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Geriatric Medicine Board Exam Committee

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Richard J. Hempel, MD, Chair

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.

Catherine B. Johnston, MD, co-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 masters 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.

Danelle O. Cayea, MD

Dr. Cayea, who is board certified in Internal Medicine and Geriatric Medicine, is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and is the Associate Vice Chair for Education for the Department of Medicine and Director of the Daniel and Jeannette Hendin Schapiro Geriatrics Medical Education Center. She is a clinician educator who focuses on medical student education and has interests in teaching and evaluating communication skills. Dr. Cayea serves as the Director of Core Faculty in several courses at the School of Medicine. She participates in training faculty in teaching skills on a local and national level.

Dr. Cayea is currently the Chair of the American Board of Internal Medicine Geriatric Medicine Board Exam Committee. She previously served as a member of the ABIM Geriatric Medicine Self-Assessment Committee.

After earning her medical degree at the University of Rochester, Dr. Cayea completed internal medicine residency and geriatric medicine fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

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.

Elizabeth N. Eckstrom, MD, MPH

Dr. Eckstrom, who is board certified in Internal Medicine and Geriatric Medicine, is Professor and Section Chief of Geriatrics in the Division of General Internal Medicine & Geriatrics at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU). She leads the geriatrics practice within the OHSU Internal Medicine Clinic, championing geriatric best practices in the vibrant combined Division, and teaches students, residents and geriatric fellows.

Dr. Eckstrom is part of the OHSU Interprofessional Initiative, developing evaluation tools and leading interprofessional faculty development. Her research focuses on promoting a healthy lifestyle in older adults, with an emphasis on tai chi for falls prevention. She also conducts studies to enhance interprofessional teamwork in falls prevention and has developed and tested electronic health record tools to facilitate uptake of evidence-based practices. She co-directs OHSU’s Healthy Aging Alliance.

Previously a member of the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Geriatric Medicine Self-Assessment Committee, Dr. Eckstrom is now a member of the ABIM Geriatric Medicine Board Exam Committee.

Dr. Eckstrom earned her medical degree from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, and her masters of public health degree from the University of Washington. She completed residency training and a geriatric medicine fellowship at OHSU.

As of July 2018, Dr. Eckstrom reported the following external relationships:

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

  • Collins Medical Trust, Board of Trustees, without compensation.

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.

Lisa Gibbs, MD

Dr. Gibbs is Clinical Professor, Family Medicine School of Medicine, Chief, Division of Geriatrics and Gerontology, Medical Director, Senior Health Center, Director, Geriatrics Fellowship at the University of California, Irvine.

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

She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Notre Dame, her medical degree and residency at Stanford University and her fellowship in geriatrics at the University of California, Davis.

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.

Paul Kirwin, MD

Dr. Kirwin is Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Program Director for the Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship at Yale University Hospital. Dr. Kirwin is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and has expertise valued by the exam committee.

He received his bachelor’s degree from Colorado College and his medical degree from Rochester University.

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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 VA 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.