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Philadelphia, PA, July 15, 2019 – The American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) announced new appointments to its governance, including new members of the Board of Directors and ABIM Council.
Marianne M. Green, MD is Chair of ABIM's Board of Directors and Yul D. Ejnes, MD is Chair-Elect. Robert Oscar Roswell, MD is the newest member of the Board of Directors. Debra L. Ness, MS, is the new board Secretary and Sonia A. Madison was reaffirmed as treasurer. Tommye Lambert, MDiv and Michael E. Nelson, MD are new members of ABIM Council.
Both ABIM's Board of Directors and Council are comprised of physicians with a variety of practice experience as well as members of the health care team and public who provide important insights into what constitutes excellence in patient care. All physicians in ABIM governance participate in Maintenance of Certification (MOC), and all members collaborate across the medical community to set strategy, lead innovation in assessment methods and explore opportunities to enhance Certification and MOC.
“As we face new challenges and opportunities in the rapidly changing field of medicine, board certification remains an essential measure of doctors' proficiency and knowledge of current practices and information needed to provide the best care possible to patients,” said Richard J. Baron, MD, President and CEO of ABIM. “ABIM Board and Council members are dedicated to preserving the highest standards of medical practice and maintaining public trust in the medical community.”
Dr. Baron added, “We're extremely pleased to have Marianne Green, a distinguished physician and medical educator, serve as our new Chair of the Board of Directors. She has been a key member of ABIM's governance for many years, and I know she will continue to make significant contributions as we continue to enhance our programs for diplomates.”
The Board of Directors sets the future direction, strategy and goals for the organization, and develops and maintains important partnerships in the health care community.
New Board officers and member announced today:
- Chair, ABIM Board of Directors, Marianne M. Green, MD, board certified in internal medicine, is Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and the Raymond H. Curry, MD, Professor of Medical Education. Her previous experience in ABIM governance includes: member of the ABIM Council, Chair of the ABIM Internal Medicine Board, and Chair of the Internal Medicine Exam Committee.
- Chair-Elect, ABIM Board of Directors, Yul D. Ejnes, MD, board certified in internal medicine, is in private practice at Coastal Medical, Inc. in Cranston, Rhode Island, which he co-founded in 1995. He also serves as Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Dr. Ejnes has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2016, and also sits on ABIM’s Internal Medicine Board.
- Member, ABIM Board of Directors, Robert Oscar Roswell, MD, is Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion at the Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell where he also serves as Associate Professor of Science Education & Cardiology. Board certified in internal medicine and cardiovascular diseases, he is Co-Director of the Cardiac ICU and the Associate Cardiology Fellowship Director at Northwell Health's Lenox Hill Hospital.
- Secretary, ABIM Board of Directors, Debra L. Ness, MS, is President of the National Partnership for Women & Families and chairs the Consumer Advisory Council of the National Committee for Quality Assurance. She was recently elected to serve as the first public member on the American College of Cardiology Board of Trustees and sits on the Management Board of the National Cardiovascular Data Registries.
- Treasurer, ABIM Board of Directors, Sonia A. Madison, MS, served as Senior Vice President for Public Policy for AmeriHealth Mercy Family of Companies (AMFC). In this role, she was responsible for establishing the AMFC public policy agenda. Among her many past roles in the health care industry, Ms. Madison served as Senior Advisor to the Secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
The ABIM Council, which includes ABIM Specialty Board chairs, designs policies and procedures for Certification and MOC with peers across all the specialties of internal medicine to ensure the quality, relevance and effectiveness of ABIM's programs.
New Council Members:
- Tommye Lambert, MDiv, Member, ABIM Council, is the Founder and President of Live and Proclaim Ministries. She has been a leader in the caregiver community providing training and facilitating discussions focused on assisting in improved patient care through patient-doctor communication and collaboration. Ms. Lambert also serves as an At-Large Member of ABIM’s Pulmonary Disease Board.
- Michael E. Nelson, MD, Member, ABIM Council, board certified in internal medicine, pulmonary disease, critical care medicine and sleep medicine, is a practicing physician in Shawnee Mission, Kansas. He is a member of the staff of Shawnee Mission Medical Center, where he has previously served as the Chairman of the Department of Internal Medicine. Dr. Nelson is currently the Medical Director of the Sleep Laboratory and also serves as a member of the ABIM Pulmonary Disease Board.
“I am honored to welcome our new members to the ABIM Council. Both Ms. Lambert and Dr. Nelson will bring a wealth of experience and insights to their new roles on the Council. Our Council members provide their extensive knowledge, experience and thought leadership to our efforts to ensure that physicians maintain the knowledge essential to their medical practice and their patients' wellbeing,” said Jeffrey S. Berns, MD, Chair of the ABIM Council.”
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