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

Dr. Baron, board certified in internal medicine and geriatrics, is President and CEO of the American Board of Internal Medicine and the ABIM Foundation. Dr. Baron was a former Chair of the American Board of Internal Medicine’s Board of Directors.

Previously, Dr. Baron served as Group Director of Seamless Care Models at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Innovation Center, where he led efforts related to Accountable Care Organizations and primary care. Prior to his CMS appointment, Dr. Baron practiced general internal medicine and geriatrics at Greenhouse Internists, P.C., located in Philadelphia. Greenhouse has been a pioneer in the comprehensive adoption of electronic health records in the small-practice environment. 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 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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Suzanne Biemiller, MA, 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 supporting communication among all of ABIM’s leadership team members.

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 her role as First Deputy Chief, 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. Among her other duties, Ms. Biemiller was the point person in the Mayor’s office for long-range planning, PhillyStat (the City’s performance management system), the creation of the Philadelphia Land Bank. She also serves as vice-chair of the board of the Community College of Philadelphia.

Ms. Biemiller initially began this work as a consultant to the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, developing 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.

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, Knowledge Assessment - Production & Analysis

Mr. Grosso is Vice President of the Knowledge Assessment - Production and Analysis 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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Robin A. Guille, PhD, Vice President, Cognitive Assessment and Research Development

Dr. Guille is Vice President of Evaluation, Research and Development for the American Board of Internal Medicine, where she manages research and development in cognitive assessment, an area which includes the certification examinations, multiple-choice self-evaluation processes and case simulations. Special areas of research are: automated test assembly, computer adaptive multistage testing, test innovations and assessment engineering.

Dr. Guille currently serves as staff psychometrician for the ABIM Medical Oncology, Hematology, Endocrinology, Rheumatology and Hospital Medicine test committees.

In her first five years at ABIM, Dr. Guille worked as Senior Systems Analyst in the Information Technology department, where she ported the item bank from VAX minicomputer to microcomputer, then Windows platform; and authored the first ABIM computer-based SEPs for Windows and Macintosh. In the late 1990's, she was multimedia advisor for development of the ABIM Physical Examination SEP. Since that time, she has combined computing and psychometric skills to design certain aspects of the exam development systems, including test form equating, differential item functioning, standard setting, automated test assembly, pool analysis, advanced item analysis and Question Prototyping. She is a trained and experienced project manager, in both the traditional and Agile methodologies.

An expert in item pool management, Dr. Guille has presented at numerous meetings, including the annual meetings of the American Educational Research Association, the National Council on Measurement in Education and the Association of Test Publishers.

Dr. Guille holds master's degrees in Computer Science from Villanova University and Policy Research, Evaluation and Measurement from the University of Pennsylvania. She earned her doctoral degree in Educational Psychology at Temple University.

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

Mr. Haracz is Vice President, Information Technology at the American Board of Internal Medicine. He works closely with senior management and ABIM’s Board of Directors to develop and manage assessment products in support of ABIM’s mission and certification programs. Mr. Haracz is a key contributor in the formation of ABIM’s strategic vision and business plans.

Mr. Haracz brings 18 years of IT experience and business leadership across various technologies in multiple industries. Prior to joining ABIM, he served as Vice President of Business Technology at Healthways where he was responsible the product development management, business development and implementation of client projects within Physician Directed Population Health practice. During his tenure at Healthways, 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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Nkanta “Nick” Hines, MSc, MBA, Senior Vice President of Operations

Mr. Hines, Senior Vice President of Operations for the American Board of Internal Medicine, brings a reputable mix of operations, business development and process improvement experience to the organization, working to assure the end-to-end operational efficiency and integration of processes across all of ABIM’s departments.

Prior to joining ABIM, he served as Regional Vice President Operations for Fresenius Vascular Care (FVC), a subsidiary of the global German-based company Fresenius Medical Services. With responsibility for the largest region of FVC within the United States that included twenty-two outpatient surgical facilities, over two hundred staff/team members and a leadership team of eight individuals, Mr. Hines successfully led the region’s revenue generation of over $100 million while on-boarding a number of acquisition and de novo projects in the Southeastern United States.

Before that, Mr. Hines served for five years as Director of Business Development for the Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) Inc., where he maintained a $35 million dollar Ambulatory Surgery Center market for the Capital division of HCA and created successful joint venture relationships with more than two hundred physicians.

Earlier in his career, he held a corporate research and development role with E.I. Dupont De Ne Mours, Inc.

His formal education includes a bachelor’s degree in biology from Virginia State University, a master’s degree in biomedical science from Eastern Virginia Medical School, an MBA in management from Averett University and Six Sigma DMAIC Green Belt Certification.

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Rebecca S. Lipner, PhD, Senior Vice President of Evaluation, Research and Development

Dr. Lipner is Senior Vice President of Evaluation, Research and Development at the American Board of Internal Medicine, where she oversees a team of research design and analysis experts who employ 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 was VP of Psychometrics and Research Analysis at the American Board of Internal Medicine, where she was responsible for the scoring, statistical analysis, standard-setting, equating, security and evaluation of measurement properties for ABIM assessment products including innovative items types such as procedural simulation. She also oversees quantitative research analysis ranging from internal medicine workforce trends to health outcomes research. In her previous role as Director of Psychometrics for ABIM, she was involved in the implementation of new programs in maintenance of certification and computer-based testing.

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, Bayesian methodology, 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 in Information Systems from Drexel University and a master’s degree in Quantitative Psychology 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 as a consultant to the committee on research and evaluation procedures.

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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. He also supervises ABIM's Business Services department.

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, Vice President for Graduate Medical Education

Dr. McDonald, a board certified internist, is Vice President for Graduate Medical Education (GME) at the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM), where he supports the ABIM Council and Specialty Boards in the development and implementation of integrated policy and standards for the certification programs of the specialty and subspecialties of Internal Medicine. He also leads ABIM’s Academic Affairs department, providing oversight of initial certification in Internal Medicine and its subspecialties including special faculty pathways and competency based certification pilots.

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, Minn. 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.

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 80 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 Knowledge Assessment and Product Development

Mr. Poniatowski is Vice President for Knowledge Assessment and Product Development 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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Lorie Slass, Senior Vice President of Communications

Ms. Slass, Senior Vice President for Communications at the American Board of Internal Medicine, has more than 20 years of experience in communications and public affairs. At ABIM, Ms. Slass oversees all communications operations and activities for ABIM and the ABIM Foundation.

Before joining ABIM in 2007, Ms. Slass was a senior officer at The Pew Charitable Trusts where she created, executed and managed communications and public affairs initiatives for Pew's state policy and health care-related efforts. From 2003 to 2005, she was Deputy Campaign Manager for Cover the Uninsured Week at The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, where she helped plan and implement a complex public education campaign – the nation's largest mobilization effort – on behalf of the millions of Americans who lack health care coverage. As Director of the Washington Office of the Annenberg Public Policy Center from 2000 to 2003, Ms. Slass directed research, media outreach and public affairs activities.

Ms. Slass served as Communications Director for Families USA, a non-partisan and non-profit organization working to improve health care quality and affordability. She worked in communications consulting in Washington DC for seven years directing public relations and public affairs strategies for a range of health, education and children's issue accounts first at Podesta Associates and then at Greer, Margolis Mitchell, Burns & Associates.

She started her career at the Advocacy Institute, helping to design a training program in media advocacy and coalition building for tobacco control coalitions in 17 states.

Ms. Slass earned a master’s degree in Communication from the Annenberg School of Communications at the University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor’s degree from Tulane University.

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Leslie Tucker, Vice President of Policy

Ms. Tucker serves as Vice President of Policy at the American Board of Internal Medicine and the ABIM Foundation. She is responsible for raising the profile of ABIM and the ABIM Foundation in national policy and the broader quality and accountability arena. This includes integrating certifying specialty board assessment efforts with national quality and improvement initiatives and advancing the precepts of medical professionalism to improve performance.

Ms. Tucker has more than twenty years’ experience leading policy development, strategic advocacy and program implementation at the state and federal levels. Before joining the Foundation, she was a Senior Program Officer at The Pew Charitable Trusts, where she developed and managed a multi-million dollar grant-making portfolio focused on public health and emerging technologies, and oversaw the prestigious Pew Scholars and Fellows programs in the biomedical sciences. Prior to joining the Trusts, Ms. Tucker directed the Washington Office of the Pew-funded Center for Children’s Health and Environment at the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, and served concurrently as Director of Environmental Health for the American College of Preventive Medicine. She left Washington D.C. for three years to lead Strategic Planning, Policy and Outreach at the Rhode Island Department of Human Services implementing welfare reform and Medicaid expansions.

Ms. Tucker's earlier policymaking experience includes government relations and rural practice support for the American Academy of Family Physicians; senior legislative health staff to U.S. Sen. Alan Simpson (R-WY); and health staff to the U.S. House of Representatives Select Committee on Aging. Ms. Tucker graduated with honors from Yale.

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