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Lee R. Berkowitz, MD, Chair

Dr. Berkowitz, a board certified internist and hematologist, is the Eunice Bernhard Distinguished Professor and Associate Chair of Education in the Division of General Internal Medicine at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill. His academic career has centered on his role as Residency Program Director at UNC.

Currently, Dr. Berkowitz serves as a member of the ABIM Internal Medicine Exam Writing Committee and Chair of the ABIM Council, and as Chair of the Alliance for Academic Medicine’s Task Force on Education Redesign of Graduate Medical Education. He has served as President of the Association of Program Directors in Internal Medicine and as Chair of the In-training Examination Test Writing Committee of the American College of Physicians.

Dr. Berkowitz earned his medical degree at the Ohio State University College of Medicine. He did his residency and chief residency in the Department of Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and later completed fellowship training in hematology at Washington University and UNC.

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Shalendar Bhasin, MD

Dr. Bhasin, a board certified internist and endocrinologist, is Director, Research Program in Men’s Health: Aging and Metabolism at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. He is a member of the ABIM Council and serves as Chair of the ABIM Subspecialty Board on Endocrinology, Diabetes, & Metabolism.

Dr. Bhasin is an internationally recognized endocrinologist who has served as the past Chair of the Endocrine Society’s Clinical Guidelines Subcommittee and as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism. He is director of The Boston Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center for Function Promoting Therapies. He is past Chair of the Endocrine Society’s Expert Panel for the Development of Guidelines for Testosterone Therapy and serves as a member of the Council of the Endocrine Society. His research has unveiled the mechanisms by which androgens increase muscle mass and stimulate erythropoiesis and described the role of steroid 5-alpha reductase in mediating testosterone’s actions. He has generated population-based reference ranges for sex steroids and has been a strong advocate for quality in hormone assays. Dr. Bhasin is a translational researcher, supported by several National Institutes of Health-funded grants for more than 25 years, and has been the recipient of numerous teaching and research awards.

Dr. Bhasin obtained his medical education at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi, India. He received his residency training at Northwestern University Medical School and fellowship training in Endocrinology and Nutrition at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, California.

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David H. Ellison, MD

Dr. Ellison, a board certified internist and nephrologist, is Professor of Medicine and Physiology and Pharmacology and Head of the Division of Nephrology and Hypertension at Oregon Health & Science University. He is also a staff physician at the Portland VA Medical Center, a practicing nephrologist with an active clinical practice and a dedicated teacher and mentor to medical students, residents, nephrology fellows and post-doctoral scientists. He has won numerous awards for his teaching activities.

Dr. Ellison serves as Chair of the ABIM Subspecialty Board on Nephrology and as a member of the ABIM Council. He is a member of Alpha Omega Alpha and the Association of American Physicians. He was Chair of the Council on the Kidney in Cardiovascular Disease of the American Heart Association from 2010-2012 and was Program Chair for the Annual Meeting of the American Society of Nephrology in 2010.

Dr. Ellison has published widely in the area of human blood pressure variation, treatment of heart failure, diuretic resistance and hypertension pathogenesis. His research has focused on how thiazide diuretics, drugs recommended as first-line antihypertensive agents, inhibit salt transport and reduce blood pressure. His laboratory has investigated how mutations in protein kinases cause human hypertension and how drugs, such as calcineurin inhibitors, raise the blood pressure. This work is expected to lead to the development of new types of drugs to treat hypertension, the most common disease in the United States and in Western countries. He is a member of study sections at both NIH and the Department of Veterans Affairs, and was the recipient of the OHSU Faculty Senate Award for Outstanding Research in 2011.

A graduate of Stanford University, Dr. Ellison completed his medical degree at Rush University. He completed residency in internal medicine at Oregon Health & Science University, followed by fellowship in nephrology at Yale University.

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Marianne M. Green, MD

Dr. Green, board certified in internal medicine, is Associate Dean for Medical Education and Competency Achievement and Director of the Honors Program in Medical Education at the Northwestern University Fienberg School of Medicine.

Over the course of her career she has led several education initiatives, most recently as Administrative Leader for the Competency-Based Education Initiative, and has received numerous awards and honors, including the Harvard Macy Fellowship for Assessment in Medical Education and the George H. Joost Outstanding Teacher Award. Dr. Green is also an inaugural member of the Fienberg Academy of Medical Educators. In addition to her academic roles, Dr. Green directs patient care at the outpatient General Internal Medicine Clinic. She has authored multiple papers and is a reviewer for several medical journals including JAMA, Archives of Internal Medicine and Annals of Internal Medicine.

Dr. Green serves as Chair of ABIM’s Internal Medicine Test Writing Committee. She is on the Liebman Scholarship Selection Committee for Northwestern University as well as the Augusta Webster Grant for Educational Intervention Selection Committee.

She received her medical degree from the University of Illinois, Chicago School of Medicine and went on to complete her internship and residency at Beth Israel Hospital, Harvard Medical School.

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Sharon A. Levine, MD

Dr. Levine is a board certified internist and geriatrician and Professor of Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine, where she served as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. She is currently the Director of Geriatric Educational Innovations in the Geriatrics Section.

Dr. Levine has also been the Director of Education and the program director for the geriatric medicine, oncology and dentistry fellowships and PI on the HRSA-funded Geriatrics Training Program for Physicians, Dentists, and Behavioral and Mental Health Professionals. Additionally, she provides clinical care for homebound elders and teaches students and fellows as part of the Boston University Geriatrics Services Home Care Program.

Among her many significant contributions to geriatrics education, Dr. Levine created Boston University’s Chief Resident Immersion Training (CRIT) in the Care of Older Adults. The program focuses on providing chief residents with knowledge and confidence to practice and teach geriatrics and to develop leadership and teaching skills needed in their chief resident roles. The program has been offered at 19 other institutions nationwide, through national dissemination projects supported by the John A. Hartford Foundation, the Hearst Foundations and the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation, which will bring the model to 40 institutions by 2015.

A member of the American Board of Internal Medicine’s Council, Dr. Levine is Chair of the ABIM Subspecialty Board on Geriatric Medicine. She is also a fellow of the American Geriatrics Society (AGS). She was awarded the AGS’s Dennis W. Jahnigen Memorial Award in 2011 for her outstanding leadership in advancing geriatrics education in health professions schools. She is also the winner of Boston University’s prestigious Metcalf Cup and Prize, the Society of General Internal Medicine’s New England Educator of the Year award, and the Boston University Department of Medicine’s Robert Dawson Evans Special Recognition Teaching Award. Dr. Levine has served on numerous national education committees and has supported and inspired trainees at all levels. She has authored peer-reviewed publications that focus on the dissemination of innovative teaching models and faculty development programs in geriatrics.

She received her medical degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine and completed her residency in Internal Medicine at Yale-New Haven Hospital, where she taught before coming to Boston.

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William C. Little, MD

Dr. Little, who is board certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease and Interventional Cardiology, is Professor and Chair of the Department of Medicine at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Mississippi.

Dr. Little is a member of the ABIM Council and is Chair of the ABIM Subspecialty Board on Cardiovascular Disease. He is a Fellow of the American Heart Association (Council on Clinical Cardiology) and the American College of Cardiology; a member of the American Society of Clinical Investigation, American Association of Physicians, Association of University Cardiologists, and the Association of Professors of Cardiology (President in 2005). He is also the 2010 recipient of the American Heart Association’s Laennec Master Clinician Award, and the American Physiological Society’s Lamport Award for Cardiac Research; and has served as the Chair of the NIH Cardiovascular Study Section and VA Cardiovascular Merit Review Board. Dr. Little is a respected and frequently-cited author, having published more than 240 peer-reviewed articles.

His key research accomplishments include: finding that myocardial infarction most commonly results from the sudden occlusion of a coronary artery that did not previously contain an obstructive stenosis; demonstrating the role of left ventricular (LV) diastolic dysfunction in the pathogenesis of acute pulmonary edema; the pathophysiologic characterization of heart failure with a preserved ejection fraction; the physiologic mechanisms of normal and abnormal LV filling at rest and during exercise; the importance of angiotensin II and endothelin in diastolic dysfunction; and the first detailed evaluation of the effect of dyssynchronous electrical activation on LV performance. Other contributions include methods of assessing LV systolic and diastolic performance and LV arterial coupling and the clinical characterization of Chagas’ disease. His current research activities include the evaluation of LV diastolic function using advanced imaging techniques and therapy for patients with heart failure and a preserved ejection fraction.

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Jeanne M. Marrazzo, MD

Dr. Marrazzo, board certified in internal medicine and infectious diseases, is Professor in the Division of Allergy & Infectious Diseases, University of Washington, Seattle. She is Co-Chair of the CDC/HRSA Advisory Committee on HIV/AIDS, Associate Editor of the journal Sexually Transmitted Diseases, immediate past President of the American STD Association, and Medical Director of the Seattle STD/HIV Prevention Training Center. Most recently, she led the VOICE Study, a large study evaluating HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis administered vaginally and orally to women at high risk for HIV infection in sub-Saharan Africa conducted by the NIH-funded Microbicide Trials Network. She is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and of the Infectious Disease Society of America, and has been Principal Investigator for numerous studies of clinical and epidemiologic aspects of reproductive tract infections. Other major areas of research interest include the genital microbiome, pathogenesis and management of bacterial vaginosis, STD in HIV-infected persons and diagnosis and screening of bacterial STDs.

In addition to her service on the ABIM Council, Dr. Marrazzo is the Chair of ABIM’s Infectious Disease Subspecialty Board.

Dr. Marrazzo obtained her undergraduate degree from Harvard and Radcliffe College and medical degree from Jefferson Medical College. She completed residency training and chief residency in internal medicine at Yale-New Haven Hospital. She obtained a Masters in Public Health degree in epidemiology at the University of Washington in 1994, where she also completed a fellowship in infectious diseases. She completed a STD/HIV Prevention Epidemiology and Public Health Fellowship at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 1994, and joined the faculty at the University of Washington in 1996.

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Paul Martin, MD

Dr. Martin, a board certified internist and gastroenterologist with additional certification in transplant hepatology, is the Chief of the Division of Hepatology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

Dr. Martin has a major interest in viral hepatitis, advanced liver disease and organ transplantation and has published widely on these topics. He is an associate editor for Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics and is a member of several editorial boards for a number of journals including Liver Transplantation. He currently serves on the Board of the American Society of Transplant and as Chair of ABIM's Subspecialty Board on Gastroenterology Test Writing Committee. He is a fellow of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of Ireland and of London.

Dr. Martin earned his medical degree at University College, Dublin. He trained in Internal Medicine at the University of Alberta in Edmonton and gastroenterology at Queen’s University, Ontario Canada. He trained as a Medical Staff Fellow in the Liver Unit at the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland.

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Michael Nelson, MD

Dr. Nelson, board certified in Allergy and Immunology by the American Board of Allergy and Immunology, is Deputy Commander for Education, Training & Research at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. In addition, he serves as the Allergy-Immunology Consultant to the U.S. Army Office of the Surgeon General and is also the Program Director for the National Capital Consortium Allergy-Immunology Fellowship.

Dr. Nelson's other roles include Treasurer of the American Board of Allergy and Immunology, Vice-Chair of the ACGME Allergy-Immunology Residency Review Committee and Associate Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics for the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. He has authored multiple papers, is an editor for the Joint Council of Allergy & Immunology Allergen Extract Preparation Written Examination and serves as a reviewer for the Project Immune Readiness, Allergy-Immunology Web-based continuing education modules.

Dr. Nelson received his medical degree and PhD in Pharmacology from the University of Virginia, where he also completed his internship in Internal Medicine. He went on to serve his residency at the Eisenhower Army Medical Center and later completed Allergy/Immunology and Clinical Laboratory Fellowships at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

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Naomi P. O'Grady, MD

Dr. O’Grady, who is board certified in Infectious Disease and Critical Care Medicine, is a senior staff physician in the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical Center’s Critical Care Medicine Department and the Medical Director of the Clinical Center’s Vascular Access and Conscious Sedation Services. She also is an Attending Physician with the Pediatric Critical Care Medicine Department of the Children’s National Medical Center and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine’s Division of Infectious Diseases at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Dr. O’Grady’s research interests include strategies to reduce the incidence of antimicrobial resistant pathogens in the ICU and catheter-related blood stream infections. She is also actively involved in guideline development and implementation, having chaired the Infectious Diseases Society’s Guidelines Committee for three years. In addition, she has authored several guidelines related to fever in the ICU and catheter-related bloodstream infections.

Dr. O’Grady serves on the ABIM Council as Chair of the ABIM Subspecialty Board on Critical Care Medicine. She is a Fellow of the American College of Critical Care Medicine and of the Infectious Diseases Society of America.

A graduate of the University of Michigan, Dr. O’Grady earned her medical degree at Ohio State University and completed fellowships with NIH and Johns Hopkins University.

Dr. O'Grady serves in a personal capacity and does not represent the National Institutes of Health or the Department of Health and Human Services.

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Richard M. Stone, MD

Dr. Stone, who is board certified in Internal Medicine, Medical Oncology and Hematology, is the Director of the Adult Acute Leukemia Program at Dana-Farber, and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School.

He is nationally recognized for his translational and clinical research concerning blood and bone marrow malignancies including acute leukemia, myeloproliferative disorders and myelodysplastic syndrome [MDS] (a bone marrow failure state that may convert to leukemia).

In addition to his work at Dana-Farber, Dr. Stone serves as Chair of the Subspecialty Board on Medical Oncology Board of the American Board of Internal Medicine and is a member of the ABIM Council, Chair of the Medical Advisory Board of the Aplastic Anemia & MDS International Foundation and Chairman of the Leukemia Core Committee for the national cooperative trials group the Alliance.

Dr. Stone earned his medical degree from Harvard Medical School in 1981. He completed his internal medicine residency training at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and his Hematology-Oncology fellowship at Dana-Farber.

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Joan Von Feldt, MD

Dr. Von Feldt, who is board certified in Rheumatology and Internal Medicine, is Professor of Medicine in the Division of Rheumatology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and Associate Chief of Staff-Education at the Philadelphia VA Medical Center. She is a clinician with recognized regional and national expertise in Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) and Rheumatoid Arthritis and has an active clinical research focus. Her current research is on premature atherosclerotic disease in SLE and Health Literacy in the Rheumatic Diseases.

Dr. Von Feldt serves as Chair of the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Subspecialty Board on Rheumatology. As a member of the ABIM Board of Directors, she represents the Board on the ABIM Council. Currently, she is Secretary of the American College of Rheumatology and Treasurer of the Pan American League of Associations of Rheumatology.

She has devoted significant time to educational activities at the University of Pennsylvania as a member of the Curriculum Committee and has served as Course Director for multiple courses. She is currently course director of the Differential Diagnosis Course for pre-clerkship students. In addition, she has also served as the Rheumatology Specialty Liaison for the Internal Medicine Residency Program and Program Director for the Rheumatology training program.

Dr. Von Feldt has published over 60 peer-reviewed articles, editorials and book chapters. She is Associate Editor of Journal of Clinical Rheumatology and serves as an ad hoc reviewer for numerous other publications.

She received her medical degree from the Medical College of Pennsylvania and completed her fellowship in Rheumatology at the University of Pennsylvania. Additionally, she holds a master’s degree in education.

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Jeffrey Wiese, MD

Dr. Wiese, who is board certified in internal and hospital medicine, is currently a Professor of Medicine and Associate Dean of Graduate Medical Education at Tulane University.

Dr. Wiese has written more than 60 articles, books or book chapters, and is a reviewer or editorial board member for a number of medical journals. An award-winning instructor at Tulane University, Dr. Wiese has received more than 30 awards for teaching, including the prestigious All-Tulane Faculty of the Year Award and the Virginia Furrow Award for Innovation in Medical Education. In 2005, he was awarded the SHM National Award for Excellence in Teaching.

The main areas of professional interest for Dr. Wiese include healthcare reform, medical education and hospital finance/management. Additionally, Dr. Wiese was President of the Society of Hospital Medicine in 2010 and currently serves as Chair of ABIM's Hospital Medicine Exam Writing Committee.

Dr. Wiese earned his bachelor's degree from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, and his medical degree from The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. He went on to complete an internal medicine residency at the University of California at San Francisco, where he later completed a medical education fellowship.

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Michael E. Williams, MD

Dr. Williams, board certified in internal medicine, medical oncology and hematology, is the Byrd S. Leavell Professor of Medicine, Professor of Pathology, Chief, Hematology/Oncology Division and Director, Hematologic Malignancies Section, , University of Virginia School of Medicine, Charlottesville.

His research interests are in the pathogenesis and therapy of non-Hodgkin lymphoma and chronic lymphocytic leukemia, and in targeted therapeutic approaches for hematologic malignancies.

Dr. Williams serves on the Scientific Advisory Board of the Lymphoma Research Foundation, and is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the European Mantle Cell Lymphoma Network. He serves as Vice-Chair of the Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group/ACRIN Lymphoma Core Committee. He is Chair of the Hematology Subspecialty Board of the American Board of Internal Medicine and participates regularly in national and international programs devoted to education and research in lymphoma and hematologic malignancies.

Dr. Williams received his MD from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and a Master of Science from the Harvard School of Public Health. He completed his Medicine residency, Chief Residency, and Fellowship in Hematology/Oncology at the University of Virginia Health System in Charlottesville, where he joined the faculty in 1986.

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Keith Randall Young Jr., MD

Dr. Young, a board certified internist, pulmonologist and allergist/immunologist, is the Chairman of the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at the Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia, PA.

Prior to assuming that position in the Summer of 2011, he was a faculty member at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where he directed the Division of Pulmonary/Allergy/Critical Care Medicine for 15 years and also served as the Director of the Adult Cystic Fibrosis Program, the Co-Principal Investigator of UAB’s site in the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s Therapeutics Development Network, and the Medical Director of VIVA Health, a health insurance company that is part of the UAB Health System.

Dr. Young serves as Chair of the ABIM Subspecialty Board on Pulmonary Disease and is a member of the ABIM Council.

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