CEO Departs ATA After 24 Years

After nearly a quarter-century of service, the longtime Chief Executive Officer of the American Telemedicine Association, Jon Linkous, announced that he is stepping down.

“Jon was integral in the formation of the ATA and the telehealth industry,” said Peter Yellowlees, MD, MBBS, ATA’s current Board President. “We thank Jon for his many years of service and his significant contributions to ATA and the industry he helped create.”

We’re told that Dr. Sabrina Smith, ATA’s current Chief Operating Officer, will take on the role of Interim CEO. There will be a search to fill the position permanently.

“The Board is pleased that Sabrina has agreed to serve in the role of interim-CEO to help us through this transitional period,” said Dr. Yellowlees.

Dr. Smith joined ATA as COO in January 2017, following more than 20 years of cross-industry experience in healthcare, academic and non-profit management roles.

“With more than 10,000 members and 450 health system and industry partners, the largest international conference and trade show, and the most expansive educational telemedicine program in the world, the ATA is the international leader in telemedicine,” said Dr. Yellowlees. “Jon was instrumental in building this organization and we are indebted to him for building a strong foundation for future growth.”

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