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ABIM Announces Six New Specialty Board Members

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New appointments include non-physician and inter-professional members

Philadelphia, PA, October 20, 2015 – The American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) today announced additional appointments for its Specialty Boards effective immediately.

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. Each ABIM Specialty Board includes at least two non-physician members, including both a member of the inter-professional health care team and a public member with a patient/caregiver perspective.

“In 2013, ABIM updated its governance structure to recognize that, amid the changing health care landscape, broader perspectives are needed to ensure that board certification continues to affirm that physicians have the clinical judgment, skills and attitudes to deliver excellent patient care,” said Richard J. Baron, MD, President and CEO of ABIM. “Including patients, caregivers and health care professionals who are not internists as governance members holds ABIM accountable to the profession and to the public.”

View lists of current ABIM Specialty Board members. New additions to the ABIM Specialty Boards include:

Critical Care Medicine Board:

  • Michael McDuffie, PhD, Associate Professor and Chair of the Philosophy Department at California State University, San Marcos, San Marcos, California.

Infectious Disease Board:

  • Jeanne Keruly, CRNP, Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and Adjunct Professor in the School of Nursing at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland.

Internal Medicine Board:

  • Susan Apold, PhD, RN, Clinical Professor of Nursing at New York University College of Nursing, New York, New York.

Nephrology Board:

  • Samir Nangia, MD, Vice Chair of Medicine and member of the Leadership Committee at Methodist Mansfield Hospital and a physician partner with Dallas Renal Group, Irving, Texas.
  • Nancy Hewitt Spaeth, RN, member of Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Northwest Renal Network Patient Advisory Committee and National End Stage Renal Disease Learning and Action Network, Seattle, Washington.

Rheumatology Board:

  • Atulya Deodhar, MD, Professor of Medicine and Medical Director of Rheumatology Clinics at the Division of Arthritis & Rheumatic Diseases at Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, Oregon.

For media inquiries, contact Erin Frantz at press@abim.org.

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