UCSF Plastic Surgeon Named to Joint Commission Board

November 24, 2008
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Dr. Mary H. McGrath, a plastic surgeon at UCSF Medical Center, has been appointed to the board of commissioners of the Joint Commission, the independent, nonprofit agency that evaluates and accredits more than 15,000 health care organizations nationwide.

McGrath, a professor of surgery in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of California, was one of five new commissioners named in November. McGrath is certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Plastic Surgery. She is chair of the board of trustees of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and a member of the Plastic Surgery Residency Review Committee.

She has held leadership positions with the American College of Surgeons, American Board of Plastic Surgery, National Endowment for Plastic Surgery, Educational Foundation of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and Plastic Surgery Research Council.

She also has been a panel member and consultant for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for more than 20 years, serves regularly on review panels at the National Institutes of Health and is a frequent author of publications and books. She earned a medical degree at St. Louis University and a master's in Public Health in Health Policy and Management from George Washington University.

"It is a privilege to help represent the perspectives of surgeons and patient care in these tumultuous times and I'm very enthusiastic about this appointment, McGrath said.

For more information about the Joint Commision, visit its Web site at www.jointcommission.org.

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