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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

Ari Cedars, MD
Seiji Ito, MD, FAAP, FACC
Zachary Steinberg, MD

Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology

Richa Agarwal, MD
Monique Tanna, MD, FACC

Cardiovascular Disease

Jorge R. Alegria, MD, FACC, FAHA, FASE
Darpan Bansal, MD
Scott Cameron, MD, PhD, RPVI, FACC, FSVM
Sung-Hae Cho, MD
Zachary David Goldberger, MD, FACC, FHRS
Richard A. Hahn, MD, FACC, FACP, FCCP
Ihab R. Hamzeh, MD, FACC
Binh An Phan, MD, FACC
Gautam Ramani, MD, FACC
Harish Raj Seetha Rammohan, MD, MRCP, FACC, FACP
Aniruddha Singh, MD, FACC
Uma N. Srivatsa, MBBS, MAS, FACC, FHRS
Kamala P. Tamirisa, MD, FACC, FHRS
Nidhish Tiwari, MD, FACP, FACC, FASE
Anita Wokhlu, MD, FACC, FASE, FSCCT, FSCMR

Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology

Rishi K. Arora, MD
Mikhael El-Chami, MD
Mahmoud Houmsse, MD
James Ip, MD
Michael Lloyd, MD, FACC, FHRS
Jonathan S. Steinberg, MD

Critical Care Medicine

Ravi Agarwala, MD
Aimee Aysenne, MD
Paula G. Carvalho, MD
Bhavinkumar Dalal, MD, DNB, FACP, FCCP
Stephen Derdak, DO
Younghoon Kwon, MD
Rondell Lane, MD
John Madara, MD
Tashfeen Mahmood, MD
Ryan Maves, MD
William McGee, MD
Taro Minami, MD, FACP, FCCP
Omar Rahman, MD
Farid Sadaka, MD
Shashvat Sukhal, MD
Seife Yohannes, MD

Endocrinology, Diabetes, & Metabolism

Intekhab Ahmed, MD
Carlos R. Arguello, MD, FACE
Mario Chan, MBBS, FACE
Ricardo Correa Marquez, MD, EdD, FACP, FACE, FACMQ, FAPCR
Andrew Robert Crawford, MD
Kaniksha Desai, MD
Kendal L. Hamann, MD
Asra Kermani, MB, BS, FACP
Joanna Miragaya, MD, PhD, FACE
Ioannis Papagiannis, MD, FACE
Steven Taylor, MD

Gastroenterology

Uchenna Agbim, MD
Subhankar Chakraborty, MD, PhD
Madhav Desai, MD, MPH
Stephen Corvin Fabry, MD
Eugenio J. Hernandez, MD
Sumant Inamdar, MD, MPH
Sumodh C. Kalathil, MBBS
Brian Kim, MD
Divyanshoo Kohli, MD
Phillip C. Lindholm, MD
James Morris, MD
Andrew T. Pellecchia, MD
Francisco C. Ramirez, MD
Anjana Sathyamurthy, MBBS
Mohamed Shoreibah, MD
Ravi Vachhani, MD
Steven Zacks, MD, MPH
Atif Zaman, MD, MPH

Geriatric Medicine

Ruchira Chandra, MD
Grace Ingan Chen, MD
Priyanka Duggal, MD
Jonathan M. Flacker, MD AGSF
Paula A. Folger, MD
Herman Hasselkus, MD
Abigail Holley Houts, MD
Jennifer Hwang, DO
Todd James, MD, AGSF, FACP
Keiko Kimura, MD
Thomas Michels, MD, MPH
Aurelio Jesus Muyot, MD, AGSF, FACP
John Naumovski, MD
Priya Pinto, MD FAAHPM
Thomas Triatafillou, MD

Hematology

Aref Al-Kali, MD
Bethany Samuelson Bannow, MD
Joan D. Beckman, MD, PhD
Nicholas Burwick, MD
Vince D. Cataldo, MD, FACP
Kenneth S. Cohen, MD
Christin DeStefano, MD
Binod Dhakal, MD, MS
Scott D. Gitlin, MD, FACP
Margaret Kasner, MD, MSCE
Peter Kouides, MD
Ariela L. Marshall, MD
Hemant Murthy, MD
Srikanth Nagalla, MD, MS
Ayman Saad, MD, MSc.

Hospice & Palliative Medicine

Rebecca A. Aslakson, MD, PhD, FAAHPM, FCCM
Paul L. DeSandre, DO, FACEP, FAAHPM
Benjamin H. Lee, MD, MPH, FAAP
Eve Makoff, MD
Vandana Nagpal, MD, FACP
Tomasz Robert Okon, MD
Beth Popp, MD, FACP, FAAHPM, HMDC
Steven Radwany, MD, FACP, FAAHPM
Joan Rosenbaum, MD, FAAHPM
Drew Rosielle, MD, FAAHPM
Marco A. Ruiz, MPH, FACP, FIDSA, FRSPH
Sandra H. Sacks, MD, MEd
Timothy R. Siegel, MD, FACS
Beth E. Susi, MD, FACP, FAAHPM
Sara Taub, MD, MBe
Christopher Michael Thompson, MD, FAAHPM
Gary S. Winzelberg, MD, MPH, FACP

Hospital Medicine

Audrey Corbett
Alexander Kinnaird, MD, SFHM
Paul Salama, MD
Nathan Sanderse, MD
Puneet Tuli, MD
David A. Wooldridge, MD, FACP
Kathleen Eldridge, MD, MMM
David Goldstein, MD
Bjorn Holmström, MD
Erin Kelly, MD
Meredith Kelly, MD
James Liszewski, MD
Andrew Miller, MD, MPH, SFHM, FACP
Adekunle Obisesan, MD
Dimple Patel, MD

Infectious Disease

Reuben Arasaratnam, MD, MPH
Nitin M. Bhanot, MD, MPH
Dana Blyth, MD
Sonia Chimienti, MD
Anthony Leung, DO
Suman Radhakrishna, MD
Rohit Talwani, MD, FACP
Miriam Cameron, MD, FIDSA, FACP
Jeanne Carey, MD
Jose Guillermo Castro, MD
Arlene Chua, MD, MSc
Nicolas Cortes-Penfield, MD
Anna Kaltsas, MD, MS
Janaki Kuruppu, MD
Mark Lacy, MD
Ira Leviton, MD
Miguel Madariaga, MD
Cassandra Oehler, MD
Roseanne Ressner, DO
Christian Rojas Moreno, MD
Rebekah Sensenig, DO

Internal Medicine

Sudarshan Balla, MD
Timothy John Barreiro, DO, MPH
Matthew Hollon, MD, MPH, FACP
Christopher D. Jackson, MD, FSSCI
William A. Kormos, MD, MPH
Ghania Masri, MD
Elexis McBee, DO, MPH
Rachel L. Ramirez, MD, FACP
Alexander L. Rittenberg, MD
Rohan Sen, MD, FACP
Terrence Shaneyfelt, MD, MPH, MET
Kristen Strasser, MD
Claudia Thomas, MD, FACP
Matthew G. Tuck, MD, MEd, FACP

Interventional Cardiology

Shikhar Agarwal, MD, MPH
Nishith Amin, MBBS, MD, FACC, FSCAI
Christopher J. Berry, MD, FACC, FSCAI
Brigitta Brott, MD
Crispin Davies, MD
David Wayne Drucker, MD, FACC, FSCAI
Erin A. Fender, MD, MSc
Uzoma N. Ibebuogu, MD
Ankur Kalra, MD, FACP, FACC, FSCAI
Francis J. Kiernan, MD, FACC, FSCAI
Andres M. Pineda Maldonado, MD, FSCAI, FACC
Rakesh Prashad, MD, FACP, FACC, FSCAI
Yaser Siraj, MD
Kenneth G. Taylor, MD, FACC, FACP, FASE, FHFSA
Pradyumna Eswara Tummala, MD
Neil J. Wimmer, MD, MSc
Chad Zacks, MD, MS

Medical Oncology

Brian Boulmay, MD
Helen Chew, MD
Panos Fidias, MD
Elizabeth P. Henske, MD
Jairam Krishnamurthy, MD, FACP
Ann S. LaCasce, MD, MMSc
Michelle Loch, MD
Ronald Maggiore, MD
Joshua J. McFarlane, MD
Julie Nangia, MD
Suchita Pakkala, MD
Karen Reckamp, MD
Marco Ruiz, MD, MPH, FACP
Susan F. Slovin, MD, PhD, FACP

Nephrology

Narothama Reddy Aeddula, MD, FACP, FASN, FNKF
Pavan Annamaraju, MD, FACP, FASN, FNKF
Krishna Baradhi, MD
Adam Berliner, MD
Tejas Desai, MD
Leah Haseley, MD
Navin Jaipaul, MD, MHS
Prachi C. Jog, MS, MD
Vineeta Kumar, MD, FAST
Edgar V. Lerma, MD
Vandana Dua Niyyar, MD, FASN, FNKF, FASDIN
Mandip Panesar, MD, MS, FASN
Raimund Pichler, MD
Paul Pronovost, MD, FACP, FASN
Leticia Rolon, MD
Norman (Winn) Seay, MD
Carl P. Walther, MD, MS, FASN
Ladan Zand, MD

Pulmonary Disease

Ali Ataya, MD
Nitin Bhatt, MD
Sarah Lyon, MD
Ogugua Obi, MD, MPH, MSc
Molly Osborne, MD, PhD
Kanta Velamuri, MD
James "Mac" Walter, MD
Rodrigo Cavallazzi, MD
Joshua Smith, MD

Rheumatology

Luke Barre, MD, MPH, RhMSUS, FACR
Matthew B. Carroll, MD, FACP, FACR
Benedict Chou, MD
Nicole Davey-Ranasinghe, MD, FACP, FACR, RhMSUS
Shailey Desai, MD
Anand Kumthekar, MBBS, RhMSUS
Maryah Mansoor, MD
Sherif Nasef, MD, FACR
Pascale Schwab, MD
Michelle Sit, MD
Bob H. Sun, Jr, MD
Eleni Tiniakou, MD
Jason J. Weiner, MD, FACP, FACR, RhMSUS
Than Win, MBBS
Karen Yeter, MD

Sleep Medicine

Philip Alapat, MD
Liza Ashbrook, MD
Cristina Baldassari, MD
Bhavinkumar Dalal, MD, DNB, FACP, FCCP
Aliya Ferouz-Colborn, MD
Ritu G. Grewal, MD
Ken He, MD, PharmD
Sally Ibrahim, MD
Ikuya Imayama, MD
Karin Johnson, MD, FAAN, FAASM
Anup Katyal, MD
Sanjeev Kothare, MD
Rama Maganti, MD
Rafael Marrero, MD
Helen Gartner Martin, MD
Mitchell Miller, MD
Michael Nolledo, MD
Ryan Nord, MD
Salma Patel, MD, MPH

Transplant Hepatology

Ranjeeta R. Bahirwani, MD
Vandana Khungar, MD, MSc
Ayman A. Koteish, MD
Philip Rosenthal, MD
Ian Schreibman, MD, FACG, AGAF, FACP



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