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.


Holly J. Humphrey, MD

Chair

Dr. Humphrey, board certified in internal medicine, is the Ralph W. Gerard Professor in Medicine and dean for medical education at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. Prior to accepting her current position, she spent 14 years as director of the Internal Medicine Residency program at the University of Chicago. She is the chair of the Board of Trustees of the ABIM Foundation and 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, “Teaching Internal Medicine,” by the American College of Physicians. She is the recipient of numerous teaching honors and awards, including being selected by graduating students more than 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 American College of Physicians.

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 named the Ralph W. Gerard Professor in Medicine in 2012 and was the first clinician-educator at the University of Chicago awarded tenure.

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Donald E. Wesson, MD, MBA

Immediate Past Chair

Dr. Wesson, board certified in internal medicine and nephrology, is professor of medicine at Texas A&M College of Medicine and system Chief Academic Officer, Baylor Scott and White Health in Temple, Texas. He is the immediate past chair of the ABIM Foundation Board of Trustees and 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, where he served until 2006, after which he assumed his current positions at Baylor Scott and White Health and Texas A&M College of Medicine. Previously, Dr. Wesson served on the Baylor College of Medicine (Houston) faculty.

Dr. Wesson is past 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). Dr. Wesson received his master in business administration degree from the University of Texas (Austin).

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Elizabeth A. McGlynn, PhD

Vice Chair 

Dr. McGlynn is the director of Kaiser Permanente’s Center for Effectiveness & Safety Research (CESR). She is responsible for the strategic direction and scientific oversight of CESR, which is designed to improve the health and well-being of Kaiser’s ten 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 in 2011, Dr. McGlynn was the associate director of RAND Health and held the RAND Distinguished Chair in Health Care Quality. She received AcademyHealth’s Distinguished Investigator Award in 2012.

A member of the ABIM Foundation Board of Trustees, Dr. McGlynn serves as the Board’s vice chair. She also serves on the AcademyHealth Board of Directors and the Institute of Medicine Board on Health Care Services. Dr. McGlynn chairs the Scientific Advisory Group for the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, and also 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 is a member of the Institute of Medicine.

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 PhD in public policy analysis from the Pardee RAND Graduate School.

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Christine A. Sinsky, MD

  

Secretary-Treasurer 

Dr. Sinsky, a board certified internist, is a general internist at Medical Associates Clinic and Health Plans in Dubuque, Iowa.

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.

Dr. Sinsky is a director of the American Board of Internal Medicine and a member of the Board of Trustees of the ABIM Foundation, serving as the secretary/treasurer. She is a fellow of the American College of Physicians (ACP) and is the recipient of the Iowa ACP 2013 Laureate Award. Dr. Sinsky is a member of the National Advisory Council for Improving Primary Care through Industrial and Systems Engineering. She has also served on the national advisory councils for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Innovation Center’s Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative and the Veterans Administration’s Patient Aligned Care Team initiative, and the National Committee for Quality Assurance’s Committee on Physician Programs, with oversight of the Patient-Centered Medical Home. From 2011 to 2012, she led “In Search of Joy in Practice: A Report of 23 High-Functioning Primary Care Practices,” a primary care project of the ABIM Foundation.

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 physician satisfaction, 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.

Dr. Sinsky received her bachelor’s and medical degrees from the University of Wisconsin, and completed her post-graduate residency at Gundersen Medical Foundation/La Crosse Lutheran Hospital in LaCrosse, Wisconsin, where she served as chief medical resident.

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Richard J. Baron, MD

 Richard Baron

President and CEO

Dr. Baron, board certified in internal medicine and geriatrics, is President and Chief Executive Officer 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 and served on the ABIM Foundation Board of Trustees.

Dr. Baron practiced general internal medicine and geriatrics for almost 30 years at Greenhouse Internists, P.C., located in Philadelphia. Greenhouse was a pioneer in the comprehensive adoption of electronic health records in the small-practice environment. Following that, from 2011 to 2013, 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. Until joining the federal government, 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 is a member of the Commonwealth Fund advisory group on Health Care Delivery System Reform and has served as Co-Chair of the Public Health – Health Care Collaboration Workgroup of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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.

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Clarence H. Braddock, III, MD, MPH

 Clarence Braddock, MD

Dr. Braddock, a board certified internist, is Vice Dean for Education in the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is also Chief Medical Education Officer for UCLA Health, and holds the Maxine and Eugene Rosenfeld Chair in Medical Education. In this position, he oversees all aspects of medical education, including undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate medical programs. This structure reflects Dr. Braddock’s vision of the medical education continuum, with a seamless connection between competencies and ongoing professional development across all phases of training and practice. Prior to this appointment, he served as Professor of Medicine and Associate Dean for Undergraduate and Graduate Medical Education at Stanford University School of Medicine, and was the Founding Director of the Stanford Center for Medical Education Research and Innovation. He is Chair of the Board of Directors of the American Board of Internal Medicine, and Chair of the Executive Compensation Committee.

Dr. Braddock has been a national leader in medical education, particularly in bioethics. He launched the Bioethics Education Project at University of Washington, an initiative to expand ethics and professionalism education, and the Practice of Medicine program at Stanford, a curriculum that integrated ethics, professionalism, doctor-patient communication and population health into the pre-clerkship medical school curriculum. He also led the development of a model curriculum in bioethics and medical humanities with the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities, and was a founding member of the Academy for Professionalism in Health Care. Dr. Braddock’s research has focused on shared decision-making and patient-physician communication, having developed a widely used framework for teaching and for evaluation of the quality of shared decision-making in practice.

Dr. Braddock has served as Chair of the Ethics Committee and Council for the Society of General Internal Medicine and on the Ethics, Professionalism and Human Rights Committee for the American College of Physicians. He is a Master in the American College of Physicians.

Dr. Braddock earned his undergraduate degree at Stanford University and medical degree at the University of Chicago. He completed residency training in the U.S. Navy and completed and general medicine fellowship and master’s in public health degree in health care ethics at the University of Washington.

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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 currently serves as 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 a past president of the American College of Cardiology (ACC). He is a past chair of the ACC Board of Governors and previously served as ACC Secretary. He is a member of the Board of Directors of numerous organizations, including the Los Angeles affiliate of the American Heart Association, the Heart Fund at Cedars-Sinai and the UCLA Clinical Faculty Association.

He is a former member of the ABIM Board of Directors, and currently serves on the ABIM Foundation Board of Trustees.

Dr. Harold completed his internal medicine training at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York and 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. Dr. Harold holds honorary fellowship with the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland and the Cardiological Society of India.

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David H. Johnson, MD

 

Dr. Johnson, board certified in internal medicine and medical oncology, is chairman of the Department of Internal Medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas, and holds the Donald W. Seldin Distinguished Chair in Internal Medicine. In addition to serving on the ABIM Foundation Board of Trustees, he is the immediate past chair of the American Board of Internal Medicine Board of Directors. Previously, he served on the ABIM Subspecialty Board on Medical Oncology from 2001to 2011 and was its chair from 2007 to 2011.

From 2004 to 2005, Dr. Johnson served as president of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) where he helped advance the society’s quality of care activity, Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (or QOPI®). 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 Boards of Directors of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer and the LIVESTRONG Foundation.

Dr. Johnson is the recipient of an Established Investigator Award from the Cancer Prevention Research Institute of Texas and the 2006 Distinguished Southern Oncologist Award from the Southern Medical Society. He is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and the American Society of Clinical Oncology and an elected member of the Association of American Physicians. He has authored more than 375 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 where he served on the faculty for 29 years before relocating to UT Southwestern in 2010.

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Jackie Judd

Ms. Judd is a journalist and independent communications consultant focusing on health care issues. 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.” At ABC, on the domestic front, Ms. Judd covered health care policy, social welfare issues, Congress and the Supreme Court. Internationally, she reported on the democracy movement in China, Eastern Europe after the fall of the Berlin Wall and the buildup to Desert Storm in Saudi Arabia. Ms. Judd received numerous awards earlier in her journalism career including an Edward R. Murrow award, National Emmys, a DuPont, the first-ever David Bloom award, a citation from the Overseas Press Club and others.

After leaving ABC News, Ms. Judd joined the Kaiser Family Foundation in 2003 to continue her involvement in health care issues and policy. There she contributed to the Foundation’s pioneering efforts to train journalists in the coverage of HIV/AIDS in countries and regions with emerging epidemics. She edited and contributed to a reporting guide for international journalists covering AIDS. 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. Ms. Judd was awarded a CINE Golden Eagle for her documentary covering the impact of Hurricane Katrina on health care for disadvantaged residents of New Orleans.

Ms. Judd serves on the Board of Trustees of the ABIM Foundation and on the Advisory Board 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.

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Sharon A. Levine, MD

 

Dr. Levine is a board certified internist and geriatrician and Professor of Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine, where she served as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. She is currently the Director of Geriatric Educational Innovations in the Geriatrics Section.

Dr. Levine has also been the Director of Education and the program director for the geriatric medicine, oncology and dentistry fellowships and PI on the HRSA-funded Geriatrics Training Program for Physicians, Dentists, and Behavioral and Mental Health Professionals. Additionally, she provides clinical care for homebound elders and teaches students and fellows as part of the Boston University Geriatrics Services Home Care Program.

Among her many significant contributions to geriatrics education, Dr. Levine created Boston University’s Chief Resident Immersion Training (CRIT) in the Care of Older Adults. The program focuses on providing chief residents with knowledge and confidence to practice and teach geriatrics and to develop leadership and teaching skills needed in their chief resident roles. The program has been disseminated to 33 institutions and over 1600 chief residents nationwide with support from the John A. Hartford Foundation, the Hearst Foundations and the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation.

Dr. Levine is a member of the ABIM Foundation Board of Trustees. A member of the American Board of Internal Medicine’s Council, Dr. Levine was chair of the Geriatrics SS board until July 2015. In 2014, she was invited by the secretary of Health and Human Services to serve on the HRSA Advisory Committee for Interdisciplinary, Community-based Linkages. She is also a fellow of the American Geriatrics Society (AGS). She was awarded the AGS’s Dennis W. Jahnigen Memorial Award in 2011 for her outstanding leadership in advancing geriatrics education in health professions schools. She is also the winner of Boston University’s prestigious Metcalf Cup and Prize, the Society of General Internal Medicine’s New England Educator of the Year award, and the Boston University Department of Medicine’s Robert Dawson Evans Special Recognition Teaching Award. Dr. Levine has served on numerous national education committees and has supported and inspired trainees at all levels. She has authored peer-reviewed publications that focus on the dissemination of innovative teaching models and faculty development programs in geriatrics.

She received her medical degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine and completed her residency in Internal Medicine at Yale-New Haven Hospital, where she taught before coming to Boston.

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Mary D. Naylor, PhD, RN

Naylor

Dr. Naylor is the Marian S. Ware Professor in Gerontology and director of the NewCourtland Center for Transitions and Health at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. For the past two decades, 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.

For the past eight years, Dr. Naylor served as the national program director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Interdisciplinary Nursing Quality Research Initiative, which was aimed at generating, disseminating and translating research to understand how nurses contribute to quality patient care. She was elected to the Institute of Medicine in 2005 and is a member of the Board on Health Care Services and Roundtable on Value & Science-Driven Health Care. Dr. Naylor also is a member of the ABIM Foundation Board of Trustees, RAND Health Board, the National Quality Forum Board of Directors and the Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research National Advisory Committee. She was appointed to the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission in 2010.

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Gregory P. Poulsen, MBA

 Greg Poulson

Greg Poulsen is Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer for Intermountain Healthcare. Based in Salt Lake City, Intermountain Healthcare includes 22 hospitals and associated delivery services in the Intermountain West, a successful physician group practice, and the state’s leading health insurance organization. Intermountain employs 34,000 dedicated associates.

As a member of Intermountain’s four-member Management Committee, he shares responsibility for the breadth of operational and strategic issues of the organization. Mr. Poulsen has had direct responsibility for strategy development, research and planning, marketing, and policy for more than 20 years. He joined Intermountain Healthcare in 1982.

Mr. Poulsen has been a consultant to the Swedish Health Ministry and has provided counsel on health policy development in several countries, including Great Britain, Canada, France, New Zealand, Australia, Norway, and Germany. He was a Commissioner for the Commonwealth Fund in Washington, DC, and participated in the development of the policy papers “Bending the Curve” and “Why Not the Best,” which have helped shape the discussion on health policy in America. He is a national faculty member of the Stanford University School of Medicine and a guest lecturer at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He serves on the boards of many community organizations, is the co-chair of Utah’s Exchange Advisory Board, and is a board member and past chair of the Utah Foundation, a nonprofit public policy research organization. He has appeared frequently before Congressional committees and participates in many national and international health policy forums.

Mr. Poulsen holds a bachelor’s degree in biophysics and an MBA, both from Brigham Young University.

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John Rother, JD

John Rother

Mr. Rother is the president and chief executive officer of the National Coalition on Health Care. The National Coalition is the oldest and most broadly 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. He also serves as a senior advisor to the Stanford Longevity Center in Palo Alto, California.

Prior to joining 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).

A member of the ABIM Foundation Board of Trustees, he also serves on several boards and commissions, including those of 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. He is a member of the District of Columbia Bar, the National Academy of Social Insurance and The Gerontological Society of America.

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Martín-J. Sepúlveda, MD

martin sepulveda

Dr. Sepúlveda is an IBM Fellow, Member of the Institute of Medicine and Vice President of Health Systems and Policy Research for the IBM Corporation. He collaborates with multi-disciplinary scientists on applied research for multi-sectoral data analytics related to health in cities and populations, children, youth and young adults and primary care transformation. Dr. Sepúlveda previously served as IBM VP Integrated Health Services and led health policy, strategy, health benefits design and purchasing, clinical care and care management, primary care, occupational health, wellness and health and productivity for IBM globally.

Dr. Sepúlveda has elected Fellowships in: Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Science, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American College of Physicians, the American College of Preventive Medicine, the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine and the Connecticut Academy of Science and Technology. He has numerous peer reviewed scientific publications in diverse areas including wellness and health promotion, public health, data and information for population health. He serves on a number of boards including the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation, the Board of the New York Academy of Medicine and the Council on Health Research for Economic Development. He was a member of the Commonwealth Fund’s Commission for a High Performance Health System.

Dr. Sepúlveda received his M.D. and M.P.H. degrees from Harvard University, and his B.A. magna cum laude from Yale University. He has 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 US Centers for Disease Control, and completed a fellowship in internal medicine at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

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