Board of Directors


    Steven E. Weinberger, MD, FACP
    Dr. Weinberger is Immediate Past Executive Vice President and CEO of American College of Physicians (ACP), a position he held since 2010 after serving as ACP’s Senior Vice President for Medical Education and Publishing for six years.

    An internist and pulmonologist, Dr. Weinberger is an Adjunct Professor of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and Senior Lecturer on Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Prior to joining ACP, Dr. Weinberger served on the full-time faculty of Harvard and Beth Israel Hospital/Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center for more than 25 years. He was Executive Vice Chair of the Department of Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Executive Director of the Carl J. Shapiro Institute for Education and Research, and Professor of Medicine and Faculty Associate Dean for Medical Education at Harvard. Dr. Weinberger has authored more than 125 articles and book chapters as well as a popular textbook, Principles of Pulmonary Medicine, now in its sixth edition and available in several languages. He has served on the Editorial Board of The New England Journal of Medicine and was the Founding Editor-in-Chief of the Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine component of UpToDate.

    Disclosures:  Board of Directors, Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative (PCPCC)



    David W. Parke II, MD
    Dr. Parke is Executive Vice President and CEO of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the world’s largest ophthalmology organization, with more than 32,000 members.

    Previously, Dr. Parke was President and CEO of the Dean McGee Eye Institute and Edward L. Gaylord Professor and Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. During his 17-year tenure, the Institute became one of America’s largest eye institutes and ranked consistently among the top institutions nationally in terms of National Institutes of Health vision research grant support.

    A practicing ophthalmologist with sub-specialty focus in retina/vitreous, Dr. Parke was President of the American Academy of Ophthalmology in 2008. A fellow of the Academy, he received its Life Achievement Honor Award in 2009. He has held several leadership positions on multiple professional boards; he is a founding member of MedEncentive, a company integrating evidence-based medicine into payment models and is on the board of the Ophthalmic Mutual Insurance Company (OMIC) of FIGMD, and previously chaired the Board of Directors of the Academic Physicians Insurance Company and of Medem, Inc.

    Dr. Parke has served on the editorial board of two ophthalmic journals and was Executive Editor of the American Journal of Ophthalmology. A recipient of numerous biomedical research grants and professional honors, he has lectured on a variety of topics. In 2009 he was elected to Academia Ophthalmologica Internationalis, an international body limited to 80 active members committed to global vision research, education and service.

    Disclosures:  Uncompensated Board seat in FigMD allocated to the American Academy of Ophthalmology; and OMK, Inc.


    David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS
    Dr. Hoyt, an Emeritus Professor of Surgery, is Chairman of the Department of Surgery at the University of California, Irvine and Executive Vice Dean for its School of Medicine. He lectures throughout the world and advises many graduate students. In January 2010, Dr. Hoyt was appointed Executive Director of the American College of Surgeons.

    A Professor of Surgery, Dr. Hoyt also was Director of UCSD’s Trauma Service. He was awarded The Monroe E. Trout Professorship in Surgery at UCSD (1996).

    Dr. Hoyt is a member of the American Surgical Association, Surgical Biology Club, Western Surgical Association, and Society of University Surgeons, and holds membership (and has held leadership positions) in other prestigious surgical organizations. A member of the editorial board of six journals, Dr. Hoyt has authored more than 620 papers and articles. He received the American Heart Association’s Resuscitation Science Lifetime Research Achievement Award, the American College of Surgeons Distinguished Service Award and the Shock Society Scientific Achievement Award.

    Disclosures:  None

  • Secretary

    Ken Bertka, MD, FAAFP, CPHMS
    Dr. Bertka, a family physician and clinical informaticist, is VP of Clinical Integration for St. Luke’s University Health Network in the Lehigh Valley area of Pennsylvania.

    Previously, Dr. Bertka was Chief Medical Officer of Integrated Health Network of Wisconsin, a multi-health system clinically integrated network. He held positions with Mercy Health in Ohio including CMO of Mercy Health Physicians and Mercy’s Clinically Integrated Network in northwest Ohio, and Chief Medical Information Officer for the Northern Division of Catholic Health Partners.

    Dr. Bertka spent 20 years in a five-physician family medicine practice, which he founded. While at Mercy, he served his patients at the Mercy Family Medicine Residency Program.

    Dr. Bertka is a past president of the Ohio Academy of Family Physicians (OAFP) and a past member of the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP). He served on multiple committees and commissions of OAFP and AAFP including chair of several.

    He served six years as co-editor of The Core Content Review of Family Medicine. He led Mercy Health’s patient-centered medical home (PCMH) initiative and chaired Mercy’s Primary Care Clinical Institute. He represented the Ohio Academy of Family Physicians (OAFP) on the Ohio PCMH Education Advisory Group which developed a PCMH model for medical student and residency education. He served on the PCMH design team and episode payment steering committee of the State of Ohio’s Office of Health Transformation.

    He’s been a CMSS Council Representative from AAFP since 2007.

    Disclosures:  None


    Michael Sheppard, CPA, CAE
    Mr. Sheppard is a business professional with over 25 years of corporate leadership experience. As the Executive Director of the American Urological Association (AUA) he is responsible for AUA’s three corporate entities. In his 19 years with the AUA, Mr. Sheppard has held several executive level positions, including Director of Finance and Information Systems, Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Executive Director. Prior to joining the AUA, Mr. Sheppard served in senior level business positions at USF&G Realty Advisors, Inc. as a Real Estate Portfolio Controller, and C.W. Amos and Company, LLC as a Senior Independent Public Auditor. In addition, Mr. Sheppard is a retiree of the U.S. Naval Reserves Service. He has numerous professional affiliations, including memberships with the American Society of Association Executives, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Greater Washington Society of Association Executives, the Institute of Management Accountants Association, Specialty Societies CEO Coalition and the Maryland Association of Certified Public Accountants. Mr. Sheppard received his MBA from Loyola College’s Sellinger School. He is a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Association Executive. Mr. Sheppard is the recipient of several awards, including many military honors. He has written a number of published articles and participates on several committees for medical-related organizations.

    Disclosures:  None



    Sandra Carson, MD, FACOG

    Sandra A. Carson, MD is Vice President for Education at the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Before that she was Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Director of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

    Dr. Carson earned her medical degree from Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago, Illinois, completing her residency there in Obstetrics and Gynecology. She completed her fellowship training in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the University of Chicago.

    An accomplished surgeon, Dr. Carson designed hysteroscopic instruments and was recognized in Best Doctors in America for over 10 years. She has been included in Good Housekeeping’s “401 Best Doctors for Women,” the Guide to America’s Top Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and others.

    She has published over 130 peer-reviewed scientific papers, 60 chapters, and 6 books on reproductive medicine. She was an Associate Editor for the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Editor-in-Chief of Sexuality, Reproduction and Menopause and Editor-in-Chief of Journal Watch, Women’s Health.  She holds 14 patents for medical instruments and devices.

    Dr. Carson has mentored students and faculty throughout her career and has held many national offices. She served as Vice President of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ABOG) and Director of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. She was elected Vice President of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), President of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), Secretary-Treasurer of the Society for Gynecological Investigation (SGI) and Secretary-Treasurer of the American Gynecologic Club (AGC). She was Chairman of FDA’s Reproductive Drugs Advisory Committee and served as a consultant to FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health and the President’s Council on Bioethics.

    Finally, Dr. Carson’s research was funded by the National Institutes of Health for 18 years. Her research development, the “Artificial Human Ovary” was named a top 10 medical breakthrough in 2010 by Time magazine and Rhode Island 2011 Innovation of the Year.

    Disclosures:  None

  • At-Large Member

    Tod Ibrahim, MLA
    Tod Ibrahim is Executive Vice President of the American Society of Nephrology (ASN), which represents more than 16,000 kidney care professionals in nearly 120 countries, and the ASN Foundation for Kidney Research. Prior to these positions, he was founding Executive Vice President of the Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine, Director of Public Policy for the Association of Professors of Medicine, Director of Communications for Robert Betz Associates, and Staff Assistant for US Representative Thomas C. Sawyer (D-OH). A two-time recipient of George Washington University’s Jenny McKean Moore scholarship for poets, Tod has a master’s degree in liberal arts from Johns Hopkins University and a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Maryland at College Park.

    He is the author or coauthor of many articles, including “Overcoming Barriers in Kidney Health—Forging a Platform for Innovation”; “The Kidney Research Predicament”; “The Future Nephrology Workforce: Will There Be One?”; “The Impact of Increasing Medical School Class Size on Clinical Clerkships: A National Survey of Internal Medicine Clerkship Directors”; “Globalization: A New Dimension for Academic Internal Medicine”; “The Case for Invigorating Internal Medicine”; “Centers, Institutes, and the Future of Clinical Departments”; and “Developing a Strategy for Providing Federal GME Support.” Recently, Tod coauthored a chapter for the Guidebook for Clerkship Directors entitled “Understanding, Navigating, and Leveraging US Medicine.”

    Disclosures: Interim member of the Board of Directors of The Word Works–a Washington, DC-based not-for-profit literary organization.

  • At-Large Member

    Thomas E.  Stautzenbach, MBA, MA, CAE
    Thomas E. Stautzenbach is the executive director and CEO of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AAPM&R), a national medical society of more than 9,000 physical medicine and rehabilitation physicians, also called physiatrists. He joined AAPM&R, which is headquartered in Rosemont, Illinois, in March 2005.

    Mr. Stautzenbach has spent his entire career in the health care industry working directly with health care providers, initially in hospital management and consulting with a special emphasis in strategic and operations planning.  A Certified Association Executive (CAE), he has been managing professional health care associations in the role of executive director since 1993. Prior to joining AAPM&R, Mr. Stautzenbach led the American Orthopaedic Association (AOA) working with orthopaedic leaders to develop a new vision for the association.

    Mr. Stautzenbach began his association management career at Smith, Bucklin & Associates, the world’s largest association management firm, serving as the executive director of multiple medical, surgical and dental professional associations and providing consulting services to a variety of non-profit association sectors.

    Mr. Stautzenbach received his bachelors degree and masters degrees in business administration, and masters degree in hospital and health administration from the University of Iowa.

    Disclosures: Ex-officio of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AAPM&R) Board of Governors; and is a shareholder of Johnson & Johnson.


    Elaine Weiss, JD
    Elaine Weiss, JD, is the Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of the American Academy of

    Ms. Weiss is the Chief Executive Officer for AAD/A since 2013. The AAD/A has a membership of
    19, 000 physicians worldwide and operating budget of $47.5 million. Previously she was with the
    Illinois CPA Society where she had served as president and CEO since 2002.

    Ms. Weiss also brings to the Academy a strong understanding of and experience in the world of health care related issues. In 1993, Weiss was appointed by President Bill Clinton to serve as Midwest Regional Director for the United States Department of Health & Human Services (HHS). In this position, Ms. Weiss represented the Administration on all health care policy matters and served as a liaison with Midwest governors, mayors, congressional delegations, special interest groups and the public on health care matters as well as other HHS related initiatives and programs.

    Prior to joining ICPAS, Ms. Weiss served as associate executive director for the American Bar Association. In that role, she also effectively addressed declining membership, increasing ABA membership for six consecutive years. In her senior management role at the ABA, Ms. Weiss created a market research department to better understand and meet the needs of the ABA’s 400,000 members, and she oversaw the charitable fundraising efforts to support the ABA’s Fund for Justice & Education.

    Ms. Weiss is a respected leader in the association community of Chicago where she served as Chair of the Association Forum of Chicagoland from 2011-12 and received an award for distinguished leadership to the Association community in 2007.

    Ms. Weiss holds a bachelor of science degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and a juris doctorate from the National Law Center at George Washington University.

    Disclosures:  None


    Stephanie Wright Griggs, MHA, FACHE

    Stephanie Wright Griggs has been an executive in healthcare  for over 25  years. She has served as deputy director of Stroger Hospital of Cook County (formerly Cook County Hospital), CEO of Provident Hospital of Cook County and Associate Operating Officer of Community Care, Inc. Currently, she is a healthcare consultant. As a consultant, she recently reorganized the Specialty Board Certification Services for the American Osteopathic Association. She is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.

    In board of director roles, Stephanie chaired the Illinois Medical Center District Member Council. She has served on the board of many other civic and healthcare organizations including the Wisconsin Long Term Care Quality Council and the Charles H. Wright Museum of African  American History. Currently, she is a member of Governors State University Health Administration Program Advisory Board .

    Salutes to Stephanie’s work include the Regents Award from the American College of Healthcare Executives, the Young Administrator Award from the National Association of Health Service Executives and the John Hyman Award from the Cosmopolitan Chamber of Commerce.

    Stephanie earned a master’s degree in health care administration from George Washington University, preceded by a bachelor’s degree in Latin American affairs at American University. Between the two programs, she was immersed for one year in the culture of Venezuela as the recipient of an ITT fellowship where she researched the history of African culture in Venezuela while living with a native family.

    Disclosures: Serves on the Advisory Board for Governor’s State University Health Administration Program.


    Norman B. Kahn, Jr., MD
    Dr. Kahn is Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of the Council of Medical Specialty Societies. An organization representing 44 medical specialty societies with a membership of more than 750,000 U.S. physicians. Under his leadership in 2010, CMSS adopted the CMSS Code for Interaction with Companies, establishing ethical standards for relationships between professional medical associations and industry.

    Dr. Kahn represents CMSS to many groups fulfilling medicine’s professional self-regulatory role, including the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), American Medical Association (AMA), American Osteopathic Association (AOA), Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB), and National Resident Matching Program (NRMP).

    Additionally, Dr. Kahn represents CMSS to several performance measurement and improvement agencies, including the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation’s (ABIM-F) Choosing Wisely Campaign, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation’s (CMMI) Partnership for Patients (PfP) Campaign, the National Committee on Quality Assurance (NCQA), National Quality Forum (NQF), National Quality Partners (NQP), National Quality Registries Network (NQRN) and the Physicians Consortium for Performance Improvement (PCPI).

    Disclosures:  Board of Directors, Friends of the National Library of Medicine


  • CMSS Leadership Throughout the Years

    Past CMSS Executive Vice President & CEOs:
    -Richard S. Wilbur, MD, JD – 1976-1992
    -Rebecca Rhine Gschwend, MA, MBA – 1992-2002
    -Bruce E. Spivey, MD –  2002-2005
    -Walter McDonald, MD, MACP – 2005-2007

    Roster of CMSS Past Presidents