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American Board of Internal Medicine Elects Lee R. Berkowitz, MD to Board of Directors

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Philadelphia, PA, July 1, 2009 – Lee R. Berkowitz, MD, the Eunice Bernhard Distinguished Professor of Medicine and Associate Chair for Education in the Department of Medicine at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill, has been elected to the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Board of Directors. ABIM sets the standards and certifies physicians practicing in internal medicine and its subspecialties who possess the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to provide high quality care.

The Board of Directors, composed of physicians who are board certified in internal medicine and one of its subspecialties, guides ABIM's overall mission and direction as it works to improve health care quality. All ABIM Directors participate in ABIM's Maintenance of Certification program, which promotes ongoing learning and in which doctors demonstrate their commitment to the Board's standards. Dr. Berkowitz is board certified in internal medicine and hematology.

Currently, Dr. Berkowitz serves as Chair of the Alliance for Academic Medicine's task force on education redesign of graduate medical education. He has served as President of the Association of Program Directors in Internal Medicine and as Chair of the test writing committee of the American College of Physicians In-Training examination.

“Lee is a uniquely qualified leader in medical training, and his experience and expertise will be invaluable to our Board. He also brings the perspective of a subspecialist in hematology, given the important growth of subspecialties on the internal medicine landscape,” said Christine K. Cassel, MD, ABIM's President and CEO.

Dr. Berkowitz completed his medical degree at the Ohio State University College of Medicine. He did his residency and chief residency in the Department of Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He later completed fellowship training in hematology at Washington University and UNC.

For media inquiries, contact Lorie Slass at 215-399-4005 or press@abim.org.

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