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Joint Commission International appoints vice president of International Accreditation, Quality Improvement and Patient Safety

Tuesday, September 15 2020

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(OAK BROOK, Illinois, USA – 15 September 2020) – Joint Commission International (JCI) announces the appointment of Joel A. Roos, MD, MBA, MHCDS, CPE, as its new vice president of International Accreditation, Quality Improvement and Patient Safety. Dr. Roos brings more than 30 years of leadership experience in health care, including with military and federal health care systems.   

Dr. Roos will be responsible for developing and leading the overall strategic direction of JCI’s accreditation and certification programs. He will provide oversight in updating and developing new international accreditation standards as well as lead efforts to enhance the international accreditation process.   

“Throughout his career, Dr. Roos has been dedicated to improving patient safety and quality of care for active military personnel and veterans across the country,” says Paula Wilson, president and CEO, JCI. “His unique clinical and operations expertise as a physician leader will help us continue to develop rigorous and relevant international accreditation standards and establish best practices in international accreditation. I am pleased to welcome Dr. Roos as a key member of our leadership team.”  

Most recently, Dr. Roos was the Assistant Deputy Under Secretary for Health for Quality, Safety and Value at the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), Washington, D.C. In this role, he provided national leadership in the development and implementation of health care policies and programs to improve patient safety and quality of care. He also served as the VHA representative to The Joint Commission, National Quality Forum and other national advisory boards.  

Dr. Roos was previously a commanding officer at Naval Medical Center San Diego, where he oversaw the 268-bed multispecialty hospital. At the hospital, he provided strategic guidance for more than 6,500 military and civilian personnel and 25 graduate medical and dental education programs. He also was responsible for the safety and ethical conduct of more than 300 clinical research trials per year.  

Dr. Roos earned his medical degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine; an MBA in health care management from Brenau University, Gainesville, Georgia; and an MS in health care delivery science from Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire.  

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Joint Commission International (JCI) was established in 1994 as a division of Joint Commission Resources, Inc. (JCR), a wholly controlled, nonprofit affiliate of The Joint Commission. Through international accreditation and certification, advisory services, publications and education programs, JCI extends The Joint Commission’s mission worldwide by helping improve the quality of patient care. JCI works with international health care organizations, public health agencies, health ministries and others in more than 100 countries. Visit for more information.



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