Web Content Viewer
Mike Abrams
February 04, 2020 | About

mike abrams headshot

Mike Abrams, an experienced association executive with health care policy and government affairs expertise, joined OHA in 2012 as president and CEO. He leads a team of more than 50 associates, supports a 20-member Board of Trustees, serves on a variety of health care and hospital taskforces and committees and works with the 2,400 members of seven OHA-affiliated societies to guide the association toward its mission of collaborating with member hospitals and health systems to ensure a healthy Ohio.

Mike worked with the OHA Board of Trustees in 2018 to refine OHA's three-year strategic plan built on the association's three pillars - advocacy, patient safety and quality, and economic sustainability for Ohio hospitals. He works closely with hospital and health system executives and leaders to assess health care trends and policies impacting the industry.

Mike has been selected by his peers to chair the State Hospital Association Executive Forum, an organization of all 50 state hospital association presidents, in 2020. He has been named a Champion of Health Care by Columbus Business First and a member of the SMART 50 groups by Smart Business Magazine for his leadership in health care education and advocacy.

Under his leadership, OHA in 2018 was named to the Best Workplaces in Ohio by Ohio Business Magazine. OHA's quality programs have been recognized the past three years at the national level for leading hospital collaborations that have reduced sepsis mortality and hospital readmissions across the state.

Prior to OHA, Mike was the executive vice president and CEO of the Iowa Medical Society from 1996 to 2012. He previously led government relations for the Indiana State Medical Association for nine years and is a graduate of Indian University where he earned a bachelor's degree in Political Science and a master's degree in Public Administration.

Mike's additional leadership experience includes service on the boards of the Midwest Medical Insurance Company and the Iowa Healthcare Collaborative, a joint effort between the Iowa Medical Society and the Iowa Hospital Association to promote a health care culture of continuous improvement in quality, patient safety and value in the state. 

Mike previously served on the American Hospital Association's Coalition to Protect America's Healthcare and as the Region 5 representative to AHA's State Issues Forum Steering Committee. He previously served on the Board of Directors for the Health Policy Institute of Ohio and the SmartMarket Board of the American Hospital Association.

He was born in Columbus and has extended family in the Cincinnati and Dayton areas. Mike's wife, Mary Ann Sprauer Abrams, MD, MPH, is a pediatrician, originally from Dayton. His family is a member of St. Andrew Church in Upper Arlington.