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ABMS Selects Kevin B. Weiss, MD, MPH, as New President and CEO
Date:9/18/2007

EVANSTON, Ill., Sept. 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), the pre-eminent entity overseeing the certification of physician specialists in the United States, announced at its Interim Assembly Meeting today that its Board of Directors has appointed Kevin B. Weiss, MD, MPH, as the organization's new president and chief executive officer. Weiss will take up his new duties Dec. 17, 2007, and will join ABMS' Board of Directors. He succeeds retiring president and CEO Stephen H. Miller, MD, MPH.

Weiss has devoted more than 20 years of his medical career to quality and access issues in primary care, conducting epidemiological and health services research projects related to guideline implementation, chronic care management, outcomes measurement and quality improvement, with a specific emphasis on asthma. He served on Institute of Medicine (IOM) Committees that developed the reports "Crossing the Quality Chasm," and "Identifying Priority Areas for Quality Improvement." Recognizing the importance of patient safety and quality of care in his community, Weiss also helped found the Chicago Patient Safety Forum and served as its first chairperson.

"Joining ABMS at this time is a tremendous opportunity," Weiss said. "I think that ABMS is one of the strongest potential levers for change in the medical profession as we work to improve healthcare quality, improve efficiency, and address the rising costs of care."

Weiss described several goals for his new role at the helm of ABMS. "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. 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."

ABMS Board of Directors Chair Cynda Ann Johnson, MD, MBA, said that the ABMS board selected Weiss based on his track record of accomplishments in improving healthcare, as well as his strong executive and personal qualities.

"On behalf of the entire organization, I want to express how delighted we are to have Kevin lead ABMS," said Johnson. "Our search for a new president was focused and thorough and our board is confident that Kevin's experience, proven leadership and passion for healthcare quality make him the right ABMS leader to advance physician certification programs that help achieve quality clinical outcomes in responsive, patient-focused settings."

Weiss' commitment to research and programs that advance healthcare quality has been recognized by key national leaders such as Carolyn M. Clancy, MD, director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

"The work of ABMS is a natural complement to AHRQ's ongoing efforts to improve healthcare safety and quality," said Clancy. "I am pleased that Kevin will be leading ABMS in its vital task of ensuring physician proficiency and ongoing assessments."

Weiss is a professor of medicine in the Division of General Medicine and director of the Institute for Healthcare Studies at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. He also directs the Midwest Center for Health Services and Policy Research located at Hines and Chicago Veterans Administration Medical Centers, and is a Board of Regents member of the American College of Physicians (ACP). In addition, Weiss currently serves on the Clinical Performance Measures Committee of the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) and represents ACP at the National Quality Forum (NQF) and the American Medical Association's (AMA) Physicians Consortium for Performance Improvement. He also serves on the National Quality Forum's (NQF) Consensus Standards Approval Committee, and Chairs the Performance Measures Committee of the AQA.

Weiss completed his medical degree at Chicago Medical School, and master's degrees in community health sciences at the University of Illinois School of Public Health, and in health services administration at the Harvard School of Public Health. He completed his medical training at Cook County Hospital in Chicago, and served with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

He is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine. He resides in Chicago, Ill., with his wife, Marianne Feitl.

About ABMS

The American Board of Medical Specialties is the pre-eminent medical organization overseeing physician certification in the United States. It assists its 24 Member Boards in their efforts to develop and implement educational and professional standards for the evaluation and certification of physician specialists. ABMS Member Boards provide physician certification information to ABMS for its certification verification service programs. ABMS is recognized by the key healthcare credentialing accreditation entities as a primary equivalent source of board certification data for medical specialists. Patients can visit http://www.abms.org or call toll-free 1-866-ASK-ABMS to see if their physician is board certified by an ABMS Member Board. For more information about ABMS visit http://www.abms.org or call (847) 491-9091.


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