Meet the Commission Members

Commission members represent a broad cross-section of physicians and other stakeholders who will lead the Vision Initiative.

Members will assess the status of continuing board certification and make recommendations to help enable the current process to become a system that demonstrates the profession’s commitment to professional self-regulation, offers a consistent and clear understanding of what continuing certification means, and establishes a meaningful, relevant and valuable program that meets the highest standard of quality patient care.

MEMBER BIOS

Dr. Colenda is President Emeritus of West Virginia University Health System (WVUHS), having held the position of President/CEO from 2014-16. Prior to his leadership of WVUHS, he was Chancellor for Health Sciences at West Virginia University (WVU). As Chancellor he was the architect of a number of strategic initiatives, including the establishment of a School of Public Health, leading efforts that resulted in the awarding of the National Institute of Health’s IDeA Clinical and Translation Research Award and establishing the Interprofessional Education Center. Before WVU he was the Dean at the College of Medicine at Texas A&M University Health Sciences Center (conferred Dean Emeritus) and Chairman of Psychiatry at Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine. Dr. Colenda has served on the Board of Directors of the Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education; Treasurer and Vice Chair of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology; and was a member of the Executive Board of the National Board of Medical Examiners. He has been on the Administrative Board of the Council of Deans for the American Association of Medical Colleges; the Liaison Committee for Medical Education, serving as chair in 2012-13; and was the Co-Chair of the Special Committee on Physician Executives and Continuing Maintenance of Certification for the American Board of Medical Specialties. Dr. Colenda was a member of the Psychological Health External Advisor Committee of the Defense Health Board for the U.S. Department of Defense, and he was appointed to the Health Systems Governing Council of the American Hospital Association in 2016. Dr. Colenda is Board Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.
Dr. Scanlon is a Consultant to the West Health Institute in La Jolla, CA. He is also a member of the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission and the Patient Access Network Foundation Board. He has served as the public member of the American Board of Surgery and on the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics, the National Commission for Quality Long-Term Care, and the 2005 White House Conference on Aging Advisory Committee. Previously, he was the Managing Director for Health Care at the U.S. General Accounting Office, a Co-Director of the Georgetown University School of Medicine Center for Health Policy Studies and a Principal Research Associate at the Urban Institute.
Dr. Albrecht is a Professor and Vice Chair of Quality, Division Chief of General Surgery, Trauma and Surgical Critical Care for the Department of Surgery at the University of Oklahoma. She also serves as a Director for the American Board of Surgery and is Chair of the Credentials Committee, actively involved in the examination and certification process for general surgery and surgical critical care. Dr. Albrecht is Board Certified by the American Board of Surgery.
Dr. Balmer serves as the Director for Continuing Medical Education (CME) at the University of Virginia School of Medicine, an ACCME program Accredited with Commendation. She holds faculty appointments in the School of Medicine and Nursing and has provided strategic direction in the creation of the School of Nursing Continuing Education (CE) Program. Dr. Balmer is also serves as the Chair of the Commission for Accreditation for the American Nurses Credentialing Center. She served as the President, Past President and Board Member of the Alliance for Continuing Education in the Health Professions (formerly Alliance for CME receiving the Distinguished Service Award CE in the Health Professions. in 2014. Dr. Balmer also served on the Accreditation Review Committee for the Accreditation Council for CME (ACCME) and served as Chair during her six year term.
Dr. Berkowitz is the Division Chief of General Pediatrics in the Department of Pediatrics at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education, the National Resident Matching Program, and the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant. A delegate from the American Academy of Pediatrics to the American Medical Association (AMA), Dr. Berkowitz is the Vice Chair of the AMA’s Council on Medical Education. Dr. Berkowitz is Board Certified by the American Board of Pediatrics.
Dr. Brown serves as the President of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. He is a past President of the American Gynecological Obstetrical Society and Director of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. From 2002-2016, Dr. Brown was Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Duke University. Dr. Brown is Board Certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Dr. Campbell is the Director for Continuing Professional Development at The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and also serves as an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Ottawa. He is a recipient of the Dave Davis Research in Continuing Medical Education Award, recognizing an individual or group of individuals who have made outstanding contributions to research in continuing medical education.
Dr. Chick is the Senior Vice President, Medical Education for the American College of Physicians, responsible for educational products, collaborations with external educational organizations and professional societies, governance initiatives, continuing medical education accreditation, and maintenance of certification supports. She has practiced internal medicine in both private and academic centers, and is currently transitioning her practice from a primary care general internal medicine clinic at the University of Michigan to an urban primary care clinic in Philadelphia. Dr. Chick is Board Certified with the American Board of Internal Medicine.
Ms. Cronin is Executive Director for the Informed Patient Institute, a nonprofit that she founded in 2007, providing information for consumers about health care quality, patient safety and health care costs. Ms. Cronin serves on the Boards of Directors for the National Quality Forum, the Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement, and is a member of the American Association of Medical College's quality improvement and patient safety competency project. In addition, she is Co-Chair of the Medical Board Roundtable, a national group of patient advocates looking at physician oversight in the context of state medical boards and issues of continually assuring that physicians are up-to-date.
Dr. Cutler is an internal medicine specialist and served as the 167th President of the Pennsylvania Medical Society (PAMED). A 35-year member of PAMED, he served on its Board of Trustees as well as numerous committees, commissions, and taskforces. He has also served on the American College of Physician (ACP) Board of Regents and was a Chair of their Board of Governors, receiving their Mastership award for his service. He currently represents the ACP on the American Medical Association House of Delegates. Dr. Cutler is Board Certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine.
Patti Davis is Senior Vice President, External Affairs for the Oklahoma University Medical System in Oklahoma City. Prior to this role, Ms. Davis served as Executive Vice President as well as Vice President, Government Relations of the Oklahoma Hospital Association. She also served as Chief Executive Officer for Carnegie Tri-county Municipal Hospital in Carnegie, Oklahoma.
Dr. Espinosa is Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Louisville School of Medicine in the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases and an attending physician at Norton Children’s, Norton Women and Children’s, and University of Louisville Hospitals in Louisville, KY. She is a member of the newly formed American Academy of Pediatrics Provisional Section on Minority Health, Equity and Inclusion. Dr. Espinosa is Board Certified by the American Board of Pediatrics.
Dr. Fleming is Vice President for Continuing Professional Development and an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. At the national level, he has served on and chaired a variety of committees at the Society of Critical Care Medicine, earning the Presidential Citation for service for two consecutive years. Dr. Fleming Chaired the Association of Pediatric Program Directors’ Fellowship Program Director executive committee, a group whose work included recommendations to the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education for protected time for fellowship program directors in pediatrics. Dr. Fleming is Board Certified by the American Board of Pediatrics.
Dr. Gupta is an Associate Professor in the Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition at Emory University School of Medicine. She has pioneered several advocacy initiatives including developing a transition program for young adult transplant recipients and Advocacy committee for patients and families of transplant recipients. She is involved in faculty wellness programs at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta and serves on the steering committee of Emory Alliance of Women in Medicine & Science. She is a physician scientist with an active research and clinical career and is deeply engaged in mentoring trainees.
Dr. Hamnvik is an Assistant Professor at Brigham and Women's Hospital/Harvard Medical School, one of 42 doctors at Brigham and Women's Hospital who specialize in Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism. In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Hamnvik is the Endocrinology Fellowship Program Director at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and the Education Editor for the New England Journal of Medicine Group. Dr. Hamnvik is Board Certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine.
Dr. Hill is a Resident Physician in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Washington University School of Medicine. She has extensive experience working in policy and education on a national scale and has experience with four countries’ medical education systems. Dr. Hill also served in multiple leadership positions with the Royal College of Surgeons of England. She is the developer and Executive Chairman of Fastbleep.com, a non-profit online medical education site for medical students and young doctors with over 80,000 participants internationally.
Dr. Hirschl is a Professor of Pediatric Surgery and Head of the Section of Pediatric Surgery at the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children's Hospital. He is also Chair-Elect of the American Pediatric Surgical Association (APSA). Dr. Hirschl has served as a Program Director for fellowships in both Pediatric Surgery and Surgical Critical Care, as a Director of the American Board of Surgery, and as a member of the Surgery Residency Review Committee. Dr. Hirschl is Board Certified by the American Board of Surgery.
Dr. Johnson is an otolaryngologist and immediate Past President of the Wyoming Medical Society. He also serves as a Clinical Instructor at the University of Washington, Department of Otolaryngology and on a number of boards and committees. Dr. Johnson is Board Certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology.
Dr. Leff is a Professor in the Division of Geriatric Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Bloomberg School of Public Health. He has served in several leadership roles, including those at the American College of Physicians’ Board of Regents and the Council of Subspecialty Societies, and the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) as a member of the Geriatric Medicine Board Exam Committee and Chair of the Geriatric Medicine Specialty Board, and as a member of the ABIM Council. Dr. Leff is Board Certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine.
Colonel Nelson, MD, PhD serves as the Chief Consultant to the U.S. Army Surgeon General and Chief of Clinical Policy and Services Division. He also served as Clinic and Department Chief, and Chief Medical Officer for Walter Reed Army Medical Center as well as in other leadership positions including Vice Chair of an Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education Review Committee. He is President-elect of the American Board of Allergy and Immunology. Colonel Nelson is Board Certified by the American Board of Allergy and Immunology.
Mr. Palmisano is Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of the Medical Association of Georgia. He also serves as current member of the board of directors and Immediate Past State Chair of the American Association of Medical Society Executives, the professional association of more than 1,400 medical society executives and staff specialists representing county, regional, state, state specialty, national specialty and international medical societies, as well as affiliated health care organizations and industry partners.
Dr. Reisdorff is the Executive Director of the American Board of Emergency Medicine. Prior to serving in this role, Dr. Reisdorff was a practicing emergency physician, and past Program Director of the Michigan State University Emergency Medicine Residency Program, Director of Medical Education at Ingham Regional Medical Center in Lansing, MI, and an Associate Professor in Emergency Medicine. Dr. Reisdorff is Board Certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine.
Dr. Russo is a Professor of Medicine, Cooper Medical School of Rowan University; Director, Electrophysiology and Arrhythmia Services; Director, Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology Fellowship; and Director of Cardiovascular Research at Cooper University Hospital in Camden, NJ. She is the current 1st Vice President of the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS), Chair of the HRS Program Committee, and member of the HRS Board of Trustees. She also serves on the American College of Cardiology (ACC) Clinical Policy Approval Committee, the ACC Cardiovascular Disease in Women Committee, the ACC/American Heart Association (AHA) Task Force on Performance Measures, and the AHA Get with the Guidelines-Atrial Fibrillation Clinical Work Group. Dr. Russo is Board Certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine.
Ms. Rydell is Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of the American Academy of Neurology. She is a member and past chair of the Specialty Society CEO Coalition and serves as an ex officio member of the Neurology Residency Review Committee and the United Council of Neurologic Subspecialties. Prior to assuming her current role at the Academy, she was Executive Director of the North Dakota Medical Association after serving six terms as a State Representative in the North Dakota State Legislature. She was also the Director of Women’s and Children’s Services as well as Surgical Services for St. Alexius Medical Center, a tertiary care center in Bismarck, North Dakota. Ms. Rydell has served on numerous national, regional, and state boards and commissions including Robert Wood Johnson North Dakota Single Payer Study Commission, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota, American Medical Association CEO Advisory Committee, and Council of Medical Specialty Societies.
Dr. Schwenk is a Professor of Family Medicine, Dean of the School of Medicine and Vice President of Health Sciences at the University of Nevada, Reno. As a former member of the American Board of Family Medicine Board of Directors, he served as chair of the committee that developed the current plan of a 10-year examination cycle for diplomates who remain current in their continuing certification activities and practice improvement modules. He was elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 2002. Dr. Schwenk is Board Certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and holds a Certificate of Added Qualification in Sports Medicine.
Mr. Swankin is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Citizen Advocacy Center, a training and support program for public members on health professional licensing boards, voluntary certifying bodies, Medicare Quality Improvement Organizations, and other settings. Specializing in regulatory and administrative law, Mr. Swankin has a background in both government and public interest advocacy, including assignments in the White House and the U.S. Department of Labor. He has also served as a public member on major national certification, accreditation and advisory bodies including the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education, the PEW Health Professions Commission that wrote “Recreating Health Professional Practice for a New Century,” and the Institute of Medicine Committee that published the report “Health Professions Education: A Bridge to Quality.”
Dr. Wendel is the Executive Director of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ABOG). Additionally, he has a clinical appointment at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and serves on the Medical Staff at Parkland Memorial Hospital. Dr. Wendel previously served as the Director of Maintenance of Certification at ABOG from 2012 through 2017. He also served as the OB GYN Residency Review Committee Chair and on the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education Board of Directors. Dr. Wendel is Board Certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.