Leadership & Policy

Adrienne White-Faines, MPA

AOA Chief Executive Officer

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As CEO of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), Adrienne White-Faines, MPA, FACHE, joined the AOA in July 2013 to proudly represent the AOA’s professional family of more than 137,000 osteopathic physicians (DOs) and osteopathic medical students.

In this position, White-Faines leads the AOA’s strategic agenda, supporting the organization’s physician and student members by promoting public health and advancing research; serving as the accrediting agency for osteopathic medical schools; and provider of physician specialty board certification and continuing medical education.​

For 10 years prior to joining the AOA, White-Faines served as vice president of health initiatives and advocacy at the American Cancer Society (ACS), Illinois Division, where she was accountable for cancer research, education, advocacy, and patient service programs. Mid-career (prior to ACS) she served as COO of Renwal Medical Services, a health care management consulting firm for hospitals and physicians, and at Chicago’s Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where she oversaw a $600 million hospital redevelopment project. She also worked as a health strategist with the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation, and as a practice administrator for a large physician group practice in Whittier, California.

A Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives, White-Faines holds a Master of Public Administration from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, and a Bachelor of Arts from Amherst (Mass.) College. She is also the recipient of an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from A.T. Still University in Kirksville, Missouri, and an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Western University of Health Sciences in Lebanon, Oregon.

White-Faines remains active with numerous Chicago and national nonprofit organizations, including the Erikson Institute, American Field Service-USA and Leadership Greater Chicago, where she is a fellow. In 2015 she was named an outstanding “Business Leader of Color,” by Chicago United, a civic engagement consortium focusing on business diversity and inclusion in the Chicago region.

She resides in Chicago with her husband Larry Faines, MD, and enjoys her adult children. ​​​​

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