AAAASF represents the “Gold Standard” in accreditation and our commitment to the mission of patient safety has remained steadfast for 38 years. With thousands of facilities in the U.S. and abroad, we are the only accrediting organization that mandates 100% compliance with our standards that include peer review data collection as a means to demonstrate safety and quality measures in our accredited facilities. For patients, facilities, legislators and the public at large, we are your subject matter experts on patient safety and stand ready to serve your needs.

Meet the AAAASF leaders

Since 1980, the founders and leaders of AAAASF have made significant contributions to the advancement of medicine and patient safety. They are recognized as innovators having developed and refined many medical procedures. They have authored books and published hundreds of scientific articles. They are invited to lecture and demonstrate procedures all over the world.

Executive Committee

Gary M. Brownstein, MD

CEO of Accreditation

Samir F. Shureih, MD

VP of Quality Assurance

David C. Watts, MD

CEO of New Business Ventures

John D. Newkirk, MD, PhD

VP of Investigations

Lawrence S. Reed, MD


William B. Rosenblatt, MD

VP of IT

Board of Directors

Alberto Arguello, MD

Chairman, International Relations

Janice Izlar, CRNA, DNAP

VP of Standards

Bonnie Denholm, DNP, RN, CNOR

Richard Hillyer, DPT, MBA

Educational Foundation Board of Directors

Bonnie Denholm, DNP, RN, CNOR

AAAASFEF President

David C. Watts, MD


Lawrence S. Reed, MD

AAAASFEF Secretary/Treasurer

Management Team