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Baretta R. Casey, MD, MPH            

Baretta R. Casey, MD, MPH

Dr. Casey served a seven-year term on the ACGME Board of Directors, including as its Chair during her last year.

She completed an eight-year term on the American Medical Association Council of Medical Education, and served on the Board of Directors for the National Residency Matching Program. She is past president of the Kentucky Medical Association and the Kentucky Academy of Family Medicine, and served 19 years in leadership roles on the Kentucky Medical Association Board of Trustees.

Dr. Casey has received numerous awards for her work in education, research, and rural health, with the most notable including: The Distinguished Service Award, Kentucky Medical Association, September 2012; The Louis Gorin Award for Outstanding Achievement in Rural Health Care, National Rural Health Association, May 2008; The Dan Martin Award, Kentucky Rural Health Association 2011; The Educational Achievement Award, Kentucky Medical Association, 2005; The Charles T. Wethington Research Award Recipient, University of Kentucky, June 2010, June 2009, June 2008, June 2007, June 2006; The Community Preceptor Teaching Award, University of Kentucky College of Medicine, Office of Academic Affairs, 2006 and The Alumni Service Award Recipient, University of Kentucky Medical Alumni Association, 2006.

A native and former private practice physician from Pikeville, Kentucky, Dr. Casey received her BA from Pikeville College and her medical degree from the University of Kentucky (UK) College of Medicine. She completed her family medicine residency at Trover Clinic Foundation in Madisonville, Kentucky, and received her Master’s in Public Health from the UK College of Public Health. She is a 2006 graduate of the Johnson & Johnson/UCLA Health Care Executive Program, a management development program exclusively for executive directors and leaders of community-based health care organizations. In 2008, she completed the prestigious Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) program sponsored by Drexel University.

Dr. Casey was a professor in the UK College of Public Health, Departments of Health Behavior, Health Systems Management and Preventive Medicine and a professor in the College of Medicine, Department of Family and Community Medicine. She served as the Director for the UK Center for Excellence in Rural Health in Hazard, Kentucky, from 2005-July 2010, and prior to that she was the program director for the UK College of Medicine, Hazard-based East Kentucky Family Medicine Residency Program.

Robin Newton, MD            

Robin C. Newton, MD

Dr. Newton is one of two regional vice presidents for the CLER Program, where she is responsible for training and supervising a cadre of field representatives and volunteer site visitors. She also assists with protocol development, publication of findings, and conducts CLER site visits at ACGME-accredited Sponsoring Institutions. Prior to joining the ACGME, Dr. Newton served as the associate vice president for clinical affairs and quality at Howard University, where she managed and oversaw the quality and patient safety initiatives of the full range of clinical, educational, research, and administrative activities attendant to the Howard University Health Sciences, inclusive of the Howard University Hospital (HUH). During her tenure at Howard University, Dr. Newton also served as the designated institutional official for nine years. Dr. Newton served on the Institutional Review Committee of the ACGME and on the Group on Resident Affairs Steering Committee of the Association of American Medical Colleges. She is a past winner of the ACGME’s coveted Parker J. Palmer Courage to Lead Award.

Dr. Newton received her medical degree from Howard University College of Medicine in 1983, and is board certified in internal medicine. After completing her residency in internal medicine, she joined the staff at DC General Hospital, where she spent several years as a hospitalist involved in quality improvement projects and teaching medical students and residents. During her 18-year tenure at the hospital, she assumed many leadership positions culminating in being named Chief Medical Officer of the DC Public Benefit Corporation, which at that time included the District’s 10 public health clinics, the school health program, and DC General Hospital.

CLER Field Representatives            

Mark Bixby, MD            

Mark Bixby, MD

Dr. Bixby joined the ACGME in March 2017. In this role, he is responsible for conducting site visits to assess how Sponsoring Institutions and their participating sites fulfill their responsibility to integrate residents and fellows in the quality and safety of the environment for learning and patient care.

Dr. Bixby most recently worked for North Memorial Clinic Services in Golden Valley, Minnesota, where he was medical director. He is a board-certified family physician and has had extensive experience in accreditation compliance and program development as a family medicine program director, chief of family medicine, chief of staff, chair of GME and other leadership roles in Minneapolis. His management responsibilities included development and implementation of quality and patient satisfaction initiatives, and he also served as EHR (Epic) champion and health plan liaison.

Dr. Bixby received his medical degree from the University of Illinois, and competed his post-graduate training at the University of Minnesota/North Memorial Program, Minneapolis, Minnesota. He was in rural practice in northwestern Wisconsin for 10 years before returning to the Twin Cities to join the faculty of the University of Minnesota.

Jennifer Buescher, MD, MSPH            

Jennifer Buescher, MD, MSPH

Dr. Buescher received her medical degree from the Pritzker School of Medicine, University of Chicago, and completed her residency with the University of Missouri-Columbia. She completed her faculty development fellowship at the University of Missouri-Columbia, and spent more than 12 years as a core faculty member and program director of a community-based family medicine residency program in Omaha, Nebraska. She is also a physician informaticist working with the EPIC electronic health record. Additionally, Dr. Buescher has works with the Nebraska Academy of Family Physicians in program planning and resident involvement. Dr. Buescher is board certified in family medicine.

Robert Casanova, MD            

Bio to come

Marian D. Damewood, MD            

Marian D. Damewood, MD

Dr. Damewood attended Wellesley College and the accelerated BA/MD program at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. After completion of a residency in obstetrics and gynecology, and a fellowship in reproductive surgery and endocrinology at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, she joined the faculty as the Director of the new Johns Hopkins in vitro fertilization program, and was co-director of the reproductive endocrinology fellowship. She later served on the faculty at Greater Baltimore Medical Center in the fertility center and directed that hospital’s comprehensive midlife center. She also received a certificate in business of medicine from the Johns Hopkins Carey School of Business.

She served as Obstetrics and Gynecology Department Chairman, and as a service line vice president for the York Hospital/WellSpan Health System in Pennsylvania, where her responsibilities also included implementing quality of care and patient safety programs system-wide across three merged regional hospitals. She also served as the Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Program Director there for 10 years.

Medical school faculty appointments currently include associate professor at Johns Hopkins, and previously clinical professor at the University of Pennsylvania and at Penn State. Dr. Damewood has published over 100 articles and book chapters. She is a past president of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, has received numerous honors and awards, and has recently served as a member of the American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology National Council on Patient Safety in Women’s Health, in Washington, DC. Dr. Damewood joined the ACGME in December 2015.

Robin Dibner, MD            

Robin Dibner, MD

Passionate about patient safety, Dr. Dibner has been active in the development of the Near Miss Registry, a joint effort of New York APDIM and the New York chapter, and more recently national, ACP. She has given workshops at national ACGME and APDIM meetings on involving medical trainees in quality improvement projects, and has been the recipient of two grants to study the impact of educating residents on medical errors.

Dr. Dibner’s professional accomplishments in New York have also included developing an on-site job fair model for “orphan residents” displaced by hospital and residency program closings, and collaborating with the New York University Department of Medicine to accommodate residents and medical students displaced by Hurricane Sandy.

Dr. Dibner received her medical degree from the Wayne State University School of Medicine. She did her post-graduate training in internal medicine and chief medical residency at St. Luke’s Hospital (now St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center), and her rheumatology fellowship at the SUNY Downstate Health Science Center, all in New York City.

 

Staci Fischer, MD            

Staci Fischer, MD  

Dr. Fischer joined the ACGME in December 2014. A graduate of LSU Medical School in New Orleans, with residency and fellowship training at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center in Chicago, Dr. Fischer is a national expert on infections complicating solid organ transplantation. She joined the Brown University faculty in 2000, and serves as the Director of Transplant Infectious Diseases at Rhode Island Hospital. She became Director of Graduate Medical Education for Lifespan in 2008.

John A. Hopper, MD            

John A. Hopper, MD  

Dr. Hopper joined the ACGME in June 2015. Dr. Hopper attended Medical School at Wayne State University and completed his residency in combined internal medicine and pediatrics at the University of North Carolina, where he served as Co-Chief Resident in Pediatrics. Dr. Hopper was appointed to the faculty at Wayne State University School of Medicine in 1994, where he served as associate program director for the medicine-pediatrics and medicine-psychiatry residencies and Medical Director of the Department of Psychiatry’s Research Division on Substance Abuse. From 2005 to 2008, he was the Chief Medical Officer at Brighton Hospital, the second oldest addiction treatment hospital in the United States.

From 2008 to 2015, Dr. Hopper directed the internal medicine residency program at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan; he started Michigan’s first American Board of Addiction Medicine-approved addiction fellowship there in 2013.

In addition to his many clinical and teaching awards, Dr. Hopper has written many paper and book chapters and serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Opioid Management. He is a national speaker on opioid addiction and opioid prescribing, and is a member of the Addiction Medicine Examination subcommittee of the American Board of Preventive Medicine.

Sharhabeel Jwayyed, MD, MS            

Sharhabeel Jwayyed, MD, MS  

Dr. Jwayyed received his BS from Youngstown State University and his MD from Ohio State University College of Medicine. He also has a Master’s degree in medical education and leadership. He is a professor of emergency medicine at the Northeastern Ohio Medical University. Prior to joining the ACGME, Dr. Jwayyed was the emergency medicine program director at Summa Health and served as a Senior Oral Board Examiner for the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He also serves as a reviewer for the Journal of Academic Emergency Medicine. Among his long list of accomplishments and recognitions, Dr. Jwayyed received the ACGME’s Parker J. Palmer Courage to Teach Award 2017. This award recognizes program directors who use innovative ways to teach and promote quality health care.

Kathryn E. McGoldrick, MD            

Kathryn E. McGoldrick, MD

Dr. McGoldrick received a BMS degree from Dartmouth College, an MD degree from Cornell University Medical College, and an MAH degree from Yale University. She completed her residency in anesthesiology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, followed by subspecialty training in pediatric anesthesiology at Boston Children’s Hospital.

Dr. McGoldrick has spent her entire career in academic medicine, holding faculty appointments at Harvard and then at Yale, before serving most recently for 15 years as professor and Chair of Anesthesiology at New York Medical College, where she also was residency program director and Advisory Dean for Medical Student Affairs. She has authored more than 85 book chapters and more than 110 articles. Dr. McGoldrick also has authored or edited 17 books. She has served as president of multiple organizations, including the Wood Library Museum of Anesthesiology, the Connecticut State Society of Anesthesiologists, the Society for Ambulatory Anesthesia (SAMBA), and the Academy of Anesthesiology.

Dr. McGoldrick served from 2009 to 2013 on the Executive Committee of the International Association for Ambulatory Surgery (IAAS), and from 2005-2014 on the Board of the Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research (FAER). She was Chief Editor of Survey of Anesthesiology for 22 years, until 2017, and currently serves on the Editorial Board of Current Reviews in Clinical Anesthesia.® A member of Alpha Omega Alpha honor medical society, Dr. McGoldrick was the 2013 recipient of the SAMBA Distinguished Service Award (DSA), and in 2014 was awarded Honorary Fellowship in the College of Anaesthetists of Ireland. In 2017, she received the DSA of the Wood Library-Museum of Anesthesiology. Dr. McGoldrick currently serves on the Board of the Anesthesia Foundation and is a Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine. Dr. McGoldrick’s interests outside medicine include travel, photography, volunteer work, and writing essays and poetry. Dr. McGoldrick joined the ACGME in August 2016.

Daniel Picard, MD            

Bio to come.

Kathy B. Porter, MD, MBA, CPPS            

Kathy B. Porter, MD, MBA, CPPS

Dr. Porter is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). She came to the ACGME from the San Antonio Military Medical Center (SAMMC) Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology - Maternal Fetal Medicine Division. She served as an active duty officer with the US Army, and received the Meritorious Service, Army Achievement, and Army Commendation Medals. Dr. Porter has served in multiple leadership roles in civilian and military training programs. She was professor at the Uniformed Service University and program director for the Obstetrics and Gynecology Department. Prior to that, she was the Division Head of Maternal Fetal Medicine at SAMMC. She was an active clinician in maternal fetal medicine and served as consultant for the tertiary care center. During her time at SAMMC, she was awarded the APGO/CREOG National Educator Award. She has held joint positions as professor of physician assistant studies at the University of South Alabama and professor in the Department of Health Organization Management at Texas Tech University.

Dr. Porter has over 30 years of experience in academic medicine and leadership positions. Prior to her active duty service, she served as Chair of two academic departments, at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, and at the University of South Alabama in Mobile, Alabama. Her other leadership positions included President of the Medical Executive Committee Children’s and Women’s Hospital, Chair of the State of Alabama Perinatal Association, Director of Obstetrics and Gynecology Ultrasound, program director, and Clerkship Director. Other recent committee participations included Simulation, Hospital Ethics, Risk Management, Surgical Intensive Care, Graduate Medical Education, Material Standardization, Tenure Promotions, Faculty Senate, Research Advisory, and Performance Improvement.

Dr. Porter earned her doctor of medicine from University of Louisville School of Medicine. Her residency was at Texas Tech University and her maternal fetal medicine fellowship was at the University of South Alabama. She received her Master’s in Business Administration from Auburn University. She is board certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ABOG) in obstetrics and gynecology and maternal fetal medicine. She is a Certified Professional in Patient Safety by the Certification Board for Professionals in Patient Safety.

Dr. Porter has been active with a number of professional organizations, including officerships with Alabama State Perinatal Association; volunteer with the March of Dimes local and state committees, Journal reviewer for Obstetrics and Gynecology; Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine – Treasurer, member of the ACOG Committees on In-Service Testing for Residents in Obstetrics and Gynecology (CITROG); and national board examiner for ABOG. Other leadership roles included medical director of the Nurse-Midwifery Program at the Tampa General Hospital and medical director of Women’s Center at Texas Tech University. She has 49 published papers, 114 regional and state-level presentations, and 22 international and national presentations. She contributed to five published books. Her publications include a children’s book focusing on the adventures and perspective of a dog in a children’s and women’s hospital. Her work expanded into research and grant funding with a patent- the Guinea Pig Model for Leiomyoma Development. She is an alumna of the Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine Program to develop future women leaders in academic medicine.

Dale Ray, MD, MMM            

Dale Ray, MD, MMM

Dr. Ray received his undergraduate degree in chemistry at Drake University, and his medical degree from the University of Minnesota Medical School. He did his post-graduate training in emergency medicine at Butterworth Hospital (now Spectrum Health) in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and earned a Master’s of Medical Management from Carnegie Mellon University.

Dr. Ray joined the ACGME in October 2013. He is a board-certified emergency medicine physician with over 25 years of practice experience. Prior to joining the CLER Program staff, he was interim designated institutional official of Grand Rapids Medical Education Partners and Director of Physician Contact Services and Community Health, and Medical Director of the Clinical Call Center for Spectrum Health. Other leadership roles include emergency medicine program director, Medical Director of Healthier Communities, and associate medical director for the Department of Emergency Medicine.

Melissa Schori, MD, MBA            

Melissa Schori, MD, MBA

Dr. Schori previously worked at Lincoln Medical Center in the Bronx, New York, where she was the Chief Medical Officer. She is board certified in internal medicine and has had extensive experience in patient safety, quality initiatives, Joint Commission accreditation compliance, and ACGME program compliance. She served as chair of the Hospital Wide Performance Improvement Committee and as co-chair of the Graduate Medical Education Committee. Her areas of interest include reducing health care disparities, developing patient navigation programs to increase cancer screening, implementing best practices to reduce asthma hospitalizations and ED utilization, and implementing best practice patient safety initiatives.

Dr. Schori received her medical degree from Cornell University Medical College, and completed her post-graduate training in internal medicine at the New York Hospital. She received her MBA from the Hagen School of business of Iona College.

Stephen Smith, MD            

Stephen Smith, MD

Dr. Smith is board certified in pulmonary medicine and sleep medicine. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Kansas, and then completed medical school at the University of Kansas where he also completed his training in internal medicine and pulmonary medicine. He practiced private pulmonary medicine for 17 years and during that time, served as president of a 45-person multi-specialty internal medicine practice. Following that, he served as the Chief Medical Officer for The Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha until 2014. During that time, he was the chief quality officer and patient safety officer for the Medical Center. He was also the designated institutional official for a family medicine program affiliated with the Medical Center. In 2002, he helped write the legislation that created the Nebraska Patient Safety Act, which led to the formation of the Nebraska Coalition for Patient Safety, the only federally qualified patient safety organization in Nebraska. He served as president of the Coalition from 2002 to 2016. Dr. Smith joined the ACGME in 2015. He and his wife reside in Omaha, Nebraska and enjoy visiting their 13 grandchildren.

Marie Trontell, MD            

Marie Trontell, MD

Dr. Trontell joined the ACGME in June 2015. She is a medical educator and pulmonary physician. Throughout her career, she has served as an internal medicine program director, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Senior Associate Dean for Education, Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education, designated institutional official, and Chair of the Graduate Medical Education Committee, all at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (UMDNJ-RWJMS), now Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. She has been involved in patient safety and quality improvement at the departmental and institutional levels, and has taught medical students throughout her career. She retired from UMDNJ-RWJMS in June 2013, continuing to teach and see pulmonary outpatients as a volunteer clinical faculty member.

Elizabeth Wedemeyer, MD            

Elizabeth Wedemeyer, MD

Dr. Wedemeyer comes to the ACGME from Columbia University Medical Center in New York, New York. Her most recent position was program director for the pediatric residency program at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia campus for over 20 years. She is a board-certified pediatrician and a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Association of Pediatric Program Directors. During her tenure at New York Presbyterian Hospital, Dr. Wedemeyer served in multiple roles in LCME and GME activities, including chairing the Graduate Medical Education Committee at the Columbia campus between 2007 and 2009. As residency program director, Dr. Wedemeyer led residency program innovations in fostering a quality improvement curriculum in the ambulatory setting, and developed monthly floor-based multidisciplinary rounds that focused on the errors reported through the hospital’s online medical event reporting system. She also served as a physician leader in hospital projects in reducing length of stay and earlier discharge times for inpatients.

Dr. Wedemeyer received her undergraduate degree from Yale University and her medical degree from George Washington University School of Medicine. She did her post-graduate training in pediatrics and chief medical residency at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC.

James Zaidan, MD, MBA            

James Zaidan, MD, MBA 

Dr. Zaidan received his undergraduate degree from the Pennsylvania State University, his medical degree from West Virginia University and his MBA from Emory University. He completed his anesthesiology training and his cardiac anesthesia fellowship at the Massachusetts General Hospital. After serving a tour of duty with the US Army in Landstuhl, Germany, he and his family moved to Atlanta, where he most recently was the Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education/designated institutional official and Professor of Anesthesiology at Emory University School of Medicine. He is currently a professor and Chair Emeritus.

Dr. Zaidan served as the Deputy Chair for Education and as the Chief of Service at Grady Memorial and Emory University Hospitals. He was a Senior Associate Examiner for the American Board of Anesthesiology, the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Foundation for Anesthesiology Education and Research of the American Society of Anesthesiology and President of the Association of Cardiac Anesthesiology. Dr. Zaidan was the Chair of the Department of Anesthesiology from 2001 to 2011 and the Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education and designated institutional official from 2000 to 2016. Dr. Zaidan received the ACGME’s Courage to Lead Award. He recently completed a six-year term on the ACGME’s Institutional Review Committee and served as its Vice Chair for two years.

Jose Zayas, DO            

Jose Zayas, DO 

Dr. Zayas completed his undergraduate education at the University of Florida prior to attending medical school at Michigan State University, College of Osteopathic Medicine (1997). He completed his pediatric residency at Miami Children’s Hospital (2001) after completing an osteopathic internship (1998). He is board certified in pediatrics and a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics since 2001.

Dr. Zayas began his career as a general pediatrician in private practice, while also serving his community as an emergency room physician and developmental pediatrician, before focusing on an academic medical career. In 2005, he became the first academic pediatric hospitalist at the University of Florida, College of Medicine-Jacksonville, where he still maintains an academic appointment. Here he served as the Pediatric Residency Program Director from July 2009-September 2016. Prior to this, he served as the Curriculum Director and as an associate program director. Dr. Zayas maintains hospital privileges at Wolfson Children’s Hospital, where he continues to participate in patient safety activities, performance improvement initiatives, and graduate medical education leadership. He has developed expertise in the design of web-based platforms for medical education and health care efficiency.

Dr. Zayas has been active with a number of professional organizations, including the Association of Pediatric Program Directors, the Florida chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American Academy of Pediatrics Section of Hospital Medicine. He has won numerous awards for his excellence as a teacher and for his work as a pediatric hospitalist.

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