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George H. Karam, MD Elected to the American Board of Internal Medicine Board of Directors

Philadelphia, PA, July 1, 2008 – George H. Karam, MD, the Paula Garvey Manship Professor of Medicine at the Louisiana State University School of Medicine, has been elected to the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Board of Directors. ABIM sets the standards and certifies physicians practicing in internal medicine and its subspecialties who possess the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to provide high quality care.

The Board of Directors, composed of physicians board certified in internal medicine and one of its subspecialties, guides ABIM’s overall mission and direction as it works to improve health care quality. All ABIM Directors participate in ABIM’s Maintenance of Certification program, which promotes ongoing learning and in which doctors demonstrate their commitment to the Board’s standards.

Dr. Karam, an Infectious Disease specialist, enrolled in Maintenance of Certification in 2006. ABIM has issued more than 7,000 certificates in Infectious Disease

"George's experience and expertise in Infectious Disease will be invaluable to our Board, as part of the important growth of subspecialties on the internal medicine landscape," said Christine Cassel, MD, ABIM's president and CEO.

Dr. Karam is also Chair of ABIM's Subspecialty Board on Infectious Disease, which is charged with developing the policies, standards and requirements for Certification and Maintenance of Certification in Infectious Disease, with special focus on developing the cognitive exam physicians must take to certify or maintain their certification.

"My background in internal medicine provided the foundation for my specialization, and has helped me to improve care for patients suffering from infectious diseases," said Dr. Karam. "Through my work on ABIM's Board, I have an exciting opportunity to help define the standards in the practice area of infectious disease."

Dr. Karam is a member of many professional associations including the Association of Professors of Medicine, Association of Program Directors in Internal Medicine and Infectious Disease Society of America. His work has been published extensively in leading professional journals including Journal of Infectious Diseases, New England Journal of Medicine and Annals of Internal Medicine.

He received his medical degree from the Louisiana State University School of Medicine. He is board certified in internal medicine and infectious disease.

About ABIM
For more than 75 years, certification by the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) has stood for the highest standard in internal medicine and its 20 subspecialties and has meant that internists have demonstrated – to their peers and to the public – that they have the clinical judgment, skills and attitudes essential for the delivery of excellent patient care. ABIM is not a membership society, but a non-profit, independent evaluation organization. Our accountability is both to the profession of medicine and to the public. ABIM is a member of the American Board of Medical Specialties. For additional updates, follow ABIM on Facebook and Twitter.