On July 1, 2021, Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Cindy Reisz will officially assume the leadership role of president of the American Health Law Association (AHLA). Cindy was named president-elect designate in 2019 and has been working alongside AHLA leadership and staff for the past two years to prepare for this new role.

Cindy’s involvement with AHLA began when she joined the organization in 1995. During her tenure, she has served in various leadership capacities since becoming vice chair of the Physician Organizations Practice Group in 2001. Since joining the AHLA Board in 2013, Cindy has served on several board committees, including the Finance, Practice Groups and Public Interest committees. Listen to the recent AHLA Speaking of Health Law podcast, “Conversations with AHLA Leaders: Cindy Reisz, President Elect,” featuring Cindy discussing key moments in her career, current and future trends in health law, and AHLA’s role in her professional development.

As the country emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic, Cindy’s role as president will involve working with leaders and staff to continue providing exceptional educational resources to health law professionals and the public. In addition to a focus on growth and educational programming, Cindy said an additional goal during her tenure is for “AHLA to continue to participate in the greater solution to foster inclusion, diversity and equity in the health law community. AHLA is a place of learning, and it is our responsibility to focus on social determinants of health, teach each other about health inequities, and build a place where diverse members feel welcome, respected and included. It is my great hope that our efforts will produce not only greater awareness of what creates healthcare inequities in the healthcare community but also positive contributions toward racial and social justice.”

In 2019, when it was announced that Cindy was named president-elect designate, then AHLA Board President Marilyn Lamar said, “We are excited that Cindy was selected and that she is willing to continue to serve the Association in this new capacity. She is a service-oriented legal professional with abundant knowledge and skill in areas of health law transactions and regulatory compliance. Her leadership experience within her firm and throughout her time at AHLA will serve the Association and our members well.”

Cindy is a member at Bass, Berry & Sims and provides guidance to healthcare clients drawing on nearly 35 years of transactional and operational experience. Cindy also serves on the firm’s Executive Committee, which drives the firm’s strategic initiatives related to diversity, culture, and firm growth and performance.