to main content Joint Commission International names Jacob Thomas, MD, Ramsay Sime Darby Health Care, as Board of Commissioners chair | Joint Commission International

Joint Commission International names Jacob Thomas, MD, Ramsay Sime Darby Health Care, as Board of Commissioners chair

Tuesday, January 05 2021

Media Contact:
Maureen Lyons
+ 1 630 792 5171

(OAK BROOK, Illinois, USA – 5 January 2021) – Jacob Thomas, MD, has been named chair of Joint Commission International (JCI) Board of Commissioners, effective 1 January 2021. Dr. Thomas is currently group medical advisor at Ramsay Sime Darby Health Care, Subang Jaya, Malaysia, and has been a member of JCI’s board since 2014.

As board chair, Dr. Thomas will lead the board by providing fiduciary oversight and strategic direction to aid in JCI’s mission to continuously improve the safety and quality of care in the international community through education, advisory services, and international accreditation and certification. Dr. Thomas will also oversee activities of the Board of Commissioners and its Executive Committee. 

Paula Wilson, president and chief executive officer of JCI, notes, “I have had the privilege of working with Dr. Jacob Thomas for the last decade. Over that time, he has been an outstanding advocate for patient safety and a champion for JCI. We are all extremely pleased to have Dr. Thomas serve as chair of the JCI board.”

Dr. Thomas, an emergency medical doctor, has vast experience in hospital management, having served in various capacities at Subang Jaya Medical Centre, Malaysia, including as its executive director from 1998 till 2006. 

Dr. Thomas also served as chairman of the Association of Private Hospitals of Malaysia (APHM) Board from 2008 till 2018, as well as chairman of the Board of Directors at Ramsay Sime Darby Health Care since its formation in 2013. 


About Joint Commission International 
Joint Commission International (JCI) was established in 1994 as a division of Joint Commission Resources, Inc., 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.