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

Board of Directors

Clarence H. Braddock III, MD, Chair

Dr. Braddock, a board certified internist, is Vice Dean for Education in the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is also Chief Medical Education Officer for UCLA Health, and holds the Maxine and Eugene Rosenfeld Chair in Medical Education. In this position, he oversees all aspects of medical education, including undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate medical programs. This structure reflects Dr. Braddock's vision of the medical education continuum, with a seamless connection between competencies and ongoing professional development across all phases of training and practice. Prior to this appointment, he served as Professor of Medicine and Associate Dean for Undergraduate and Graduate Medical Education at Stanford University School of Medicine, and was the Founding Director of the Stanford Center for Medical Education Research and Innovation. He is Chair of the Board of Directors of the American Board of Internal Medicine, and Chair of the Executive Compensation Committee.

Dr. Braddock has been a national leader in medical education, particularly in bioethics. He launched the Bioethics Education Project at University of Washington, an initiative to expand ethics and professionalism education, and the Practice of Medicine program at Stanford, a curriculum that integrated ethics, professionalism, doctor-patient communication and population health into the pre-clerkship medical school curriculum. He also led the development of a model curriculum in bioethics and medical humanities with the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities, and was a founding member of the Academy for Professionalism in Health Care. Dr. Braddock's research has focused on shared decision-making and patient-physician communication, having developed a widely used framework for teaching and for evaluation of the quality of shared decision-making in practice.

Dr. Braddock has served as Chair of the Ethics Committee and Council for the Society of General Internal Medicine and on the Ethics, Professionalism and Human Rights Committee for the American College of Physicians. He is a Master in the American College of Physicians.

Dr. Braddock earned his undergraduate degree at Stanford University and medical degree at the University of Chicago. He completed residency training in the U.S. Navy and completed a general medicine fellowship and master's in public health degree in health care ethics at the University of Washington.

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Patricia M. Conolly, MD, Chair-Elect

Dr. Conolly is an Associate Executive Director of The Permanente Medical Group (TPMG). In her current role, she oversees laboratory services in Kaiser Permanente's Northern California region and leads TPMG's technology group, which includes development, oversight and support of technology tools to assist its members and clinicians in transforming and optimizing health care delivery.

Dr. Conolly is a fellow of the American College of Physicians. She served as Secretary of the Board of Directors of the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM), and is now its Chair-elect. She is also a member of the ABIM Internal Medicine Board Exam Committee.

Dr. Conolly is a graduate of the University of San Francisco. She received her medical degree from the University of California, Los Angeles, and served on the clinical faculty at the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine.

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David L. Coleman, MD, Secretary

Dr. Coleman, a board certified internist and infectious diseases specialist, is the John Wade Professor and Chair of the Department of Medicine at the Boston University School of Medicine and Physician-in-Chief at Boston Medical Center. He has had a long-standing interest in basic mechanisms of macrophage function and the role of cytokines in regulating host defenses. His recent work has focused on medical professionalism in medical education and clinical practice.

Prior to assuming his current position, Dr. Coleman was Chief of Medical Service at the VA Connecticut Healthcare System and Interim Chair of the Department of Medicine at Yale University School of Medicine.

He serves on the Board of Trustees of the Boston Medical Center, on the Board of Directors of the Faculty Practice Plan of Boston Medical Center and Boston University School of Medicine, and is a member of the Executive Committee at Boston University School of Medicine. Dr. Coleman is a fellow of the American College of Physicians. He also serves as an at-large member of the Council of the Association of Professors of Medicine. Dr. Coleman serves as Secretary on the Board of Directors of the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM), and is also a member of the ABIM Internal Medicine Board Exam Committee.

A graduate of Stanford University, Dr. Coleman completed his medical degree at the University of California at San Francisco. He was a resident and fellow in the Department of Internal Medicine at Yale University and Yale-New Haven Hospital, where he also served as Chief Resident.

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Sonia A. Madison, MS, Treasurer

Ms. Madison served as Senior Vice President for Public Policy for AmeriHealth Mercy Family of Companies (AMFC). In this role, she was responsible for establishing the AMFC public policy agenda. Ms. Madison and her team monitored and evaluated health policy developments and trends, helping to establish AMFC's strategic direction and advocating for policies and programs that would benefit members.

Ms. Madison previously served as AMFC's interim Chief Executive Officer for LaCare, the Louisiana expansion plan. She played a critical role in working with policy makers, state government and the provider community and stakeholders to successfully implement the Louisiana line of business.

Ms. Madison served as Senior Advisor to the Secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In this role, she had responsibility and authority to represent Secretary Leavitt in the redesign and rebuild of the Louisiana health care system with primary focus on the greater New Orleans area. Prior to this role, she served as Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing for AmeriChoice, a UnitedHealth Group company. Prior to that, she was Chief Executive Officer for AmeriChoice of Pennsylvania, Inc. Prior to her role with AmeriChoice, Ms. Madison served as the Regional Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Philadelphia regional office, where she was responsible for oversight of regional office operations, as well as guiding and coordinating policies for the Medicare, Medicaid and State Children's Health Insurance Programs. Before that, she was President and Chief Executive Officer of Health Partners, a managed care organization serving the Medicare and Medicaid population in Philadelphia.

With more than 30 years of health care and management experience to her credit, Ms. Madison is regarded as a leader in the health care field. Her knowledge of federal and state health care programs and policy is coupled with a keen focus on quality of care, access to services for underserved populations, outreach and education to the provider community. She is currently a member of the American Board of Internal Medicine Board of Directors.

Ms. Madison received a bachelor's degree in human services from Antioch University and a master's degree from Drexel University in Philadelphia.

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Richard J. Baron, MD, President & CEO

Dr. Baron, board certified in Internal Medicine and Geriatrics, is President and Chief Executive Officer 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 and served on the ABIM Foundation Board of Trustees.

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 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. 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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Vineet Arora, MD

Dr. Arora, a board certified internist, is an academic hospitalist, Assistant Dean of Scholarship & Discovery, and Director of Graduate Medical Education Clinical Learning Environment and Innovation at University of Chicago. In the latter role, she bridges educational and hospital leadership to integrate residents and fellows into the quality, safety and value missions of the institution. Through the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality, National Institutes of Health and ABIM Foundation funding, she has developed and evaluated novel interventions that combine systems change with adult learning theory to improve care and learning in teaching hospitals. She has authored more than 100 peer-reviewed publications, with coverage in The New York Times, NPR and the Associated Press.

As the Director of Educational Initiatives at Costs of Care, she co-chaired the Teaching Value and Choosing Wisely® Challenge and co-authored Understanding Value-Based Healthcare. For her work, she has received the American College of Physicians Walter J. McDonald Young Physician Award, the Society of Hospital Medicine's Excellence in Hospital Medicine Research Award and the Society of General Internal Medicine's Fred Brancati Leadership and Mentorship Award. In 2011, she was named to 20 People Who Make American Healthcare Better by HealthLeaders Magazine. She is a member of the American Board of Internal Medicine Board of Directors.

Dr. Arora earned her medical degree at the Washington University in St. Louis and completed her residency, chief residency and master's degree in public policy at the University of Chicago. Dr. Arora regularly tweets about medical education, technology and health policy at @futuredocs.

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Roger W. Bush, MD

Dr. Bush, a board certified internist, is the Founding Program Director of the Billings Clinic Internal Medicine Residency, the first of its kind in this vast, rural, underserved area. He is a master of the American College of Physicians (ACP) and a senior fellow in hospital medicine (Society of Hospital Medicine). His core professional interest is the design and implementation of waste-free, highly reliable clinical microsystems around the needs and preferences of patients, with clinical education and quality improvement integrated in the daily work. As Founding Program Director of the Billings Clinic Internal Medicine Residency, Dr. Bush guides its mission is to bring general internists to the region within 600 miles of Billings, Montana (Eastern Montana, Western North Dakota and Northern Wyoming).

He served as the Program Director for the internal medicine residency at Virginia Mason Medical Center from 1996-2007. He practiced primary care internal medicine for many years at Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle, after entering primary care practice in Newport, Oregon.

In 2011, Dr. Bush accepted ACP's appointment to the Board of Commissioners of The Joint Commission, where he chaired the Achieving High Reliability in Healthcare Strategic Interest Workgroup, and also serves on the accreditation, performance measurement and governance committees. From January 2002 to June 2009, he served on Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education's Residency Review Committee for Internal Medicine (RRC-IM), appointed by the ACP. He chaired the Educational Innovation Project Subcommittee of RRC-IM, a multiyear effort to change from process-based to outcomes-based accreditation and collaboratively align educational and quality of care outcomes. Dr. Bush is a member of the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Board of Directors and serves on the ABIM Internal Medicine Board.

He received his medical degree from the University of California, San Francisco, and completed internal medicine residency in 1983 at Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle.

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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 Feinberg 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 Feinberg 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.

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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Debra L. Ness, MS

Debra Ness is President of the National Partnership for Women & Families. Before assuming her current role in 2004, she served as Executive Vice President of the National Partnership for 13 years. Ms. Ness has played a leading role in positioning the organization as a powerful and effective advocate for today’s women and families.

Ms. Ness is a member of the Board of Directors and chairs the Consumer Advisory Council of the National Committee for Quality Assurance. She was recently elected to serve as the first public member on the American College of Cardiology Board of Trustees and sits on the Management Board of the National Cardiovascular Data Registries. She is also one of the first public members of the American Board of Internal Medicine Board of Directors. Ms. Ness co-chairs the Consumer-Purchaser Alliance, a group of leading consumer, employer and labor organizations working to promote the use of performance measurement in health care to inform consumer choice, value-based purchasing and payment. She serves on the Executive Committee of the Health Care Transformation Task Force, and recently completed service on the Board of Directors of the National Quality Forum.

In addition, Ms. Ness serves on the Executive Committee of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and co-chairs its Health Care Task Force. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Economic Policy Institute.

Ms. Ness graduated summa cum laude from Drew University with a bachelor's degree in psychology and sociology. After completing graduate work in social welfare and public health policy, she received her master’s degree from Columbia University School of Social Work.

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Olufunmilayo I. Olopade, MD

Dr. Olopade, a board certified internist and medical oncologist, is the Walter L. Palmer Distinguished Service Professor of Medicine and Human Genetics, Associate Dean of Global Health and Director, Center for Clinical Cancer Genetics at The University of Chicago. Dr. Olopade earned her medical degree from the University of Ibadan College of Medicine in Nigeria. She trained in internal medicine at Cook County Hospital in Chicago and in oncology, hematology and cancer genetics at the Joint Section of Hematology and Oncology at the University of Chicago.

An international leader in cancer genetics, Dr. Olopade seeks to identify those at risk for hereditary breast and ovarian cancer earlier in life, intervene aggressively to reduce risk and preempt disease development, and thereby more effectively control cancer. She studies familial forms of cancers, molecular mechanisms of tumor progression in high-risk individuals as well as genetic and non-genetic factors contributing to tumor progression in diverse populations. Her current laboratory research is focused on using whole genome technologies and bioinformatics to develop innovative approaches to reduce global disparities in health outcomes.

Dr. Olopade is an expert in cancer risk assessment and individualized treatment for the most aggressive forms of breast cancer, having developed novel management strategies based on an understanding of the altered genes in individual patients. She stresses comprehensive risk reducing strategies and prevention in high-risk populations, as well as earlier detection through advanced imaging technologies.

Dr. Olopade is an at-large member of the American Board of Internal Medicine Board of Directors. She is also an elected member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation, the Association of American Physicians, the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society. She has received numerous honors and awards, including honorary degrees from Bowdoin University and Princeton University, Doris Duke Distinguished Clinical Scientist and Exceptional Mentor Award, American Cancer Society Clinical Research Professorship, MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Fellowship and Officer of the Order of the Nigeria Award, and the Roosevelt Institute Four Freedoms Award. Dr. Olopade currently serves on the Board of Directors for the National Cancer Advisory Board and Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

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Robert Siegel, MD

Dr. Siegel, a board certified internist, hematologist and medical oncologist, is the Oncology Program Director for the Bon Secours St. Francis Health System in Greenville, South Carolina. Prior to his appointment to program leadership at St. Francis, Dr. Siegel had been a community-based oncologist with particular interest in quality improvement initiatives and cancer care delivery research.

Dr. Siegel has served the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) as a member of the Medical Oncology Exam Writing Committee and is currently a member of its Specialty Board in Medical Oncology. In July 2015, he was elected to serve on the ABIM Board of Directors. He has previously served as the co-Chair of the Quality of Care Subcommittee for the National Cancer Institute's Community Cancer Centers Program and is currently on the Executive Committee for Southeast Consortium for Oncology Research.

Dr. Siegel earned his medical degree at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and did his internal medicine training at Barnes-Jewish Hospital/Washington University in St. Louis. He completed his fellowship training in medical oncology and hematology at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute/Brigham and Women's Hospital/Harvard University.

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Christine A. Sinsky, MD

Dr. Sinsky is the Vice President of Professional Satisfaction at the American Medical Association and a board certified internist at Medical Associates Clinic and Health Plans in Dubuque, Iowa.

She is a Director with the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM). She is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the ABIM Foundation and serves as the Secretary/Treasurer. Dr. Sinsky is a fellow of the American College of Physicians (ACP) and the recipient of the Iowa American College of Physicians (ACP) 2013 Laureate Award. Dr. Sinsky is a member of the National Advisory Council for Improving Primary Care through Industrial and Systems Engineering; is a former member of the National Committee for Quality Assurance's Committee on Physician Programs, with oversight of the Patient-Centered Medical Home; and has served on the national advisory councils for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' Innovation Center's Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative and the Veterans Administration's Patient Aligned Care Team initiative. From 2011 to 2012, she led “In Search of Joy in Practice,” a primary care project of the ABIM Foundation.

Dr. Sinsky is a co-author of the Institute of Medicine's 2011 report, “Health IT and Patient Safety: Building Safer Systems for Better Care,” and has twice provided testimony to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology regarding the role of electronic health records in care coordination and usability.

A frequent invited lecturer on practice innovation, redesign and the PCMH, Dr. Sinsky has presented to groups including the AMA, the ACP, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative, as well as to private and academic medical centers. She serves on the national advisory board for Primary Care Progress. Her practice was one of the first level 3 patient-centered medical homes in the country in 2008.

Dr. Sinsky received her bachelor's and medical degrees from the University of Wisconsin, and completed her post-graduate residency at Gundersen Medical Foundation/La Crosse Lutheran Hospital in LaCrosse, Wisconsin, where she served as Chief Medical Resident.

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