The Board of Trustees govern the ABIM Foundation, and both guide and help advance the Foundation's work in medical professionalism. The Trustees include national leaders in quality assessment and improvement, medical education, consumer advocates, policy makers, purchasers, and physician leaders who have served on the American Board of Internal Medicine’s Board of Directors.
- Donald E. Wesson, MD, Chair
- Glenn M. Hackbarth, JD, Immediate Past Chair
- Holly J. Humphrey, MD, Vice Chair
- Elizabeth A. McGlynn, PhD, Secretary-Treasurer
- Richard J. Baron, MD, President and CEO
- John G. Harold, MD
- David H. Johnson, MD
- Jackie Judd
- Wendy S. Levinson, MD
- Mary D. Naylor, PhD, RN
- John Rother, JD
- Martín-J. Sepúlveda, MD
- Christine A. Sinsky, MD
- Robert M. Wachter, MD
Donald E. Wesson, MD
Dr. Wesson, a board certified internist and nephrologist, is currently Vice Dean of the Texas A&M College of Medicine and Chief Academic Officer, Scott & White Healthcare in Temple, Texas. He serves as Chair of the ABIM Foundation Board of Trustees. He previously served on the Board of Directors of the American Board of Internal Medicine from 2001 to 2008, including a term as Chair from 2007 to 2008.
He was named Chief of the Division of Nephrology in 1994 and subsequently named Chairman of the Department of Internal Medicine at Texas Tech in 1999 and served until 2006, after which he assumed his current position at Texas A&M College of Medicine. Previously, Dr. Wesson served on the Baylor College of Medicine (Houston) faculty.
Dr. Wesson is Secretary-Treasurer of the American Society of Nephrology, and is an elected member of the American Association of Physicians. His research interests include mechanisms that control kidney acidification and how they affect nephropathy progression. He is a past President of the Southern Society for Clinical Investigation.
He received his bachelor’s degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, attended Washington University School of Medicine and received his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Wesson completed his residency in internal medicine at the Baylor College of Medicine Affiliated Hospitals and his nephrology fellowship at the University of Illinois (Chicago).
Glenn M. Hackbarth, JD
Immediate Past Chair
Mr. Hackbarth is Chairman of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission. He has experience as a health care executive, government official and policy analyst. He was elected to the Board of Trustees of the ABIM Foundation in 2006 and currently serves as Immediate Past Chair.
Mr. Hackbarth was Chief Executive Officer and one of the founders of Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, a multispecialty group practice in Boston that serves as a major teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School. Mr. Hackbarth previously served as Senior Vice President of Harvard Community Health Plan and President of its Health Centers Division, as well as Washington Counsel of Intermountain Health Care. He has held various positions at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, including Deputy Administrator of the Health Care Financing Administration (now known as the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services).
He is a member of the Board of Directors of The Commonwealth Fund and a former board member of the National Committee for Quality Assurance. He also serves on the Commonwealth Fund’s Commission on a High Performance Health System.
Mr. Hackbarth received his bachelor’s degree from Pennsylvania State University and his master’s and law degrees from Duke University.
Holly J. Humphrey, MD
Dr. Humphrey, a board certified internist, is the Ralph W. Gerard Professor of Medicine and Dean for Medical Education at The University of Chicago. Prior to accepting her current position as Dean, she spent 14 years as Director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of the ABIM Foundation and currently serves as Vice Chair. She previously served on the Board of Directors of the American Board of Internal Medicine from 2001 to 2007, including a term as Chair from 2006 to 2007.
Dr. Humphrey’s scholarly work focuses on residency education, professionalism and mentoring. She has authored numerous peer-reviewed papers and edited three books including Mentoring in Academic Medicine, published as part of the series on Teaching Internal Medicine by the American College of Physicians (ACP). She is the recipient of numerous teaching honors and awards including being selected by graduating students 20 times as a favorite faculty teacher.
She is a former President of the Association of Program Directors in Internal Medicine and later received the Dema C. Daley Founders Award from that same organization. In 2009, Crain’s Chicago Business featured her as one of their “Women to Watch.” In 2010, Dr. Humphrey was elected a Master by the ACP.
An honors graduate of the Pritzker School of Medicine, Dr. Humphrey completed both her internal medicine residency and her pulmonary-critical care fellowship at The University of Chicago. She served as Chief Medical Resident before joining the faculty as an Assistant Professor in 1989.
Dr. Humphrey was promoted to Professor in 2000 and was the first clinician-educator at The University of Chicago awarded tenure.
Elizabeth A. McGlynn, PhD
Elizabeth A. McGlynn, PhD, is the Director of Kaiser Permanente’s Center for Effectiveness and Safety Research (CESR). She is responsible for the strategic direction and scientific oversight of CESR, a virtual center designed to improve the health and well-being of Kaiser’s nine million members and the public by conducting comparative effectiveness and safety research and implementing findings in policy and practice.
Dr. McGlynn is an internationally known expert on methods for evaluating the appropriateness and quality of health care delivery. Prior to joining Kaiser Permanente, Dr. McGlynn was the Associate Director of RAND Health and held the RAND Distinguished Chair in Health Care Quality. She was responsible for strategic development and oversight of the research portfolio, and external dissemination and communications of RAND Health research findings.
A member of the ABIM Foundation Board of Trustees, Dr. McGlynn serves as the Board’s Secretary and Treasurer. Dr. McGlynn is a member of the Institute of Medicine. She is on the AcademyHealth Board of Directors and the Institute of Medicine Board on Health Care Services. She serves on the Scientific Advisory Group for the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. She co-chairs the Coordinating Committee for the National Quality Forum’s Measure Applications Partnership. She serves on the editorial boards for Health Services Research and The Milbank Quarterly and is a regular reviewer for many leading journals.
Dr. McGlynn received her bachelor’s degree in international political economy from Colorado College, her master’s degree in public policy from the University of Michigan’s Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, and her doctoral degree in public policy analysis from the Pardee RAND Graduate School.
Richard J. Baron, MD
President and CEO
Dr. Baron, board certified in internal medicine and geriatrics, is President and CEO of the American Board of Internal Medicine and the ABIM Foundation. Dr. Baron was a former Chair of the American Board of Internal Medicine’s Board of Directors.
Previously, Dr. Baron served as Group Director of Seamless Care Models at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Innovation Center, where he led efforts related to Accountable Care Organizations and primary care. Prior to his CMS appointment, Dr. Baron practiced general internal medicine and geriatrics at Greenhouse Internists, P.C., located in Philadelphia. Greenhouse has been a pioneer in the comprehensive adoption of electronic health records in the small-practice environment. Dr. Baron also served on the Board of the National Quality Forum and their Health Information Technology Advisory Committee, as well as the Standards Committee of the National Committee for Quality Assurance.
Dr. Baron served as Chief Medical Officer of Health Partners, a not-for-profit Medicaid HMO set up by four teaching hospitals in Philadelphia, from 1988 to 1996. He was the architect of the Best Clinical and Administrative Practices program, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Center for Health Care Strategies, working with medical leadership of Medicaid health plans around the country in learning collaboratives to improve the quality of care for their members. This program reached plans serving more than half of the Medicaid managed care population in the United States.
Dr. Baron received an English degree from Harvard College and his medical degree from Yale University. He completed house staff training at New York University-Bellevue Medical Center and served a three-year obligation in the National Health Service Corps in rural Tennessee.
John G. Harold, MD
Dr. Harold, board certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease, geriatric medicine and critical care medicine, is a past Chief of Staff at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He is a former member of the ABIM Board of Directors. He is Clinical Professor of Medicine at the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute and the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). Dr. Harold serves on the voluntary clinical faculty and is an attending physician at the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute.
Dr. Harold is President of the American College of Cardiology (ACC). He is a past Chair of the ACC Board of Governors and ACC Secretary. He is a member of the Board of Directors of numerous organizations, including the Los Angeles Affiliate of the American Heart Association, Save A Heart Foundation, the Heart Fund at Cedars-Sinai and the UCLA Clinical Faculty Association.
He completed his internal medicine training at the Mount Sinai Hospital in New York and completed a fellowship in cardiology at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He was honored with the Master designation from both the American College of Physicians and the American College of Cardiology.
David H. Johnson, MD
Dr. Johnson, board certified in internal medicine and medical oncology, is the Donald W. Seldin Distinguished Chair in Internal Medicine and Chairman of the Department of Internal Medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. In addition to serving on the ABIM Foundation Board of Trustees, he is Chair of the American Board of Internal Medicine Board of Directors. Previously he served on the ABIM Subspecialty Board on Medical Oncology (2001-2011) and was its chair from 2007 until 2011.
From 1983 to 2010, he was a member of the faculty at the Vanderbilt University Medical School where he held the Cornelius A. Craig Chair of Medical and Surgical Oncology and served as the Director of the Division of Hematology and Medical Oncology and Deputy Director of the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, of which he was a founding member.
In 2004-2005, Dr. Johnson served as President of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), during which time he helped advance ASCO’s quality of care activity known as the Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI®). QOPI serves as a Practice Improvement Module for ABIM. He also led an effort to establish ASCO’s Cancer Survivorship Program. Dr. Johnson has served on the Food and Drug Administration’s Oncology Drug Advisory Committee, as Chairman of the Thoracic Committee of the Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group and on the Board of Directors of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer and the LiveSTRONG Foundation. He has authored more than 350 peer reviewed articles and 40 book chapters and edited four oncology textbooks.
Dr. Johnson earned his medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia and obtained his medical oncology training at Vanderbilt University.
Jackie Judd is a former journalist and currently works as an independent communications consultant focusing on health care issues in the nonprofit community. Ms. Judd’s 30-year career as a nationally recognized reporter and anchor began at National Public Radio, followed by CBS Radio and then ABC Television News where, for more than 15 years, she reported for “World News Tonight,” “Nightline,” Primetime Live” and “Good Morning America.” For many years, she covered controversies involving then-President Bill Clinton, including the impeachment scandal, which garnered her many accolades including being the recipient of the Edward R. Murrow and Joan Barone awards. Ms. Judd received numerous other awards during her journalism career including National Emmys, a DuPont, the first-ever David Bloom award, a citation from the Overseas Press Club and others.
Following her lengthy journalism career, Ms. Judd joined the Kaiser Family Foundation in 2003 to continue her involvement in health care issues and policy. During her tenure at Kaiser, Ms. Judd’s activities included the production of numerous documentaries, including several on Medicare and Medicaid; leading panel discussions and webcasts for the Foundation as well as for the independent news service it funds, Kaiser Health News; and providing media coaching to young policy analysts.
Ms. Judd serves on the Board of Trustees of the ABIM Foundation, on the Board of Directors of Rebuilding Together of Washington, D.C. and on the Grants Committee of the Community Foundation of Montgomery County, Maryland. Ms. Judd graduated from American University in Washington, D.C., with a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism and government.
Wendy S. Levinson, MD
Dr. Levinson, a board certified internist, is the Sir John and Lady Eaton Professor and Chair of the Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto. She is a past Chair of the American Board of Internal Medicine’s Board of Directors and currently is a Trustee of the ABIM Foundation. She is the Chair-elect of the Association of Professors of Medicine and a past President of the Society of General Internal Medicine.
Dr. Levinson previously served on the faculty of the Oregon Health & Science University and the University of Chicago Medical School.
She is a national and international expert in the field of physician-patient communication and the physician-patient relationship. Her research has spanned a number of highly relevant policy issues, including the relationship of medical malpractice to breakdowns in communication, the effectiveness of primary care physicians and surgeons in helping patients to make informed decisions, and the relationship of communication to patient satisfaction. Dr. Levinson has contributed to large-scale training programs designed to enhance the skills of primary care physicians and surgeons in effective communication with their patients. Her current research focus is on the disclosure of medical errors to patients.
After earning a bachelor’s degree from the University of Toronto, Dr. Levinson earned her medical degree from McMaster University in Ontario.
Mary D. Naylor, PhD, RN
Mary Naylor, PhD, is the Marian S. Ware Professor in Gerontology and Director of the New Courtland Center for Transitions and Health at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing.
Since 1989, Dr. Naylor has led an interdisciplinary program of research designed to improve the quality of care, decrease unnecessary hospitalizations and reduce health care costs for vulnerable community-based elders.
Dr. Naylor is a member of the ABIM Foundation Board of Trustees, as well as the National Program Director for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation program, Interdisciplinary Nursing Quality Research Initiative, aimed at generating, disseminating and translating research to understand how nurses contribute to quality patient care. She was elected to the National Academy of Sciences, Institute of Medicine in 2005. Dr. Naylor also is a member of the RAND Health Board, the National Quality Forum Board of Directors and the immediate past Chair of the Board of the Long-Term Quality Alliance. She was appointed to the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission in 2010.
Dr. Naylor earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Villanova University, and her master’s degree in nursing and doctoral degree from the University of Pennsylvania.
John Rother, JD
Mr. Rother is the President and CEO of the National Coalition on Health Care. The Coalition is the oldest and broadest-based coalition promoting system-wide health reforms that increase effectiveness and value and decrease cost growth. Prior to joining the National Coalition, Mr. Rother was the Executive Vice President for Policy and Strategy at AARP, where he led AARP’s policy and advocacy efforts for 27 years. Mr. Rother is also a Senior Fellow at the Georgetown Public Policy Institute at Georgetown University.
Prior to coming to AARP in 1984, Mr. Rother served eight years in the U.S. Senate as Special Counsel for Labor and Health to former Senator Jacob Javits (R-NY) and as Staff Director for the Special Committee on Aging under Chairman Senator John Heinz (R-PA).
In addition to his role as a member of the ABIM Foundation Board of Trustees, he serves on several boards and commissions, including the National Quality Forum, the Alliance for Health Reform, the Institute of Medicine and the MacArthur Foundations’ Aging Society Network. He has also advised Kaiser Permanente, Google and several other organizations involved in health. He is frequently quoted in the media, and regularly presents at conferences and congressional briefings.
Mr. Rother is an honors graduate of Oberlin College and the University of Pennsylvania School of Law.
Martín-J. Sepúlveda, MD
Dr. Sepúlveda is an IBM Fellow and Vice President of Health Industries Research for the IBM Corporation. In this position, he leads a global team of health industry subject matters experts guiding applied research in diverse disciplines for health care systems solutions and transformation in mature and rapid growth countries world wide. He previously served as IBM VP Integrated Health Services and led health policy, strategy, health benefits design and purchasing, occupational health, wellness and health productivity for IBM, globally.
Dr. Sepúlveda is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, the American College of Preventive Medicine and the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. He was elected an honorary member of the American Academy of Family Medicine, and in addition to serving as a member of the ABIM Foundation Board of Trustees, also serves on the Commonwealth Fund Commission for a High Performance Health System and the Institute of Medicine’s Population Health and Public Health Practice Board. Dr. Sepúlveda also serves as chair of the Global Business Group on Health and the Institute for Health Benefits Innovation Research at the Employee benefits Research Institute.
Dr. Sepúlveda received his medical degree and masters in public health degrees from Harvard University. He completed residencies in internal medicine at the University of California San Francisco Hospitals, Occupational/Environmental Medicine at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, trained in the Epidemic Intelligence Service of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, and completed a fellowship in internal medicine at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.
Christine A. Sinsky, MD
Dr. Sinsky, a board certified internist, is a general internist at Medical Associates Clinic and Health Plans in Dubuque, Iowa.
Dr. Sinsky is a Director with the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM). She is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the ABIM Foundation. She is a fellow of the American College of Physicians (ACP) and the recipient of the Iowa ACP 2013 Laureate Award. She serves on the National Advisory Council for Improving Primary Care through Industrial and Systems Engineering, is a former member of the National Committee for Quality Assurance’s Committee on Physician Programs, with oversight of the Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH), and has served on the national advisory councils for the CMS Innovation Center’s Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative and the Veterans Administration’s Patient Aligned Care Team initiative. In 2011-12, she led a primary care project for the ABIM Foundation, entitled “In Search of Joy in Practice.”
Dr. Sinsky is a co-author of the Institute of Medicine’s 2011 report “Health IT and Patient Safety: Building Safer Systems for Better Care,” and has twice provided testimony to the Office of the National Coordinator for health information technology regarding the role of electronic health records in care coordination and usability.
A frequent invited lecturer on practice innovation, redesign and the PCMH, Dr. Sinsky has presented to groups including the American Medical Association, the American College of Physicians, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative, as well as to private and academic medical centers. She serves on the national advisory board for Primary Care Progress and the editorial board for Family Practice Management. Her practice has been a level 3 Patient-Centered Medical Home since 2008.
Dr. Sinsky received her bachelor’s and medical degrees from the University of Wisconsin, and completed her postgraduate residency at Gundersen Medical Foundation/La Crosse Lutheran Hospital, in LaCrosse, Wisconsin, where she served as Chief Medical Resident.
Robert M. Wachter, MD
Dr. Wachter, a board certified internist, is Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), Associate Chairman of UCSF’s Department of Medicine, Chief of the Medical Service at UCSF Medical Center, and Chief of UCSF’s 50-faculty Division of Hospital Medicine. In addition to serving on the ABIM Foundation Board of Trustees, he is Chair of the Board of Directors of the American Board of Internal Medicine.
Dr. Wachter, who has published 250 articles and six books, is an expert in patient safety, quality and the organization of hospital care. He coined the term “hospitalist” in a 1996 New England Journal of Medicine article, and is generally considered the academic leader of the field, the fastest growing specialty in modern medical history. He is a past president of the Society of Hospital Medicine.
He is also a national leader in the fields of patient safety and health care quality. He is editor of AHRQ WebM&M, an online case-based patient safety journal, and AHRQ Patient Safety Network, the leading federal patient safety portal. Together, these websites receive three million visits each year. He is a past recipient of the John M. Eisenberg award, the nation’s top honor in patient safety, and was a 2011 US-UK Fulbright scholar, studying safety at Imperial College London. He has written two books on patient safety, including Understanding Patient Safety, whose second edition was published in 2012. His blog, Wachter’s World (www.wachtersworld.org), is one of the nation’s most popular health care blogs. Modern Physician magazine has ranked him as one of the 50 most influential physicians in the U.S. for each of the last five years, the only academic physician to achieve this recognition.