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David H. Johnson, MD

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

In 2004-2005, Dr. Johnson served as President of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) during which time he helped advance that society’s quality of care activity known as the Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (or QOPI®). He also led an effort to establish ASCO’s Cancer Survivorship Program. He 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 Boards of Directors of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer and the LiveSTRONG Foundation. Dr. Johnson is the recipient of an Established Investigator Award from the Cancer Prevention Research Institute of Texas and the 2006 Distinguished Southern Oncologist Award from the Southern Medical Society. He is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and the American Society of Clinical Oncology and an elected member of the Association of American Physicians. He has authored more than 375 peer reviewed articles and 40 book chapters and edited four oncology textbooks.

He earned his medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia and obtained his medical oncology training at Vanderbilt University where he subsequently served on the faculty for 29 years before relocating to UT Southwestern in 2010.

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Clarence H. Braddock, III, MD

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. 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 has served as Chair of the Ethics Committee for the Society of General Internal Medicine and on the Ethics, Professionalism and Human Rights Committee for the American College of Physicians. He was 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 an Associate Executive Director of The Permanente Medical Group (TPMG). She joined The Permanente Medical Group as a practicing internal medicine physician at our Oakland Medical Center and has served as director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program and Director of Medical Education prior to being appointed Chief of Medicine at Oakland. In her current role, she oversees Laboratory services in Kaiser Permanente’s Northern California region and leads TPMG’s development and use of technology in health care delivery. TPMG’s focus on technology is in three key areas: 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 applications to support informed decision-making.

Dr. Conolly is a graduate of the University of San Francisco. She received her medial 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. Dr. Conolly is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and serves as Secretary on the Board of Directors of the American Board of Internal Medicine.

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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 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 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 received the Robert H. Williams Distinguished Chair Award, the highest honor of the APM. 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 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.

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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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 summative portfolio review as an assessment method of competence. She is working with AAMC on the latter initiative. She 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 served 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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Harlan M. Krumholz, MD

Dr. Krumholz, a board certified internist and cardiologist, is the Harold H. Hines, Jr. Professor of Medicine and Director of the Yale-New Haven Hospital Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation (CORE). He is also a Director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program at Yale University School of Medicine.

His research focuses on improving patient outcomes, health system performance and population health. His work has had wide ranging impact on health care delivery, shifting paradigms of clinical care, and increasing the accountability of the health care system through the application of targeted measurements, incentives and improvement strategies. Some of the accomplishments include reductions in delays associated with lifesaving heart attack care, increases in the use of guideline-endorsed treatments of patients requiring acute and chronic care, identification and elimination of wasteful health care practices, and improvements in the outcomes of patients recently discharged from the hospital. Dr. Krumholz leads collaborative efforts at Yale with applied mathematicians, statisticians, computer scientists, biologists, informaticists and outcomes researchers to define advanced methods for using high-dimensional data to solve clinical research problems in medicine. His work with health care companies has led to new models of transparency and data sharing. His work with the U.S. government has led to the development of a portfolio of national, publicly reported measures of hospital performance. These measures also became part of several provisions of the health reform bill. In addition, his work has focused attention on the importance of patient-centered care. He is currently working with leaders in China on government-funded efforts to establish a national research and performance improvement network.

Dr. Krumholz is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine, the Association of American Physicians, and the American Society for Clinical Investigation. He is a Distinguished Scientist of the American Heart Association. He serves on the Board of Trustees of the American College of Cardiology, the Board of Directors of the American Board of Internal Medicine, and the Board of Governors of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute. He received a bachelor’s degree from Yale University, his medical degree from Harvard Medical School, and a master’s degree in Health Policy and Management from the Harvard University School of Public Health.

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Sonia A. Madison, MS

Sonia 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 CEO 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 & Marketing for AmeriChoice, a United HealthGroup 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 CMS 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 CEO of Health Partners, an MCO serving the Medicare and Medicaid population in Philadelphia, PA.

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.

Ms. Madison received a bachelor’s degree in Human Services from Antioch University and a Master’s of Science degree from Drexel University in Philadelphia.

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Debra L. Ness, MS

For more than three decades, Debra Ness has been a strong advocate for fairness and social justice. Drawing on an extensive background in health and public policy, Ms. Ness possesses a unique understanding of the issues that face women and families at home, in the workplace, and in the health care arena. Before assuming her current role as president 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 sits on the Board of the National Quality Forum and the Board of the National Priorities Partnership. She is a member of the Board of Directors and chairs the Consumer Advisory Council of the National Committee for Quality Assurance. Ms. Ness was recently elected to serve as the first Public Member on the American College of Cardiology Board of Trustees. She serves on the Quality Alliance Steering Committee and sits on the Steering Committee of the AQA. Ms. Ness co-chairs the Consumer-Purchaser Alliance, a group of leading consumer, employer and labor organizations working to improve the quality, accountability and affordability of health care. She serves on the Aligning Forces for Quality National Advisory Committee, and she recently completed service on the Board of Trustees of the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation.

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 as well as EMILY’s List.

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 of science 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.

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 Policy Science and Executive Vice President for Health Affairs at the University of Virginia (UVA), where he is responsible for the University of Virginia Health System including the medical and nursing schools.

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. 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 is a board certified internist at Medical Associates Clinic and Health Plans in Dubuque, Iowa.

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 and serves as the Secretary/Treasurer. 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 American Medical Association’s advisory council for Physician Career Satisfaction and Practice Sustainability and also its EHR Usability advisory council. 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 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 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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