CEO of a 250 bed hospital in Chicago.

I want to bring my fervor concerning contract management companies taking over emergency medicine to the members and our board. I want to bring my experience and expertise to ensure that you are represented in the house of medicine. I want to bring my energy to wage a constant battle against unfair labor practices, non-competes and waiving of due process rights. I want to continue our excellent education programs in the US and abroad. I want to ensure that no residency program is ever again put in jeopardy because of a contract management company.

Thank you for your consideration.