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Item-Writing Task Forces

ABIM established the Item-Writing Task Forces to help meet the increased demand for content associated with providing physicians new, more flexible assessment options. These Task Forces develop exam content by utilizing a combination of traditional and innovative, model-based approaches to item development.

Model-based question development techniques involve establishing a set of specifications for creating exam questions in a given content area. These specifications are then used to produce many high-quality questions in that content area.

Watch the video below to hear current Task Force members share their experiences with this work. See Task Force openings by discipline.

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Adult Congenital Heart Disease

Jorge Alegria, MD
Craig Broberg, MD, MCR
Ari Cedars, MD
Stephen Cook, MD, FACC, Mentor
Benjamin Hendrickson, MD
Seiji Ito, MD, FAAP, FACC
Daniel Sanchez, MD, FACC, FASE
Zachary Steinberg, MD
Santosh Uppu, MD

Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology

Josephine Chou, MD, MS
Priyanka Gosain, MD
Liviu Klein, MD, MS
Lynne Stevenson, MD
Kenneth Taylor, MD, FACC, FACP, FASE, FHFSA
Daniel Yip, MD 

Cardiovascular Disease

Karima Addetia, MD
Nishith Amin, MD
Aurangzeb Baber, MD, FACC
Darpan Bansal, MD
Scott Cameron, MD, PhD
Sung-Hae Cho, MD
Richard A. Hahn, MD, FACC, FACP, FCCP
Ihab R. Hamzeh, MD, FACC
Akash Kataruka, MD
Scott Kinlay, MBBS, PhD
Alexander Llanos, MD
Richard Musialowski, MD
Ajith Nair, MD
Nandini Nair, MD
Amresh Raina, MD
Gautam Ramani, MD
Yogita Rochlani, MD
Harish Raj Seetha Rammohan, MD, FACC, FRCP, MRCP
Aniruddha Singh, MD, FACC
Uma N. Srivatsa, MBBS, MAS
Kamala P. Tamirisa, MD, FACC, FHRS
Cynthia Taub, MD, MBA
Nidhish Tiwari, MD, FACP, FACC, FASE
Anita Wokhlu, MD, FACC, FASE, FSCCT, FSCMR

Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology

Rishi K. Arora, MD
Jonathan Chrispin, MD
Mikhael El-Chami, MD
Paul Friedman, MD, Mentor 
Mahmoud Houmsse, MD, FACP, FACC
Jodie Hurwitz, MD
James Ip, MD
Michael Lloyd, MD
Babak Nazer, MD
Kalyanam Shivkumar, MD, PhD, Mentor
Jonathan S. Steinberg, MD
Emily Zeitler, MD, MHS

Critical Care Medicine

Ravi Agarwala, MD, FRCPC
John Arbo, MD
Aimee Aysenne, MD
Andrea Braun, MD
Paula G. Carvalho, MD, Mentor
Kelly Cawcutt, MD, MS
Bhavinkumar Dalal, MD
Stephen Derdak, DO, Mentor
Roderick Fontenette, MD, MHCM
Deepa Gotur, MD
John Greenwood, MD
Pramod Guru, MBBS, MD,FASN
Renee Hebbeler-Clark MD, MS
Cameron Hypes MD, MPH
Younghoon Kwon, MD, MS, FACC
Rondell Lane, MD, MPH
John Madara, MD
Tashfeen Mahmood, MD
Ryan Maves, MD
William McGee, MD, MHA
Taro Minami, MD, FACP, FCCP
Jason Moore, MD, MS
Jonathan Paladino, MD, PhD
Omar Rahman, MD, FCCM
Santhi Raja, MD, MD, FCICM, EDIC
Farid Sadaka, MD
Irene Spinello, MD, MBA, FCCP, FCCM
Shashvat Sukhal, MD
Seife Yohannes, MD, FCCP
Akram Zaaqoq, MD, MPH

Endocrinology, Diabetes, & Metabolism

Intekhab Ahmed, MD
Renee Amori, MD
Carlos R. Arguello, MD
L. Maria Belalcazar, MD
Harikrashna Bhatt, MD
Mario Chan, MD
Ricardo Correa Marquez, MD, EdD, FACP, FACE, FAPCR, FACMQ, CMQ
Lenor Corsino, MD, MHS
Andrew Robert Crawford, MD
Kaniksha Desai, MD
William Donahoo, MD
Kendal L. Hamann, MD
Ngaruiya Kariuki, MD
Asra Kermani, MB
Chung-Kay Koh, MD
Beatrice Lupsa, MD
Joanna Miragaya, MD, PhD
Travis Monchamp, MD
Ioannis Papagiannis, MD
Ruchita Patel, DO
Prasanna Santhanam, MD
Vijay Shivaswamy, MBBS
Charyse Sindler, MD
Kyaw Soe, MD, FACP
Steven Taylor, MD
Rokshana Thanadar, MD, FACE

Gastroenterology

Uchenna Agbim, MD
Subhankar Chakraborty, MD
Saurabh Chawla, MD
Nader Dbouk, MD
Madhav Desai, MD, MPH
Stephen Fabry, MD
Fadi Francis, MD
Vineet Gudsoorkar, MD
Eugenio Hernandez, MD
Sumant Inamdar, MD, MPH
Sumodh Kalathil, MD
Eric Kallwitz, MD 
Brian Kim, MD
Divyanshoo Kohli, MD
Yaron Langman, MD
Phillip Lindholm, MD
Matthew Moeller, MD
James Morris, MD, FACG, FACP, AGAF
Andrew Pellecchia, MD
Sheryl Pfeil, MD
Francisco Ramirez, MD
Anjana Sathyamurthy, MD
Corina Serer, MD
Atulkumar Shah, MD
Alex Ulitsky, MD
Ravi Vachhani, MD
Neha Wadhwa, MD
Mark Worthington, MD, AGAF
Steven Zacks, MD, MPH
Atif Zaman, MD, MPH

Geriatric Medicine

Tareef Alaama MD, FACP, FRCPC, CPE
Sik Kim Ang, MD
Seki Balogun, MD
Maria Cantu-Cooper, MD
Ruchira Chandra, MD
Grace Ingan Chen, MD
Kimberly Dixon, MD
Priyanka Duggal, MD
Edmund Duthie, MD, Mentor
Jonathan Flacker, MD
Paula Folger, MD
Tyson Garfield, DO 
Lisa Gibbs, MD, Mentor
Herman Hasselkus, MD
Abigail Houts, MD
Jennifer Hwang, DO
Todd James, MD
Elcer Jaqua, MD, DipABLM, DipABOM, FAAFP
Keiko Kimura, MD
Chandrika Kumar, MD 
Tracey Lippard, MD
Thomas Michels, MD
Aurelio Muyot, MD
John Naumovski, MD
Sandeep Pagali, MD, MPH
Priya Pinto, MD
Quratulain Syed, MD
Thomas Triatafillou, MD

Hematology

Juliana Alvarez Argote, MD
Bethany Samuelson Bannow, MD
Jacqueline Barrientos, MD, MS 
Ashrei Bayewitz, MD
Joan Beckman, MD, PhD
Lisa Boggio, MD, MS
Nicholas Burwick, MD
Vince Cataldo, MD
Kenneth Cohen, MD
Christin DeStefano, MD
Binod Dhakal, MD, MS
Scott Gitlin, MD, FACP
Srilatha Hosur, MD
Annie Im, MD
Michael Jaglal, MD, MS
David Kahn, MD
Margaret Kasner, MD
Sreedhar Katragadda, MD
Peter Kouides, MD
Jairam Krishnamurthy, MD, FACP
Ariela Marshall, MD
Debashish Misra, MD
Hemant Murthy, MD
Ayman Saad, MD
Danielle Shafer, DO
Nancy Sun, MD
Ashrei Bayewitz, MD

Hospice & Palliative Medicine

Rebecca Aslakson, MD, PhD
Scott Bolhack, MD, MBA, CMD, CWSP, PCWC, FACP
Ilanit Brook, MD, MSHS
Elyse Demers, MD
Paul DeSandre, DO, FACEP, FAAHPM
Diane Dietzen, MD
Allen Gustin, MD
Rachel Hadler, MD
Justin Kim, MD
Linda King, MD
Raghu Kunamneni, MD
Benjamin Lee, MD, MPH
Shih-Ning (Suny) Liaw, MD
Jane Loitman, MD, MBA, FAAHPM
Charles Louy, MD
Lauren (Lawson) Marcewicz, MD
Adam Marks, MD, MPH, FAAHPM
Martina Meier, MD
Daniel Miller, MD
Arian Nachat, MD
Vandana Nagpal, MD
Tomasz Okon, MD
Biral Patel, MD
Ravi Pathak, MD
Beth Popp, MD
Steven Radwany, MD
Joan Rosenbaum, MD
Drew Rosielle, MD
Marco Ruiz, MD, MPH
Sandra Sacks, MD, MEd
Callie Schnitker, MD
Timothy Siegel, MD, FACS
Thomas Smith, MD, Mentor
Beth Susi, MD
Sara Taub, MD
Christopher Thompson, MD, FAAHPM
K.Ellissa Tiller, MD, FAAHPM, CPE
Joelle Vlahakis, MD
Gary Winzelberg, MD
Brooke Worster, MD

Hospital Medicine

Christine Bryson, DO, SFHM, FACP
Audrey Corbett, MD
Kwame Dapaah-Afriyie, MD (MB.chB)
Anna Doldner, MD
Kathleen Eldridge, MD, MMM
Maria Frank, MD, FACP, SFHM
David Goldstein, MD
Jose Adalberto Gonzalez-Pantaleon, MD
Bjorn Holmström, MD, FACP, FHM
James Jeffries, MD FACP, SFHM
Erin Kelly, MD, MPS
Meredith Kelly, MD
Muhammad Khan, MD, MBA, FAAFP, FHM
Alexander Kinnaird, MD
James Liszewski, MD
Herprit Mahal, MD
Richard Myers, MD
Irem Nasir, MD, MS
Adekunle Obisesan, MD
Dimple Patel, MD
Jonathan Pell, MD
Joseph Rhatigan, MD
Paul Salama, MD
Nathan Sanderse, MD
Danielle Scheurer, MD, MSCR, Mentor
Kranthi Sitammagari, MD, FACP, CHCQM-PHYADV
Bipin Thapa, MD, MS, FACP
Lalit Verma, MD

Infectious Disease

Praveen Raghavendra Anegondhi Sudhindra, MD
Reuben Arasaratnam, MD
Lisa Bebell, MD
Jaime Belmares, MD, MPH
Vladimir Berthaud, MD, MPH, FACP, FIDSA, CPH, DTMH
Miriam Cameron, MD, FIDSA, FACP
Jose Campo Maldonado, MD, MSCI, FACP
Jose Guillermo Castro, MD
Sonia Chimienti, MD
Arlene Chua MD, MSc
Nicolas Cortes-Penfield, MD
Molly Fleece, MD
Kevin Grimes, MD, MPH
Jennifer Hsu, MD
Anna Kaltsas, MD, MS
Janaki Kuruppu, MD
Mark Lacy, MD, MA
Samuel Lee, MD, PhD
Ira Leviton, MD
Miguel Madariaga, MD, MSc
David Mayorga, MD, FACP, FCCP
Andrew McNeil, MD
Benjamin Miko, MD, MSc, DTMH
Obinna Nnedu, MD, MPH
Cassandra Oehler, MD
Suman Radhakrishna, MD
Roseanne Ressner, DO
Karla Rivera Rivera, MD, FIDSA
Christian Rojas Moreno, MD
Rebekah Sensenig, DO
Rohit Talwani, MD
John Wilson, MD
Joseph Yabes, MD

Internal Medicine

Saad Alvi, MD
Alison Amsterdam, MD, FACP
Sudarshan Balla, MD
Timothy Barreiro, DO
Trupesh Chanpura, MD, MHA
Matthew Hollon, MD
Sarah Hubbell, MD
Josune Iglesias, MD, FACP
Sonali Iyer, MD
Christopher Jackson, MD
William Kormos, MD
Vladimir Lytchakov, MD
Samyuktha Madishetty, MD
Ghania Masri, MD
Elexis McBee, DO, MPH, FACP
Jason Ojeda, MD
Ashesh Patel, MD, FACP
Neha Patel, MD
Rachel Ramirez, MD, FACP
Alexander Rittenberg, MD
Michelle Rossi, MD, MPH, Mentor
Terrence (Terry) Shaneyfelt, MD
Ahmed Shoreibah, MD
Stephen Sigmund, MD
Kristen Strasser, MD
Claudia Thomas, MD
Matthew Tuck, MD, MEd, FACP
Manajyoti Yadav, MD, FACP
Joelle Yednock, MD

Interventional Cardiology

Shikhar Agarwal, MD, MPH
Joseph Akamah, MD
Shadwan Alsafwah, MD, FACC
Konstantinos Dean Boudoulas, MD
Brigitta Brott, MD
Herman Cheek, MD
David Drucker, MD
Georges Ephrem, MD, MSc
Erin Fender, MD, MS
Uzoma Ibebuogu, MD
Ankur Kalra, MD
Francis Kiernan, MD
Nicholas Lembo, MD
Juzar Lokhandwala, MD, RVT
Jonathan Marmur, MD
Boban Mathew, MD
Nowwar Mustafa, MD
Brian Negus, MD
Jeetendra Patel, MD
Robert Piana, MD
Andres Pineda Maldonado, MD, FACC, FSCAI
Rakesh Prashad, MD
Michael Ragosta, MD
Ravi Ramana, DO
Yaser Siraj, MD
Matthew Tomey, MD
Pradyumna Tummala, MD, FSCAI, FACC
Sergio Waxman, MD, MBA
Robert Widmer, MD, PhD
Neil Wimmer, MD, MS
Chad Zack, MD, MS

Medical Oncology

Olatunji Alese, MD
Avan Armaghani, MD
Garth Beinart, MD
Brian Boulmay, MD
Lillian Burke, MD, FACP
Helen Chew, MD
Panos Fidias, MD
Ni Gorsuch, MD
Srilata Gundala, MD
Elizabeth Henske, MD
Jairam Krishnamurthy, MD, FACP
Ann LaCasce, MD, MMSc
Chainarong Limvarapuss, MD
Michelle Loch, MD
Ronald Maggiore, MD
Amit Mahipal, MBBS, MPH
Josh McFarlane, MD
Julie Nangia, MD
Ryan Nipp, MD, MPH
Suchita Pakkala, MD
Soo Park, MD
Devika Rao, MD, FACP
Karen Reckamp, MD
Marco Ruiz, MD, MPH
Damian Silbermins, MD
Susan Slovin, MD, PhD
Richard Stone, MD, Mentor 
Stephen Wrzesinski, MD, PhD

Nephrology

Shweta Bansal, MD, FASN
Adam Berliner, MD
Anum Bilal, MD
Gretchen Brandt, MD
Michael Choi, MD, Mentor
Bhavna Chopra, MD, FASN
Matthew D'Costa, MD
Tejas P. Desai, MD
Fernando Fervenza, MD, PhD, Mentor
Leah Haseley, MD
John Havill, MD
Musab Hommos, MBBS, FACP, FASN
Navin Jaipaul, MD, MHS
Hania Kassem, MD
Amir Kazory, MD
Patricia Khalil, MD
Sudhir Khanna, MD, FRCP, FRCPC
Vineeta Kumar, MD
Edgar Lerma, MD
Erik Lum, MD
Tahsin Masud, MD
Evgueni Minev, MD
Marie Philipneri, MD, PhD
Raimund Pichler, MD
Paul Pronovost, MD
Karthik Ramani, MD,MHA
Dena Rifkin, MD, Mentor 
Leticia Rolon, MD
Subodh Saggi, MD
Takamitsu Saigusa, MD
Norman Seay, MD
Ihab Wahba, MD, FACP
Carl Walther, MD
Ladan Zand, MD

Pulmonary Disease

Nathalie Abi Hatem, MD
Oriade Adeoye, MD, MPH, FACP
Tyler Albert, MD
Gopal Allada, MD
Sammar Alsunaid, MD
Srinadh Annangi, MD
Sara Assaf, MD
Ali Ataya, MD
Puneet Aulakh, MD
Ahmed Awab, MD
Hassan Bencheqroun, MD
Rodrigo Cavallazzi, MD
Ordessia Charran, MD
Abigail Chua, MD, MPH
Megan Conroy, MD, MA(Ed)
Debapriya Datta, MD
Scott Evans, MD
Marc Feinstein, MD
Joseph Forrester, MD, Mentor
Mark Godfrey, MD
Ashraf Gohar, MD, FCCP
Amit Goyal, MD
Ian Grasso, MD
Matthew Hegewald, MD
Jordanna Hostler, MD
Nadeem Inayet, MD, FCCP
Peter Jackson, MD
Praveen Jinnur, MBBS, MD, FCCP
Fayez Kheir, MD, MSc
Ismini Kourouni, MD
Prathik Krishnan, MD
Alex Lechin, MD
Sarah Lyon, MD, MSCE
Sarah Medrek, MD
Konstantin Millerman, MD, MPH
Ali Musani, MD
Imre Noth, MD
Ogugua Obi, MD
Molly Osborne, MD, PhD, Mentor
Divya Patel, MD, FACP
Kathryn Radigan, MD
Deepa Raghavan, MD, FCCP, FACP
Navitha Ramesh, MD, FCCP
Joshua Smith, MD
Amik Sodhi, MD
Jennifer Svetlecic, MD
Saiprakash Venkateshiah, MD
James "Mac" Walter, MD

Rheumatology

Aryeh Abeles, MD
Amritpal Anand, MD, MS, PT
Luke Barre, MD, MPH, RhMSUS, FACR
Matthew Carroll, MD
Krati Chauhan, MD, MPH
Stamatina Danielides, MD
Nicole Davey-Ranasinghe, MD
Shailey Desai, MD
Julianna Desmarais, MD
Kalyani Govindaraju, MD
Michael Guma, DO
Anand Kumthekar, MBBS
Maryah Mansoor, MD
Sherif Nasef, MD
Leslie Ranken, MD
Shrilekha Sairam, MD
Michelle Sit, MD
Bob Sun, MD
Eleni Tiniakou, MD
Jaren Trost, MD
Jason Weiner, MD, FACP, FACR, RhMSUS
Than Win, MBBS
Karen Yeter, MD

Sleep Medicine

Ritwick Agrawal, MD, MS
Philip Alapat, MD
Liza Ashbrook, MD
Cristina Baldassari, MD, FACS, FAAP
Maurits Boon, MD
Jean Charchaflieh, MD, DrPH
Bhavinkumar Dalal, MD
Abbey Dunn, MD
Aliya Ferouz-Colborn, MD
Ritu Grewal, MD
Ken He, MD
Sally Ibrahim, MD, FAAP, FAASM
Ikuyo Imayama, MD
Karin Johnson, MD
Anup Katyal, MD
Sanjeev Kothare, MD
Mariam Louis, MD
Rama Maganti, MD
Rafael Marrero, MD
Helen Martin, MD
Mitchell Miller, MD
Michael Nolledo, MD
Ryan Nord, MD
Hyung Park, MD
Salma Patel, MD, MPH
Shekar Raman, MD
Sonja Schuetz, MD, MS, MSc
David Smith, MD, PhD
Stephanie Stahl, MD
Masayoshi Takashima, MD

Transplant Hepatology

Ranjeeta R. Bahirwani, MD
Meagan Gray, MD
Andrew Keaveny, MD, Mentor 
Vandana Khungar, MD, MSc
Ruhail Kohli, MB BCh BAO
Ayman A. Koteish, MD
Paul Kwo, MD, Mentor 
Philip Rosenthal, MD
Ian Schreibman, MD, AGAF, FACG, FACP, FAASLD
Mohamed Shoreibah, MD



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