Michael T. "Mike" Haugen of Anchorage has been the Alaska State Medical Association's executive director since July 1, 2012. He was selected by the ASMA Board of Trustees after an exhaustive, nationwide search process.
Haugen had been the executive director of Alaska Physicians & Surgeons (APS) since 1999. During his tenure, APS became politically active and saw its membership grow to 160 physicians. His and APS's involvement contributed to the passage of the state's Patient Bill of Rights and legislation covering prompt pay, physician negotiations, retired physician immunity, tort reform, advanced health care directives and the expansion of Alaska's WWAMI participation from 10 seats to 20. He also was active in the pursuit and establishment of the Alaska Medicare Clinic, which opened in 2011 in south Anchorage, and has worked on matters such as workers' compensation, certificate of need, Medicare and Medicaid funding, electronic healthcare records, and physician shortage and recruitment.
Before joining APS, Haugen was the business manager of the Northwest Magnetic Imaging Center, which he helped found in 1984 in Portland, Ore. It was one of Portland's first private MRI outpatient clinics. Haugen earned his bachelor's degree in business administration in 1984 at Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, Wash., master of business administration in 1988 at Portland State University and juris doctor in 1993 at Northwestern School of Law in Portland. He is a board member of Alaskans for Access to Healthcare, the Alaska Electronic Healthcare Records Alliance, MIEC advisory council, Alaska Medicare Clinic and the Alaska Cardiovascular Research Foundation; and is a member of the Oregon State Bar Association.