ABIM Foundation Announces New Officers and Trustee

July 10, 2018   Business News
(PRLEAP.COM) PHILADELPHIA, July 10, 2018 - The ABIM Foundation announces the appointment of David L. Coleman, MD, to its Board of Trustees, as well as the election of Christine A. Sinsky, MD, as Chair. Elizabeth A. McGlynn, PhD, becomes immediate Past Chair. The Board also elected Jackie Judd as Vice Chair and David B. Reuben, MD, as Secretary-Treasurer.

"In the past year, the Foundation has announced new strategic partnerships, expanded the Choosing Wisely campaign and launched an initiative to identify medical students leading high-value care initiatives," said Richard J. Baron, MD, President and CEO of the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) and ABIM Foundation. "In the year ahead, the Board of Trustees will build on this work and continue to explore how the Foundation can foster professionalism and public trust in the health care system."

Dr. Sinsky is the Vice President of Professional Satisfaction at the American Medical Association. A board certified internist, she also practices at Medical Associates Clinic and Health Plans in Dubuque, Iowa. She has worked to elevate national awareness of health professional well-being as an important driver of health system performance. She is a fellow of the American College of Physicians (ACP) and is the recipient of the Iowa ACP 2013 Laureate Award and the 2016 Avedis Donabedian Quality Award. From 2011 to 2012, she led "In Search of Joy in Practice: A Report of 23 High-Functioning Primary Care Practices," a project of the ABIM Foundation. At the AMA, she leads the development of initiatives to improve clinician well-being and reduce burnout. She also serves on the National Advisory Group on Health Information Technology in England.

Ms. Judd is a lifelong journalist who reported for ABC News, NPR and, most recently, the PBS NewsHour. Throughout her career, Ms. Judd covered politics and social policy as well as major international events-including the Tiananmen Square protests, Eastern Europe after the fall of the Berlin Wall and tensions in the West Bank. She has been recognized with many awards, including national Emmys and an Edward R. Murrow award. She also spent a decade at the Kaiser Family Foundation focusing on health policy communications and the international AIDS epidemic.

Dr. Reuben is Director, Multicampus Program in Geriatrics Medicine and Gerontology and Chief, Division of Geriatrics at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Center for Health Sciences. He is the Archstone Foundation Chair, Professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and Director of the UCLA Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center and the UCLA Alzheimer's and Dementia Care program. Dr. Reuben is a past president of the American Geriatrics Society and the Association of Directors of Geriatric Academic Programs. He served for eight years on ABIM's Board of Directors, including as Chair from 2010-2011. In addition to his leadership in geriatrics, Dr. Reuben continues to provide primary care for frail older persons, including making house calls.

Dr. Coleman, a board certified internist and infectious diseases specialist, is the John Wade Professor and Chair of the Department of Medicine at the Boston University School of Medicine and Physician-in-Chief at Boston Medical Center. Prior to assuming his current position, Dr. Coleman was Chief of Medical Service at the VA Connecticut Healthcare System and Interim Chair of the Department of Medicine at Yale University School of Medicine. He serves on the Board of Trustees of the Boston Medical Center and the Board of Directors of the Faculty Practice Plan of Boston Medical Center and Boston University School of Medicine, and is a member of the Executive Committee at Boston University School of Medicine. Dr. Coleman is a fellow of the American College of Physicians. He also serves as an at-large member of the Council of the Association of Professors of Medicine. He previously served as Secretary on the Board of Directors of the ABIM, and served as a member of the ABIM Internal Medicine Board Exam Committee.

"Dr. Sinsky is leading a national conversation on how to promote physician satisfaction and professionalism-work that is at the core of the Foundation's mission. It is an honor to welcome her into the role of Chair," Dr. Baron said. "Both Dr. Reuben and Dr. Coleman will bring incredible insights and experiences from clinical practice to their new roles on the Board of Trustees, and Ms. Judd will continue to provide expertise in communications and advocacy as Vice Chair."

The Board of Trustees oversees the ABIM Foundation's work in medical professionalism. The Board includes many national health care leaders, some of whom have served on the ABIM's Board of Directors.

The 2018-2019 ABIM Foundation Board of Trustees and its officers include:

  • Chair: Christine A. Sinsky, MD, Vice President of Professional Satisfaction, American Medical Association; General Internist, Medical Associates Clinic and Health Plans
  • Vice Chair: Jackie Judd, health care communications consultant
  • Immediate Past Chair: Elizabeth A. McGlynn, PhD, Director, Kaiser Permanente Center for Effectiveness & Safety Research
  • Secretary-Treasurer: David B. Reuben, MD, Multicampus Program in Geriatrics Medicine and Gerontology and Chief, Division of Geriatrics at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Center for Health Sciences.
  • Richard J. Baron, MD, President and CEO, American Board of Internal Medicine and ABIM Foundation
  • Clarence H. Braddock, III, MD, MPH, Vice Dean for Education in the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles
  • Frederick P. Cerise, MD, MPH, President and Chief Executive Officer of Parkland Hospital & Health System
  • David L. Coleman, MD, the John Wade Professor and Chair of the Department of Medicine at the Boston University School of Medicine and Physician-in-Chief at Boston Medical Center
  • Patricia M. Conolly, MD, Associate Executive Director of The Permanente Medical Group (TPMG) and Executive Vice President for IT for the Permanente Federation
  • John G. Harold, MD, Clinical Professor of Medicine in the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California at Los Angeles; Attending Physician, Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute
  • Sharon A. Levine, MD, Director, Geriatric Educational Innovations and Professor of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine
  • Gregory P. Poulsen, MBA, Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer, Intermountain Healthcare
  • Anita Samarth, CEO and Co-founder of Clinovations Government + Health, a management consulting firm focused at the intersection of health and policy enabled by a foundation of technology.
  • Antonia M. Villarruel, PhD, RN, FAAN, Margaret Bond Simon Dean of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing and Director of the schools WHO Collaborating Center for Nursing and Midwifery Leadership

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    The mission of the ABIM Foundation is to advance medical professionalism to improve the health care system. This is achieved by collaborating with physicians and physician leaders, medical trainees, health care delivery systems, payers, policy makers, consumer organizations and patients to foster a shared understanding of professionalism and how they can adopt the tenets of professionalism in practice. To learn more about the ABIM Foundation, visit www.abimfoundation.org, connect on Facebook or follow on Twitter.

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