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Talmadge E. King Jr., MD, Named Secretary-Treasurer of ABIM's Board of Directors

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Philadelphia, PA, July 1, 2010 – Talmadge E. King Jr., MD, the Julius R. Krevans Distinguished Professor in Internal Medicine and Chair of the Department of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, has been named Secretary-Treasurer of the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Board of Directors. He continues to serve as a member of the Board and its Executive Committee.

ABIM sets the standards and certifies physicians practicing in internal medicine and its subspecialties which possess the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to provide high quality care.

The Board of Directors, comprised 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. All ABIM Directors participate in ABIM's Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. MOC recognizes that what was standard treatment a decade ago may have changed, and that the public needs a process to know if their physicians have kept up-to-date in their field. Dr. King is certified in both internal medicine and pulmonary medicine, and renewed his pulmonary medicine certification in 2009.

“As a leader in a large academic department of internal medicine, Talmadge understands the competing forces at work in health care today and his insights and tough questions keep the Board focused on its primary mission – to improve the health care quality of the patients we serve,” said Christine K. Cassel, MD, President and CEO of the American Board of Internal Medicine.

Dr. King is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, the Advisory Council of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, Board of Directors of the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), the Association of American Physicians, the American Clinical and Climatological Association and the Fleischner Society. He is a Master of the American College of Physicians and a Fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians. He served as President of the American Thoracic Society (ATS). He has served on the Lung Biology and Pathology Study Section of the National Institutes of Health (NIH); Pulmonary and Allergy Drugs Advisory Committee Center for Drug Evaluation & Research of the FDA; NIH Advisory Board for Clinical Research.

He has been a member of several editorial boards including: American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, Annals of Internal Medicine, THORAX and Up-To-Date in Pulmonary and Critical Care medicine. His research interest is the pathogenesis, diagnosis and management of inflammatory and immunologic lung injury. His bibliography comprises more than 300 publications. He has co-edited several books, including the acclaimed reference book Interstitial Lung Disease, now in its 5th edition; Murray and Nadel's Textbook of Respiratory Medicine (5th Ed.); and Medical Management of Vulnerable & Underserved Patients: Principles, Practice, Population, the only reference currently available that focuses on the treatment of patients living with chronic diseases in poor and minority populations.

Dr. King has been listed on several of the Best Doctors lists in America for more than a decade (including Best Doctors in America and America's Top Doctors). He received the Trudeau Medal from the ATS.

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

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