Dr. Kirschner is Past President of AARP Arizona. He is a member of the Harvard School of Public Health Leadership Council and was a member of the 2011 AHA Committee on Research and the 2010 AHA Long Range Policy Committee. He is on the Board of Directors of Wickenburg Community Hospital. He is a member of the National Advisory Board on Improving Health Care Services for Seniors and People with Disabilities. He is a Trustee of the Arizona Perinatal Trust, a member of the Arizona State Medicaid Advisory Committee, the Arizona Health Improvement Plan, and Fighter Country Partnership. He was a member of the AHRQ Regional Expert Panel and the 2003 Citizens’ Task Force on the Maricopa County Health Care System. He is a past President of the Veterans Medical Leadership Council of the Carl T. Hayden VA Medical Center, and he served on the Board of the AzHHA from 1998 to 2005. He was a member of the AHA Regional Policy Board from 2000-2003 and 2007-2009; and was on the Board of the PMH Health Systems Strategy Group, 1994-2001; Del E. Webb Hospital, 2002-2008; and Sun Health, 2004-2008.
He retired as a Principal with William M. Mercer Inc., a global consulting firm, in 2001. During his tenure with the company, he provided consulting services to such diverse Medicaid programs as TennCare, MediCal and AHCCCS. Dr. Kirschner was Vice President, Health Care Initiatives, State Health Care, EDS, 1993 to 1999. During his six years with EDS, he provided consulting services to Medicaid programs, including business trips to all 50 states.
Dr. Kirschner was Director of the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) from February 1987 until July 1993. This program provides healthcare to more than one million residents of the state. The prepaid model pioneered by Arizona is considered to be the most cost-effective means of providing quality health care to Medicaid beneficiaries. During his six years as AHCCCS Director, he represented the western states and Pacific territories on the Executive Committee of the State Medicaid Directors Association and chaired the Medicaid Managed Care Technical Advisory Group.
During the past 40 years, he has been an invited speaker at numerous conferences across the country speaking on the subjects of Medicaid, Medicare, managed care, behavioral health and health care reform. He was on the Advisory Committee of the National Managed Health Care Congress, a featured speaker of the Medical Leadership Forum, and co-author of “Medicaid Managed Care” in the Managed Health Care Handbook. He was the recipient of the 1994 Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association’s Salisbury Award and the 1997 Arizona Department of Health Services and Arizona Medical Association’s Public Health Service Award. In 2006, he was awarded the Healthcare Lifetime Achievement Award by the Phoenix Business Journal and the Individual Leadership Award by WESTMARC.
Dr. Kirschner is a graduate of Williams College, Albany Medical College and the Harvard University School of Public Health. He is board certified by the American Board of Preventive Medicine and is a Fellow of the American College of Preventive Medicine and the Aerospace Medical Association.
Dr. Kirschner served on active duty in the United States Air Force for 22 years commanding five Air Force hospitals before retiring in 1985 as Commanding Officer of the USAF Hospital, Luke Air Force Base with the rank of Colonel. He spent 10 years at military medical facilities outside the United States, including assignments in Turkey, Japan, Vietnam, Thailand and Spain, and served four years as Director, Cadet Health Services at the USAF Academy. His military awards include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Air Medal and Vietnam Service.