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Daniel B. Wolfson

Daniel B.Wolfson is Executive Vice President and COO of the ABIM Foundation. Previously, Mr. Wolfson served for nearly two decades as the founding president and CEO of the Alliance of Community Health Plans (formerly The HMO Group), the nation’s leading association of not-for-profit and provider-sponsored health plans. During his tenure, Mr. Wolfson earned national recognition for spearheading the development of the Health Plan Employer Data and Information Set (HEDIS™), convening the RxHealthValue coalition to provide independent information on the pharmaceutical industry, and co-sponsoring with the American College of Physicians the journal Effective Clinical Practice.

Previously, Mr. Wolfson was the Director of Planning and Research at the Fallon Community Health Plan. During that time, he led the product development team that launched the nation’s first Medicare risk contract with the Health Care Financing Administration.

Mr. Wolfson received his master’s degree in Health Services Administration from the University of Michigan, School of Public Health.

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Vineet Arora MD, MPP

Vineet Arora MD, MPP is Associate Director for the Internal Medicine Residency and Assistant Dean for Scholarship and Discovery at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. Dr. Arora’s scholarly work focuses on resident duty hours, patient handoffs, medical professionalism, and quality of hospital care. Her work has appeared in numerous journals, including JAMA and the Annals of Internal Medicine, and has received coverage from the New York Times, CNN, and US News & World Report. She has testified to the Institute of Medicine on resident duty hours and to Congress about increasing medical student debt and the primary care crisis. As an academic hospitalist, she supervises medical residents and students caring for hospitalized patients.

Dr. Arora blogs about her experiences in medical education at FutureDocs and actively tweets at @futuredocs.

Amy Cunningham

Amy Cunningham was the former Program Administrator/Analyst at the ABIM Foundation, where she manages the annual ABIM Foundation Forum, the Putting the Charter into Practice grant program, and other projects related to physician professionalism.

Previously, Ms. Cunningham worked as a care manager at the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging; prior to that position, she served as an AmeriCorps volunteer at a federally qualified health center. Ms. Cunningham received her bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude with honors in Anthropology, from Bryn Mawr College. She earned her master’s in Public Health from Temple University, where she was the recipient of a University Fellowship. Ms. Cunningham is currently pursing a PhD in Population Health Sciences at Thomas Jefferson University.

Rosemary Gibson

Rosemary Gibson led national quality and safety initiatives at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for 16 years and was chief architect of its strategy to mainstream palliative care in hospitals. She is author of The Treatment Trap, a book on overtreatment, and Wall of Silence: The Untold Story of the Medical Mistakes that Kill and Injure Millions of Americans, a book that puts a human face on the IOM report, To Err is Human. She serves as Section Editor of the Archives of Internal Medicine series, Less is More

Hayley Goldbach

Hayley Goldbach just finished her first year of medical school at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. She is currently the Co-President of the Elizabeth Blackwell Society (the women’s medical student association) and President of the Dermatology Interest Group. She also volunteers at Covenant House, an emergency shelter for homeless teenagers in Germantown, PA.

Hayley grew up outside of Boston, MA. She developed an early interest in journalism and appeared as the “roving reporter” for nine years on NPR’s “From the Top.” She received her BS from Brown University where she graduated in 2009 magna cum laude and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Her extracurricular activities included teaching health to under-served students and teaching ethics in a prison as well as being captain of the equestrian team.

Before starting medical school she took a year off and worked in Malawi with Project Peanut Butter, an NGO that treats pediatric malnutrition.
Her interests include international health, professionalism, and health disparities.

Dr. Eric Larson

Dr. Eric Larson is Vice President for Research, Group Health and Executive Director of the Group Health Research Institute. A graduate of Harvard Medical School, he trained in internal medicine at Beth Israel Hospital, in Boston, completed a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars and MPH program at the University of Washington, and then served as Chief Resident of University Hospital in Seattle. He served as Medical Director of University of Washington Medical Center and Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs from 1989-2002.

Dr. Larson’s research spans a range of general medicine topics and has focused on aging and dementia, including a long running study of aging and cognitive change set in Group Health Cooperative – The UW/Group Health Alzheimer’s Disease Patient Registry/Adult Changes in Thought Study. He has served as President of the Society of General Internal Medicine, Chair of the OTA/DHHS Advisory Panel on Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders and was Chair of the Board of Regents (2004-05), American College of Physicians. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine.

Frank Opelka, MD FACS

Frank Opelka, MD FACS is the Vice Chancellor of Clinical Affairs for Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, New Orleans. Dr. Opelka is a physician executive and a recognized national leader in health policy surrounding surgical quality and patient safety. He is the associate medical director in the Washington D.C. office of the American College of Surgeons. He serves the National Quality Forum on several committees including the National Priorities Partnership and the Measures Application Partnership. Dr. Opelka chairs the Surgical Quality Alliance. He is a published expert in colon and rectal surgery, and serves as a reviewer for national peer-reviewed journals. His blog is Surgical Health Care Redesign.

Kevin Pho, MD

Kevin Pho, MD is the founder of KevinMD.com, a leading destination for provocative physician commentary on breaking medical news. Dr. Pho received his medical degree and completed residency at Boston University School of Medicine and is a member of the 2010 class of New Hampshire’s 40 Under Forty, recognizing the state’s emerging leaders. He is board certified in internal medicine and practices primary care in Nashua, New Hampshire.

Neel Shah, MD

Neel Shah, MD is the founder and Executive Director of Costs of Care, a Boston-based nonprofit organization that helps doctors understand how the decisions they make impact what patients pay for care. He is also the principal investigator for the ABIM Foundation Putting the Charter into Practice grant to Costs of Care.

Stephen R. Smith, MD, MPH

Stephen R. Smith, MD, MPH is professor emeritus of family medicine at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. He retired in 2007 as associate dean, a post he had held for 25 years. During his tenure as associate dean, Dr. Smith earned an international reputation for innovation in medical education. He was the architect of the competency-based curriculum at Brown that has been replicated at many medical schools around the world.

Since his “retirement,” Dr. Smith has been working part-time in the community health center in his hometown of New London, Connecticut, and organizing physicians in Connecticut for the National Physicians Alliance (NPA). He also served as the principal investigator of an NPA project funded by the ABIM Foundation to promote good stewardship in primary care. He earned his medical degree from Boston University School of Medicine in 1972 and his master of public health degree from the University of Rochester in 1977.

1 Comment to About Our Authors

  • David Stone's Gravatar David Stone
    September 6, 2013 at 12:05 pm | Permalink

    I would like to see someone write something about primary care providers who perform certain types of procedures simply for the purpose of revenue generation rather than that it is in the best interest of their patient. An example of this would be a primary care provider who contracts with a company to perform allergy testing in their office for a percentage of the take, then allergy tests 50% of the patients who come in with a complaint of sneezing and nasal congestion; whereas, before that, they would only refer about 5% of those patients to a board certified specialist in that area. This would be a big area of cost containment in my opinion.

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