Kevin Weiss has been appointed as the new president and chief executive officer of the Evanston, Ill.-based American Board of Medical Specialties, effective upon the retirement of Stephen Miller on Dec. 17. A professor of medicine in the Division of General Medicine and director of the Institute for Healthcare Studies at Northwestern Universitys Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, Weiss also will join the ABMS board of directors.
The announcement of Weiss appointment was made by the ABMS board during the organizations interim assembly meeting in Rosemont, Ill. The ABMS oversees physician certification in the U.S., and assists its 24 specialty member boards in developing and implementing educational and professional standards for the evaluation and certification of physician specialists.
My immediate goals will be to work with all 24 ABMS member boards to complete implementation of maintenance of certification ahead of schedule, because it is a critically important process of continuous professional development, Weiss said in a news release. I also want to open up ABMS and its boards to more input from public members, and to establish a new evaluation program for physicians based on demonstrating high proficiency standards.
Weiss, 50, also directs the Center for Management of Complex Chronic Care at Hines (Ill.) Veterans Administration Hospital and is an American College of Physicians Board of Regents member. He serves on the Clinical Performance Measures Committee of the National Committee for Quality Assurance, and represents the ACP at the National Quality Forum and the American Medical Association-convened Physicians Consortium for Performance Improvement, a news release said. He also serves on the National Quality Forums Consensus Standards Approval Committee, and chairs the Performance Measures Committee of the AQA alliance.
An internist, Weiss served on the Institute of Medicine committees that developed the
Crossing the Quality Chasm and Priority Areas for National Action: Transforming Health Care Quality reports, and helped found the Chicago Patient Safety Forum and served as its first chairman. -- by Andis Robeznieks
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