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Geriatric Medicine Board Exam Committee

Catherine B. Johnston, MD, Chair

Dr. Johnston is the Director of the Palliative Care Program for the PeaceHealth Medical System and for PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center in Bellingham, Washington. She is board certified in Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Medicine. She is also a Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of Washington.

Previously, Dr. Johnston was a Professor of Clinical Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), where she worked from 1996 to 2011. During her time at UCSF, she was Director of the Geriatric Medicine Fellowship Program and served as the Chief for Geriatrics Education. At UCSF, she was appointed to the Haile E. Debas Academy of Medical Educators, and received numerous teaching awards including the Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM) California Region Clinician – Educator of the Year Award.

Dr. Johnston has served on the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Geriatric Medicine Board Exam Committee since 2010, and became the Committee Chair in 2015. Previously, she served as a member of the ABIM Geriatric Medicine Self-Assessment Committee, as well as serving The Association of American Medical Colleges/John A. Hartford Foundation in the creation of Competencies in Geriatrics Education. Dr. Johnston is former Chair of the SGIM Geriatrics Interest Group. She has written numerous articles and book chapters, and been a speaker on geriatrics and palliative care at many national meetings.

Dr. Johnston received her undergraduate degree in biology from University of California, Santa Cruz, her master's of public health degree from University of California, Berkeley, and her medical degree from UCSF. She completed her residency in primary care internal medicine at University of California, Davis where she also served as Chief Medicine Resident. Dr. Johnston completed her geriatric medicine fellowship at Stanford University.

As of January 2017, Dr. Johnston reported the following external relationships:

Work as an author for the following companies, with compensation as listed:

  • McGraw-Hill, Wiley Publishing, receiving compensation as an author for Current Medical Diagnosis and Treatment and Current Geriatric Diagnosis and Treatment.
  • Wiley-Blackwell, receiving compensation as an author and editor of Geriatric Emergencies.

Helen L. Chen, MD

Dr. Chen is the Chief Medical Officer at Hebrew SeniorLife, a Harvard Medical School-affiliated senior health care organization in Boston, Massachusetts, where she serves as the Senior Clinical Leader and oversees the organization's Department of Medicine. She is board certified in Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine, and Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

Previously, Dr. Chen served as the Chief Medical Officer of the Center for Elders' Independence, a Program of All-Inclusive Care for Elders (PACE) in Oakland, California. Prior to that, she was a Clinical Professor of Medicine in the Division of Geriatrics at the University of California, San Francisco, where she also served as the Geriatrics and Extended Care Service Line Director for the San Francisco VA Medical Center and Director of the Northern California Geriatric Education Center. She is currently a member of the American Board of Internal Medicine Geriatric Medicine Exam Committee and the National Quality Forum Standing Committee on Readmissions and Admissions.

Dr. Chen is a graduate of the California Healthcare Foundation Leadership Program and received her undergraduate and medical degrees from Brown University. She completed her residency training in internal medicine and fellowship training in clinical geriatrics at the University of California, San Francisco.

As of April 2017, Dr. Chen reported the following external relationships:

  • Dr. Chen serves as the Chief Medical Officer of Hebrew SeniorLife.

Dr. Chen also receives a stipend for service on the Beth Israel Deaconess Care Organization Primary Care Physicians Pod Leaders Committee.

Anne R. Fabiny, MD

Dr. Fabiny, who is board certified in Family Medicine and Geriatric Medicine by the American Board of Family Medicine and is Associate Chief of Staff for Geriatrics, Palliative and Extended Care at the San Francisco VA Medical Center and Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of California-San Francisco. Prior to assuming that role, she was the Chief of Geriatrics at Cambridge Health Alliance and Medical Director of the CHA Elder Service Plan (a PACE program). She was Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Fabiny began her career as a clinician-educator. She was the Saal Fellow in Medical Education at Harvard Medical School (HMS) and a Macy Scholar. She served as the Associate Director of the 4th Year Comprehensive Objective Structured Clinical Examination at HMS, was a Scholar in The Academy at HMS and Chief of the Teachers' Section of the American Geriatrics Society. She was the 2011 recipient of the HMS Charles McCabe Faculty Prize for Excellence in Teaching.

She joined the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) and Hebrew SeniorLife faculty as a Clinician-Educator in 1997 and has been strongly committed to geriatric education ever since. In 1999, she received a five-year Geriatric Academic Career Award from the Bureau of Health Professions to develop expertise as an educator. She served as Director of the Harvard Geriatric Fellowship Program and Director of Education for the BIDMC Gerontology Division from 2000 to 2005.

More recently, Dr. Fabiny has been engaged in quality improvement work. She developed a successful methodology and interventions to decrease emergency room and hospital utilization for CHA PACE participants and developed an outpatient frailty screening program for CHA outpatient clinics. She was awarded the Bridges to Excellence Medical Home Recognition (2015 to 2018) Level III and the NCQA Physician Practice Connections – Patient Centered Medical Home (2015 to 2018). Dr. Fabiny serves as a member of the American Board of Internal Medicine Geriatric Medicine Board Exam Committee.

She received her medical degree in 1992 from the University of Wisconsin, where she also completed a residency in family medicine. From 1995 to 1997, she was a Fellow in Geriatrics at Harvard Medical School.

As of January 2017, Dr. Fabiny reported no external relationships.

Mindy J. Fain, MD

Dr. Fain, board certified in Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Medicine, is the Anne and Alden Hart Professor of Medicine at the University of Arizona (UA) College of Medicine. She is the Division Chief of Geriatrics, General Internal Medicine and Palliative Medicine in the Department of Medicine, and leads the geriatric clinical and educational programs at the UA Health Sciences Center. Dr. Fain is co-Director of the Arizona Center on Aging, a Board of Regents Center of Excellence, in an alliance that is dedicated to building translational aging research across the continuum.

As Medical Director for the Home-Based Primary Care Program at the Southern Arizona VA Healthcare System for more than 25 years, Dr. Fain provided care in the home for older veterans with advancing chronic illness, and their families, as part of an interdisciplinary health care team. She developed and directed a state-of-the-art telehealth program, and is committed to developing high-value home and community team-based models to care for people with serious illness.

She leads two critically important statewide educational grants: the Arizona Geriatric Education Center, a federally funded geriatric program to train health professionals across the state, to promote excellence in the care of vulnerable seniors; and the Arizona Reynolds Program of Applied Geriatrics, a statewide physician training program funded by the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation to improve the care of frail, older adults. In 2003, Dr. Fain was named a Local Legend from Arizona, a national recognition by United States Congressman Jim Kolbe and the American Medical Women's Association.

Dr. Fain is also the President of the American Academy of Home Care Medicine. She currently serves on the American Board of Internal Medicine Geriatric Board Exam Committee, and is a member of the National Institute on Aging Behavior and Social Science of Aging Review Panel. Her research area of interest is frailty, and she is passionate about facilitating translational work in this area, bridging the worlds of scientists and clinicians. She was awarded the Anne and Alden Hart Chair in recognition of her contributions to the University of Arizona.

Dr. Fain received her medical degree from New York University. She completed residency training in internal medicine and a fellowship in infectious disease at the University Hospitals of Cleveland.

As of January 2017, Dr. Fain reported the following external relationships:

Service on a research-related expert panel or advisory board for the following company, with compensation as listed:

  • Landmark Health, LLC., receiving reimbursement for travel expenses and honoraria.

Dr. Fain serves in significant roles with the following organization, receiving reimbursement or compensation as listed:

  • American Academy of Home Care Physicians, President and Member of Board of Directors, receiving reimbursement for travel expenses.

Lisa Gibbs, MD

Dr. Gibbs is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine which jointly develops the Geriatric Medicine certification exam with ABIM.

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As of January 2017, Dr. Gibbs reported the following external relationships:

Work as an editor for the following company, with compensation as listed:

  • Elsevier, receiving compensation for editorial work on elder abuse, paid to the University of California at Irvine School of Medicine.

Richard J. Hempel, MD

Dr. Hempel is the owner and founder of Family Medicine Clinic of Danville, PSC, where he has practiced since 1999. He is board certified in both Family Medicine and Geriatric Medicine by the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM). He is a member of the American Board of Internal Medicine Geriatric Medicine Board Exam Committee and is an active participant in general test development and review for the ABFM.

Previously, Dr. Hempel was the Vice President of Medical Affairs at Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center (EMRMC) from 2007 to 2014. During his tenure there, he was intimately involved with developing a Hospitalist program and Computerized Physician Order Entry for Ephraim McDowell Health. Dr. Hempel practiced family medicine with Danville Family Physicians from 1990 to 1999, when he founded Family Medicine Clinic of Danville, PSC.

He has chaired the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee at EMRMC for over 20 years. He also was the Medical Director for Heritage Hospice for 11 years and Medical Director of Danville Center for Health and Rehabilitation for 10 years.

Dr. Hempel received his undergraduate degree from the University of Kentucky in 1981 and his medical degree from Vanderbilt University in 1985. He completed a residency in family medicine from the Tallahassee Memorial Regional Hospital Family Medicine program in 1988 and served a two-year obligation in rural Tennessee with the National Health Service Corps from 1988 to 1990.

As of January 2017, Dr. Hempel reported no external relationships.

Paul Kirwin, MD

Dr. Kirwin is board certified by the American board of Psychiatry and Neurology and has expertise valued by the exam committee.

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As of January 2017, Dr. Kirwin reported the following external relationships:

Dr. Kirwin serves in significant roles with the following healthcare-related organizations, receiving reimbursement or compensation as listed:

  • American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry, Past President, without compensation.
  • American Psychiatric Association, Geriatric Psychiatry Committee Member, without compensation.
  • Americares, Global Medical Advisor, without compensation.
  • Partners in Health, Mental Health Consultant, without compensation.

Jeffrey H. Kuch, MD

Dr. Kuch is board certified in Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, Clinical Lipidology, Geriatric Medicine and Sports Medicine. He was appointed Medical Director for the Charlotte community-based outpatient clinic effective March 2015.

Previously he assumed the duties of Medical Director for Hickory Community Based Outpatient Clinic, and also served as Interim Chief of Staff, and Acting Associate Chief of Staff/Geriatrics and Extended Care. Dr. Kuch transferred to Salisbury VA Medical Center in 2007 from the Bay Pines VA Medical Center in St. Petersburg, Florida, where he had served in numerous clinical and administrative positions from Hospitalist to Chief of Staff in his 23-year career there. He was in private primary care practice from 1977 to 1984.

Dr. Kuch has faculty appointments at Wake Forest School of Medicine, as well as Virginia College of Medicine. He previously had appointments at Brown Medical School and University of South Florida College of Medicine. Dr. Kuch served as Major in the U.S. Army Reserve. He helps prepare board examinations for both the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) and the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) as an ABFM member of the ABIM Geriatric Medicine Board Exam Committee.

Dr. Kuch received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School and completed his residency training at the Medical University of South Carolina. Dr. Kuch is a graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Medical School. His postgraduate training was at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston.

As of January 2017, Dr. Kuch reported no external relationships.

Bruce A. Leff, MD

Dr. Leff is a board certified internist and geriatrician and Professor of Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in the Division of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology. He holds a joint appointment in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, and in the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, Department of Community and Public Health.

He is the Director of the Center on Aging and Health Program in Geriatric Health Services Research and the co-Director of the Elder House Call Program. His principal areas of health services research relate to the development, evaluation and dissemination of innovative models of health service delivery for older adults, issues related to the care of people with multiple chronic conditions, the development of quality indicators for home-based medical care, guideline development and case-mix issues. He is the author of more than 100 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters. Dr. Leff has a strong interest in health policy and is a recent health and aging policy fellow and has served on multiple National Quality Forum and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Technical Expert Panels. Dr. Leff cares for patients in the acute, ambulatory and home settings.

A member of the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM)'s Council, Dr. Leff is Chair of the ABIM Geriatric Medicine Board. He directs the medicine clerkship at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and has received multiple awards for his teaching and mentorship. He is a member of the Board of Regents of the American College of Physicians, as well as past-President and current board member of the American Academy of Home Care Physicians.

Dr. Leff received his medical degree from the New York University School of Medicine and completed residency in primary care internal medicine at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, and a fellowship in geriatric medicine and gerontology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, in Baltimore.

As of January 2017, Dr. Leff reported the following external relationships:

Funding for clinical trial expenses and staff, paid to Johns Hopkins University, from the following company:

  • National Institutes of Health (NIH), trial of a non-drug intervention for patients with dementia.

Work as an author or editor for the following company, with compensation as listed:

  • Springer Publishing, Co-Editor of book on geriatric home-based medical care.

Dr. Leff holds a license on Hospital at Home, with income related to licensing technical materials to health systems, receiving royalties.

Dr. Leff serves in significant roles with the following organizations, receiving reimbursement or compensation as listed:

  • Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation, Member of Board of Directors, receiving reimbursement for travel.
  • American Academy of Home Care Physicians, Member of Board of Directors, receiving reimbursement for travel.
  • Ascension Health, Member of the Quality Committee to the Board of Directors, receiving reimbursement for travel.
  • Community Health Accreditation Partner, Advisor on creating standards for home-based palliative care practices, receiving reimbursement for travel.
  • Kendal Corporation, Member of Board of Directors of Kendal Research, receiving no compensation.
  • Landmark Health, LLC, serving on the advisory board of a not-for-profit home health care company, receiving reimbursement for travel expenses and honoraria.
  • Measure Applications Partnership, Member of Post-Acute Care/Long-term Care Workgroup, receiving reimbursement for travel expenses.
  • National Quality Forum, Member of Measure Application Partnership Post-Acute and Long Term Care Committee, receiving reimbursement for travel.
  • Veterans Affairs, Member of the VA Geriatrics and Gerontology Advisory Committee, receiving reimbursement for travel.

Dr. Leff reported receiving grant funding from The Commonwealth Fund, The Retirement Research Fund, the John A. Hartford Foundation, Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, National Institute of Aging, and California Healthcare Foundation, all paid to Johns Hopkins University.