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Lee R. Berkowitz, MD, Named Chair of the ABIM's Council


Council Includes 14 Leaders in Internal Medicine and Its Specialties

Philadelphia, PA, July 1, 2013 – Lee R. Berkowitz, MD, has been named Chair of the American Board of Internal Medicine's (ABIM) newly established Council, a body created to enhance the ABIM Board of Director’s (ABIM Board) focus on the quality of its assessment process. Dr. Berkowitz is the Eunice Bernhard Distinguished Professor and Associate Chair of Education in the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill. Dr. Berkowitz joins 13 other physicians on the ABIM Council.

To keep pace with the rate of change in health care and following the strategic direction as set by the ABIM Board, the Council's primary purpose is to ensure the quality, relevance and effectiveness of ABIM’s programs in initial Certification and Maintenance of Certification (MOC). The Council will work closely with leaders in medicine and across its specialties to define the assessments and products most relevant to practicing physicians.

All ABIM Councilors participate in ABIM's MOC program.

“One of the key principles of the Council is that its members should transcend their discipline and act in the best interests of the House of Medicine and the patients we serve,” said Richard J. Baron, MD, President and CEO of ABIM. “I am confident that under Lee's guiding hand, the ABIM Council will meet its ongoing obligation and ensure that ABIM's programs help define what it means to be a good doctor across internal medicine and offer products to support physicians in achieving that shared personal and professional goal.”

Dr. Berkowitz is certified in both internal medicine and hematology and he completed Maintenance of Certification in 2009.

“It is a privilege and honor to serve as the chair of the Council, comprised of a group of very talented individuals,” said Lee R. Berkowitz, MD. “Our goal is to make certain that the processes of both individual Certification and Maintenance of Certification are of the highest value to our diplomates and their patients.”

In addition to his previous service on the ABIM Board of Directors and the ABIM Internal Medicine Test Writing Committee, Dr. Berkowitz is Chair of the Alliance for Academic Medicine's Task Force on Education Redesign of Graduate Medical Education. He has also served as President of the Association of Program Directors in Internal Medicine and Chair of the In-Training Examination Test Writing Committee of the American College of Physicians.

Members of the newly formed Council include:

  • Shalender Bhasin, MD, Professor of Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine, and Chief of the Section of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Nutrition at the Boston Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts.
  • David H. Ellison, MD, Professor of Medicine, Physiology & Pharmacology, Head of the Division of Nephrology and Hypertension at Oregon Health & Science University and Staff Physician, Portland VA Medical Center, Portland, Oregon.
  • Marianne M. Green, MD, Associate Physician, Department of Medicine, Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Associate Professor of Medicine and Medical Education, Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, Illinois.
  • Sharon A. Levine, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, Massachusetts.
  • William C. Little, MD, Professor of Internal Medicine, Section of Cardiology and Vice Chair, Department of Medicine, Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
  • Jeanne M. Marrazzo, MD, Professor, Medicine, Infectious Diseases, University of Washington and Affiliate Investigator, Vaccine and Infectious Disease Division, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, Washington.
  • Paul Martin, MD, Professor of Medicine Chief, Division of Hepatology, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and Chief, Center for Liver Diseases, University of Miami Hospital, Miami, Florida.
  • Naomi P. O'Grady, MD, Staff Clinician, Critical Care Medicine Department, The National Institutes of Health Clinical Center, Bethesda, Maryland and Assistant Professor and Attending Staff, Division of Infectious Diseases, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland.
  • Richard M. Stone, MD, Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Staff Physician, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Associate Physician, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts.
  • Joan M. Von Feldt, MD, Professor of Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and Associate Chief of Staff, Philadelphia Veterans Medical Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  • Jeffrey G. Wiese, MD, Associate Dean, Graduate Medical Education, Tulane Professor of Medicine, Chief of Medicine, Charity and University Hospitals, Associate Chairman of Medicine, Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana.
  • Michael E. Williams, MD, Byrd S. Leavell Professor of Medicine and Professor of Pathology, University of Virginia Health System, Charlottesville, Virginia.
  • Keith R. Young, MD, The Ben Vaughan Branscomb Professor of Medicine in Respiratory Diseases, University of Alabama School of Medicine, Birmingham, Alabama.

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