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American Board of Internal Medicine Announces New Board Leadership and Members

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Philadelphia, PA, July 1, 2009 – The American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) today named new leadership and members of its Board of Directors and Subspecialty Boards which encompass the field of internal medicine.

“The experience and skills these professionals bring to ABIM are impressive. Their expertise will be extremely valuable as we work to determine the requirements and qualifications for internal medicine physicians to certify and maintain certification in their chosen subspecialty,” said Christine K. Cassel, MD, President and CEO of ABIM.

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. See a complete list of ABIM Board members and their bios.

New Executive Appointments

  • Chair of the Board - Wendy S. Levinson, MD, the Sir John and Lady Eaton Professor and Chair of the Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Chair-Elect - David B. Reuben, MD, the Archstone Foundation Chair and Professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and Director of the UCLA Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center, Los Angeles, CA

New Board Members

  • Lee R. Berkowitz, MD, the Eunice Bernhard Distinguished Professor of Medicine and Associate Chair of Education in the Department of Medicine at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill, NC
  • Richard P. Shannon, MD, the Frank Wister Thomas Professor of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and Chair of the Department of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania Health System, Philadelphia, PA

ABIM Subspecialty Boards' New Appointments

ABIM's Subspecialty Boards are composed of experts in both academic medicine and practice, all of whom must be ABIM certified in their particular subspecialty. Members of these boards apply their individual and collective knowledge toward the development of the policies, standards, and requirements for Certification and Maintenance of Certification in their subspecialty, with special focus on developing the cognitive exam that physicians must take to certify or maintain their certification in that field. See a complete list of ABIM Subspecialty Board members.

Cardiovascular Disease

  • J. Jeffrey Marshall, MD, Director, Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory, Dept. of Cardiology, Northeast Georgia Heart Center, Gainesville, GA
  • Jae K. Oh, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of Cardiovascular Diseases, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
  • Frank E. Silvestry, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine, Cardiovascular Division, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and Director, Penn Cardiac Care at Radnor, Philadelphia PA

Critical Care Medicine

  • Victor Kim, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Temple University School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA
  • Linda S. Snyder, MD, Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, University of Arizona Health Sciences Center, Tucson, AZ

Endocrinology

  • Vivian Andrew Fonseca, MD, Professor of Medicine and Chief of the Division of Endocrinology at Scott and White Healthcare and Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine, Temple and Round Rock, TX
  • Theodore Mazzone, MD, Professor of Medicine and Pharmacology, Chief, Section of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism, University of Illinois Medical Center, Chicago, IL
  • Elias S. Siraj, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine, Section of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism, Temple University Hospital, Philadelphia, PA

Gastroenterology

  • K. Rajender Reddy MD, Professor of Medicine and Surgery, Department of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
  • Colleen M. Schmitt, MD, MHS, Section Chief, Department of Gastroenterology, Galen Medical Group, Chattanooga, TN

Hematology

  • John P. Leonard, MD, Richard T. Silver Distinguished Professor of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York Presbyterian Hospital, New York, NY

Infectious Disease

  • John J. Stern, MD, Clinical Associate Professor, University of Pennsylvania Health System, Division of Infectious Diseases, Philadelphia, PA

Medical Oncology

  • Robert G. Maki, MD, PhD, Associate Member, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY
  • Robert D. Siegel, MD, Practitioner of Medical Oncology, Oncology Associates PC, Gray Cancer Center, Hartford Hospital, Hartford, CT

Nephrology

  • Biff Franklin Palmer, MD, Professor of Internal Medicine, Dept. of Internal Medicine, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX
  • Elaine M. Worcester, MD, Professor of Medicine, Nephrology Section, University of Chicago Medical Center, Chicago, IL

Rheumatology

  • Marcy B. Bolster, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of Rheumatology and Immunology, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC
  • Thomas G. Mason, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Rochester, MN

Transplant Hepatology

  • Michael B. Fallon, MD, Professor of Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine, Director, Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston Medical School, Houston, TX
  • Steven K. Herrine, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA
  • Anne M. Larson, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine, Medical Director of Liver Transplantation, University of Texas Southwestern (UTSW), Dallas, TX

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

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