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American Board of Internal Medicine President Named to Alzheimer's Study Group
Date:11/29/2007

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Dr. Christine Cassel, expert and author on geriatrics and medical issues related to aging, has been named a member of the Alzheimer's Study Group (ASG), a new national task force co-chaired by former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and former U.S. Senator Bob Kerrey.

Dr. Cassel is President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Board of Internal Medicine (http://www.abim.org), a non-profit, independent evaluation organization responsible for setting the standards and certifying the knowledge and skills of physicians who practice internal medicine and its subspecialties, including geriatric medicine.

"Nearly five million Americans are suffering from Alzheimer's and millions more loved ones are dealing with the strain, both emotional and financial, this puts on a family. As baby boomers enter their later years, we will see these numbers dramatically increase," said Dr. Cassel. "We need to act now to ensure that we improve care and develop strategies to stem the tide of this growing national health problem. I am honored to be part of this important task force and look forward to working with this group to speed the development of treatments and build supports for family members struggling to deal with the often devastating repercussions of the disease."

Author of a number of books, including Medicare Matters: What Geriatric Medicine Can Teach American Health Care (2005), Ethical Patient Care (2000), Geriatric Medicine (Fourth Edition), A Practical Guide to Aging (1997), and Approaching Death (1997), Dr. Cassel is considered one the foremost scholars on geriatric medicine. In addition to her role as President and CEO of the American Board of Internal Medicine, Dr. Cassel was previously Dean of the School of Medicine and Vice President for Medical Affairs at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, Oregon. Among her many profe
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