Staff Update

WisMed Assure, Society name Michael Flesher new CEO

Michael Flesher
Michael Flesher

The Wisconsin Medical Society Board of Directors has named Michael Flesher as its CEO. Mr. Flesher will also serve as the CEO of Wisconsin Medical Society Holdings Corporation, which includes WisMed Assure. Starting June 6, Mr. Flesher will replace Bud Chumbley, MD, who is retiring after five years as CEO.

With more than twenty years of leadership experience, Mr. Flesher brings a wealth of experience as an association leader. He has served as the Executive Vice President and CEO of the Iowa Medical Society (IMS) since 2017, and has also been Pfizer’s Director of Strategic Medical Alliances and the American Medical Association’s Director of Resident and Fellow Services.

Jerry Halverson, MD, chair of the Society’s Board of Directors and co-chair of the search committee said, “With well-rounded expertise in association financial management, governance and innovation, Mike is the right person to take our organization to the next level of influence and change. Coupled with an extensive network of contacts in national and state medical societies, he will bring leadership and advocacy skills to grow membership and diversify revenue streams.”

“I am honored to join the Wisconsin Medical Society as CEO,” Mr. Flesher said. “Moving forward, I plan to rely on the continued participation and support of Wisconsin’s strong physician community, so we can be assured that the Society will continue to grow in supporting and strengthening physicians’ ability to practice high-quality patient care.”

With strong family ties here, Mike and his family are excited to make Wisconsin their new home.

Mr. Flesher is the ninth Society CEO in its more than 180-year history.