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ABIM Announces New Board Leadership and Members

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Philadelphia, PA, July 1, 2011 – The American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) today named new leadership and members of its Board of Directors and subspecialty boards, which encompass the field of internal medicine.

ABIM Board of Directors

ABIM sets the standards and certifies physicians practicing in internal medicine and its subspecialties that possess the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to provide high quality care. The ABIM Board of Directors, composed of physicians who are board certified in internal medicine or one of its subspecialties, guides ABIM's overall mission and direction as it works to improve health care quality. See a complete list of ABIM Board members and their bios.

“At a time of great turmoil on the medical landscape, the ability to work with such a knowledgeable and skilled group of professionals will be a great benefit to ABIM. The diverse expertise, experience and background of these individuals who are joining our boards will be a tremendous resource as we continue our work determining the requirements and qualifications for internal medicine physicians to certify and maintain certification in their chosen subspecialty,” said Christine K. Cassel, MD, President and CEO of ABIM.

New Executive Appointments

  • Chair of the Board – Catherine R. Lucey, MD, currently holds the position of Interim Dean, College of Medicine, Vice Dean for Education at the Ohio State University (OSU) College of Medicine and Associate Vice President for Health Sciences Education for the OSU Office of Health Sciences. On September 1, she begins her appointment as Vice Dean for Education at the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine.
  • Chair-Elect – Robert M. Wachter, MD, Professor of Medicine at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF), Associate Chairman of UCSF’s Department of Medicine, Chief of the Medical Service at UCSF Medical Center, and Chief of UCSF’s 50-faculty Division of Hospital Medicine.

New Board Members

  • Shalendar Bashin, MD, Professor of Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine, and Chief of the Section of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Nutrition at the Boston Medical Center.
  • Sharon A. Levine, MD, Professor of Medicine and Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at the Boston University School of Medicine.
  • William C. Little, MD, Chief of Cardiology, McMichael Professor, and Vice-Chair of the Department of Internal Medicine at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine.
  • Naomi P. O’Grady, MD, Senior Staff Physician in the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center’s Critical Care Medicine Department and the Medical Director of the Clinical Center's Vascular Access and Conscious Sedation Services.
  • Richard M. Stone, MD, Director of the Adult Acute Leukemia Program at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School.

ABIM Subspecialty Boards and Test Committees – New Appointments

ABIM's subspecialty boards and test committees are composed of experts in both academic medicine and practice, all of whom must be ABIM certified in their particular subspecialty. Members of these boards apply their individual and collective knowledge toward the development of the policies, standards and requirements for Certification and Maintenance of Certification in their subspecialty, with special focus on developing the cognitive exam that physicians must take to certify or maintain their certification in that field. See a complete list of ABIM subspecialty board and test committee members.

Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology

  • John M. Herre, MD, Professor of Medicine at Eastern Virginia Medical School, Medical Director of Advanced Heart Failure Program at Sentara HealthCare, Medical Director of Cardiac Transplant Program at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, Medical Director of Sentara Cardiovascular Research Institute.

Cardiovascular Disease

  • Chair: William C. Little, MD, Chief of Cardiology, McMichael Professor, and Vice-Chair of the Department of Internal Medicine at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine.
  • Michael H. Crawford, MD, Professor of Clinical Medicine, Lucie Stern Professor of Cardiology, Associate Chief of Cardiology for Clinical Programs, and Chief of Cardiology Faculty Practice at the University of California San Francisco.
  • Mario J. Garcia, MD, Chief, Division of Cardiology at Montefiore Medical Center and the Pauline Levitt Endowed Chair in Medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine.
  • Thomas Ryan, MD, John G. & Jeanne Bonnet McCoy Chair in Cardiovascular Medicine, Physician Leader of the Heart Signature Program and Staff Physician of the Ross Heart Hospital at The Ohio State University Heart Center.

Critical Care Medicine

  • Chair: Naomi P. O’Grady, MD, Senior Staff Physician in the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center’s Critical Care Medicine Department and the Medical Director of the Clinical Center’s Vascular Access and Conscious Sedation Services.
  • Chair, Test Writing: Alejandro C. Arroliga, MD, Chairman and Professor of Medicine/Tenure, Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine.
  • Thomas P. Bleck, MD, Professor of Neurological Sciences, Neurosurgery, Anesthesiology, and Internal Medicine (Division of Pulmonary/Critical Care Medicine and Section of Infectious Diseases), and Assistant Dean at Rush Medical College.
  • John R. Hotchkiss, MD, Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine, and Associate Professor of Critical Care Medicine at University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine.
  • James W. Leatherman, MD, Director of Medical Intensive Care Unit and Staff Physician of the Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Division, Department of Medicine, Hennepin County Medical Center.

Endocrinology

  • Chair: Shalendar Bhasin, MD, Professor of Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine, and Chief of the Section of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Nutrition at Boston Medical Center.
  • Paul W. Ladenson, MD, Professor of Medicine, Professor of Pathology, Professor of Oncology, Professor of Radiology and Radiological Sciences, and Distinguished Service Professor at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Director of the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism in the Department of Medicine at Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions.
  • Clifford J. Rosen, MD, Professor of Nutrition at the University of Maine, Orono, ME, Professor of Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, MA, and Senior Staff Endocrinologist at the Veterans Administration Hospital.

Gastroenterology

  • David A. Johnson, MD, Professor of Medicine and Chief of Gastroenterology at Eastern Virginia Medical School and Director of the Esophageal Motility Lab at Sentara Norfolk General Hospitals.
  • Sheila E. Crowe, MD, Professor of Medicine in the Digestive Health Center of Excellence, a Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology Department of Medicine at the University of Virginia.

Geriatric Medicine

  • Chair: Sharon A. Levine, MD, Professor of Medicine and Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at the Boston University School of Medicine.
  • Bruce A. Leff, MD, Professor of Medicine at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Joint Appointment, at the Department of Health Policy and Management, on Faculty at the Lipitz Center for Integrated Health Care and Health Services Research and Development Center at The Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, Department of Health Policy and Management and Director at The Johns Hopkins Center on Aging and Health East and the Program in Geriatric Health Services Research Faculty.

Medical Oncology

  • Chair: Richard M. Stone, MD, Director of the Adult Acute Leukemia Program at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School.
  • Phillip D. Bonomi, MD, Director of Section of Medical Oncology and Division of Hematology-Oncology at Rush University Medical Center.

Nephrology

  • Michelle A. Josephson, MD, Professor at the Department of Medicine, Section of Nephrology, Committee on Pharmacology at the University of Chicago.

Interventional Cardiology (Test Committee)

  • Chair: Theodore A. Bass, Program Director of Interventional Cardiology Fellowship and Medical Director at the Cardiovascular Center at the University of Florida-Shands, Jacksonville, FL, and Professor of Medicine at the University of Florida College of Medicine.
  • John D. Carroll, MD, Director of the Cardiac and Vascular Center at the University of Colorado Hospital.
  • James E. Tcheng, MD, Director of DTMI Biomedical Informatics at Duke Translational Medicine Institute, Medical Knowledge Architect with Duke Health System at Duke University Health System, Professor of Community and Family Medicine, Professor of Medicine with Tenure, Information Architect with Duke Heart Center, Director of Performance Improvement, Division of Cardiology, Department of Medicine, and Director of Duke Information Systems for Cardiovascular Care at Duke University Medical Center.

For media inquiries, contact Lorie Slass at 215-399-4005 or press@abim.org.

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