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Initial Certification indicates that physicians have met rigorous standards through intensive study, accredited training and evaluation and that they have the clinical judgment, skills and attitudes essential for the delivery of excellent patient care.

MOC is a professionally determined standard that attests that an internist is staying current in knowledge and practice throughout his/her career.

For more than 75 years, Certification by ABIM has stood for the highest standard in internal medicine and its 20 subspecialties.

Executives

Richard J. Baron, MD, MACP, President and Chief Executive Officer of ABIM & ABIM Foundation

Dr. Baron, board certified in Internal Medicine and Geriatric Medicine, is President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Board of Internal Medicine and the ABIM Foundation. He was a former Chair of the American Board of Internal Medicine’s Board of Directors and served on the ABIM Foundation Board of Trustees.

Dr. Baron practiced general internal medicine and geriatrics for almost 30 years at Greenhouse Internists, P.C., located in Philadelphia. Greenhouse was a pioneer in the comprehensive adoption of electronic health records in the small-practice environment. Following that, from 2011 to 2013, he served as Group Director of Seamless Care Models at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Innovation Center, where he led efforts related to accountable care organizations and primary care. Until joining the federal government, Dr. Baron also served on the board of the National Quality Forum and their Health Information Technology Advisory Committee, as well as the Standards Committee of the National Committee for Quality Assurance.

Dr. Baron served as Chief Medical Officer of Health Partners, a not-for-profit Medicaid HMO set up by four teaching hospitals in Philadelphia, from 1988 to 1996. He was the architect of the Best Clinical and Administrative Practices program, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Center for Health Care Strategies, working with medical leadership of Medicaid health plans around the country in learning collaboratives to improve the quality of care for their members. This program reached plans serving more than half of the Medicaid managed care population in the United States. Dr. Baron is a member of the Commonwealth Fund advisory group on Health Care Delivery System Reform and has served as co-Chair of the Public Health – Health Care Collaboration Workgroup of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He is a member of the Aspen Institute Health Strategy Group.

Dr. Baron received an English degree from Harvard College and his medical degree from Yale University. He completed house staff training at New York University-Bellevue Medical Center and served a three-year obligation in the National Health Service Corps in rural Tennessee.

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Richard G. Battaglia, MD, Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Battaglia, a board certified internist, is Chief Medical Officer (CMO) of the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM). There, he leads ABIM's effort to incorporate feedback from practicing physicians and key stakeholders into clinical aspects of all of ABIM activities, including Certification and Maintenance of Certification (MOC).

Previously, Dr. Battaglia served as a primary care internist with Health Care Plan/Univera, a multi-specialty, staff model practice in Western New York before transitioning into leadership roles, including Medical Director of the Medical Centers Division and Senior Vice President, Medical Affairs/Corporate Medical Director. He also served as Medical Director for Medical Partners of Western New York, a multi-specialty physician practice and led an initiative to merge with a large, regional family practice group, ultimately becoming CMO of the merged practice. He has participated in national initiatives at the Group Practice Improvement Network and The HMO Group, which focused on improving the quality of health care delivery. He worked with The National Committee for Quality Assurance for 10 years, including a term as Chairman of the committee charged with accreditation decision-making. Most recently, he was a consultant for national and international organizations, including academic medical centers, health systems, community hospitals, medical groups, payers and national physician certification organizations.p>

Dr. Battaglia received a biochemistry degree from Canisius College and his medical degree from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. He completed his residency through the University of Rochester Primary Care Program in Internal Medicine and also served as Chief Resident.

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Suzanne Biemiller, MPP, Chief of Staff, President's Office

Ms. Biemiller works within the President’s Office as the Chief of Staff of the American Board of Internal Medicine. In that role, she has direct responsibility for overseeing the function of ABIM's Governance Affairs section and is responsible for monitoring and coordinating all activities at ABIM. She serves as a key representative of Dr. Richard Baron, ABIM's President and CEO, and supports communication among all of ABIM's leadership team members, chairing the Senior Executive Team. She initiated ABIM's community-centered design strategy, which was approved by the Board of Directors in February 2015 and leads the Communications department on an interim basis.

Before coming to ABIM, Ms. Biemiller worked as the First Deputy Chief of Staff to Philadelphia's Mayor Michael A. Nutter, and previously served as his Interim Chief of Staff and Director of Policy and Planning. In these roles, Ms. Biemiller led the Nutter Administration's $1.86 billion effort to sell the Philadelphia Gas Works—one of the last remaining municipally-owned gas companies in the United States—and she was the point person in the Mayor's office for long-range planning, PhillyStat (the City's performance management system), and other strategic initiatives. As a consultant to the Mayor's Office of Sustainability from 2008-09, Ms. Biemiller developed Greenworks Philadelphia, the Administration’s award-winning sustainability strategy.

Prior to joining the Nutter Administration, Ms. Biemiller worked for The Pew Charitable Trusts as a Senior Program Officer. While there, she managed the creation of the Philadelphia Research Initiative, produced a number of reports on the city's prospects and challenges and oversaw the start-ups of local and national policy initiatives and non-profit organizations.

She currently serves as Vice-Chair of the Board of the Community College of Philadelphia.

Ms. Biemiller graduated from Williams College and has a Master's degree in Public Policy from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government.

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Louis J. Grosso, MEd, Vice President, Psychometrics

Mr. Grosso is Vice President of the Psychometrics Department. His primary responsibility is oversight of the daily operations related to the production, scoring, analyses and dissemination of results of ABIM examinations. He joined ABIM over 30 years ago as a Data Analyst and has served the growing needs of the organization since.

Throughout his career, Mr. Grosso has also been involved in wide range of research projects including workforce analyses and psychometric applications. He has also been active and served in leadership roles in professional educational organizations such as the American Educational Research Association and the Generalists in Medical Education.

Mr. Grosso received a master's degree in Educational Psychology from Temple University and his bachelor's degree in Psychology from Drexel University.

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Robert J. Haracz, MS, Senior Vice President, Information Technology

Mr. Haracz is Senior Vice President, Information Technology and Operations at the American Board of Internal Medicine. He is a key contributor in the formation of ABIM's strategic vision and business plans. He provides senior executive leadership across IT and Operations, and as such, he is accountable for successful delivery of the assessment innovations that flow from the partnership between ABIM’s Assessment and Research department and its Community Engagement group.

Mr. Haracz brings over 20 years of IT experience and business leadership across multiple industries. Prior to joining ABIM, he served as Vice President of Business Technology at Healthways where he was responsible for product development management, business development and implementation of client projects within Physician Directed Population Health practice. He cofounded Ascentia Health Care Solutions, a spin-off company from Renaissance Medical Management Company, which was later sold to Healthways. Previous positions include Regional Director and Deputy Global Chief Technology Officer for De Lage Landen, a global provider of leasing, business and consumer finance solutions. Additionally, Mr. Haracz has worked in various project management positions for companies such as First Consulting Group and AstraZeneca.

Mr. Haracz earned a master's degree in Information Science from Pennsylvania State University.

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Veronica E. Jones, Vice President, Program Operations

Ms. Jones is Vice President, Operations for the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM). She is responsible for a number of operational functions including management of ABIM's Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program requirements development and ongoing maintenance. This role also manages business services, exam administration, diplomate services and exam security.

Ms. Jones previously served as Director of Organizational Planning for ABIM, where she was responsible for the development and monitoring of ABIM's annual operational plan and worked to create forums to discuss the strategic and operational direction of the organization. Before that, Ms. Jones was the Director of Marketing Strategy. In this role, she launched ABIM's marketing, media, and internal communications efforts. This included communications and marketing support for outreach efforts to residency and fellowship program directors, hospitals, health systems and health plans.

Prior to joining ABIM in 2005, Ms. Jones served as the Director of Marketing for Penn Medicine. During her tenure at Penn, she developed corporate advertising and branding programs to promote key medical and surgical departments. She served as co-Producer of an Emmy-award-winning consumer health education program.

Ms. Jones earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Virginia.

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Rebecca S. Lipner, Senior Vice President, Assessment and Research

Dr. Lipner is Senior Vice President of Assessment and Research at the American Board of Internal Medicine, where she oversees a team of measurement and research design and analysis experts who employ measurement principles and both qualitative and quantitative methods to ensure and enhance the high quality of assessment programs across the ABIM enterprise while disseminating evidence-based research findings to the public. In this role she ensures that ABIM assessment products remain relevant to the practice of internal medicine and identifies new possibilities and innovations in assessment and technology that guide research and development initiatives.

Dr. Lipner is also responsible for the exam development, scoring, statistical analysis, standard-setting, equating, security and evaluation of measurement properties for ABIM assessment products including innovative items types such as procedural and case-based computer simulations. She also oversees research analysis including survey research, internal medicine workforce trends, and health outcomes research. Prior to joining ABIM, Dr. Lipner held a variety of teaching and faculty positions at Drexel University, St. Joseph's University and the University of Pittsburgh, where she taught undergraduate and graduate courses in statistics, tests and measurement, experimental design, systems analysis and design, and expert systems. Dr. Lipner received the Research in Medical Education T. Hale Ham Award for New Investigators in 2003.

Her research interests include computer-adaptive testing, high-stakes testing and assessment, statistical modeling, experimental design and the use of simulators in testing. Dr. Lipner is a frequent speaker on these subjects and is widely published in professional journals, including the Journal of the American Medical Association, Annals of Internal Medicine, Academic Medicine, Applied Measurement in Education, and the Journal of Educational Measurement.

Dr. Lipner received a doctorate from Drexel University and a master's degree from the University of Pittsburgh. She graduated summa cum laude from City College of New York, where she received a bachelor's degree in Mathematics and Psychology. She is a member of the American Educational Research Association, the Association of American Medical Colleges, Generalists in Medical Education, National Council on Measurement in Education, AcademyHealth, and the Association of Test Publishing, where she served as Program Committee Chair and Vice-Chair from 2006-2008. She currently chairs the American Board of Medical Specialties' Psychometric Advisory Group and serves on the Medical Council of Canada's Technical Advisory Task Force.

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Lorna Lynn, MD, Vice President, Medical Education Research

Dr. Lynn, a board certified internist, is Vice President of Medical Education Research at the American Board of Internal Medicine. Dr. Lynn's first involvement with ABIM was as the Medical Secretary for the Internal Medicine Exam in 1995. She joined ABIM's staff in 1999, when plans for developing new tools for clinical performance assessment had just begun. During her tenure at ABIM, Dr. Lynn has worked on the development of numerous practice assessment tools, and on research related to those tools. She has leadership responsibility in providing clinical oversight for ABIM's evolving approaches to assessment. Additionally, she serves as the Staff Administrator for ABIM's Conflict of Interest Subcommittee, and as the Executive Sponsor for the Pulmonary Disease, Critical Care Medicine, Gastroenterology and Geriatric Medicine Specialty Boards.

Dr. Lynn has served on committees of the National Quality Forum and the Institute of Medicine addressing care coordination, interprofessional education, and conflicts of interest. She is a member of the Board of Directors for the American Board of Family Medicine.

Before joining ABIM, Dr. Lynn was Assistant Professor and Director of Ambulatory Education in the Division of General Internal Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania where she was recognized for her expertise in clinical prevention and primary care for patients with chronic illnesses. While at Penn, she received a Robert Wood Johnson Generalist Physician Faculty Scholar's Award, the Maurice Attie Faculty Teaching Award, the Robert Dunning Dripps Memorial Teaching Award for Excellence in Graduate Medical Education and the John M. Eisenberg Primary Care Teaching Award.

Dr. Lynn received a bachelor's degree in biology magna cum laude from Colorado College and her medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania, where she completed internship and residency training in Internal Medicine, and a fellowship in General Internal Medicine.

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Vincent J. Mandes, Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Mandes, a seasoned financial management professional with a strong background in strategic planning and business development, is Senior Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) at the American Board of Internal Medicine and the ABIM Foundation. He directs activities associated with the security and investment of the assets and funds of both organizations and is responsible for providing overall direction for the accounting, tax, insurance, budget, credit and treasury functions. Additionally, he ensures that financial transactions, policies and procedures meet organization short- and long-term objectives, as well as regulatory requirements.

Previously, Mr. Mandes served as Vice President of Finance at Lincoln Investment Planning, Inc., where he managed all aspects of financial activities: treasury, cash management, taxes, forecasts, risk management, and coordination of independent third party professional services. Before that, he spent twelve years at Rose Management Services, a multi-million dollar restaurant management company which operates 60 casual dining restaurants, where he served first as Controller and later as Chief Financial Officer. Early in his career, he was Controller at Wallquest/Design Directions Inc., and a CPA at K.P.M.G. Peat Marwick.

Mr. Mandes, a certified public accountant, earned his bachelor's degree in Accounting from Widener University and his MBA in Finance from LaSalle University.

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Furman S. McDonald, MD, MPH, Senior Vice President for Academic and Medical Affairs

Dr. McDonald, a board certified internist, is the Senior Vice President for Academic and Medical Affairs at the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM), where he provides physician leadership for the effective functioning of the Council and Specialty Boards, Graduate Medical Education (GME) related leadership and oversight for the consistent quality/integrity of ABIM certification programs. In these roles, he supports the development and implementation of integrated policies and standards for the Certification and Maintenance of Certification programs of the specialty and subspecialties of Internal Medicine. Dr. McDonald leads the ABIM Academic Affairs and Medical Specialties departments.

Prior to joining ABIM, Dr. McDonald held many GME-related positions, including being the program director of one of the largest internal medicine residencies in the nation at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. There, he led the program's participation in the ACGME's Educational Innovations Project. Dr. McDonald holds the rank of Professor of Medicine in the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and continues to practice as a supervising physician for resident continuity clinic in the J. Edwin Wood Clinic of the Pennsylvania Hospital.

He was also a member of the ACGME Residency Review Committee for Internal Medicine (RRC-IM) during the transition to the Next Accreditation System. As a longtime member of the Association of Program Directors in Internal Medicine (APDIM), Dr. McDonald chaired the APDIM Survey Committee from 2007 – 2011, leading the development of longitudinally tracked surveys with questions of importance to program directors resulting in many publications related to GME. He remains on both the RRC-IM and the APDIM Survey Committee as an ex officio member for ABIM. He is also a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and a member of the Society of Hospital Medicine reflecting his medical practice expertise in both general and hospital internal medicine.

The focus of Dr. McDonald's professional career has been the training of internal medicine residents and fellows to provide better care to patients by incorporating the best evidence available for both medical care and medical education. The scholarly focus of his career has been to establish the evidentiary link between graduate medical education and patient-relevant outcomes supported by both internal and external funding sources and resulting in over 90 peer reviewed publications as well as numerous abstracts, letters, books and book chapters.

Dr. McDonald earned a bachelor's degree in Physics from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and his medical degree from Mayo Medical School. He completed an internal medicine internship at Johns Hopkins Hospital, Osler Medical Service, and an internal medicine residency at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., where he also served as Chief Resident. He later earned a master's of public health degree concentrating in epidemiology, biostatistics, and medical education research from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

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Paul A. Poniatowski, Vice President of Test Development

Mr. Poniatowski is Vice President of the Test Development Department at the American Board of Internal Medicine, responsible for management of secure exam and knowledge self-assessment product operations and strategic planning for cognitive assessment methods and processes.

Mr. Poniatowski received a master's degree in English from the University of Connecticut and a master's degree in Measurement, Evaluation, and Techniques of Experimental Research from the University of Pennsylvania. He is a member of the American Educational Research Association.

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Pamela Browner White, Senior Vice President of Communications

Ms. Browner White, Senior Vice President of Communications at the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) and ABIM Foundation, has more than 25 years of experience in communications, public affairs, community relations and strategic development. She oversees all communications operations and activities for ABIM and the ABIM Foundation, working to expand and enhance outreach to physicians and external stakeholders, increase organizational transparency and effectively communicate the importance of board certification and medical professionalism.

Before joining ABIM and the ABIM Foundation, Ms. Browner White was Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications and Strategic Development at Esperanza, Inc., the largest Hispanic faith-based nonprofit organization in the U.S. There, she developed a dynamic communications strategy to build a local and national reputation with key internal and external stakeholders and managed relationships with top-tier media and advanced strategic partnerships to secure resources to support the organization’s mission.

Previously, she was Vice President, Public Affairs for Cancer Treatment Centers of America, where she engaged various audiences, including patients, physicians, media and industry leaders on important health care issues. She also held senior leadership roles with the Philadelphia Eagles and Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania. In addition, Ms. Browner White has a history of community service and is Chair Emeritus of the Board of Directors for the Marian Anderson Award and Former Chair of the Workforce Investment Board and Philadelphia Youth Council.

She earned a bachelor's degree in communications from Youngstown State University.