ECRI Institute Names Richard Arons Chair of Board of Trustees

Arons follows John Reiss as chair of ECRI Institute’s Board

July 10, 2018

PLYMOUTH MEETING, PA—ECRI Institute, one of the nation's leading patient safety and medical technology research organizations, is pleased to announce the appointment of Richard M. Arons, ScD, managing director at Korn Ferry, as new board chair. Dr. Arons succeeds John B. Reiss, PhD, JD, who retired after holding the position for 18 years.

Dr. Reiss, currently vice president and general counsel of Doylestown Hospital, guided ECRI Institute through an important time of transition, beginning when its founder and CEO stepped down in 2001. During his tenure, Dr. Reiss cultivated a new management leadership team that tripled the growth of the international organization. Dr. Reiss' guidance, stewardship, and personal commitment to ECRI Institute's mission enabled the organization's growth and relevance.

“We extend our deep appreciation to Dr. Reiss for his guiding leadership, wisdom, and dedication to our mission for so many years," says Marcus Schabacker, MD, PhD, president and CEO, ECRI Institute.

Dr. Arons joined ECRI Institute's board in 2017. He has proven experience working with organizations whose future is highly dependent on technology. Dr. Arons' extensive medical device and diagnostics expertise encompasses medical and surgical devices, medical equipment and instrumentation, diagnostics, and drug delivery systems. He has worked with Global 1000 and Fortune 500 companies, as well as start-up and fast-growth companies.

Other board appointments include David L. Mayer, PhD, as board co-chair. Dr. Mayer is chief executive officer of the Washington Metrorail Safety Commission. Previously, he held top leadership positions with the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) and the National Transportation Safety Board.

The elected secretary, Stephen H. Lockhart, MD, PhD, is chief medical officer for Sutter Health, a not-for-profit system of hospitals, physician organizations, and research institutions in Northern California.

Treasurer Grant Bagley, MD, JD, has decades of valuable experience, including as a former chief medical officer of the Health Care Financing Administration, now known as the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, and former managing partner in Arnold & Porter LLP's health care law group.

“ECRI Institute is excited about the future direction of healthcare, and the new officers reflect this focus," states Dr. Schabacker. “As we continue to develop new ways to improve the safety and effectiveness of healthcare, the experience from our outstanding board members will be invaluable to the organization."

Other trustees include:

  • Robert M. Crane, former senior executive and officer, Kaiser Permanente
  • Ralph W. Muller, chief executive officer, University of Pennsylvania Health System
  • Marcus Schabacker, MD, PhD, president and CEO, ECRI Institute
  • J. Sanford Schwartz, MD, the Leon Hess professor of medicine and health management and economics, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine and the Wharton School
  • Anthony Vincent, director of development and facilities, ECRI Institute
  • Gail R. Wilensky, PhD, economist and senior fellow, Project HOPE

In appreciation for their many years of service, the board presented trustee emeritus status to outgoing members Dr. Reiss; William David Webb, JD; and Gordon C. Hunt, MD, MBA.

For questions, please contact ECRI Institute by telephone at (610) 825-6000; by e-mail at; or by mail at 5200 Butler Pike, Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462-1298, USA.

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About ECRI Institute
ECRI Institute (, a nonprofit organization, dedicates itself to bringing the discipline of applied scientific research to healthcare to discover which medical procedures, devices, drugs, and processes enable improved patient care. As pioneers in this science for 50 years, ECRI Institute marries experience and independence with the objectivity of evidence-based research. Strict conflict-of-interest guidelines ensure objectivity. ECRI Institute is designated an Evidence-based Practice Center by the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. ECRI Institute PSO is listed as a federally certified Patient Safety Organization by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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