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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 January 2017, 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, Co-Chair of the Member Engagement Committee, without compensation.

Eva M. Aagaard, MD

Dr. Aagaard, who is board certified in Internal Medicine, is Professor of Medicine and Senior Associate Dean for Education at Washington University School of Medicine in St Louis. She practices general internal medicine in both the inpatient and outpatient setting at the Barnes Jewish Hospital. In her roles, she provides coordination and oversight of issues that span undergraduate, graduate and continuing medical education. Nationally, she led the development of the Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM) TEACH Program, serves on the SGIM Council and is a newly appointed Deputy Editor for the Journal of General Internal Medicine. Internationally, she was the developer and faculty lead of the Health Education Advanced Leadership Program in Zimbabwe.

Dr. Aagaard formerly served as the Associate Dean for Educational Strategy, Founder and Director of the Academy of Medical Educators, Director of the Center for Advancing Professional Excellence, Vice Chair for Education in the Department of Medicine and the Clerkship Director for the Hospitalized Adult Care Block at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. She formerly developed integrated curriculum for medical students at both University of California San Francisco (UCSF) and University of Colorado and was the Assistant Program Director for the UCSF Primary Care Internal Medicine Residency Program.

Currently, Dr. Aagaard is a member of the American Board of Internal Medicine's Internal Medicine Board and Board Appeals Panel and the National Board of Medical Examiners Ambulatory Care Test Development Committees. She served as a core member of the Milestones in Internal Medicine Committee. She has won more than 15 awards for clinical excellence, teaching and humanism in medicine, including the University of Colorado's President's Teaching Award, the Society of General Internal Medicine Mid-Career Mentoring Award, and the Elizabeth Gee Award for the Advancement of Women at the University of Colorado.

She is a graduate of the UCSF General Primary Care Internal Medicine Residency Program, the UCSF General Internal Medicine and the Teaching Scholars Program. She received her medical degree from Cornell University Medical College.

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

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

  • Epigeum, future royalties to be paid to the University of Colorado School of Medicine, for co-authoring content for online resource.

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

  • National Board of Medical Examiners, Ambulatory Test Development Committee, Chair; multiple item review committees, Member, receiving honoraria and reimbursement for travel expenses.
  • Society of General Internal Medicine, Council Member, receiving reimbursement for travel expenses and reduction in registration costs.

Susan Apold, PhD, RN, ANP-BC

Dr. 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 January 2017, Dr. Apold reported the following external relationships:

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

  • American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, AANP Leadership Program, Chair; Planning Committee, Chair; and AAN Fellow Selection Committee receiving reimbursement for travel expenses.
  • The New York State Action Coalition, co-Chair, without compensation.

Letitia Browne-James, MA

Ms. Browne-James is a nationally board certified and licensed mental health counselor in Florida. She owns Victorious Living Counseling and Consulting, LLC, which offers mental health and marriage and family counseling to children and adults as well as consultation services to organizations and companies. Ms. Browne-James is an Assistant Clinical Director and Counselor at a secured residential facility for juvenile boys and young men with severe mental health and substance abuse needs. She also serves as adjunct faculty at Stetson University and the University of Central Florida. She is a member of the Internal Medicine Board of the American Board of Internal Medicine.

Currently, Ms. Browne-James serves on Patients Like Me Ethics and Compliance Advisory Board representing the voice of patients in medical research. She also 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. Her passion and work in patient-centered care began with her personal medical journey as a patient with epilepsy for more than three decades. Ms. Browne-James’ personal advocacy led to her having a life-changing brain surgery in 2012 that stopped her seizures.

She previously worked as a clinical manager at one of the largest behavioral health agencies in Florida for four years, where she oversaw the clinical and administrative functions of mental health and substance abuse programs for children and adolescents.

Ms. Browne-James is a licensed mental health counselor and qualified clinical supervisor in Florida. She 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 is also a doctoral candidate at Walden University pursuing a PhD in counselor education and supervision with a specialization in counseling and social change.

As of May 2018, Ms. Browne-James reported the following external relationship:

Ms. Browne-James reported service on the Ethics and Compliance Advisory Board for Patientslikeme.com, receiving reimbursement for travel expenses and honoraria.

Heather L. Burton, MD

Dr. Burton, a board certified internist, is currently the Assistant Regional District Chief of Internal Medicine at Colorado Permanente Medical Group. She has been on the clinical faculty of the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center since 2005.

Currently, Dr. Burton is a member of the American Board of Internal Medicine's Internal Medicine Board and Internal Medicine Board Exam Committee. She serves on the Guidelines Committee, Education Committee and Peer Review for Colorado Permanente Medical Group. She is also the organizer of the Internal Medicine Journal Club. Dr. Burton is the moderator and question writer for the Colorado American College of Physicians (ACP) Doctor's Dilemma. In addition, she serves on the Colorado ACP Governance Council. Previously, she served as Chairperson for the Colorado ACP Chapter Meeting Planning Committee.

In 2013, Dr. Burton was awarded the Laureate Award from the Colorado ACP. In 2012, she won the Colorado Permanente Medical Group's higher honor, The Permanente. In 2011, she was named one of 5280 Magazine's Top Doctor. In 2006, she was named Teacher of the Year by Colorado Permanente Medical Group.

Dr. Burton earned her medical degree at Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons. She completed her residency in the Department of Medicine at the University of Colorado. Prior to that, she received a master's degree in physiologic psychology from Dartmouth College.

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

Roger W. Bush, MD

Dr. Bush, who is board certified in Internal Medicine with a Focused Practice in Hospital Medicine, is the Founding Program Director of the Billings Clinic Internal Medicine Residency, the first of its kind in this vast, rural, underserved area. He is a master of the American College of Physicians (ACP) and a senior fellow in hospital medicine (Society of Hospital Medicine). His core professional interest is the design and implementation of waste-free, highly reliable clinical microsystems around the needs and preferences of patients, with clinical education and quality improvement integrated in the daily work. As Founding Program Director of the Billings Clinic Internal Medicine Residency, Dr. Bush guides its mission to bring general internists to the region within 600 miles of Billings, Montana (Eastern Montana, Western North Dakota and Northern Wyoming).

He served as the Program Director for the internal medicine residency at Virginia Mason Medical Center from 1996-2007. He practiced primary care internal medicine for many years at Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle, after entering primary care practice in Newport, Oregon.

In 2011, Dr. Bush accepted ACP's appointment to the Board of Commissioners of The Joint Commission, where he chaired the Achieving High Reliability in Healthcare Strategic Interest Workgroup, and also serves on the accreditation, performance measurement and governance committees. From January 2002 to June 2009, he served on the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education's Residency Review Committee for Internal Medicine (RRC-IM), appointed by the ACP. He chaired the Educational Innovation Project Subcommittee of RRC-IM, a multiyear effort to change from process-based to outcomes-based accreditation and collaboratively align educational and quality of care outcomes. Dr. Bush is a member of the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Board of Directors and serves on the ABIM Internal Medicine Board.

He received his medical degree from the University of California, San Francisco, and completed internal medicine residency in 1983 at Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle.

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

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

  • American College of Physicians, Political Action Committee Board Member, without compensation.
  • The Joint Commission, serving on the Board of Commissioners, and as a committee Chair and committee member, receiving reimbursement for travel expenses.
  • American Board of Medical Specialties, serving as a Director of the Portfolio Board, without compensation.

Dr. Bush also reported involvement with clinical work at Neighborcare Health, a group of Federally Qualified Health Centers in Seattle.

Saima Chaudhry, MD, MSHS

Dr. Chaudhry currently serves the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Chief Academic Officer of the Memorial Healthcare System. In her role, she is charged with establishing residency and fellowship training programs for the health system with an estimated 250 trainees. As 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 serves 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 American Board of Internal Medicine's Internal Medicine 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 January 2017, Dr. Chaudhry reported no external relationships.

Yul D. Ejnes, MD

Dr. Ejnes, a board certified internal medicine specialist, is in private practice at Coastal Medical, Inc. in Cranston, Rhode Island, which he co-founded in 1995. Coastal Medical is Rhode Island's largest private practice, a Level 3 Patient Centered Medical Home, and a Medicare accountable care organization.

In addition to practicing full-time, Dr. Ejnes is Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. He is a member and past Chair of the Board of Directors of the Rhode Island Quality Institute, the state's designated regional health information organization. He is also a member of the American College of Physicians' (ACP) delegation to the American Medical Association (AMA) House of Delegates.

At ACP, Dr. Ejnes has served as Chair of the Board of Regents, Chair of the Board of Governors, Rhode Island Chapter Governor, and as member or Chair of numerous committees and task forces. He recently completed a term on the American Medical Assocation’s Relative Value Scale Update Committee. He is a member of the American Board of Internal Medicine's Internal Medicine Board. He was also past President of the Rhode Island Medical Society and the Rhode Island Society of Internal Medicine.

Dr. Ejnes earned his medical degree from Brown Medical School in Providence, Rhode Island in 1985 and did his internal medicine residency and chief medical residency at Rhode Island Hospital, also in Providence.

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

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

  • American College of Physicians, American Medical Association House of Delegates; Coding and Payment Policy Committee; Rhode Island Chapter, Executive Council and Program Committee, receiving reimbursement for travel expenses.

Charles M. Kilo, MD, MPH

Dr. Kilo is the Chief Executive Officer of GreenField Health, an innovative primary care and consulting group in Portland, Oregon. He is the former Chief Medical Officer at the Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU). He is a board certified general internist with a background in performance improvement, patient safety and information technology. He started GreenField Health prior to joining OHSU where he served for seven years leading the organization into Lean before rejoining his team at GreenField to pursue more entrepreneurial activities and business development. He served as a Vice President of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement from 1995 to 2000.

He is a member of the American Board of Internal Medicine’s Internal Medicine Board. Dr. Kilo has consulted with medical groups and health systems on topics such as performance excellence, quality and safety, health system design, information technology, and health system reform. In 2005, along with Dr. Mark Leavitt, he wrote and edited the book, “Medical Practice Redesign with Information Technology.”

Dr. Kilo earned his medical degree at Washington University School of Medicine, where he also completed his internal medicine training. He subsequently completed an infectious diseases fellowship and earned a master’s degree in public health at Harvard University. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians.

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

  • AkeLex, without compensation.

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

  • The Foundation for Medical Excellence, Board of Directors, without compensation.
  • Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, Competency Milestones Revisions Committee Member & Patient Safety Task Force Member, receiving travel reimbursement.

Robert Sidlow, MD, MBA

Dr. Sidlow is Professor of Clinical Medicine at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and he is board certified in Internal Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

Currently, Dr. Sidlow is Head of the Division of Survivorship and Supportive Care (DSSC), and Associate Chair, Patient Care Operations in the Department of Medicine at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC). This division includes the General Internal Medicine, Geriatrics, Hospital Medicine, Palliative Medicine, Integrative Medicine, Employee Health and Wellness, and Urgent Care Services. The DSSC establishes the organizational infrastructure necessary for the development of interdisciplinary programs to advance across the broad scope of the MSKCC mission of patient care, research and education as they relate to survivorship and supportive care. Dr. Sidlow's leadership experience, understanding of hospital organization and management, and understanding of the physician and non-physician resources necessary to coordinate supportive care activities between inpatient and outpatient arenas are also essential for his role as Associate Chair for Patient Care Operations.

Previously, Dr. Sidlow served as Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Executive Vice Chairman of the Department of Medicine, and Director of Palliative Medicine at the Jacobi Hospital and North Bronx Healthcare Network.

Dr. Sidlow is a member of the American Board of Internal Medicine's Internal Medicine Board.

Dr. Sidlow he received his bachelor's degree from Yeshiva University and his medical degree from Columbia University. He completed internal medicine residency training at Mount Sinai. He received an Masters of Business Administration from the University of Massachusetts (Amherst) Isenberg School of Management.

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

  • National Quality Forum, End of Life Committee Member, receiving travel reimbursement.

Dr. Sidlow also reported serving as a consultant for Compassionate Care Hospice.