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Geriatric Medicine Board

Bruce A. Leff, MD, Chair

Dr. Leff is a board certified internist and geriatrician and Professor of Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in the Division of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology. He holds a joint appointment in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, and in the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, Department of Community and Public Health.

He is the Director of the Center on Aging and Health Program in Geriatric Health Services Research and the co-Director of the Elder House Call Program. His principal areas of health services research relate to the development, evaluation and dissemination of innovative models of health service delivery for older adults, issues related to the care of people with multiple chronic conditions, the development of quality indicators for home-based medical care, guideline development and case-mix issues. He is the author of more than 100 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters. Dr. Leff has a strong interest in health policy and is a recent health and aging policy fellow and has served on multiple National Quality Forum and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Technical Expert Panels. Dr. Leff cares for patients in the acute, ambulatory and home settings.

A member of the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM)'s Council, Dr. Leff is Chair of the ABIM Geriatric Medicine Board. He directs the medicine clerkship at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and has received multiple awards for his teaching and mentorship. He is a member of the Board of Regents of the American College of Physicians, as well as past-President and current board member of the American Academy of Home Care Physicians.

Dr. Leff received his medical degree from the New York University School of Medicine and completed residency in primary care internal medicine at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, and a fellowship in geriatric medicine and gerontology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, in Baltimore.

As of January 2017, Dr. Leff reported the following external relationships:

Funding for clinical trial expenses and staff, paid to Johns Hopkins University, from the following company:

  • National Institutes of Health (NIH), trial of a non-drug intervention for patients with dementia.

Work as an author or editor for the following company, with compensation as listed:

  • Springer Publishing, co-Editor of book on geriatric home-based medical care.

Dr. Leff holds a license on Hospital at Home, with income related to licensing technical materials to health systems, receiving royalties.

Dr. Leff serves in significant roles with the following organizations, receiving reimbursement or compensation as listed:

  • Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation, Member of Board of Directors, receiving reimbursement for travel.
  • American Academy of Home Care Physicians, Member of Board of Directors, receiving reimbursement for travel.
  • Ascension Health, Member of the Quality Committee to the Board of Directors, receiving reimbursement for travel.
  • Community Health Accreditation Partner, Advisor on creating standards for home-based palliative care practices, receiving reimbursement for travel.
  • Kendal Corporation, Member of Board of Directors of Kendal Research, receiving no compensation.
  • Landmark Health, LLC, serving on the advisory board of a not-for-profit home healthcare company, receiving reimbursement for travel expenses and honoraria.
  • Measure Applications Partnership, Member of Post-Acute Care and Long-Term Care Workgroup, receiving reimbursement for travel expenses.
  • National Quality Forum, Member of Measure Application Partnership Post-Acute and Long Term Care Committee, receiving reimbursement for travel.
  • Veterans Affairs, Member of the VA Geriatrics and Gerontology Advisory Committee, receiving reimbursement for travel.

Dr. Leff reported receiving grant funding from The Commonwealth Fund, The Retirement Research Fund, the John A. Hartford Foundation, Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, National Institute of Aging, and California Healthcare Foundation, all paid to Johns Hopkins University.

Sharon A. Brangman, MD

Dr. Brangman, who is board certified in Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine, and Hospice and Palliative Medicine, is a State University of New York (SUNY) Distinguished Service Professor and Division Chief of Geriatrics at SUNY Upstate Medical University. She serves as Fellowship Director for geriatric medicine. Dr. Brangman is Director of the Center of Excellence for Alzheimer's Disease, Medical Director of the Transitional Care Unit on the Upstate Community Campus, and Medical Director of The Hearth at Greenpoint Senior Living Communities in Syracuse, New York.

She has received many honors, including Best Doctors of Northeast Region, the Chancellor's Award for Faculty Service and Hartford Geriatrics Leadership Scholars Award. Dr. Brangman was a member of the Board of Directors of the American Geriatrics Society for ten years, and completed terms as President and Chair of the Board. She currently serves as a member of the American Board of Internal Medicine Geriatric Medicine Board and as President of the Association of Directors of Geriatric Academic Programs.

Dr. Brangman is a graduate of Syracuse University and earned her medical degree from SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, New York. She completed internship, residency and geriatric fellowship programs at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, New York.

As of January 2017, Dr. Brangman reported the following external relationships:

Dr. Brangman serves in significant roles with the following organizations, receiving reimbursement or compensation as listed:

  • Association of Directors of Geriatric Academic Programs, President, without compensation.
  • Health in Aging Foundation, Board Member, without compensation.

Joyce Dubow, MUP

Ms. Dubow retired from a 40-year professional career in health care that included positions in advocacy, public policy, health plan leadership, and government service. She now represents the consumer perspective on the Geriatric Measures Advisory Panel of the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) and on other ad hoc health-related initiatives.

Prior to her retirement in 2015, Ms. Dubow was a Senior Principal for health policy and strategy in AARP's office of the executive vice president for policy and strategy. She had responsibility for a portfolio related to AARP's health care reform initiatives with a focus on health care quality, health information technology, consumer decision making, and private health plans in the Medicare program.

Earlier in her career, Ms. Dubow was the Director for Policy and Legislation in the federal Office of Health Maintenance Organizations at the Department of Health Education and Welfare (HEW). Prior to HEW, she was the executive vice president of the Georgetown University Community Health Plan, a university-sponsored prepaid group practice plan.

Ms. Dubow served on numerous multi-stakeholder groups that focused on improving the quality and delivery of health care services, such as the board of directors of the National Quality Forum (NQF); NCQA's Committee on Performance Measurement and its Standards Committee; the National Advisory Committee for Aligning Forces for Quality of the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation; and the board of directors of the Center for Advancing Health. Ms. Dubow is a member of the American Board of Internal Medicine Geriatric Medicine Board. She remains on the board of the Informed Patient Institute.

Ms. Dubow holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and a master's of urban planning degree from Hunter College of the University of the City of New York.

As of April 2017, Ms. Dubow reported the following external relationships:

Ms. Dubow serves in significant roles with the following organizations, receiving reimbursement or compensation as listed:

  • Informed Patient Institute, Board Member, without compensation.
  • National Quality Forum, Appeals Board Member without compensation.

Ms. Dubow serves as a member of the Geriatrics Measurement Advisory Panel at the National Committee for Quality Assurance.

Kathryn J. Eubank, MD

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As of January 2017, Dr. Eubank reported the following external relationships:

  • Donald W. Reynolds Foundation, to increase interprofessional teamwork at the undergraduate and graduate medical education levels, receiving salary support.

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 previously served as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. She is currently the Director of Geriatric Educational Innovations in the Geriatrics Section.

Dr. Levine is also the Program Director for the geriatric medicine fellowship and co-directs the geriatric oncology fellowship. She was the Principal Investigator on the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)-funded Geriatric Training for Physicians, Dentists, and Behavioral and Mental Health Providers. 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 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 disseminated to 33 institutions and more than 1,400 chief residents nationwide with support from the John A. Hartford Foundation, the Hearst Foundations and the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation.

Dr. Levine is a member of the ABIM Foundation Board of Trustees and a member of the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Geriatric Medicine Board. She has also been a member of the ABIM Council and Chair of the ABIM Geriatric Medicine Board Exam Committee. In addition, she recently served on the HRSA Advisory Committee for Interdisciplinary and Community-based Linkages. Dr. Levine is a fellow of the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) and is a member of its Board of Directors. 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.

As of January 2017, Dr. Levine reported the following external relationships:

Dr. Levine serves in significant roles with the following organization, receiving reimbursement or compensation as listed:

  • American Geriatrics Society, Board of Directors, receiving reimbursement for travel and per diem for attending board meetings.

Melissa D. Morgan-Gouveia, MD

Dr. Morgan-Gouveia is a board certified internist and geriatrician. She is a faculty member in the Department of Medicine at the Christiana Care Health System in Wilmington, Delaware. She holds a part-time faculty appointment as an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Geriatrics and Gerontology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Dr. Morgan-Gouveia is a member of the American Board of Internal Medicine Geriatric Medicine Board. She serves on the Clinical Competency Committee for the Christiana Care Internal Medicine Residency Program. She is also a member of the Christiana Care Quality Partners ACO Medicare Beneficiary and Advocacy Committee.

Dr. Morgan-Gouveia received a bachelor's degree in biology and psychology from the University of Richmond, graduating summa cum laude with honors in psychology. She earned her medical degree at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and did her primary care general internal medicine residency at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. She completed her geriatrics fellowship in the clinician educator track at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

As of January 2017, Dr. Morgan-Gouveia reported no external relationships.

Jeffrey Schlaudecker, MD

Dr. Schlaudecker is a family physician and geriatrician and is Associate Professor of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine in the Office of Geriatric Medicine. He also serves as the Geriatric Medicine Fellowship Program Director and Medical Director of The Christ Hospital Acute Care for Elderly Unit and directs a third and fourth year geriatric medicine elective rotation at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. He is board certified in Family Medicine and Geriatric Medicine by the American Board of Family Medeicine. Dr. Schlaudecker was named the Kautz Family Endowed Chair of Geriatric Medicine Education at the University of Cincinnati in 2014.

He became interested in patient and family-centered care early in his training, and his question of how to apply interprofessional bedside rounding techniques to his geriatric patients served as the basis for his current U.S. Health Resources & Services Administration Geriatric Academic Career Award and research support from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation. He is a member of the American Board of Internal Medicine's Geriatric Medicine Board.

Dr. Schlaudecker majored in human communication science at Northwestern University and studied medicine at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. Following residency training in family medicine and a clinical fellowship in geriatric medicine, he began working with The Christ Hospital/University of Cincinnati Family Medicine Residency Program and Geriatric Medicine Fellowship as a geriatric hospitalist in 2007. He also completed his master's degree in education with a focus on adult learning theory in 2013.

As of January 2017, Dr. Schlaudecker reported the following external relationships:

  • Institute for Patient-and Family-Centered Care, teaching several sessions on bedside rounding in the hospital and on inclusion of families in nursing home care, receiving honoraria.

Michael C. Sha, MD

Dr. Sha, who is board certified in Internal Medicine and Geriatric Medicine, is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine at the Indiana University School of Medicine with primary duties at the Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center in Indianapolis where he provides clinical care and has teaching responsibilities for residents and geriatric medicine fellows. He serves as the Medical Director for the Geriatric Primary Care Clinic and for the Home-Based Primary Care program.

Additionally, Dr. Sha serves on the Board of Directors for the Indiana Geriatrics Society and as Chair of the Therapeutics Committee, which is a component of the State of Indiana's Office of Medicaid Policy and Planning and develops recommendations for the Indiana Medicaid's Preferred Drug List. He also serves as a member of the American Board of Internal Medicine Geriatric Medicine Board and on the Credentials Committee for the American College of Physicians (ACP).

Previously, Dr. Sha served as Governor for the Indiana ACP chapter and, prior to that, served as Chair for ACP's Council of Early Career Physicians and Council of Resident/Fellow Members and as an ex-officio member of the ACP's Board of Regents. Dr. Sha has also served as a Trustee for the Indiana State Medical Association. He is a past recipient of ACP's Walter J. McDonald Award for Early Career Physicians and Indiana University Trustees' Teaching Award.

He received his medical degree and completed both his internal medicine residency and geriatric medicine fellowship at the Indiana University School of Medicine.

As of January 2017, Dr. Sha reported the following external relationships:

Dr. Sha serves in significant roles with the following organizations, receiving reimbursement or compensation as listed:

  • American College of Physicians, Member of the Credentials Committee, without compensation.
  • Indiana Chapter of the American College of Physicians, Immediate Past Governor, Member of Governing Council, Chair of Membership Committee, without compensation.
  • Indiana Medicaid Program, Chair of Therapeutics Committee, without compensation.
  • Indiana State Medical Association, Alternate Delegate, without compensation.

Jean A. Yudin, CRNP

Ms. Yudin, a board certified Registered Nurse Practitioner, is the Director of the Truman G. Schnabel In-Home Primary Care Program (TGS-IHPCP) at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. She is a long-standing board member of the American Academy of Home Care Medicine, having led the inclusion of nurse practitioners in home centered medicine. Ms. Yudin co-directs the University's participation in the Mid-Atlantic Consortium, one of the practices in the Independence at Home demonstration. She developed and studied the novel collaboration between the TGS-IHPCP and the Philadelphia Corporation on Aging (ElderPAC) which has demonstrated the effectiveness of integrated medical and supportive services to maintain frail elders efficiently in the community.

She is a leader in the Geriatric Division's educational efforts for medical students, residents and fellows in home and community based care, and participated in training of interprofessional teams involving learners from social work, nursing, medicine and dentistry. Committed to patient-directed care, Ms. Yudin has been a stakeholder in the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute and Hartford Foundation-funded CareAlign project led by Mary Tinnetti, MD, as part of the primary care/specialty care alignment group. She is a member of the American Board of Internal Medicine Geriatric Medicine Board, and is part of the core leadership team for the University of Pennsylvania's recently awarded Geriatric Workforce Education Program.

Ms. Yudin received her nursing degree from Michigan State University.

As of May 2017, Ms. Yudin reported the following external relationships:

Ms. Yudin serves in significant roles with the following organization, receiving reimbursement or compensation as listed:

  • American Academy of Home Care Physicians, Secretary of Executive Board, without compensation.
  • Home-Centered Care Institute, Advisory Board Member.
  • Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program, Section Leader.