NBME Executive Board
Suzanne T. Anderson was elected chair of the NBME at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the Membership, following service as treasurer. Ms. Anderson is president of Virginia Mason Medical Center and executive vice president of Virginia Mason Health System. Virginia Mason Medical Center is a non-profit comprehensive regional healthcare system that combines a primary and specialty care group practice of more than 480 physicians with a 336-bed acute-care hospital. Ms. Anderson graduated from the University of Notre Dame and received her MBA from Owen Graduate School of Management, Vanderbilt University. Ms. Anderson has occupied volunteer positions with other national organizations in a number of different roles, including chair of the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates and public director, American Board of Ophthalmology. Her many roles in serving the NBME include chair of the Public Stakeholders Committee and chair of the governing committee (Composite Committee) of the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE).
Latha Chandran, MD, MPH is an at-large member of the Executive Board. Dr. Chandran is the Miriam and David Donoho Distinguished Teaching Professor, is Vice Dean for Academic and Faculty Affairs at SUNY Stony Brook University School of Medicine, and Founding Director of the Donoho Academy of Clinical & Educational Scholars (ACES). Dr. Chandran is being inducted into the SUNY Distinguished Academy this year. In the past Dr. Chandran has received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, the President’s Award for Excellence in teaching as well as the Aesculapius Award for Excellence in Medical Teaching, the highest faculty teaching award granted by the School of Medicine at Stony Brook. Her research and practice interests include general pediatrics, adolescent medicine, educational scholarship and faculty development. Dr. Chandran has served as a volunteer with the NBME since 2003, as part of test development committees, internal review and standard setting committees, as well as finance and audit committees.
Paul R.G. Cunningham, MD is an at-large member of the Executive Board. Dr. Cunningham is the prior dean and the senior associate vice chancellor for medical affairs at the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University, where he has served between September 2008 and September 2016. He is now the Dean Emeritus. Prior to joining the Brody School of Medicine, Dr. Cunningham was a professor and chair of the Department of Surgery at the State University of New York, Upstate Medical University from April 2002 until August 2008. Board-certified in general surgery, Dr. Cunningham is a graduate of the University of the West Indies, where he received his Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery degree in 1972. He completed his residency in surgery at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in 1979.
Donna Elliott, MD, EdD is an at-large member of the Executive Board. She is the vice dean for medical education and chair of the Department of Medical Education at the University of Southern California’s Keck School of Medicine. She focuses her research and training activities on cultural competence and professionalism education and assessment in medical education. She is the recipient of the Remarkable Women of USC Award, and numerous teaching and leadership honors. Dr. Elliott has served as a volunteer with the NBME since 2009, as part of the USMLE Step 1 and Management committees among others, and currently serves on NBME’s International Oversight Committee.
Lewis R. First, MD, MS serves on the Executive Board as immediate past chair. Dr. First served two terms as chair of the NBME and previously served on the Executive Board as an at-large member and as treasurer. Dr. First, a board-certified pediatrician, graduated from Harvard College, received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School, and received a master’s degree in epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. First is professor and chairman of pediatrics at the University of Vermont College of Medicine and chief of pediatrics, Vermont Children’s Hospital at Fletcher Allen Health Care. He has also served as senior associate dean for medical education at the University of Vermont. Currently, he serves as editor-in-chief of Pediatrics, the official journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics. His media and communications activities include weekly radio and television segments, as well as a newspaper column, “First with Kids.” Dr. First has been serving the NBME in volunteer positions for approximately 20 years. Highlights of his NBME service history include chair of the USMLE Step 2 Committee, chair of the Step 2 Pediatrics Committee, and chair of the Audit and Finance Committees. He has served as a member of numerous task forces and committees for NBME and USMLE.
Reena Karani, MD, MHPE is an at-large member of the Executive Board. Dr. Karani is the Senior Associate Dean for Undergraduate Medical Education and Curricular Affairs at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and a Professor of Medical Education, Medicine and Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine. Dr. Karani is the 2013 recipient of the National Award for Scholarship in Medical Education from the Society for General Internal Medicine, in addition to numerous other honors. She is also the recipient of several awards for teaching, mentorship and educational leadership. Her research interests focus on learner assessment methodologies, workplace-based learning and curriculum design. Dr. Karani has served as a volunteer with the NBME since 2011, as a member and chair of several test material development committees for the USMLE, as well as internal review, finance and audit, and management committees.
Peter J. Katsufrakis, MD is president of the NBME. Dr. Katsufrakis previously served as senior vice president of Assessment Programs at the NBME and is recognized nationally in the medical education and assessment community, both for his work at the NBME and in past roles advancing professionalism, HIV education, clinical training, and medical education administration. Prior to joining the NBME, Dr. Katsufrakis’s positions included associate dean for student affairs and associate professor of clinical family medicine at the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California, where he received several teaching and outstanding service awards for his work. He has also served as a clinical associate professor of family and community medicine, at Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University. Dr. Katsufrakis is licensed to practice medicine in Pennsylvania and is a diplomate of the American Board of Family Medicine. He is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians and has served many organizations as a member, including the International AIDS Society, the American Academy of HIV Medicine, and the Association of American Medical Colleges Group on Student Affairs in many roles on committees and task forces.
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Pat Mastors is an at-large member of the Executive Board. Ms. Mastors is the Co-Founder, Director of Engagement, and Board Chair of the Patients’ View Institute, a non-profit organization committed to organizing and amplifying the patient voice to enhance the quality of care. Ms. Mastors is a tireless patient advocate, speaker, author, and patient/family advisor to both government health agencies and physician practices, and works with groups nationwide on promoting patient safety and engagement. She is also patient co-chair of the National Quality Forum (NQF) Patient and Family Engagement Action Team, and has been a part of successful efforts to pass two patient safety laws in her home state of Rhode Island. She is also Coordinator of the Women’s Health Activist Movement (WHAMGlobal.org), a “network of networks” established in 2016, created to empower and cultivate female leaders who advance healthcare systems that are transparent, respectful, accountable, and equitable. Ms. Mastors has served as a volunteer with NBME since 2015 as a member of the Public Stakeholders Committee, and as a member at-large.
Janelle A. Rhyne, MD, MA MA is an at-large member of the Executive Board. She is an infectious disease specialist in Kayenta, Arizona. Dr. Rhyne graduated from the University of North Carolina and received her medical degree from Wake Forest University School of Medicine. She served as chief resident in internal medicine at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, where she also did a fellowship in infectious diseases. Dr. Rhyne is past-chair of the Federation of State Medical Boards. She has served on previous advisory boards and charitable foundations, and served as president of the North Carolina chapter of the American College of Physicians, president of the North Carolina Society of Internal Medicine, governor of the North Carolina Chapter of the American College of Physicians, chief of staff of New Hanover Regional Medical Center, and president of the North Carolina Medical Board. Dr. Rhyne has served on the USMLE Step 3 Committee, Budget Committee and Composite Committee. In 2014, Dr. Rhyne was awarded the Healthcare Heroes Physician of the Year Award.
Nuno J.C. Sousa, MD, PhD is an at-large member of the Executive Board. He is a full professor and principal research scientist at the School of Health Sciences, University of Minho, Portugal. He is the director of the medical degree at University of Minho and the coordinator of the Neuroscience Research Domain at the Life and Health Science Research Institute. Dr. Sousa received his medical and doctorate degrees from Porto Medical School, University of Porto. In 2001, he completed his residency training in neuroradiology. Dr. Sousa has published more than 150 peer-reviewed research articles. In addition to academic merits, he serves on several science policy and advisory board positions, and as an ad hoc reviewer for various neuroscience journals and international funding organizations. He is editor-in-chief of Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience and a member of the editorial board of Molecular Neurodegeneration and has served as president of the Portuguese Society for Neuroscience. Dr. Sousa has served the NBME on several International Foundations of Medicine examination and governance committees. Prior to election to the Executive Board, Dr. Sousa served as an at-large member in the NBME Membership.
Alfred F. Tallia, MD, MPH is the treasurer of the Executive Board, after previously serving as an at-large member. Dr. Tallia is professor and chair, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. He earned his bachelor’s degree in biological sciences from Fordham University in New York and his medical degree from Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. He completed his residency and fellowship in family medicine at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. He also earned his master’s degree in public health through a joint program at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. Dr. Tallia has been associated with NBME since 1996 and has served in a number of roles. He chaired the USMLE Step 3 Community-based Care Committee, the Post Licensure Assessment System Governing Committee, and the Committee to Evaluate the USMLE Program, and served on the USMLE Budget Committee.
Paul M. Wallach, MD was elected Vice Chair of the NBME in 2017, after serving as both an at-large member and as treasurer of the Executive Board. Dr. Wallach is executive associate dean for educational affairs and institutional improvement at Indiana University School of Medicine. Dr. Wallach’s previous appointments include vice dean for academic affairs at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University and vice dean for medical education at New York Medical College (2009-2012). He had been at the University of South Florida College of Medicine for 27 years, and in the final years of his tenure, served as vice dean for educational affairs and professor of internal medicine. Dr. Wallach is the recipient of many honors, including Health Care Hero (2005), Alpha Omega Alpha Counselor (1999-2007), Sir William Osler Award (1999) and Leadership in Medical Education (1995). Dr. Wallach is a 1984 graduate of the University of South Florida College of Medicine and received its Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2011. Dr. Wallach has been involved in test development and other activities at the NBME since 1995. He has served on the NBME Finance Committee and has chaired the USMLE Step 2 Committee, USMLE Step 1 Test Material Development Committee for Gross Anatomy and Embryology, and USMLE Step 2 Ambulatory Medicine Committee, the IFOM Oversight Committee, among others.