Richard J. Baron, MD, MACP, President and Chief Executive Officer of ABIM & ABIM Foundation
Dr. Baron, board certified in Internal Medicine and Geriatric Medicine, is President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Board of Internal Medicine and the ABIM Foundation. He was a former Chair of the American Board of Internal Medicine's Board of Directors and served on the ABIM Foundation Board of Trustees.
Dr. Baron practiced general internal medicine and geriatrics for almost 30 years at Greenhouse Internists, P.C., located in Philadelphia. Greenhouse was a pioneer in the comprehensive adoption of electronic health records in the small-practice environment. Following that, from 2011 to 2013, he served as Group Director of Seamless Care Models at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Innovation Center, where he led efforts related to accountable care organizations and primary care. Until joining the federal government, Dr. Baron also served on the board of the National Quality Forum and their Health Information Technology Advisory Committee, as well as the Standards Committee of the National Committee for Quality Assurance.
Dr. Baron served as Chief Medical Officer of Health Partners, a not-for-profit Medicaid HMO set up by four teaching hospitals in Philadelphia, from 1988 to 1996. He was the architect of the Best Clinical and Administrative Practices program, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Center for Health Care Strategies, working with medical leadership of Medicaid health plans around the country in learning collaboratives to improve the quality of care for their members. This program reached plans serving more than half of the Medicaid managed care population in the United States. Dr. Baron is a member of the Commonwealth Fund advisory group on Health Care Delivery System Reform and has served as co-Chair of the Public Health – Health Care Collaboration Workgroup of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He is a member of the Aspen Institute Health Strategy Group.
Dr. Baron received an English degree from Harvard College and his medical degree from Yale University. He completed house staff training at New York University-Bellevue Medical Center and served a three-year obligation in the National Health Service Corps in rural Tennessee.
Richard G. Battaglia, MD, FACP, Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Battaglia, a board certified internist, is Chief Medical Officer (CMO) of the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM). There, he leads ABIM's effort to incorporate feedback from practicing physicians and key stakeholders into clinical aspects of all of ABIM activities, including Certification and Maintenance of Certification (MOC).
Previously, Dr. Battaglia served as a primary care internist with Health Care Plan/Univera, a multi-specialty, staff model practice in Western New York before transitioning into leadership roles, including Medical Director of the Medical Centers Division and Senior Vice President, Medical Affairs/Corporate Medical Director. He also served as Medical Director/Chief Medical Officer of large multispecialty medical groups in Western New York. He has participated in national quality initiatives focused on physician group practice and health maintenance organizations. For more than 10 years, he devoted time to The National Committee for Quality Assurance, including a term as Chairman of the committee charged with accreditation decision-making. Most recently, he was a consultant for national and international organizations, including academic medical centers, health systems, community hospitals, medical groups, payers and national physician certification organizations.
Dr. Battaglia received a biochemistry degree from Canisius College, a Jesuit institution in Buffalo, NY. He obtained his medical degree from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. Dr. Battaglia completed his residency through the University of Rochester Primary Care Program in Internal Medicine and also served as Chief Resident.
Bradley Brossman, Ph.D., Vice President of Psychometrics
Dr. Brossman is Vice President of Psychometrics at the American Board of Internal Medicine. He oversees the production, analysis and scoring of ABIM assessments, including item analysis, test assembly and equating, standard setting, and scoring.
During his time at the ABIM, Dr. Brossman has directly staffed several Exam Committees, including Internal Medicine, Infectious Disease, Gastroenterology, and Transplant Hepatology. He began his tenure at ABIM as a Research Psychometrician, where he led scientific studies on best practices in measurement, including score report design, adaptive testing, and equating for small samples, among other topics.
Prior to joining the ABIM, Dr. Brossman served as Research Psychometrician at Boston College in the TIMSS & PIRLS International Study Center, where he helped to track educational progress at the international level for about sixty countries.
Dr. Brossman received a doctoral degree in Educational Measurement and Statistics from the University of Iowa.
Judi Cassel, MPP, Chief of Staff
Ms. Cassel works within the President's Office as the Chief of Staff of the American Board of Internal Medicine. In that role, she has direct responsibility for overseeing ABIM's Human Resources; Governance; Customer Care; Strategy, Planning and Optimization; and Program Operations sections. She serves as a key representative of Dr. Richard Baron, ABIM's President and CEO, and helps to develop and implement ABIM's programmatic goals. Ms. Cassel also supports communication among all of ABIM's leadership team members, chairing the Senior Executive Team. Additionally, she acts as liaison to outside legal counsel and serves as ABIM's Chief Ethics Officer, ensuring adherence to ABIM's conflict of interest policies for governance members and staff.
Before coming to ABIM, Ms. Cassel worked for the City of Philadelphia as Project Director, OnePhilly, where she led the $40 million transformation of the City's human resources operations, which serves more than 28,000 active and 35,000 retired employees. She also served the City as Chief of Staff to the Finance Director, where she helped to lead the City's financial operations and set financial strategy for the City. Prior to that, Ms. Cassel served the City of Philadelphia as Chief of Staff of the Department of Human Services and as a Deputy Managing Director. Earlier in her career, she was Deputy Chief Strategic Planning Officer for the School District of Philadelphia.
Ms. Cassel graduated from Dartmouth College and has a master's degree in Public Policy from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. She also completed a fellowship at the Education Policy & Leadership Center in Harrisburg, PA.
Jeremy Dugosh, Ph.D., Vice President, Test Development
Dr. Dugosh is Vice President of Test Development at the American Board of Internal Medicine. He is responsible for overseeing the production and processing of secure examinations and examination-related material within the department and across other sections of the organization. He also takes a leadership role in improving examination processing quality control procedures, efficiency and security.
He previously served as ABIM's Director of Test Development. In this role, he had primary oversight responsibility for all day-to-day operations related to producing ABIM examinations and self-assessment products. Through the course of his tenure, he has served as the primary staff administrator for several ABIM Exam Committees, including Internal Medicine, Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology, Sleep Medicine, Geriatric Medicine, Pulmonary Disease, and Infectious Disease.
Dr. Dugosh is a member of both the editorial board and the international advisory board of Education in Medicine Journal and has served as an ad hoc reviewer for Academic Medicine, Annals of Internal Medicine, International Journal of Testing, Singapore Medical Journal, and Basic and Applied Social Psychology. He has also served as a reviewer for several professional meetings including the American Educational Research Association, National Council on Measurement in Education, and Association of Test Publishers. In addition to publications on topics in social and personality psychology, including psychological scale development, his presentation topics have included measuring editing skills, writing good test and survey questions, computer-based testing, and item development and banking.
Before joining ABIM in 2001, Dr. Dugosh worked in a variety of capacities within the Department of Psychology at the University of Texas at Arlington. There, he taught experimental psychology, human relations and social processes laboratory courses.
Dr. Dugosh earned a bachelor's degree in Psychology from Texas A&M University-Kingsville, where he graduated summa cum laude. He holds masters and doctoral degrees in Experimental Psychology from the University of Texas at Arlington.
Rebecca S. Lipner, Ph.D., Senior Vice President, Assessment and Research
Dr. Lipner is Senior Vice President of Assessment and Research at the American Board of Internal Medicine, where she oversees a team of measurement and research design and analysis experts who employ measurement principles using both qualitative and quantitative methods to ensure and enhance the high quality of assessment programs across the ABIM enterprise while disseminating evidence-based research findings to the public. In this role she ensures that ABIM assessment products remain relevant to the practice of internal medicine and identifies new possibilities and innovations in assessment and technology that guide research and development initiatives.
Prior to joining ABIM, Dr. Lipner held a variety of teaching and faculty positions at Drexel University, St. Joseph's University and the University of Pittsburgh, where she taught undergraduate and graduate courses in statistics, tests and measurement, experimental design, systems analysis and design, and expert systems.
Her research interests include high-stakes testing and assessment, statistical modeling, experimental design, the use of procedural clinical simulations in testing, and health outcomes research. Dr. Lipner is a frequent speaker on these subjects and is widely published in professional journals, including the Journal of the American Medical Association, Annals of Internal Medicine, Academic Medicine, Applied Measurement in Education, and the Journal of Educational Measurement.
Dr. Lipner received her degrees from Drexel University and the University of Pittsburgh. She is a member of the American Educational Research Association, the Association of American Medical Colleges, National Council on Measurement in Education, AcademyHealth and is active in the Association of Test Publishing, where she served as Program Committee Chair and Vice-Chair from 2006-2008.
Lorna Lynn, MD, Vice President, Medical Education Research
Dr. Lynn, a board certified internist, is Vice President of Medical Education Research at the American Board of Internal Medicine. Dr. Lynn's first involvement with ABIM was as the Medical Secretary for the Internal Medicine Exam in 1995. She joined ABIM's staff in 1999, when plans for developing new tools for clinical performance assessment had just begun. During her tenure at ABIM, Dr. Lynn has worked on the development of numerous practice assessment tools, and on research related to those tools. She has leadership responsibility in providing clinical oversight for ABIM's evolving approaches to assessment. Additionally, she serves as the Staff Administrator for ABIM's Conflict of Interest Subcommittee, and as the Executive Sponsor for the Pulmonary Disease, Critical Care Medicine, Gastroenterology and Geriatric Medicine Specialty Boards.
Dr. Lynn has served on committees of the National Quality Forum and the Institute of Medicine addressing care coordination, interprofessional education, and conflicts of interest. She is a member of the Board of Directors for the American Board of Family Medicine.
Before joining ABIM, Dr. Lynn was Assistant Professor and Director of Ambulatory Education in the Division of General Internal Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania where she was recognized for her expertise in clinical prevention and primary care for patients with chronic illnesses. While at Penn, she received a Robert Wood Johnson Generalist Physician Faculty Scholar's Award, the Maurice Attie Faculty Teaching Award, the Robert Dunning Dripps Memorial Teaching Award for Excellence in Graduate Medical Education and the John M. Eisenberg Primary Care Teaching Award.
Dr. Lynn received a bachelor's degree in biology magna cum laude from Colorado College and her medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania, where she completed internship and residency training in Internal Medicine, and a fellowship in General Internal Medicine.
Vincent J. Mandes, Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Mandes, a seasoned financial management professional with a strong background in strategic planning and business development, is Senior Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) at the American Board of Internal Medicine and the ABIM Foundation. He directs activities associated with the security and investment of the assets and funds of both organizations and is responsible for providing overall direction for the accounting, tax, insurance, budget, credit and treasury functions. Additionally, he ensures that financial transactions, policies and procedures meet organization short- and long-term objectives, as well as regulatory requirements.
Previously, Mr. Mandes served as Vice President of Finance at Lincoln Investment Planning, Inc., where he managed all aspects of financial activities: treasury, cash management, taxes, forecasts, risk management, and coordination of independent third party professional services. Before that, he spent twelve years at Rose Management Services, a multi-million dollar restaurant management company which operates 60 casual dining restaurants, where he served first as Controller and later as Chief Financial Officer. Early in his career, he was Controller at Wallquest/Design Directions Inc., and a CPA at K.P.M.G. Peat Marwick.
Mr. Mandes, a certified public accountant, earned his bachelor's degree in Accounting from Widener University and his MBA in Finance from LaSalle University.
Furman S. McDonald, MD, MPH, Senior Vice President for Academic and Medical Affairs
Dr. McDonald, a board certified internist, is the Senior Vice President for Academic and Medical Affairs at the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM), where he provides physician leadership for the effective functioning of the Council and Specialty Boards, Graduate Medical Education (GME) related leadership and oversight for the consistent quality/integrity of ABIM certification programs. In these roles, he supports the development and implementation of integrated policies and standards for the Certification and Maintenance of Certification programs of the specialty and subspecialties of Internal Medicine. Dr. McDonald leads the ABIM Academic Affairs and Medical Specialties departments.
Prior to joining ABIM, Dr. McDonald held many GME-related positions, including being the program director of one of the largest internal medicine residencies in the nation at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. There, he led the program's participation in the ACGME's Educational Innovations Project. Dr. McDonald holds the rank of Adjunct Professor of Medicine in the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science and continues to practice as a supervising physician for resident continuity clinic in the J. Edwin Wood Clinic of the Pennsylvania Hospital.
He was also a member of the ACGME Residency Review Committee for Internal Medicine (RRC-IM) during the transition to the Next Accreditation System. As a longtime member of the Association of Program Directors in Internal Medicine (APDIM), Dr. McDonald chaired the APDIM Survey Committee from 2007 – 2011, leading the development of longitudinally tracked surveys with questions of importance to program directors resulting in many publications related to GME. He remains on both the RRC-IM and the APDIM Survey Committee as an ex officio member for ABIM. He is also a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and a member of the Society of Hospital Medicine reflecting his medical practice expertise in both general and hospital internal medicine.
The focus of Dr. McDonald's professional career has been the training of internal medicine residents and fellows to provide better care to patients by incorporating the best evidence available for both medical care and medical education. The scholarly focus of his career has been to establish the evidentiary link between graduate medical education and patient-relevant outcomes supported by both internal and external funding sources and resulting in over 100 peer reviewed publications as well as numerous abstracts, letters, books and book chapters.
Dr. McDonald earned a bachelor's degree in Physics from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and his medical degree from Mayo Medical School. He completed an internal medicine internship at Johns Hopkins Hospital, Osler Medical Service, and an internal medicine residency at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., where he also served as Chief Resident. He later earned a master's of public health degree concentrating in epidemiology, biostatistics, and medical education research from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Jeffrey Miller, MSIS, Chief Information Officer, Information Technology
Mr. Miller is the Chief Information Officer at the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM), responsible for providing technical leadership and industry-leading solutions to facilitate the changing needs of the ABIM community. Mr. Miller leads the ABIM Application Development and IT Operations departments.
Before joining ABIM, Mr. Miller’s work centered around a variety of health and life sciences organizations. He has had the pleasure of working with LiquidHub, Hewlett-Packard, Cooper University Health Care, and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.
He received a bachelor's degree from Lafayette College and a master's degree in information systems from Drexel University.
Pamela Browner White, Senior Vice President of Communications
Ms. Browner White, Senior Vice President of Communications at the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) and ABIM Foundation, has more than 25 years of experience in communications, public affairs, community relations and strategic development. She oversees all communications operations and activities for ABIM and the ABIM Foundation, working to expand and enhance outreach to physicians and external stakeholders, increase organizational transparency and effectively communicate the importance of board certification and medical professionalism.
Before joining ABIM and the ABIM Foundation, Ms. Browner White was Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications and Strategic Development at Esperanza, Inc., the largest Hispanic faith-based nonprofit organization in the U.S. There, she developed a dynamic communications strategy to build a local and national reputation with key internal and external stakeholders and managed relationships with top-tier media and advanced strategic partnerships to secure resources to support the organization's mission.
Previously, she was Vice President, Public Affairs for Cancer Treatment Centers of America, where she engaged various audiences, including patients, physicians, media and industry leaders on important health care issues. She also held senior leadership roles with the Philadelphia Eagles and Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania. In addition, Ms. Browner White has a history of community service and is Chair Emeritus of the Board of Directors for the Marian Anderson Award and Former Chair of the Workforce Investment Board and Philadelphia Youth Council.
She earned a bachelor's degree in communications from Youngstown State University.