From URC/CHS News Website:
Dr. M. Rashad Massoud Elected to Fellowship of the American College of Physicians
The Massoud family at the convocation ceremony: Rashad, Karma, Fares, and Rami
April 23, 2009: University Research Co., LLC (URC) and the USAID Health Care Improvement Project (HCI) are pleased to announce that Dr. M. Rashad Massoud is now a Fellow of the American College of Physicians (FACP).
Fellows in the American College of Physicians (ACP) are a select group of doctors dedicated to continuing education in medical practice, teaching, or research. The honorary designation is given to recognize ongoing individual service and contributions to the practice of medicine. Direct election to Fellowship without prior ACP Membership is a singular honor conferred upon only a few outstanding physicians each year.
Dr. Massoud noted that the ACP’s recognition holds special meaning for him: “I feel truly honored to be recognized by the ACP in this way, and I am thrilled to see the value that the ACP is placing on quality improvement. This is also recognition for many colleagues around the world who are working to improve health care quality.”
M. Rashad Massoud, MD, MPH, FACP, a physician internist and an internationally recognized leader in improving health care, is Senior Vice President for the Quality and Performance Institute at URC, in Bethesda, MD, USA, and Director of the USAID Health Care Improvement Project—a centrally procured global contract currently active in 21 countries. Dr. Massoud served as Senior Vice President at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) in Cambridge, MA, where he oversaw IHI’s Strategic Partnerships—the key customers working on innovation, transformation and large-scale spread. Before that, he led several URC improvement efforts around the globe including working on developing the World Health Organization’s strategy for design and scale-up of antiretroviral therapy to meet the 3x5 target and large scale health care improvement in the Russian Federation.
He also founded and led the Palestinian health care quality improvement effort. He was a founding member and chaired the multi-country Quality Management Program for Health Care Organizations in the Middle East and North Africa (QMP-MENA). He worked as a Medical Officer with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency. Dr. Massoud has also consulted for and collaborated with several NGOs, KPMG, UNICEF, the World Bank, and WHO.
Rashad is married to Karma Shaath, an artist; they have two boys. Fares, ten, and Rami, five and a half, who are both bundles of energy.