American Association for Physician Leadership


Empowering physician leaders for nearly 50 years

The American Association for Physician Leadership (Formerly ACPE) is the only association focused on the personal transformation of all physicians, and through them the organizations they serve.
our mission

It is our core belief that all physicians are leaders, and as such are especially vital in determining and effecting better healthcare services delivery and patient outcomes.

We therefore endeavor to prepare physicians in diverse disciplines to be influential and effective leaders in the improvement, delivery and management of healthcare services.

Best Regards
Peter Angood, MD - President & CEO

Since our beginning in 1975…

AAPL has been the premier organization for physician leadership.

Where other business schools may have generic programming, we are the only professional organization in the world that solely focuses on providing leadership education, management training and career development designed for the physician workforce (and the organizations they represent)


Physicians educated


Physicians members of AAPL representing 45 countries


CPE certified Physicians


Expert Faculty across dozens of disciplines


Courses in Physician Leadership
AAPL At Work

Physicians trained by AAPL serve in leadership positions throughout many industries

AAPL At Work

Physicians trained by AAPL serve in leadership positions throughout many industries

The Cleveland Clinic
Blue Cross / Blue Shield
Mayo Clinic
The Mount Sinai Medical Center
Yale-New Haven
Brigham and Women’s Hospital
The Johns Hopkins Hospital

AAPL has meant the world to me in understanding and preparing me for a role I didn’t even know I would have someday.

Stephanie Duggan MD, CPE, FACEP AAPL Board Member

The AAPL Experience

We invite you to explore how we can help you develop your leadership skills, advance your career, and find support as you do.

Lifelong Learning

A curated collection of programs, products, and services that can be tailored to you, wherever you are in your career.


Since 1997, the Certified Physician Executive (CPE) credential has distinguished physicians as influential leaders in the field.

Career Support

Career coaching, leadership skills assessments, and wellness support tailored to your individual needs.

Articles & Guides

Access to an array of articles and resources—including journals, newsletters, books, webinars and podcasts—designed to further professional growth.


Programming focusing on physician wellness can help you find the balance between professional growth and personal fulfillment.


The PLJ, books, and more: combined resources from Award-winning journalists, healthcare experts, and physician leaders from around the world.


Gain a competitive edge through leadership education, career guidance, a peer-based network and unmatched resources.

Live Events

AAPL live events feature top faculty and CME courses, in-person networking with your peers, and stunning locations.

Get Involved

Through Fellowship, Mentorship, and Vanguard, impact the healthcare community now and shape it for the future.

The gold standard certification in physician leadership: only available from AAPL

Alter the trajectory of your career by earning the CPE credential. With the Certified Physician Executive (CPE) curriculum you will gain knowledge, skills and core competencies that will allow you to successfully transition into a wide array of leadership roles.

For over 45 years.

The American Association for Physician Leadership has helped physicians develop their leadership skills through education, career development, thought leadership and community building.

The American Association for Physician Leadership (AAPL) changed its name from the American College of Physician Executives (ACPE) in 2014. We may have changed our name, but we are the same organization that has been serving physician leaders since 1975.


Mail Processing Address
PO Box 96503 I BMB 97493
Washington, DC 20090-6503

Payment Remittance Address
PO Box 745725
Atlanta, GA 30374-5725
(800) 562-8088
(813) 287-8993 Fax



AAPL providers leadership development programs designed to retain valuable team members and improve patient outcomes.

American Association for Physician Leadership®

formerly known as the American College of Physician Executives (ACPE)