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Snyder makes reappointments to Certificate of Need Commission

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the reappointments of Dr. Kathleen Cowling, of Saginaw, and Dr. Suresh Mukherji, of Northville, to the Certificate of Need Commission.

The 11-member commission regulates and balances cost, quality and access to Michigan's health care system. It also develops, revises and determines approval or disapproval for Certificate of Need standards. No more than six members can be from the same political party.

"Kathleen and Suresh have been outstanding commissioners and I am confident they will continue the important work of ensuring all Michiganders have access to quality, affordable health care," said Snyder.

Cowling is an attending emergency physician with Covenant HealthCare and a professor in Central Michigan University College of Medicine’s Department of Emergency Medicine. She also serves as vice chair of the Covenant Medical Group. She previously served as a clinical professor in the College of Human Medicine at Michigan State University, chief resident for the Michigan State University Emergency Medicine Residency Lansing Affiliated Hospitals and as emergency department staff for Owosso Memorial Hospital. Cowling holds a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, and Doctor of Osteopathy, all from Michigan State University. She will continue to represent Republicans and individuals licensed under Part 175 to engage in the practice of medicine.

Mukherji is professor and chairman of the Michigan State University Department of Radiology where he serves as the Walter F. Patenge Endowed Chair. He previously served as a professor of radiology and otolaryngology head and neck surgery at the University of Michigan. He also was a professor of periodontics and oral medicine at the University of Michigan Dental School. Mukherji holds a bachelor’s degree from Duke University, an MD from Georgetown University Medical School, and an MBA from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business. He will continue to represent Republicans and physicians licensed under Part 170 or 175 representing a school of medicine or osteopathic medicine.

Members will serve three-year terms expiring April 9, 2017. Their appointments are subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.