Elections: APM



E. Dale Abel MD PhD

AbelDale.jpgI am humbled and honored to be considered as a candidate for the President-Elect of the APM.

Internal Medicine represents the largest department in most medical schools and academic medical centers. In addition to high volume clinical services across all of our subspecialties, our departments carry a major load for medical student and graduate teaching and often have the largest research portfolios in many institutions. Therefore, we are at the nexus of the ongoing seismic shifts in health care economics, research innovation and the training of the next generation of physicians. We are essential to the ongoing vitality of academic health systems. The APM is the only organization that focuses specifically on the unique challenges of Chairs of Department of Internal Medicine in North America. As a member of the Council, I have been impressed by the commitment of the APM as a unified voice and advocate for us as leaders of Academic Internal Medicine and to identify mission critical challenges that we should be addressing. As President of the APM I will work to increase the impact of our organization on supporting leaders of Internal Medicine. I will support efforts by the APM to identify shared issues that are impacting our discipline, and leverage our collective wisdom to provide innovative solutions in a variety of forums such as our annual meeting. However, I believe that our efforts to advance our mission should not be limited to our annual meeting, but that we should actively explore additional ways to enhance our communication, networking, advocacy efforts and value to all of our members. Thank you for your consideration. 


John M. Carethers, MD

CarethersJohn.jpgThe APM has been the key voice and representation for leadership in departments of medicine since 1954. APM showcases examples from several of our nations’ outstanding departments of medicine that help other chairs navigate specific changes; it also provides leads, information, and national trends that affect the prosperity of our department’s tripartite mission. I have been grateful as a chair for the valuable information the APM provides, and my department has contributed to this pool of material. This involvement has increased my interest in helping being a driver to set the agenda as a Councilor of APM.

I have participated in APM since 2009. I have been on the APM Nominating Committee from 2012-2014, and again from 2016-2018. I was incredibly honored with being selected for the Robert H. Williams Distinguished Chair Award from APM in 2019. Over the past few years, I have had several of my vice chairs participate as speakers and discussants to convey some of the innovative approaches we have attempted at my institution for broad distribution.

I have experience at the national level in leadership positions. This includes as a Councilor for the Association of American Physicians from 2012-2017, then president-elect and president from 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 respectively. I served on the American Association for Cancer Research MICR Council from 2013-2016, and was chair-elect then chair from 2016-2018. I served on the American Gastroenterological Association Digestive Diseases Week Council from 2007-2012, and was vice-chair then chair of the gastroenterology oncology section. In these and many other roles at the national level, my goal has been and will continue to serve an organization’s members interests first, and to help members succeed in their missions.

I am grateful for the opportunity to make a difference for our membership and departmental leaders through APM.

Mark Gladwin, MD

GladwinMark.jpgAs a Councilor for the Association of Professors of Medicine (APM), I would commit myself to representing my colleagues in internal medicine leadership. In addition to serving as Department Chair at the University of Pittsburgh and UPMC, I lead active basic and clinical research programs supported with RO1 and PO1 funding, direct a T32 training grant and a Burroughs Wellcome physician-basic scientist training award, and attend clinical services in the medical ICU. My leadership roles across institutions include a recently completed two-year term as Chair of the American Heart Association Council on Cardiopulmonary, Critical Care, Perioperative and Resuscitation (3CPR), and I served as Chair of the University of Michigan Department of Internal Medicine’s and Brigham and Women's Hospital Department of Medicine’s external reviews. I am deeply committed to the development of physician-scientists in our academic health care system and do my best to “walk the walk” across the disciplines of medicine and science.  I am also unequivocally committed to providing the best possible education to our residents and sub-specialty fellows. Our internal medicine residency has developed into one of the more competitive programs in the country, based on matching from peer institutions and sending our graduates into the most competitive fellowships. As a Department, we have leveraged our large academic and clinically-oriented divisions to address the unmet needs of the community and enhance the quality and efficiency of care across the state.

As leaders in academic medicine, we have the opportunity to address generational challenges in human health, such as the opioid and addiction epidemic, obesity, the emergence of drug resistant pathogens, the impact of climate change on health, and how to best leverage big data, consumer medicine, and interprofessional training to advance population health. Our response to these challenges defines our mission as leaders in medicine. We should leverage our scientific programs, clinical excellence, and our pipelines of next generation leaders to collaborate with and best serve our communities. As academic medical centers across the country come under increasing financial and organizational pressure, it is timely to remind ourselves of the underlying values that drive our daily activities. I believe it is vital to appreciate and deeply understand science, medicine, and education to successfully lead and engage the faculty of a large academic medical center.  I thank you for the opportunity to introduce myself, to present my credentials and experiences as a leader, and to affirm my interest in a position on the APM Council.

Neil R. Powe, MD

PoweNeil_Photo.jpgI am delighted to be considered for APM Councilor.  Medicine is in rapid transformation in its missions of discovery, education, practice and leadership development. Frontiers in precision medicine, digitization of our enterprises, and implementation science are just a few examples. Internal Medicine Departments have led innovation to meet the needs of patients, learners and scientists, and we have adapted flexibly and sometimes in reaction to unforeseen challenges.   We can do even better to lead change and innovate to serve the diverse workforce and patients of the future while maintaining our values of creativity, respect, honest communication, transparency, lifelong learning, work life balance and commitment to social justice.  This includes attracting and teaching future generations to embrace the values of our community and who want to mindfully join us on this journey.  As leader of the University of California San Francisco Medicine Service at the Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, a leading Medicine department in a public hospital with strong basic, clinical and health services research programs focused on major diseases affecting diverse patients locally, nationally and globally, my interests are in improving discovery, education and clinical practice in medicine, facilitating academic organizations to function better, enhancing scholarship and multidisciplinary collaboration, and most important developing future talent and leadership in the health professions that reflects the diversity of our constituencies. We can learn a lot from the innovation each of us is creating in our local environments and get to know the best of one another. These are the ideals that I would seek to imbue in our precious organization.

Don C. Rockey, MD

RockeyDon.jpgFirst, thank you for the opportunity to be considered for the position of APM Councilor.  Herein, I will briefly highlight some of my views about academic medicine.  First, I have been fortunate enough to have had substantial experience in each of the canonical components of the academic tripartite mission, and I am deeply passionate about them all.  Further, in the academic current environment, I would submit that academic medicine now requires a 4th critical mission - specifically leadership.  Leadership has become more critical than ever as academic medicine undergoes new and challenging changes. 

Although the patient care mission is fundamentally important, and will always represent a critical core element for all medicine departments, it is our educational and research missions that set us, as academic departments, apart from multiple other medical institutions.  My commitment to medical education is unwavering, and at MUSC we have strived tirelessly to improve Internal Medicine offerings to our medical students, and to enhance education of our housestaff.  The educational mission at AAIM is strong, and must continue.                                          

One of my core values surrounds curiosity and innovation in scholarship and research.  Again, research is what sets an academic medicine apart, and therefore requires unwavering commitment.  Another of my core beliefs is that it is essential for medicine departments to support all types of trainees as they explore and engage in scholarship.  During my career, I have become been impressed by how critical the trainee-mentor relationship is and believe that our future is tied to how well we support our trainees and mentors. 

I have been fortunate enough to have been actively engaged, both as a member of ASP, and as an APM member in the AAIM research committee.  I was involved in organizing the first combined AAIM Consensus Conference on the Physician Investigator Workforce (and 3rd overall Physician-Scientist Conference) in Washington DC.  This has led to a forum for leaders in PSTPs to come together and support future researchers in internal medicine - and I am currently involved in the planning of the 2020 Research Pathways Directors Workshop.                                       

My vision for the future of AAIM builds on the current AAIM mission and strategies.  I am fundamentally committed to developing the next generation of academic internal medicine physicians, in particular educators and researchers.  I envision AAIM to continue to leverage the explosion of information technology, social media, and devices that allow the rapid exchange of information.  In my leadership roles, I have found that the more diverse a group that strives to address a problem is, the better the outcome.  Thus, I would strive to foster, enhance, and ensure diversity at multiple levels throughout the organization. Finally, I am deeply committed to leadership – and would strive to drive effective, accountable, transparent, and inclusive leadership throughout the organization.  I would do everything possible to promote a culture of effective leadership within AAIM.

In summary, I have been committed to AAIM over the last 15 years, first as an active ASP member, and more recently as an active APM member.  As highlighted above, I am committed to further enhancement of academic internal medicine and will work steadfastly to grow AAIMs core missions around education, research, collaboration, and leadership.  I would love to continue to contribute in these domains as an APM Councilor.

Robert A. Salata, MD

salata.jpgI am the STERIS Chair of Excellence in Medicine and Chairman of the Department of Medicine (DOM) since 2015 and was Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases and HIV Medicine for nearly 20 years at CWRU and University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center (UHCMC). I am the founding Director of the Infectious Diseases and Immunology Institute in the School of Medicine. I am also Medical Director of Infection Control and Prevention at UHCMC.  I have been an active Principal Investigator on HIV/AIDS-related research studies for the Uganda-CWRU Research Collaboration since 1997.  My clinical interests in the evaluation and management of infections in immunocompromised hosts and healthcare–associated infections.  My research interests in the epidemiology of infectious diseases, clinical trials of new therapeutic agents for emerging infections and clinical HIV/AIDS research related to antiretrovirals including in resource-limited settings, as well as the epidemiology and prevention of HIV. 

I have been considered a consummate clinician and educator and have been so recognized with a DOM Teacher of the Year award, as a Master Clinician Educator in the DOM and the inaugural recipient of the Master Clinician in Infectious Diseases at UHCMC.  I was recently recognized a Distinguished physician at University Hospitals. I am internationally recognized as a researcher in clinical trials and has received continuous funding for these activities from the National Institutes of Health.  Taking advantage of over 30 years of a collaboration in Uganda, I also facilitated the involvement of multiple other areas of chronic non-communicable diseases in global health including cardiovascular medicine, oncology, neurology and genetics

I have the authored 243 peer-reviewed publications, 150 reviews/chapters, and 210 abstracts.  I am Chair of the AAIM Research Committee and was Vice-Chair of the APM Research Committee prior to that for 2 years. I served as Chair of the 3rd Consensus Conference on the physician scientist and 1st author of a 2017 Academic Medicine publication entitled “U.S. Physician-Scientist Workforce in the 21st Century: Recommendations to Attract and Sustain the Pipeline.” Three additional publications have emanated from the work done on the Research Committee in the American Journal of Medicine and JCI Insight (see CV).  I continue to foster various research initiatives through AAIM Research Committee including Physician Scientist Residency Research, Education Research, the Innovation Grants program and new initiatives in Population Health Research as well as Research integrity. 

I am interested in being appointed to the APM Council and continue my involvement in research initiatives, help establish policies and priorities in Internal Medicine for APM and serve on the APM Scientific Program Committee.

I am grateful for the opportunity to make a difference for our membership and departmental leaders through APM.

Fredric E. Wondisford, MD

wondisford.jpgI am honored to be consider for the position of Councilor, Association of Professors of Medicine (APM).  I have been in academic medicine for over 25 years and have held leadership positions in several medical schools and health systems including Harvard Medical School, the University of Chicago School of Medicine, and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.  I am currently the Henry Rutgers Professor and Chair of the Department of Medicine at Rutgers University-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School charged with expanding the mentoring, clinical, teaching, and research activities of the Department.  I also lead efforts related to internal medicine care, research, and teaching within the 11 acute care hospitals in the new RWJ/Barnabas Health (RWJBH) system, which is now the largest healthcare system in NJ.

I joined the APM in 2015 after becoming a department chair and attended the New Chair and Emerging Leaders Program in Charleston, SC.   I found in this and subsequent meetings that the interests of the APM are aligned with my own and include promoting the core missions of academic internal medicine throughout the US as well as providing a valuable forum for exchanging ideas about best academic practices and for exploring solutions to difficult problems faced by chairs of medicine.  Most importantly, the fellowship afforded to healthcare leaders who are also physician-scientists in this Organization is extraordinary and unique.

I am interested in this position based on the culture and values of the APM.  As a Councilor, I hope to promote the values of the Society through our annual meetings as well as encourage nationally the development of future physician-scientist, who will become the next members of the APM.   I have had the pleasure of serving on the APM Program Committee for the last few years and see first-hand the impact of my service, and I hope to impact the Organization to a greater degree if I am chosen.