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The AΩA Board of Directors—Bios
Sean Christensen, MSIV
Mr. Christensen (AΩA, University of South Carolina, 2016) joins the AΩA Board of Directors as a Student Director. He is a fourth year medical student at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine, and he intends to enter a psychiatry residency program later this year. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley with a double major in Neurobiology and Mass Communications. He participated in research at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory before moving to Southern California to work at a home medical equipment manufacturing company. In preparation for medical school, he acted as a Kaplan MCAT instructor and volunteered at Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena. As a medical student, he has served as class president, started a company focused on aiding patients with neurocognitive disorders, and became involved in psychiatry interest groups both locally and nationally, serving as the chair of his region for PsychSIGN. In his senior year of medical school, Sean has taken an active role in chairing the Black Tie White Coat Gala, an event to raise funds for the Free Medical Clinic in Columbia, SC, and provide scholarships for medical students.
Lynn Cleary, MD
Dr. Cleary (AOA, Ohio State University, 1978) is Professor of Medicine and Distinguished Teaching Professor at the State University of New York (SUNY), and serves as Vice President for Academic Affairs at Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, New York. Dr. Cleary is councilor of the Upstate AOA Chapter, serves on the Editorial Board of The Pharos, previously served as a Councilor Board member of AOA and has more recently chaired an AOA Councilor Task Force. She is a clinician and educator and has received teaching awards at Upstate and nationally, most recently the AAMC/AOA Robert J. Glaser Distinguished Teacher Award in 2017. She is a lifetime honorary member of the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME), served on the Executive Board from 2009-2017, and chaired a Transprofessional Task Force in 2017. She is active in the American College of Physicians, recently completed service as Governor of the Upstate Region of the New York Chapter, and currently serves as a member of the ACP’s Master Clinician Task Force.
Samantha Dizon, MS, MSIV
Ms. Dizon (AOA, University of Maryland, 2017) joins the AOA Board of Directors as a Student Director. She is a fourth year medical student at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, and she plans to enter a combined internal medicine – pediatrics program later this year. She received her undergraduate degree from Loyola University Maryland with an interdisciplinary major in biology and chemistry. As a medical student, she serves as the Community Service Chair and Solidarity Day Coordinator for the University of Maryland’s chapter of AOA and Gold Humanism Honor Society respectively. She also co-leads the Humanism Symposium, an elective class for first and second year medical students to explore what it means to be a humanistic physician.
Dagoberto Estevez-Ordonez, MD
Dr. Estevez-Ordonez (AOA, Vanderbilt University, 2018) was born and raised in Honduras. Due to financial constraints and other circumstances, dropped out of college in 2005. In 2007, received a 1-year scholarship to resume college in the US and emigrated in 2008 to resume education at Brigham Young University-Idaho. Completed a year of undergrad and transferred to main campus in Provo, UT where I participated in basic science research focused in molecular targets for cancer diagnosis and therapy. Graduated with Honors in 2013. Attended medical school at Vanderbilt University SOM. During medical school was active member and leader of several student organizations including: Latino Medical Student Association chapter, Student National Medical Association chapter, American Association of Neurological Surgeons chapter, AMA-MSS – Minority Issues Committee (National), Vanderbilt Global Health Organization chapters. During Medical school, completed a research year funded by the NIH to do cancer epidemiology research in low- middle income countries, focusing in Honduras and Central America. Was inducted AOA in 2018 and was selected to serve as member of the Vanderbilt AOA Chapter executive board. Have been awarded several scholarships and awards, including an AMA national award, during college and medical school including: academic scholarships, VMS Cornelius and Cate scholarships (75% tuition), AMA Minority Scholars Award, Vanderbilt Medical Scholars Award, VUSM Award in Global Health. Graduated in 2018. Started residency training in July 2018 for Neurological Surgery at the University of Alabama- Birmingham Program. Outside of medicine I enjoy Scuba Diving, choral and a cappella singing, guitar playing, movies and spending time with family. (During undergrad, I was a member of the BYU Men’s Chorus) (I am a certified Rescue Diver).
Atul Grover, MD, PhD
Dr. Grover (AΩA, George Washington University, 1995) is beginning his first year on the AΩA Board of Directors as the Medical Organization Director. In his role as executive vice president of The Association of American Medical Colleges, Atul Grover, MD, PhD, provides strategic leadership in the areas of medical education, academic affairs, health care affairs, scientific affairs, learning and leadership programming, diversity and inclusion, public policy, and communications. Dr. Grover joined the AAMC as associate director for the Center for Workforce Studies in 2005, where he managed research activity and directed externally funded workforce studies. He became a director of government relations and health care affairs in 2007, and served as the association’s chief public policy officer from 2011-2016. Previously, Dr. Grover held positions in health care finance and applied economics consulting as well as in the U.S. Public Health Service, Health Resources and Service Administration National Center for Health Workforce Analysis. Dr. Grover received his MD from George Washington University (GWU) School of Medicine and his PhD in health and public policy from Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Grover holds faculty appointments at GWU School of Medicine, and JHU Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Richard B. Gunderman MD, PhD
Dr. Gunderman (AΩA, University of Chicago, 1992) is serving his second term as a Member at Large on the AΩA Board of Directors. He joined the Board in 2010 as a Councilor Director. He has been the Councilor for the Alpha Indiana Chapter at Indiana University since 2009. As a medical student he received first prize in the AΩA Student Essay Contest, and as a junior faculty member he was awarded The Pharos Editor's Prize. He is the Chancellor’s Professor of Radiology, Pediatrics, Medical Education, Philosophy, Liberal Arts, Philanthropy, and Medical Humanities and Health Studies at Indiana University. He has received the Indiana University Trustees Teaching Award a record 10 times, and the 2012 AΩA Robert J. Glaser Distinguished Teacher Award. He is a frequent AΩA Visiting Professor at Chapters around the US. He has published 600 articles and nine books, and his writing frequently appears in popular media such as the Atlantic. His clinical specialty is pediatric radiology.
Eve J. Higginbotham SM, MD
Dr. Higginbotham (AΩA, Morehouse School of Medicine, 2011, Faculty) is past president of the AΩA Board of Directors and the inaugural Vice Dean for Inclusion and Diversity of the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, a position she assumed on August 1, 2013. She is also a Senior Fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute for Health Economics and Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Pennsylvania. Effective October 2017, she will become President of the AOA Medical Honor Society. Notable prior leadership positions in academia include Dean of the Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia, Senior Vice President for Health Sciences at Howard University, and Professor and Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the University of Maryland in Baltimore, a position she held for 12 years. A graduate of MIT with undergraduate and graduate degrees in chemical engineering (Course X, S.B, and S.M.) and Harvard Medical School, she completed her residency in ophthalmology at the LSU Eye Center and fellowship training in the subspecialty of glaucoma at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary in Boston. Dr. Higginbotham is a current member of the Defense Health Board, advisory to the Secretary of Health Affairs of the Department of Defense, Board of Directors of Ascension of which she is Secretary of the Board and a member of the Executive Committee, a member of the Board of the AΩA Medical Honor Society of which she leads the Leadership Development Committee, and a member of the Editorial Board of the American Journal of Ophthalmology. She is a Vice Chair of the NEI-supported Ocular Hypertension Treatment Study, a randomized clinical trial, recently funded for a 20-year follow- up study of this unique cohort of patients. She is currently a member of the ARVO, AAO, American Clinical and Climatological Association, National Academy of Medicine, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She recently completed her position as chair of her section of the National Academy of Medicine and service as a member of the NAM membership committee. Dr. Higginbotham also just completed her service on the National Academy of Medicine Committee on Public Health Approaches to Reduce Vision Impairment and Promote Eye Health, which culminated in a comprehensive report released in September 2016. She is now a member of the Committee On Closing The Equity Gap: Revitalizing Stem Education And Workforce Readiness Programs In The Nation's Minority-Serving Institutions. She also continues to serve her alma mater as a member of the newly formed Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology Advisory Board and the Visiting Committee of the Institute of Medical Engineering and Science at MIT. Dr. Higginbotham is a former member of the Board of Overseers at Harvard University, former member of the MIT Corporation, and a former chair of the FDA Ophthalmic Devices Panel. She is the past president of the following organizations: the Maryland Society Eye Physicians, the Baltimore City Medical Society, and the Harvard Medical School Alumni Council. Dr. Higginbotham has authored over 150 peer-reviewed articles and co-edited four ophthalmology textbooks and continues to remain active in scholarship related to health policy, STEM, and patient care at the University of Pennsylvania.
Holly J. Humphrey MD
Dr. Humphrey (AOA, University of Chicago, 1983) is serving her second term on the AΩA Board of Directors as a Member at Large. She is the Ralph W. Gerard Professor in Medicine, and the Dean for Medical Education at the University of Chicago’s 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. Dr. Humphrey’s scholarly work focuses on residency education, professionalism and mentoring. She has authored numerous peer-reviewed papers and edited three books. She is a highly sought after Visiting Professor, and the recipient of numerous teaching honors and awards, including being selected by graduating students at The University of Chicago 24 times as one of 20 favorite faculty teachers. She is the immediate past Chair of the Board of Trustees of the American Board of Internal Medicine 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. She is also 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 named 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 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.
J. Mark Kinzie, MD
Dr. Kinzie (AΩA, Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine, 1999) ) is serving his first term on the AΩA Board of Directors as Councilor Director. Dr. Kinzie has served as Councilor at Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine since 2015. He is Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Oregon Health & Science University, Portland Oregon. Dr. Kinzie is a member of Society for the Study of Psychiatry and Culture.
Jill Omori, MD
Dr. Omori (AΩA, University of Hawaii, 1995) ) graduated from the University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine and also completed her Family Medicine Residency at the University of Hawaii. She completed a fellowship in Medical Education and the UCSD fellowship in Addressing the Needs of the Underserved. She is currently an Associate Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health at the John A. Burns School of Medicine and is the Director or the Office of Medical Education. Dr. Omori has a special interest in rural health and homeless health care. She founded and is the current Director of the Hawaii H.O.M.E. (Homeless Outreach and Medical Education) Project, which is a student-run free clinic for the homeless on Oahu. Dr. Omori has been the councilor for the Hawaii Chapter of AOA since 2010.
Suzann Pershing MD
Dr. Pershing (AΩA, Medical University of South Carolina, 2005) is continuing her third term as the Residency Initiatives Coordinator on the AΩA Board of Directors. Dr. Pershing serves as Chief of Ophthalmology for the VA Palo Alto Health Care System, and is on faculty at Stanford University Medical Center. Her specialty is ophthalmology.
Sheryl Pfeil MD
Dr. Pfeil (AΩA, Ohio State University, 1984) is beginning her second term as a Member at Large. She was elected to the Board in 2010, as a Councilor Director. Dr. Pfeil has been Councilor at the Gamma Ohio Chapter at Ohio State University since 2009. She is a professor of Internal Medicine and the Medical Director of the Clinical Skills Education and Assessment Center (simulation center). In 2014, she was awarded the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award and a Faculty Teaching Award at Ohio State. Her specialty is gastroenterology.
Alan G. Robinson MD
Dr. Robinson (AΩA, University of Pittsburgh, Faculty, 1988) received his MD from Case Western Reserve University and did his postgraduate training at Columbia. After his fellowship he moved to the University of Pittsburgh where he was for 24 years an NIH investigator and served as the Chief of the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism. He was recruited to UCLA in 1995 as Executive Associate Dean and in that position functioned as the Chief Operating Officer, until 2011. At UCLA he has served in major administrative positions: Vice Provost, Medical Sciences (1995-2003); Associate Vice Chancellor, Medical Sciences (2003-2015); and, is presently Distinguished Professor of Medicine and Senior Associate Dean.
As Executive Associate Dean, Dr. Robinson focused on maintaining the high quality of research and medical education. Among the accomplishments were a tripling of grant support to the school, construction of 5 new research buildings and initiating a new integrated multi-media focused curriculum for medical education. He was the Principal Investigator on a grant from the National Library of Medicine for Integrated Academic Information Management Systems and directed a State funded $35 million capital program in telemedicine. His recent interest includes issues at the end of life and he leads a selective in that subject for medical students.
Dr. Robinson has been a member of The American Society for Clinical Investigation, American Association of Physicians, The Endocrine Society, and the Society for Neuroscience. In addition to his extensive peer-reviewed publications, he has contributed chapters to Cecil Textbook of Medicine, Kelley’s Textbook of Internal Medicine, Williams Textbook of Endocrinology, Greenspan’s Basic & Clinical Endocrinology, Conn’s Current Therapy, Current Therapy in Endocrinology and Metabolism, Clinics in Endocrinology and Metabolism, and other books. He edited 2 books on the hormones of the posterior pituitary.
Kathleen Ryan, MD
Dr. Ryan (AΩA, Hahnemann University, 1994, Resident) is joining the AΩA Board of Directors as a Councilor Director. She has served as the AΩA Councilor at Drexel University College of Medicine since 2012. Dr. Ryan is currently the Associate Dean for Medical Education-Simulation, and directs the simulation center at the College of Medicine. In January of 2015, she was awarded the EMS Advocate Award in recognition of her role in advocating learning through simulation. In 2011, she was awarded the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation Award for Distinguished Teaching. She was the Associate editor for Postgraduate Medicine from 2008-2015. She has served on many national committees assessing performance at the National Board of Medical examiners and developing curricula through Clerkship Directors of Medicine (CDIM). She has an active medical practice, and has been recognized as a Castle Connolly Top Doctor from 2012-2016.
Wiley “Chip” Souba MD, ScD, MBA
Dr. Souba (AΩA, University of Texas Medical School at Houston, 1978) joined the AΩA Board of Directors as a Member at Large in 2013. He serves as the Board’s Treasurer. Dr. Souba has most recently served as Vice-President for Health Affairs, and Dean of the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, where he maintains a faculty appointment as Professor in the Department of Surgery, and in the Department of Medical Education. He is nationally known for his innovative approaches to developing leaders and leadership. He believes leadership begins within oneself. He is a member of the AΩA Fellow in Leadership Committee, and works with the Fellows through his course “The Science and Practice of Leading Yourself.” His specialty is surgical oncology.
Joseph W. Stubbs MD, MACP
Dr. Stubbs (AΩA, Emory University, 1978) is Immediate Past President of the AΩA Board of Directors. He joined the Board in 2008 as a Member at Large. In 2011, he became the Board Treasurer, and served in that role until being elected President Elect in 2015. Dr. Stubbs is a private physician in Albany, GA. He is past president of the ACP (2009-2010), and currently the medical director of South Georgia ACO. His specialty is internal medicine/geriatrics.
John Tooker MD, MBA, MACP
Dr. Tooker (AΩA, University of Colorado, 1970) serves the AΩA Board of Directors as a Member at Large, and serves as a mentor for the Fellow in Leadership Program. He joined the Board in 2009 as the Medical Organization Director representing the American College of Physicians (ACP), and is a past President of the Board. Dr. Tooker is the Emeritus Executive Vice President and CEO of the ACP, where he served as the EVP and CEO from 2002 – 2010. He remains active on special projects and in service to organizations supporting ACP’s mission of excellence and professionalism. In addition to AΩA, Dr. Tooker serves on the board of the National Committee for Quality Assurance. His specialty is internal medicine with a subspecialty in pulmonology and critical care.
Steven A. Wartman MD, PhD
Dr. Wartman (AΩA, Johns Hopkins University, 1970) is completing his third year on the AΩA Board of Directors as a Member at Large, and has served on The Pharos Editorial Board since 1996. Dr. Wartman received his AB from Cornell University and his MD and PhD degrees from Johns Hopkins University. He was a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at Johns Hopkins and a Henry Luce Scholar in Indonesia. Since 2005, he’s served as the third President and CEO of the Association of Academic Health Centers (AAHC) in Washington, DC. Previously, he was Executive Vice President for Academic and Health Affairs, and Dean of the School of Medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. In 2008, he founded AAHC International™, a global organization dedicated to improving health and well being worldwide. He has received numerous awards and honorary degrees, most recently the 2015 Johns Hopkins School of Medicine’s Distinguished Medical Alumnus Award. He is an internist and a sociologist.
Updated on January 25, 2019.