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ABIM Announces New Members on its Specialty Boards and Exam Committees


Philadelphia, PA, July 6, 2015 – The American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) today announced new appointments for its Specialty Boards and respective Exam Committees.

The Specialty Boards and Exam Committees are part of the ABIM governance structure. Composed of physician experts in the respective disciplines, members of the Specialty Boards provide valuable insights that enable them to define, refine and set performance standards for their specific Certification and Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program.

“ABIM is evolving to meet the needs of today's physicians,” said Richard J. Baron, MD, President and CEO of ABIM. “ABIM Specialty Board members—including two public members of each Specialty Board—bring their expertise in a specific discipline to work with stakeholders in their disciplines co-creating MOC programs that are relevant and meaningful to physicians practicing in that specialty, while Exam Committee members focus on developing relevant, clinically valid and rigorous assessments of current knowledge for both Certification and MOC.”

ABIM has designated Exam Committees for 20 disciplines.

“The physicians that serve on our Specialty Boards are a direct conduit to the practice community. They help us develop programs that reflect the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to practice in their discipline. They also work directly with their medical societies to ensure we are hearing directly from on-the-ground physicians,” said Jeanne M. Marrazzo, MD, Chair of the ABIM Council. “The Specialty Boards are fostering partnerships and gathering crucial input from stakeholders to guide ABIM's work.”

View lists of current ABIM Specialty Board members and current Exam Committee members. New members of the ABIM Specialty Boards and their respective Exam Committees include:

Cardiovascular Board Cardiovascular Disease Exam Committee:

  • ChairGeorge W. Dec Jr., MD, Chief Emeritus of the Cardiology Division and Roman W. DeSanctis Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts.
  • Larry S. Dean, MD, Professor of Medicine and Surgery, University of Washington School of Medicine and Director, UW Medicine Regional Heart Center, Seattle, Washington.
  • Jonathan L. Halperin, MD, Robert and Harriet Heilbrunn Professor of Medicine (Cardiology), Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, New York.

Cardiovascular Board Interventional Cardiology Exam Committee:

  • ChairJames E. Tcheng, MD, Professor of Medicine, Department of Medicine and Professor of Community and Family Medicine (Informatics), Department of Community and Family Medicine, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina.
  • John D. Carroll, MD, Professor of Medicine, Director of Interventional Cardiology and Co-Medical Director, Cardiac and Vascular Center, The University of Colorado, Aurora, Colorado.

Critical Care Medicine Board Exam Committee:

  • ChairVictor Kim, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Temple University School of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  • Amy G. Agrawal, MD, practices critical care medicine as a member of Capital Critical Care, LLC at Holy Cross Hospital, Washington, D.C.
  • Margaret A. Pisani, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine (Pulmonary); Program Director, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Fellowship; Co-Director Sleep in the ICU Task Force, Yale Medical Group, Trumbull, Connecticut.

Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism Board Exam Committee:

  • ChairTheodore Mazzone, MD, Professor of Medicine and Pharmacology, Chief, Section of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism, University of Illinois Medical Center, Evanston, Illinois.
  • Shehzad Basaria, MD, Reproductive Endocrinologist and Medical Director, Section of Men's Health, Aging and Metabolism, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts.
  • Elizabeth R. Seaquist, MD, Professor of Medicine, Pennock Family Chair in Diabetes Research; Director of the Division of Endocrinology and Diabetes, Department of Medicine, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota.
  • Guillermo E. Umpierrez, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism, Emory University School of Medicine; Head of Diabetes and Endocrinology, Grady Health System; Director, Grady Hospital Clinical Research Unit, A-CTSI, Atlanta, Georgia.

Gastroenterology Board Exam Committee:

  • Nancy S. Reau, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Chicago, Frankfort, Illinois.

Geriatric Medicine Board: (Geriatric Medicine Board will be constituted by early 2016.)

  • ChairBruce A. Leff, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine; Joint Appointment, Department of Health Policy and Management, Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, and Department of Community and Public Health, Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, Baltimore, Maryland; Member of ABIM Council.

Geriatric Medicine Board Exam Committee:

  • ChairCatherine B. Johnston, MD, Strategic Team Leader, care provider and educator for health care professionals, PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center; Medical Director of Palliative Care for PeaceHealth system, Bellingham, Washington.
  • Helen L. Chen, MD, Chief Medical Officer at Hebrew SeniorLife, a Harvard Medical School affiliated senior healthcare organization, Boston, Massachusetts.

Hematology Board:

  • Mark M. Udden, MD, Chief of Benign Hematology, Baylor College of Medicine; Chief of Hematology, Ben Taub General Hospital and Harris Health Smith Clinic, Houston, Texas; Member of ABIM Hematology Board Exam Committee.

Hematology Board Exam Committee:

  • Morie A. Gertz, MD, Roland Seidler Jr. Professor of the Art of Medicine and Chair of the Department of Medicine, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota.

Hospital Medicine Exam-Writing Committee (Reports to the Internal Medicine Board):

  • Danielle B. Scheurer, MD, Chief Quality Officer and practicing Hospitalist, Medical University of South Carolina Hospital, Charleston, South Carolina.

Infectious Disease Board Exam Committee:

  • ChairJan E. Patterson, MD, Associate Dean for Quality & Lifelong Learning, Director of the Center for Patient Safety and Health Policy, and Professor of Medicine/Infectious Diseases and Pathology, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Texas.
  • Randall S. Edson, MD, Internal Medicine Program Director, California Pacific Medical Center; Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco, California.

Medical Oncology Board Exam Committee:

  • ChairRobert G. Maki, MD, Professor, Departments of Medicine and Orthopaedics, and Section Chief in Pediatric Hematology-Oncology, Department of Pediatrics, Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York, New York.
  • Olatoyosi M. Odenike, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois.
  • Dipti Patel-Donnelly, MD, Managing Partner, Virginia Cancer Specialists and Co-Director, Fairfax Stem Cell Transplant Program, McLean, Virginia.

Nephrology Board Exam Committee:

  • Michael J. Choi, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine and Clinical Director of Nephrology, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland.
  • John C. Lieske, MD, Professor of Medicine, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine; Director of the Renal Function Laboratory, Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology; Principal Investigator, Mayo Clinic O'Brien Urology Research Center, Rochester, Minnesota.

Rheumatology Board Exam Committee:

  • Hilary M. Haftel, MD, Professor, Pediatrics, Internal Medicine and Medical Education; Associate Chair and Director of Pediatric Education; Division Director, Pediatric Rheumatology, University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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