Board of Directors


    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


    David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS
    Dr. Hoyt received a BA degree with honors from Amherst College, followed by an MD degree from Case Western Reserve University. From 1976-1984, he was a Surgical Resident and Research Fellow at UCSD and Scripps Immunology Institute.  He joined the faculty at UCSD and immediately became involved in their Trauma Service, where his role as Director lasted from 1989 – 2006.  In 1995, he was appointed Professor of Surgery and was awarded The Monroe E. Trout Professorship in Surgery at UCSD.  In 2006, Dr. Hoyt was appointed to the positions of Chairman, Department of Surgery at the University of California, Irvine and The John E. Connolly Professor of Surgery.  In 2008, Dr. Hoyt was appointed Executive Vice Dean for the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine.  In 2010, Dr. Hoyt was appointed Executive Director of the American College of Surgeons.  He remains Emeritus Professor of Surgery at the University of California, Irvine.

    Dr. Hoyt distinguished himself within the UCSD and UCI Departments of Surgery, having delivered numerous named lectures and has received multiple significant awards while serving in positions of leadership.

    Dr. Hoyt is a member of the American Surgical Association, Surgical Biology Club, Western Surgical Association, and Society of University Surgeons and other surgical organizations. He is a Past President of the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma, Past President of the Society of General Surgeons of San Diego, Past President of the Shock Society, Past Chairman of the ACS Committee on Trauma, and Past Medical Director of Trauma at the ACS.  He has been a visiting professor at a number of institutions nationally and internationally and is an Editorial Board Member of six journals.  Dr. Hoyt consistently received significant public research funding, and continues to do so.

    Disclosures:  None

  • President-Elect

    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: American Society of Nephrology Executive Vice President; American Society of Microbiology Audit Committee Member.

  • Secretary

    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:  VP, Education of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists


    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


  • At-Large Member

    Darilyn Moyer, MD, FACP

    Darilyn V. Moyer, MD, FACP, is the Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of the American College of Physicians (ACP).

    Board certified in internal medicine and infectious diseases, Dr. Moyer has been a Fellow of ACP (FACP) since 1995. FACP is an honorary designation that recognizes ongoing individual service and contributions to the practice of medicine. She has served on ACP’s Board of Regents, which manages the business and affairs of ACP and is the main policy-making body of the College, chaired ACP’s Board of Governors, and served as Governor of ACP’s Pennsylvania Southeastern Chapter.

    Prior to becoming EVP and CEO, Dr. Moyer was a Professor of Medicine, Executive Vice Chair for Education in the Department of Medicine, Internal Medicine Residency Program Director and Assistant Dean for Graduate Medical Education at Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University. She was previously the Co-Faculty Advisor for the Temple University School of Medicine Internal Medicine Interest Group and for the Temple University School of Medicine Student Educating About Healthcare Policy Group. She received the Temple University School of Medicine Women in Medicine Mentoring Award in 2012.

    Dr. Moyer’s research and scholarly activity interests and presentations have been in the areas of medical education, high value care, patient safety, professionalism and digital media, and HIV/infectious diseases.

    She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in the Biological Basis of Behavior, Biology and Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania and attended medical school at Temple University School of Medicine. She completed her internal medicine residency at Temple University Hospital and served as a Chief Resident/Clinical Instructor of Medicine. She went on to complete an Infectious Diseases Fellowship at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance, CA.

    Disclosures:  ACP PAC donor, Lewis Katz SOM at Temple University Medical Alumni Board, National Business Group Health EBBD Committee member, PCPCC board member, and S2C2 board member


  • 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 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

  • At-Large Member

    Larry Wellikson, MD, MHM
    Laurence D. Wellikson, MD, MHM is the Chief Executive Officer of the Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM), a position he has held since January 2000. This is the professional medical society representing hospitalists. In the last 19 years he has grown that organization from a few hundred members to almost 20,000 members. Dr. Wellikson is a board certified specialist in Internal Medicine.

    Prior to assuming his current position with SHM, Dr. Wellikson was the founder and senior manager of an integrated medical group, IPA, and management services organization in Southern California that managed the health care of 130,000 capitated lives, over 300,000 PPO lives, and contracted with 570 physicians and more than 20 health plans. Dr. Wellikson was also a founder and senior partner in MedQuest Partners, LLC, a national consulting practice, specializing in the integration of physician groups, hospitals, and/or health plans.

    Dr. Wellikson has served as a Trustee on the Board of the American Society of Internal Medicine and as a Regent on the Board of the American College of Physicians. He is on the faculty at the University of California at Irvine Medical School and is active at the UCI School of Business and the Wharton School of Business at University of Pennsylvania. Over the last several years Modern Healthcare Magazine has named Dr. Wellikson on its list of the 50 Most Influential Physician Executives.

    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: None


    Helen Burstin, MD, MPH, MACP
    Dr. Burstin is Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of the Council of Medical Specialty Societies (CMSS), an organization representing 43 medical specialty societies with more than 790,000 U.S. physician members.

    Prior to joining CMSS, Dr. Burstin served as Chief Scientific Officer of the National Quality Forum (NQF). During her 10-year tenure at NQF, Dr. Burstin led numerous efforts focused on healthcare quality, safety, health information technology, healthcare disparities, and population health. She has been a driving force in many critical areas affecting physicians and patients, including patient-reported outcomes, risk adjustment for social risk, and patient safety.

    Prior to joining NQF, Dr. Burstin was the Director of the Center for Primary Care, Prevention, and Clinical Partnerships at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). She led the development of the first National Healthcare Disparities Report and the use of practice-based research networks. Prior to joining AHRQ, Dr. Burstin was an Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School and the Director of Quality Measurement at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Dr. Burstin is the author of more than 90 articles and book chapters on quality, safety and disparities.

    Dr. Burstin is a Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at George Washington University and a Professorial Lecturer in the Department of Health Policy at George Washington University School of Public Health. She received the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Voluntary Attending Award from the George Washington School of Medicine. She received her Bachelor of Science degree at the City College of New York and her medical degree from the State University of New York, Upstate College of Medicine. During medical school, she served as National President of the American Medical Student Association (AMSA). She has a Masters of Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health. She completed her internal medicine residency at Boston City Hospital and her fellowship in General Internal Medicine and Health Services Research at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School.

    Disclosures:  None


  • 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
    -Norman Kahn, MD – 2008-2017

    Roster of CMSS Past Presidents