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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.

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Updated on July 25, 2017.

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