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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) 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.

Samantha Dizon, MS, MSIV
Ms. Dizon (AΩA, University of Maryland, 2017) joins the AΩA Board of Directors as a Student Director. She is a fourth year medical student at the University of Maryland.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.


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