HPN’s Kathy Cilia to be AMT’s new Executive Director

We are so excited to share the following press release, celebrating the retirement of the long-standing Executive Director of American Medical Technologists (AMT), Christopher A. Damon, and the announcement that AMT's current Deputy Executive Director and Board Member of the Health Professions Network, Kathy Cilia, is to be AMT's new Executive Director effective November 1, 2021!

We'd like to share our best wishes for Chris in his retirement, and we know from first-hand experience that AMT is in capable hands with Kathy Cilia, a dedicated leader and champion of allied health professionals with both HPN and AMT. Congratulations, Kathy!

Kathy Cilia is a member of the Health Professions Network Board of Directors, and American Medical Technologists is an organizational member of HPN.


Christopher A. Damon, JD

Christopher A. Damon, JD, Executive Director of American Medical Technologists (AMT) for the past 21 years, will retire near the end of 2021, the organization announced today.

Headquartered in Rosemont, IL, AMT is the professional and credentialing association for more than 100,000 members, including medical assistants, medical technologists, and certified professionals representing 11 allied health professions.

As Executive Director, Damon guided AMT through significant growth and change. The number of certified members has quadrupled from approximately 26,000 back in 2000. The AMT annual budget grew from $2.1 million to over $9 million today. The AMT staff numbered 19; now AMT has 48 employees. Among the more significant actions was moving the physical headquarters office from Park Ridge, Illinois, to Rosemont, Illinois to facilitate the association’s growth.

During Damon’s tenure, AMT launched three new exam-based certifications: Medical Administrative Specialist, Molecular Diagnostics Technologist, and Patient Care Technician.

“I am proud to have had the privilege of helping lead AMT as it continues its work to assure that patients are being diagnosed and treated by allied health professionals whose competence has been promoted, assessed, and recognized by way of our certification and education programs.” said Damon.

Recently, the AMT Board of Directors unanimously voted to appoint current Deputy Executive Director Kathy Cilia to be AMT’s new Executive Director effective November 1, 2021.

About American Medical Technologists (AMT)

American Medical Technologists (AMT) is the nationally recognized, not-for-profit certification agency for allied health professionals including medical assistants, medical administrative specialists, medical technologists, medical laboratory technicians, laboratory assistants, phlebotomists, molecular diagnostics technologists, patient care technicians, dental assistants, and allied health instructors. A mission-driven membership association since 1939, AMT provides continuing education and career services to more than 100,000 members. AMT is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) for its competency-based examinations. www.americanmedtech.org

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