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The AΩA Board of Directors—Bios

Robert G. Atnip MD, FACS, RPVI
Dr. Atnip (AΩA, University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine, 1976) completes his term as President of the AΩA Board of Directors, and begins this year as Immediate Past President. He has served on the Board since 2006, first as a Councilor Director, and most recently as a Member at Large. He has been the Councilor at the Eta Pennsylvania Chapter at the Pennsylvania State University Milton S. Hershey Medical Center since 2002, and is a Professor of Surgery and Radiology. He is a Test Development consultant for the National Board of Medical Examiners, and a long-standing member of his hospital’s Ethics Committee. He is ABS certified in surgery, vascular surgery, and surgical critical care. His specialties are vascular surgery, vascular ultrasound, wound care, and hyperbaric medicine.

Jeremy Bolin MD
Dr. Bolin (AΩA, Uniformed Services University, 2015) is beginning his second year on the AΩA Board of Directors as a Student Director. He was elected to the Board in 2015, representing the Uniformed Services University. Dr. Bolin graduated medical school in June and began a vascular surgery residency at University of California, Davis. Before attending medical school, he served for more than nine years as an active duty Air Force engineering officer with a background in Mechanical Engineering. His specialty is vascular surgery.

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.

Regina Gandour-Edwards MD
Dr. Gandour-Edwards (AΩA, University of California, Davis, 1984) is beginning her second year on the AΩA Board of Directors as a Councilor Director. She has served as the Councilor to the Eta California Chapter at University of California, Davis since 2011. Dr. Gandour-Edwards began her career as a public health nurse with a BSN from Georgetown University. She received an MS in Nursing from University of California San Francisco, and a MHS from UC Davis and taught community nursing at California State University Hayward. She was a family nurse practitioner, which inspired her to become a physician. She graduated from UC Davis School of Medicine in 1985, and continued at UC Davis for her residency training in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology. She is currently the Vice Chair of Education at the UC Davis Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. She is leader of the Cancer Center Biorepository and Research Histology core. Her clinical practice is surgical pathology, specializing in GU pathology. She is chair of the Committee on Student Promotions for the School of Medicine, and a member of the IRB.

Charles Griffith III MD, MSPH, FACP
Dr. Griffith (AΩA, University of Kentucky, 2000, Faculty) is beginning his final year on the AΩA Board of Directors as a Councilor Director. He is the Councilor to the Beta Kentucky Chapter at the University of Kentucky, a position he has held since 2004. Dr. Griffith is the Vice Dean for Medical Education. He received the AΩA Robert J. Glaser Distinguished Teacher Award in 2004. His specialties are internal medicine and pediatrics.

Richard B. Gunderman MD, PhD
Dr. Gunderman (AΩA, University of Chicago, 1992) is completing his first 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) will become the President Elect for the AΩA Board of Directors. She is the inaugural Vice Dean for Inclusion and Diversity at the University of Pennsylvania, and Senior Fellow of the Leonard Davis Institute for Health Economics and Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Pennsylvania. She is a member of the Ascension Board, of which she is the Secretary and a member of the Executive Committee. Dr. Higginbotham is a member of the National Academy of Medicine, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Defense Health Board, Visiting Committee of the Institute of Medical Engineering and Science at MIT. She is an Associate Editor of the American Journal of Ophthalmology, and Vice Chair of the Ocular Hypertension Treatment Study. She is a graduate of MIT with an SB and SM in Chemical Engineering, and of Harvard Medical School. She serves as the AΩA Leadership Committee Chair, and was active in developing the new Fellow in Leadership Award. Her specialty is ophthalmology, and she is a glaucoma specialist.

Holly J. Humphrey MD
Dr. Humphrey (AOA, University of Chicago, 1983) is serving her first 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.

Richard Latuska MD
Dr. Latuska (AΩA, Vanderbilt University, 2014) is beginning his second year on the AΩA Board of Directors as a Student Director. He has completed his first year of residency in pediatrics at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He received his undergraduate degree at the University of Notre Dame, where he graduated magna cum laude and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa in 2011. His specialty is pediatrics with an interest in specializing in pediatric intensive care or emergency medicine.

Douglas S. Paauw MD MACP
Dr. Paauw (AΩA, University of Michigan, 1983) is completing his term as the Immediate Past President of the AΩA Board of Directors. He joined the Board in 2005 as a Councilor Director for the University of Washington. Dr. Paauw has been the Councilor at the Alpha Washington Chapter at the University of Washington since 1992. He is Director of Medicine Student Programs, a Professor of Medicine, and the Rathmann Family Foundation Endowed Chair in Patient-Centered Clinical Education. Dr. Paauw has received many distinguished teaching awards including the AΩA Robert J. Glaser Distinguished Teacher Award in 2001. Dr. Paauw is Co-chair on the AΩA Professionalism Committee. His specialty is internal medicine.

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) is serving his second term as a Member at Large on our Board. He is Distinguished Professor of Medicine, Associate Vice Chancellor of Medical Sciences and Senior Associate Dean of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Following his MD from Case Western Reserve University he did his postgraduate training at Columbia. 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 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, Dr. Robinson 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 and has edited 2 books on the hormones of the posterior pituitary.
He was recruited to UCLA as Executive Associate Dean and served in that position, functioning as the chief operating officer (the Dean’s description), for 18 years. He 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 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.

Griffin P. Rodgers MD, MBA, MACP
Dr. Rodgers (AΩA, Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, 2008, Alumnus) serves as the Medical Organization Director on the AΩA Board of Directors. Dr. Rodgers has served as the Director of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases at the National Institutes of Health since 2007, and previously served as the Institute’s Deputy Director since 2001. As a physician-scientist, he is widely recognized for his contributions to the development of the first effective (FDA-approved) therapy for sickle cell anemia. He is a member of the American Society of Hematology, the American Society of Clinical Investigation, the Association of American Physicians, the National Academy of Medicine, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, among others. His specialty is hematology, with a focus on sickle-cell disease.

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) will become the 2016/2017 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.

The AΩA National Office Staff—Bios

Richard L. Byyny MD, FACP
Richard Byyny Dr. Byyny (AΩA, University of Southern California, 1964) became the Executive Director and Editor of The Pharos in November 2010. He previously served as a Member at Large on the AΩA Board of Directors from 1995-1999. Dr. Byyny graduated from the University of Southern California School of Medicine in 1964, completed his residency and chief residency in internal medicine at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in NYC in 1969; and an endocrinology fellowship at Vanderbilt University in 1971. He was an Associate Professor of Medicine and head of General Internal Medicine at the University of Chicago. He was Professor of Medicine, Vice Chairman of Medicine, and head of the Division of Internal Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. He was President of the Society for General Internal Medicine in 1980-81. He served as the Executive Vice Chancellor of the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Vice President of Academic Affairs, and Dean of the Graduate School at the University of Colorado, and as the Chancellor of the University of Colorado Boulder from 1997 to 2005. He is Professor Emeritus and Chancellor Emeritus at the University of Colorado. His specialty is internal medicine and endocrinology.

Saundra Beaird
Saundra Beaird Saundra Beaird is the AΩA National Office Executive Assistant. She comes to AΩA with more than 20 years of experience in event coordination, sales, marketing, communications, and project management. She has extensive experience as a Senior Executive Assistant to top executives, including Fortune 14 companies as well as to multiple members of Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper's Administration. She served three years on the Executive Board of the Colorado Combined Campaign, most recently as Chair, and volunteers as a spokesperson for the American Heart Association.

Jean Holzwart
Jean Holzwart Jean Holzwart, Programs Manager, graduated from Arizona State University with a BA in English. While at Arizona State, Jean spent two semesters at Oxford University in England where she was awarded a Certificate of Studies. She worked as an editor for two publishing companies before returning to school to earn a Paralegal Certificate. Jean has worked the last 21 years in academic medical centers, reporting directly to the General Counsel at the University of Colorado Hospital, and most recently reporting to the General Counsel at the Denver Health and Hospital Authority. Jean is a trained Six Sigma Black Belt and hopes to use her Lean experience and skills at Alpha Omega Alpha. Jean and her husband love to travel and spend time with their young grandson.

Laura Kimball
Laura Kimball Laura joined the National Office in April 2012, working part-time. With a background in bookkeeping, she has been vital during dues season, processing dues payments. Laura administers the Administrative Recognition Award and the Volunteer Clinical Faculty Award. She fulfills merchandise orders, and assists with references checks for The Pharos.

Dee Martinez
Dee Martinez Dee is Chief of Staff and Managing Editor of The Pharos. She joined the National Office in November 2015. Before coming to AΩA, she served the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) as Deputy Executive Director of Enterprise Partnerships where she oversaw the Department's 67 Boards and Commissions, Operations for all 64 Colorado counties, Communications, Legislative Affairs, and Client Services and Controlled Correspondence. Prior to joining CDHS, Dee was the Director of Public Relations and Marketing for Denver Health, Denver's public safety net hospital. She has also served in the Public Affairs Office at the University of Colorado Boulder, and the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. Dee holds a Master's degree in Integrated Marketing Communications from the University of Colorado Boulder, and a Bachelor's degree in Biology from Metropolitan State University of Denver. She has more than 25 years experience working in communications, marketing, advertising and public relations with an emphasis on issues management and crisis communications. Dee is also a LEAN trained Black Belt with extensive experience in process management and the identification and elimination of waste in the work place. She completed Leadership Training through the University of Denver, and is disaster response certified by FEMA.

William F. Nichols
Bill began his AΩA service in 1985 when he joined the Hewlett Foundation as Chief Financial Officer. He continues to serve at the National Office on a part-time basis overseeing finances, investments and other business matters. His duties include working as an ex-officio member and staff member of the AΩA Board of Directors Audit Committee; the lead team member for the annual audit and investment management; a team member for the finalization of the annual 990 tax return, the quarterly profit/loss statement, and the annual budget development and Board recommendations.

Erika Smith
Erika Smith Erika is the Chief Financial Officer for AΩA. Before joining AΩA, her project portfolio experience spans senior leadership roles involving finance, operations, and strategy. Erika's experiences range from leading annual revenue financial planning processes for $1 billion organizations, large-scale capital construction financing, technology integrations, successful funding strategies, and effective business practices, especially in regulatory environments. Her career has spanned working as a management consultant with both international and local firms to a finance executive in higher education. Erika has an MBA from the University of Colorado Executive MBA program, and a BA in Psychology from Grinnell College.

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Updated on July 20, 2017.

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