R. Mack Harrell, M.D., F.A.C.P., F.A.C.E., E.C.N.U.

2015 - 2016 AACE Immediate Past President

Dr. Mack Harrell was born in Nashville, Tennessee.  He won Phi Beta Kappa honors in English Literature and Chemistry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1971-1975) and was awarded a Morehead Fellowship in Medicine at UNC Chapel Hill from1975-1979.  He received his postgraduate Internal Medicine training from 1979-1982 in Minneapolis/St. Paul at the University of Minnesota and completed his Endocrinology Fellowship at Duke University from 1982-1985 where he specialized in Bone and Mineral Metabolism in Dr. Marc Drezner’s laboratory.  After serving as a Duke faculty member for one year, Dr. Harrell entered the private practice of Endocrinology in Jacksonville, Florida, at the Riverside Clinic, the oldest multispecialty group in Florida.  Dr. Harrell subsequently served as the first Chief of Endocrinology at the Fort Lauderdale-based Cleveland Clinic Florida (1991-1996). In June of 2011, he joined Memorial Health Systems, a five hospital consortium serving the healthcare needs of Southern Broward County Florida, to co-found the Memorial Center for Integrative Endocrine Surgery along with an endocrine surgical partner, Dr. David Bimston.  Their practice focuses exclusively on the planning and implementation of minimally invasive surgery for thyroid, parathyroid and adrenal disorders.   Dr. Harrell is also an inventor and software entrepreneur in the diabetes informatics field.  In these diverse capacities, he has witnessed the evolution of the practice of Endocrinology from every conceivable angle over the past 27 years. Dr. Harrell joined AACE in 1991 and has served as an active member of the Legislative & Regulatory Committee and the Bylaws Committee, as well as Chair of the Socioeconomics Committee for the past eight years.  He was involved in the development of the ultrasound certification test for the ECNU program and now serves as a clinical instructor for ECNU and Endocrine University®.  He was appointed to the Diabetes Council by Dr. Dan Duick in September 2008.  In total, he has served on the AACE Board of Directors (BOD) for five years and the ACE Board of Trustees (BOT) from 2009-2010. In May 2014, he was elected as the current President of AACE.  He has lobbied actively in Washington, DC, for AACE-related causes since 2002 and is the current Chair of the Legislative and Regulatory Committee.