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Asher A. Tulsky, MD, Chair

Asher A. Tulsky, MDDr. Tulsky is a board certified internist. He is Associate Professor of Medicine at the Boston University School of Medicine. His career has focused on postgraduate medical education, and he is currently Director of Resident Development at Boston Medical Center.

Previously, he was Associate Program Director at the University of Pittsburgh Internal Medicine Residency program, directed their community-based residency program, established and directed the International Scholars Program for gifted and accomplished international medical graduates pursuing academic medicine careers and was the principal consultant in a collaboration between the University of Pittsburgh and the Teine Keijinkai Hospital in Sapporo, Japan, in establishing a U.S.-modeled internal medicine residency program.

Dr. Tulsky serves on the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM)'s Internal Medicine Board and served for eight years on the ABIM Internal Medicine Board Exam Committee. He is also an active member of the Association of Program Directors of Internal Medicine.

Dr. Tulsky earned his medical degree from the Chicago Medical School, completed internal medicine residency training at the Michael Reese Hospital and Medical Center in Chicago and fellowship in general internal medicine at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry.

As of July 2019, Dr. Tulsky reported the following external relationships:

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

  • Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine, Program Planning Committee, without compensation.

Susan Apold, PhD, RN, ANP-BC

Susan Apold, PhD, RN, ANP-BCDr. Apold is a Clinical Professor of Nursing at New York University College of Nursing. She is a board-certified Adult Nurse Practitioner and maintains a primary care practice in New Rochelle, New York.

Dr. Apold has served as Professor and founding Dean of Nursing and Health Studies at Concordia College-New York. Prior to her appointment to Concordia, she served at the College of Mount Saint Vincent in the Bronx, New York, where she held a number of positions from faculty to Professor and Dean of the Department of Nursing and finally as the Vice President for Academic Affairs/Dean of Faculty. In that capacity, Dr. Apold developed and implemented both an Adult and Family Nurse Practitioner program, developed a college-wide Honors Program and oversaw all academic programs in the College.

She is the author of a variety of publications, has presented at a number of national conferences and has been awarded more than $3 million in Health Resources and Services Administration program grants that funded Workforce Diversity and Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students.

In addition to her work in nursing education, Dr. Apold has served two terms as President of the American College of Nurse Practitioners and The Nurse Practitioner Association of New York State. Most recently, she served as a member of the Board of Directors at the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). In that capacity, she served as that organization's Federal Health Policy Committee Chair. Currently, Dr. Apold is the founding Chair of the Future Nurse Leader program, an executive training program of the AANP. She is a member of the American Board of Internal Medicine's Internal Medicine Board and she also serves on the editorial boards of The Journal for Nurse Practitioners and Nursing Outlook.

Dr. Apold attended Holy Family University and the University of Pennsylvania, both in Pennsylvania. She obtained her doctoral degree at Adelphi University in New York. Dr. Apold is also a fellow of both the American Academy of Nursing and the AANP. She is currently a Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellow.

As of August 2019, Dr. Apold reported the following external relationships:

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

  • NurseTRUST, Vice-President, receiving reimbursement for travel expenses.
  • The New York State Action Coalition, co-Chair, without compensation.

Letitia Browne-James, Ph.D., LMHC-S, NCC

Letitia Browne-James, MADr. Browne-James is a Board -Certified Counselor, Licensed Mental Health Counselor (FL) and owns Victorious Living Counseling & Consulting, LLC. She has over ten years of experience working with adults, children, families, and couples in many clinical settings as a counselor and administrator. Dr. Browne-James is a sought-after speaker surrounding issues in mental health, teaching, clinical and administrative supervision, multiculturalism, social justice, advocacy, ethical practices, human trafficking, and the intersections of mental and physical health issues. She serves as a member of the Internal Medicine Board of the American Board of Internal Medicine.

In addition to her clinical practice, Dr. Browne-James is a Counselor Educator and Supervisor serving as a Core Faculty Member at Adler Graduate School and Adjunct Faculty at Stetson University. She is also a consultant and trainer to individuals, organizations, and businesses.

Dr. Browne-James serves on Patients Like Me Ethics and Compliance Advisory Board representing the voice of patients in medical research. She previously served as a patient research advisor at Patients Like Me in 2014, where she functioned as a patient consultant, advocate and advisor to healthcare professionals and researchers wanting to provide patient-centered care. She is also a member of Tampa General Hospital’s Patient Coalition. Her passion and work in patient-centered care began with her personal medical journey as a patient with epilepsy for more than three decades. Dr. Browne-James’ personal advocacy led to her having life-changing brain surgery in 2012 that stopped her seizures.

Dr. Browne-James earned a master’s degree in mental health counseling with certificates in marriage and family therapy and play therapy from the University of Central Florida, and a bachelor's degree in psychology from Bethune-Cookman University. She earned her Ph.D. from Walden University in Counselor Education and Supervision with a specialization in counseling and social change.

As of July 2019, Ms. Browne-James reported the following external relationship:

Dr. Browne-James reported service on the Ethics and Compliance Advisory Board for Patients Like Me receiving reimbursement for travel expenses and honoraria.

Saima Chaudhry, MD, MSHS

Saima Chaudhry, MD, MSHSDr. Chaudhry currently serves as the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Chief Academic Officer of the Memorial Healthcare System, one of the largest public health systems in the nation located in Hollywood, Florida and a safety net for Broward County. In her role, she is charged with establishing residency and fellowship training programs for the health system with an estimated 250 trainees. A former Residency Program Director, Dr. Chaudhry was responsible for the 2010 successful merger of the North Shore and Long Island Jewish Internal Medicine Residency Programs, now with approximately 135 house staff. A practicing internist, Dr. Chaudhry has extensive experience in caring for patients in the inpatient and ambulatory arenas.

Dr. Chaudhry's academic research focuses on medical education outcomes in graduate medical education, where she has published extensively. In addition, she has held numerous positions on national academic societies. She was nominated and sworn into Governor Andrew Cuomo's New York State Council on Graduate Medical Education. She served as chair of the Association of Program Directors in Internal Medicine Survey Committee and the Greater New York Hospital Association Task Force on Ambulatory Care. Additionally, she serves as a member of the Florida Surgeon General's Physician Workforce Advisory Board.

Dr. Chaudhry graduated from New York University School of Medicine and completed her internal medicine residency at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Medical Center in California. Her interests in medical education led her to pursue a fellowship with the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program also at UCLA where she obtained her master of science degree in health services.

As of May 2020, Dr. Chaudhry reported the following external relationships:

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

  • Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine, Chair, Association of Program Directors of Internal Medicine, without compensation.

Nagendra Gupta, MD

Nagendra Gupta, MDDr. Gupta is a Board-Certified Internist and is a full-time practicing Hospitalist with Apogee Physicians. As a Medical Director, he currently runs the Hospitalist Program at Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital in Arlington Texas. In this role, he leads a team of over 20 physicians who are responsible for the care for about 200 patients each day.

Dr Gupta has a strong inclination towards academic medicine and has previously served as the Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine at the Campbell University Jerry M. Wallace School of Osteopathic Medicine, where he spent a significant amount of time mentoring medical students. He continues to pursue this interest and currently serves as the Director of the CME Program at his organization. As a CME Director, he oversees and assures content development as well as proper implementation of the educational program for the physician and the nursing staff at his hospital.

In addition to his work in physician education, Dr. Gupta is a member of the American Board of Internal Medicine's Internal Medicine Board. And is also closely associated with the Society of Hospital Medicine where he serves as the Vice President for its North Central Texas Chapter. He has a strong interest in Risk Management and serves on the Quality Management and Peer Review Committees at his hospital.

Dr. Gupta earned his medical degree from Osmania Medical College in India and completed his Internal Medicine Residency at Texas Tech University in Odessa in 2013. He is also a fellow of the American College of Physicians and is a recipient of multiple awards including an award for the Best New Program in 2018 from Apogee Physicians.

As of September 2019, Dr. Gupta reported the following external relationships:

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

  • Society of Hospital Medicine, Vice President of North Central Texas Chapter, without compensation.

Ali Khan, MD

Ali KahnDr. Khan is a practicing general internist and Executive Medical Director at Oak Street Health, a value-based health care company focused on the delivery of transformative primary care to vulnerable Medicare and Medicare-Medicaid enrollees across the United States. At Oak Street, Dr. Khan serves as chief medical officer over Oak Street's largest division, leading the clinical and operational performance of a 30+-center, 100+-clinician and 750+- employee delivery system over three states. He also serves on the clinical faculty of the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine.

Dr. Khan is an experienced leader of mission-driven teams through periods of growth, uncertainty and high-stakes challenges. Previously, he served as CareMore Health's Clinical Design Officer, where he directed national clinical product and program design, implementation and iterative innovation for CareMore's work with high need, complex and vulnerable populations across the United States. At Iora Health, Ali served on the national clinical operations leadership team as Director of Physician Engagement and a clinical innovator, where he led the strategic design and implementation of a variety of initiatives in population health, clinical quality improvement, clinical application product development and workforce development.

A board-certified internist, Dr. Khan practices general internal medicine in both the primary care and inpatient settings, focused on the care of medically complex, highly vulnerable and high-need populations. Beyond the clinic, Ali maintains an active public leadership portfolio, including recent service on the national boards of Doctors for America, the American College of Physicians, Physicians for Human Rights, the California Health Care Foundation Leadership Program and Virginia Commonwealth University. Dr. Khan completed his residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital, where he served on the clinical faculty. He is a graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School and VCU's Medical College of Virginia, earning joint medical and master of public policy degrees as a Harvard Public Service Fellow.

As of January 2020, Dr. Khan reported the following external relationships:

Dr. Kahn reported that he is currently Senior Vice President/Executive Medical Director and shareholder at Oak Street Health. He also reported that he is a shareholder in Iora Health.

Dr. Kahn is also a consultant for Advanced Clinical, which works with large technology companies to evaluate machine learning programs.

David Pizzimenti, DO

David PizzimentDr. Pizzimenti served in the National Health Service Core from 2005 - 2009 in Holly Springs, MS. He became the founding internal medicine residency program director at Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth, MS in 2009. Dr. Pizzimenti oversaw the accreditation and maturation of an internal medicine residency program that serves one of the nation's most under-served regions. Dr. Pizzimenti is now in Tupelo, Mississippi, serving as the Associate Medical Officer of Acute Care and is the founding internal medicine residency program director at North Mississippi Medical Center. With 700 beds, North Mississippi Medical Center is the largest rural hospital in the U.S.

He was the first program director in the country to lead the transition from American Osteopathic Association (ACOI) to ACGME accreditation in the Single Accreditation System in 2015 and was awarded the ACOI national "Teacher of the Year" in 2015. He became a member of the ACGME Internal Medicine Review Committee in 2017.

Dr. Pizzimenti attended medical school at Nova Southeastern College of Osteopathic Medicine, and completed internal medicine residency training at Mt. Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach, Florida in 2005.

As of January 2020, Dr. Pizzimenti reported no external relationships:

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

  • Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, Internal Medicine Review Committee, receiving reimbursement for travel expenses.

Jonathan J. Roberts, MD

Dr. Roberts is a board certified internal medicine specialist in Baton Rouge, Louisiana where he is CEO of Goodwood Primary Care Clinic, LLC. Dr. Roberts offers highly specialized patient care services and treats an extensive array of acute and chronic medical conditions including obesity and addictive disorders. He also develops patient focused goals geared towards primary care and preventive medicine. Dr. Roberts is a member of the American Board of Internal Medicine's Internal Medicine Board.

Dr. Roberts has serviced the Baton Rouge community and surrounding areas for over 20 years and is highly regarded by his peers and patient population.

Dr. Roberts earned his medical degree from Louisiana State University School Of Medicine in New Orleans in 1991 and a bachelor of science in biology/pre-medicine from Southern University A&M College in 1985. Dr. Roberts interned at the Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia and completed his residency training at Tulane University of Louisiana Hospital in 1995. Dr. Roberts holds memberships with the National Medical Association and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

As of July 2019, Dr. Roberts reported no external relationships.

Christopher Walsh, MD

Christopher M. Walsh, MDDr. Walsh, a board-certified internist, is the founding physician and Medical Director of the Virginia Hospital Center Physician Group-Primary Care Arlington. In addition, he is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Georgetown University School of Medicine, serving as an instructor for medical students during their outpatient medicine clerkship. He served as the Team Internist for the Washington Capitals professional hockey team from 2006 to 2014.

Dr. Walsh is a member of the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Internal Medicine Board Exam Committee. Previously, he was a member of the ABIM Supplemental Test Writing Committee. Within Virginia Hospital Center's Physician Group, Dr. Walsh serves as the Chair of the Electronic Health Records Committee, and is an active member of the Quality Committee. He has served on the Resource Utilization, Credentials and By-Laws Committees for the hospital. Dr. Walsh is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and an active member of the Virginia and Arlington County Medical Societies, Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society and American Medical Association.

A graduate of Georgetown University with a major in biology, Dr. Walsh continued his studies at the Georgetown University School of Medicine. Dr. Walsh completed his internal medicine training at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City.

As of August 2019, Dr. Walsh reported no external relationships:

Richard M. Wardrop, III, MD

Richard WardropDr. Wardrop is a Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics and serves as the Vice Chair for Education and Faculty Development for the Department of Medicine at University of Mississippi School of Medicine since 2019. Previously, Dr. Wardrop was Program Director for the Combined Med-Peds Residency at University of North Carolina, founding Faculty at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine, and founding Associate Dean for Biomedical Affairs at Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine. Throughout his career, he has practiced both as an Adult adult and Pediatric pediatric Hospitalist hospitalist and was recognized by the American College of Physicians (ACP) as one of America's top 10 Hospitalists in 2018. He is board-Certified certified though the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Pediatrics since 2006.

Dr. Wardrop has served in national leadership positions within the ACP, the Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine (AAIM), and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). He is currently finishing his service as Chair of the Council of Early Career Physicians and as a member of the ACP Board of Regents. Within AAIM, he serves on the AAIM Education Committee, has served on the AAIM Graduate Medical Education Funding Task force and chaired the AAIM Faculty Development Committee from 2015-2017. Within the AAP, Richard Dr. Wardrop has been a member of the Section of Medicine and Pediatrics Executive Council from 2015-2018.

Originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Dr. Wardrop attended Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, graduating in 1994 summa cum laude, in honors, in biology before graduating from the Ohio State University with a doctoral degree in molecular virology and immunology in 2000 and his medical degree cum laude in 2002. He completed combined internal medicine and pediatric residency ('06) and was Chief Residency ('07) in internal medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

As of January 2020, Dr. Wardrop reported no external relationships:

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

  • American College of Physicians, Member, Board of Regents; Chair, Council of Early Career Physicians; Expert Member of American College of Rheumatology Appropriateness; receiving reimbursement for travel expenses.
  • Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine, Member, Education Committee, without compensation.

Grant funding for salary support and fees, paid to the University of Mississippi School of Medicine, from the following nonprofit healthcare-related organizations:

  • American Medical Association, for the Reimaging Residency Grant.
  • American College of Rheumatology, MIMICTII project designed to increase enrollment of women and minorities in Rheumatology clinical trials through better educational materials for provides and patients.