It is with profound sadness that we share with you the passing of Dr. Ronald Rejzer on November 7, 2020. Ron was a leader in the world of Physician Advisors for over a decade, and one of the founding physicians of the American College of Physician Advisors (ACPA), a physician-led, non-profit organization dedicated to the specialty of Physician Advisor. Ron served as the first president of ACPA, and, without Ron’s leadership, vision, and dedication, the ACPA would not exist today. He played a major role in the development of our specialty and gaining recognition of the importance of what Physician Advisors do for their organizations. He was instrumental in developing the board certification process for Physician Advisors and was among the first to be board certified by the American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians (ABQAURP).
Ron originally came from Northwest Pennsylvania and had retired there a few years ago. Ron received his medical degree from Hahnemann Medical University in Philadelphia and did his residency in Family Medicine at the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond. He was board certified in both Family and Emergency Medicine and practiced Emergency Medicine for nearly two decades. He was an early believer in the role of Hospitalists and took on an administrative role with a Hospitalist management company. That experience formed the basis for his interest in the world of Physician Advisors. His ultimate administrative role was as the SVP/Chief Physician Advisor for Parkland Hospital in Dallas. In that role, he developed one of the most progressive and expansive Physician Advisor programs in the country. He demonstrated the amazing benefit that Physician Advisors could bring to their organization.
Ron had a profound effect on all who knew him, and, inspired everyone to care about others while reaching for the highest goals.
In retirement, he was able to pursue his passion for family, friends, fishing, hunting, and his cabin in Pennsylvania. Ron will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
The ACPA leadership, Board of Directors, and staff all send Ron’s family our sincere condolences and want to thank them for sharing Ron with us. His achievements lifted all of us and his legacy will remain forever a part of the American College of Physician Advisors.