Board of Directors
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Karen Remley, MD, MBA, MPH, FAAP
Dr. Karen Remley is the CEO/Executive Vice President of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). The AAP is a nonprofit organization that represents 66,000 primary care pediatricians, pediatric medical subspecialists and pediatric surgical specialists. The mission of the American Academy of Pediatrics is to attain optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents and young adults. Dr. Remley assumed this post in July 2015 and is the first female CEO of the organization.
Dr. Remley earned her medical degree at the University of Missouri in Kansas City and completed her pediatrics residency at St. Louis Children’s Hospital-Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Boarded in General Pediatrics and Pediatric Emergency Medicine, she has practiced in a small practice as well as complex academic centers.
Dr. Remley received an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University and an MPH at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She is a Professor of Pediatrics at the Eastern Virginia School of Medicine.
Dr. Remley most recently was the chief medical director of Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Virginia, which provides service to more than 4 million Virginians. From 2008 to 2012, she served as commissioner of health for the Commonwealth of Virginia, where she acted as the lead advisor to the governor on public health issues and oversaw a $560 million budget and 4,000 employees. During her tenure, the state saw significant improvements in key public health indicators including teen pregnancy, infant mortality and cardiovascular disease.
Her career includes senior leadership positions for several healthcare organizations, including Operation Smile Inc., Physicians for Peace, and Sentara Healthcare, in addition to a prior position at Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield of Virginia. She was the founding director of the M. Foscue Brock Institute for Community and Global Health at Eastern Virginia Medical School, where she led the institute’s effort to connect the medical school’s clinical, research and educational programs to specific health concerns in the community.
She is married to John Onufer, M.D., and they have two daughters.
Disclosures: John Onufur (spouse) – Cardiologist at Northwest Community Hospital
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.
PUBLIC BOARD MEMBER
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.
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT & CEO
Helen Burstin, MD, MPH, FACP
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.
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