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From left to right: Jackie Judd; Dave Chokshi, MD; Antonia Villarruel, PhD, RB, FAAN; Richard Baron, MD at a panel discussion on Rebuilding Patient Trust at the 2019 Aspen Ideas Festival

2022 Guest Speakers

Diverse Voices Speaker Series: Building a Bridge of Trust: Inclusion of American Indians in Healthcare

On December 20, The American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Internal Medicine co-sponsored a webinar to discuss Native American/American Indian health issues. The panel highlighted the following speakers:

  • Alma McCormick, a member of the Crow Nation, who is a patient advocate and runs a community health organization focused on American Indians.
  • Dr. Hannah Woriax, a member of the Lumbee tribe, who is an assistant professor of surgery for breast surgical oncology at Duke University.
  • Dr. Lucas Toho, a member of Caddo Nation, who is general surgeon at Grady Memorial Hospital in Chickasha, Okla.
  • Dr. Lukejohn Day, a member of Oglala Lakota Nation, who is the president of the Association of American Indian Physicians, a professor of medicine at UCSF and the chief medical officer at the Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital.

Do No Harm: Language Barriers, Invisible Disabilities and Patient Care

On Friday October 21 at 3pm ET, ABIM held a DEI webinar to recognize Hispanic Heritage month and Disability Employment month. The conversation featured Olga Lucia Torres, a former litigator who went for treatment of her autoimmune disease and ended up with a brain injury, and Dr. Richard Baron. During the conversation, Dr. Baron and Ms. Torres discussed Ms. Torres's medical journey, difficulties in healthcare when English is not a patient's primary language, the role of narrative medicine in understanding how to communicate, how patients can and advocate for themselves and how physicians can be more inclusive.

Pride Panel Discussion

ABIM hosted an engaging panel discussion on the impact anti-LGBTQ+ legislation will have on clinicians, trainees and patients. The panel also discussed the patient benefits of gender affirming care. Speakers included:

Resources shared during the discussion: Guidelines for the Primary and Gender-Affirming Care of Transgender and Gender Nonbinary People || Endocrine Treatment of Gender-Dysphoric/Gender-Incongruent Persons: An Endocrine Society* Clinical Practice Guideline || The World Professional Association of Transgender Health: Standards of Care for the Health of Transsexual, Transgender, and Gender Nonconforming People || Introduction to Health for Transgender Youth

Read the Recap on the Blog >>

Celebrating Women’s History Month: ABIM Discussion Panel

On March 29th ABIM staff was invited to join Celebrating Women’s History Month: ABIM Discussion Panel. Moderated by ABIM’s Rebecca Lipner, PhD, SVP, Assessment and Research, we had five inspiring guest panelists highlighted to discuss women in leadership positions within the healthcare industry. Panelists discussed their experiences, concerns, and hopes for the future for women in leadership.  Panelists included:

  • Antonia M. Villarruel PhD, RN, FAAN, Professor and Margaret Bond Simon Dean of Nursing at University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing
  • Jeanne M. Marrazzo, MD, Director, Division of Infectious Diseases at University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • Marianne Green, MD, Vice Dean for Education at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, ABIM Board of Directors Member
  • Scharles Konadu, MD, Gastroenterologist and consultant for Huguley Medical Associates in Burleson Texas, ABIM Specialty Board Member
  • Vineet Arora, MD, Dean for Medical Education at The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, ABIM Board of Directors Member

Celebrating Black History Month at ABIM: Tour of the Paul Robeson House

ABIM hosted a Virtual Tour of the Paul Robeson House for ABIM staff to join, presented by Christopher Rogers, PhDc, to learn more about Paul Robeson, PhDc, the Paul Robeson House and its history, along with its commitment to the future in bringing awareness to health equity, especially within the West Philadelphia community.

Celebrating Black History Month at ABIM: MLK Day Panel

Dr. Lorna Lynn, VP Medical Education Research & Staff Administrator for DEI Governance Committee, moderated a panel to discuss the influence and impact Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had on members of ABIM’s staff. The panel highlighted the following staff members:

  • Susan HawkinsProgram Manager, Strategy Planning & OptimizationJeremy Dugosh, PhD, VP Test Development
  • Viola MookerjeeDigital Content Architect, Communications
  • Anamika GavhaneDirector, Medical Specialties
  • Darryl GladdenCustomer Relationship Advocate, Customer Experience

Past Guest Speakers

Juneteenth Town Hall: Dr. Erica Armstrong Dunbar

Dr. Dunbar spoke to ABIM staff and governance about the broader context of structural racism throughout American history and events leading up to and proceeding Juneteenth. Her books—She Came to Slay and Never Caught—were distributed to staff and governance for continued learning. Juneteenth is now a traditional holiday that we will continue to observe as an organization.

Joint Session of the ABIM Board of Directors & Council: Dr. Camara Jones

Dr. Jones presented a very practical framework, using allegories, to explain sensitive and complicated ideas around racism. This conversation centered on naming racism and rooting out the common places where it operates in organizations, every day.

ABIM Foundation Board of Trustees: Dr. Ala Stanford

Dr. Stanford spoke to the ABIM Foundation Board of Trustees about her experience establishing trust in the Black communities of Philadelphia through the Black Doctors COVID-19 Consortium. She spoke about the barriers she faced with health systems and insurance companies as a Black woman physician and shared strategies for how institutions can involve community-based organizations to build trust with patients.

All Staff Virtual Speaker Event: Dr. Alicia Fernandez

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, Dr. Fernandez, a member of ABIM’s Board of Directors, spoke with staff about her work in the area of health and health care disparities, including issues surrounding Latino health, immigrant health, and language barriers.