In 2011, Dr. Clarke was named as the Chair of the Board of Directors for CHRISTUS Health, one of the 10 largest Catholic health systems in the United States. CHRISTUS owns or manages more than 40 health delivery organizations in several states in the United States as well as several states in Mexico and in the city of Santiago, Chile. He has served on the CHRISTUS board since 2008.
Dr. Clarke also serves as Senior Fellow and Clinical Professor at the Department of Health Sector Management and Policy, School of Business Administration, University of Miami, Coral Gables Florida. He also is a Visiting Professor in the Department of Health Services Administration, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama.
In July 2012, Dr. Clarke retired as president and chief executive officer of the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA), Westchester, IL after more than 26 years in that position. HFMA is a US national professional membership association with more than 39,000 members in 68 chapters who share an interest in the financial management of the delivery of healthcare services. Prior to HFMA, he served in various financial positions including CFO at various healthcare systems in the US.
Dr. Clarke is a past Chair of the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education, having served in various capacities for that organization between 1997 and 2008. He is also a former chair of AHA Financial Solutions, Inc. (a wholly owned subsidiary of the American Hospital Association). Dr. Clarke also served on the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago’s Advisory Council.
In 2012, the HFMA Board of Directors Award was renamed in his honor and was granted to him in recognition of his significant positive contributions to the healthcare profession. Dr. Clarke also was inducted as an Honorary Member of the American College of Physician Executives in 2012, in recognition of his work in advancing physician leadership. From 2002 to 2011, he was listed as one of the top 100 influential healthcare leaders by Modern Healthcare magazine. He was named to the Studer Group’s Fire Starters Hall of Fame (2010), and is recipient of an honorary fellowship in the HFMA-UK (2008). In 2004, he was recognized with the American Hospital Association’s Board of Trustees Award for his work with the Patient Friendly Billing Project.
Dr. Clarke holds a bachelor's degree in Industrial Distribution from Bradley University, Peoria, IL (1970), a master's degree in Business Administration (MBA) in management/finance from the University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL (1972), and a Doctor of Health Administration (DHA) degree from the Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC (2005). Dr. Clarke attained Fellowship in HFMA in 1983.
Dr. Clarke has written numerous articles on healthcare finance in HMFA publications, and other magazines and journals. He co-authored the books, Capitalizing Medical Groups: Positioning Physicians for the Future, published jointly by HFMA, MGMA, and McGraw-Hill in 1998, The Crisis in Health Care: Costs, Choices and Strategies, published by Jossey-Bass in 1990, and Beyond Managed Care: How Consumers and Technology are Changing the Future of Health Care published by Jossey-Bass Inc. in 2000.