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David H. Johnson, MD

Dr. Johnson, who is board certified in internal medicine and medical oncology, is the Donald W. Seldin Distinguished Chair in Internal Medicine and Chairman of the Department of Internal Medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. In addition to serving on the ABIM Foundation Board of Trustees, he is Chair of the American Board of Internal Medicine Board of Directors. Previously he served on the ABIM Subspecialty Board on Medical Oncology (2001-2011) and chaired the Board from 2007 until 2011.

From 1983 to 2010, he was a member of the faculty at the Vanderbilt University Medical School where he held the Cornelius A. Craig Chair of Medical and Surgical Oncology and served as the Director of the Division of Hematology and Medical Oncology and Deputy Director of the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, of which he was a founding member.

In 2004-2005, Dr. Johnson served as President of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) during which time he helped advance ASCO’s quality of care activity known as the Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (or QOPI®). QOPI serves as a Practice Improvement Module for ABIM. He also led an effort to establish ASCO’s Cancer Survivorship Program. Dr. Johnson has served on the Food and Drug Administration’s Oncology Drug Advisory Committee, as Chairman of the Thoracic Committee of the Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group and on the Board of Directors of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer and the LiveSTRONG Foundation. He has authored more than 350 peer-reviewed articles and 40 book chapters, and edited four oncology textbooks.

Dr. Johnson earned his medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia and obtained his medical oncology training at Vanderbilt University.

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Clarence H. Braddock, III, MD

Dr. Braddock, a board certified internist, is Professor of Medicine and Vice Dean for Education in the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles. 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 in different 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. He was also Director of the Stanford Center for Medical Education Research and Innovation, where he directed the Rathmann Family Foundation Medical Education Research Fellowship. He is Chair-Elect of the Board of Directors of the American Board of Internal Medicine, and Chair of ABIM Product Oversight 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 new initiative to integrate 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 is a founding member of the Academy for Professionalism in Health Care. He has received numerous teaching awards. 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 is currently Chair of the Ethics Committee for the Society of General Internal Medicine and serves on the Ethics, Professionalism and Human Rights Committee for the American College of Physicians. He is Director of the National Consortium for Multicultural Education for Health Professionals, a group of 18 medical schools funded by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute to develop curriculum in cultural competence and health care disparities.

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 received his master’s in public health degree in health care ethics from the University of Washington.

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Patricia M. Conolly, MD

Dr. Conolly, a board certified internist, is Associate Executive Director of The Permanente Medical Group where she has oversight of multiple services that impact greater than three million members of Kaiser Permanente in Northern California. Her current work includes the development and use of technology in health care delivery with three key areas of emphasis: leveraging the electronic medical record to improve quality, developing applications to engage patients in understanding and managing their health, and extending the reach of the delivery system to patients where and when they need care. Of particular interest is the development of Web-based applications to support informed decision-making.

Dr. Conolly currently practices at Kaiser Permanente’s Oakland Medical Center where she was Chief of Medicine and Director of their Internal Medicine Residency Program as well as Director of Medical Education. She chaired Kaiser Permanente's Northern California Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee, overseeing evidence-based clinical guidelines for medication use as well as the formulary process. Dr. Connolly also serves as Secretary of the American Board of Internal Medicine Board of Directors.

Dr. Conolly earned 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. She continues as a clinical preceptor in the UC Berkeley/UC San Francisco Joint Medical Program. She is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians.

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Stuart L. Linas, MD

Dr. Linas, a board certified internist and nephrologist, is the Rocky Mountain Professor of Renal Research at the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine (UCDSOM). He has served on the faculty at the University of Colorado throughout his academic career and has been the Renal Fellowship Director since 1984 and the Head of the Section of Hypertension within the Division of Renal Diseases since 1994. Dr. Linas is the Chief of Nephrology at Denver Health Medical Center.

He has won numerous teaching awards from medical students and house staff at the University of Colorado. He currently chairs the Curriculum Steering Committee at the UCDSOM. Dr. Linas is the Treasurer of the American Board of Internal Medicine Board of Directors and is its immediate past Secretary. He is a past Chair of the ABIM Subspecialty Board on Nephrology. He has served on the Board of Advisors as the Chair of the Renal Fellowship Program Directors and the Hypertension Advisory Group for the American Society of Nephrology. He has served as the President of the Association of Specialty Professors and on the board of directors of the Alliance of Academic Internal Medicine.

After earning a medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine, he completed Internal Medicine residency at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and nephrology training at the University of Colorado.

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Richard J. Baron, MD

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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William J. Bremner, MD

Dr. Bremner, a board certified internist, is the Robert G. Petersdorf Endowed Chair in Medicine and Professor and Chair of the Department of Medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine. He is Co-Founder and Director of the Center for Research in Reproduction and Contraception at the University of Washington. Funded continuously by the NIH since 1979, the Center investigates the basic biology of male reproduction, infertility and contraception. Dr. Bremner is also an active physician and teacher at University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle.

He is the author or co-author of over 200 scientific publications and over 50 book chapters, and has held more than 100 invited lectureships and visiting professorships around the world over the past 25 years. He is a member of Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honorary and a recipient of the Henry Christian Award for Excellence in Research from the American Federation for Clinical Research. In 2003, he received the University of Washington School of Medicine Distinguished Alumni Award; and in 2005, he was given the Mayo Soley Award by the Western Society for Clinical Investigation in recognition of lifetime achievement in scientific endeavors and for his concern for junior faculty. He has been elected to the scientific and honorary societies: American Society for Clinical Investigation and the Associations of American Physicians.

Dr. Bremner serves as an at-large member of the American Board of Internal Medicine Board of Directors. He is the past President of the Association of Professors of Medicine (APM) and the American Society of Andrology. He has served on numerous national and international bodies, including NIH review groups, the Steering Committee for the World Health Organization Special Program on Research in Human Reproduction and the Expert Advisory Committee, Agency for International Development/CONRAD Program and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Blue Ribbon Panel on Academic Affiliations.

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David L. Coleman, MD

Dr. Coleman, a board certified internist and infectious disease 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 and civic 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 and an at-large member of the American Board of Internal Medicine Board of Directors. He is also a member of the Association of Professors of Medicine (APM) and serves on the Editorial Board of Infection.

A graduate of Stanford University, Dr. Coleman completed his medical degree at the University of California at San Francisco. He did his residency and fellowship in the Department of Internal Medicine at Yale University, where he also served as Chief Resident.

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Harlan M. Krumholz, MD

Dr. Krumholz, a board certified internist and cardiovascular disease specialist, is the Harold H. Hines Jr. Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology and Public Health at Yale University School of Medicine, where he is Director of the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program. He is also the Director of the Yale-New Haven Hospital Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation.

His research is focused on determining optimal clinical and population-based strategies for improving the prevention, treatment and outcome of cardiovascular disease. The research and its application has contributed to elevating the quality of practice, eliminating disparities, defining new treatment standards, improving professional standards and guiding health care policy.

Dr. Krumholz is an elected member of the Association of American Physicians, the American Society for Clinical Investigation and the Institute of Medicine. He is also an at-large member of the American Board of Internal Medicine Board of Directors. He was named an American Heart Association Distinguished Scientist.

Dr. Krumholz earned his medical degree from Harvard Medical School and a Master’s degree in health policy and management at the Harvard School of Public Health. He trained in Internal Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco and in Cardiology at Beth Israel in Boston.

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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.

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 Niger Award. Dr. Olopade currently serves on the Board of Directors for the National Cancer Advisory Board and Susan G Komen for the Cure.

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.

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Richard P. Shannon, MD

Dr. Shannon, a board certified internist and cardiovascular disease specialist and a pioneer in patient safety, is the Louise Nerancy Professor of Health Care Policy and Executive Vice President for Health Affairs at the University of Virginia (UVA), where he is responsible for UVA’s medical and nursing schools and also will oversee the University’s health system and practice plan.

Dr. Shannon served as the Frank Wister Thomas Professor of Medicine and Chair of the Department of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine from 2006 - 2013. Before joining the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Shannon served as the Claude R. Joyner Professor of Medicine at Drexel University College of Medicine. Prior to that, he spent 14 years at Harvard Medical School, serving in a variety of capacities: Research Fellow, Instructor of Medicine, Assistant Professor of Medicine and finally Associate Professor of Medicine, and The Francis Weld Peabody Fellow in Medicine.

Dr. Shannon’s research focuses on myocardial metabolism as a therapeutic target in the treatment of heart failure. He has pioneered work on the role of incretin hormones in improving cardiac performance in acute decompensated heart failure. He is the founder of Ventrigen, LLC, which leads to a series of Phase 2b clinical trials to test the efficacy of GLP-1 in humans with heart failure.

His work in patient safety has been featured in the The Wall Street Journal and ABC’s 20/20, and he has served as a mentor for the IHI 100,000 Lives campaign. His work on patient safety was a centerpiece for the PBS feature entitled “Remaking American Medicine.” Dr. Shannon is an at-large member of the American Board of Internal Medicine Board of Directors and a member of the (PA) Governor’s Technical Advisory Group of the Pennsylvania Healthcare Cost Containment Council. He has served as a consultant to the Delmarva Foundation, The Safest in America Consortium, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Massachusetts, the New York City Business Group on Health and the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce. He serves as senior faculty to the Institute of Healthcare Improvement featured in programs on Executive Leadership and Quality for Chairs and Chiefs.

Dr. Shannon graduated cum laude from Princeton University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Biology. He earned his medical degree from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine.

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Christine A. Sinsky, MD

Dr. Sinsky, a board certified internist, is a general internist at Medical Associates Clinic and Health Plans in Dubuque, IA.

Dr. Sinsky 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. She is a fellow of the American College of Physicians (ACP) and the recipient of the Iowa ACP 2013 Laureate Award. She serves on 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 (PCMH), and has served on the national advisory councils for the CMS Innovation Center’s Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative and the Veterans Administration’s Patient Aligned Care Team initiative. In 2011-12, she led a primary care project for the ABIM Foundation, entitled “In Search of Joy in Practice.”

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 American Medical Association, the American College of Physicians, 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 and the editorial board for Family Practice Management. Her practice has been a level 3 Patient-Centered Medical Home since 2008.

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

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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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