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Dr. Christine Cassel

ABIM CEO Cassel to step down

By Maureen McKinney
Posted: April 13, 2012 - 2:15 pm ET

Dr. Christine Cassel will leave her posts as president and CEO of the American Board of Internal Medicine and the ABIM Foundation in July 2013, when her current term ends.

Cassel assumed ABIM's top post in 2003. During her tenure, she spearheaded a number of programs on certification and quality improvement, including the ABIM Foundation's recently launched Choosing Wisely campaign, aimed at reducing healthcare waste and overuse.

"The ABIM Foundation's focus on medical professionalism was guided by Chris' expertise and experience," Glenn Hackbarth, chairman of the ABIM Foundation's board of trustees, said in a news release. "She is a brilliant leader who understands the challenges physicians face every day in practice and the importance of providing support to help them live up to the ideals presented in the Physician Charter on Medical Professionalism."

Dr. Catherine Lucey, chair of ABIM's board of directors, added in the release: "Chris has guided ABIM to increase both the relevance and the rigor of the initial certification and Maintenance of Certification programs for physicians in internal medicine and its subspecialties."

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An expert in the fields of geriatrics, quality improvement and medical ethics, Cassel's past roles include stints as president of the American Federation for Aging Research and president of the American College of Physicians. She has served on a number of groups and committees, including the Commonwealth Fund's Commission on a High Performance Health System and the Institute of Medicine's Comparative Effectiveness Committee.

Cassel, who was No. 30 on Modern Healthcare/Modern Physician's 50 Most Influential Physician Executives list in 2011, recently penned an exclusive commentary for Modern Healthcare on the need to eliminate regional variations in the quality of patient care.

According to the release, ABIM and the ABIM Foundation will begin a national search this summer for Cassel's successor.

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