President and Chief Executive Officer Search

AAIM Announces New President and CEO: Polly E. Parsons, MD

Polly E. Parsons, MDThe Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine is pleased to announce that Polly E. Parsons, MD, MACP, FCCP, ATSF, will serve as AAIM President and CEO, beginning July 11, 2022.  The second president in the Alliance’s history, Dr. Parsons brings her commitment to the tripartite mission to lead AAIM into the next phase of the future.

She currently serves as the EL Amidon Chair and Professor of Medicine at the Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont as well as Chair of Medicine of the University of Vermont Health Network, positions she has held since 2006.  She will step down from the chair role as of October 1 to dedicate her enthusiasm and energy to continue strengthening and advancing AAIM.

A long time supporter of the Alliance, Dr. Parsons is a former APM Councilor, ASP Councilor, Chair of the AAIM Accreditation Committee, and member of numerous task forces and committees to support education, fellowship requirements, milestones, and program planning.

She is the author of more than 170 articles, chapters, and reviews as well as the editor of 10 textbooks.  Her research focused on biomarkers in acute lung injury has been supported by the National Institutes of Health, and she has served on several research review and advisory committees, including the National Heart Lung and Blood Scientific Advisory Council and the Scientific Council of the Francis Families Foundation.  She is currently the Scientific Director for the Parker B. Francis Fellowship Program, which provides support to scientists pursuing research careers in pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine.

Dr. Parsons is a  past president of both the American Thoracic Society and the Association of Pulmonary and Critical Care Programs Directors.  In recognition of her myriad contributions at the national level, she is a recipient of the American Thoracic Society Distinguished Achievement Award, the ATS Assembly on Critical Care Annual Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Edward Livingston Trudeau Medal.  She is a fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians and the American Thoracic Society as well as a Master of the American College of Physicians.

Dr. Parsons earned her undergraduate degree at Radcliffe College and her MD at University of Arizona College of Medicine.  She completed her residency in internal medicine and her fellowship in pulmonary medicine at University of Colorado School of Medicine.

The Alliance members, leaders, and staff look forward to Dr. Parsons’s leadership as AAIM continues to grow, evolve, and serve the needs of more than 11,000 faculty and administrator members in departments of internal medicine in medical schools and teaching hospitals.

Search Process

In 2015 the AAIM Board of Directors engaged WittKieffer, a global executive search firm with 50 years of experience serving organizations dedicated to improving the quality of life. AAIM’s search process is being led by Senior Partner Rachel Polhemus, based in the Washington, DC office and Senior Partner Jeffrey Schroetlin, based in the Chicago, IL office. Ms. Polhemus and Mr. Schroetlin have 15 and 20 years’ experience respectively leading executive search efforts.

The AAIM Board has appointed a separate President and CEO search committee chaired by former AAIM Board Chair L. James Nixon, MD, MPH. The search committee will work with the WittKieffer team to review all applicants, conduct interviews, and make recommendations to the board for final interviews.

Search Committee

L. James Nixon, MD, MHPE


Mark E. Anderson, MD, PhD


Donna J. Astiz, MD


G. Dodd Denton, MD, MPH


Monica Fawthrop


Sara B. Fazio, MD, FACP


James D. Marsh, MD


Kevin M. McKown, MD


Sylk Sotto, EdD, MBA, MPS


Alwin F. Steinmann, MD, FACP


Abraham Thomas, MD, MPH


Search Timeline

November 10, 2021
Application Deadline 
Mid-November 2021
Formal review of candidates
Early December 2021
Interviews with selected candidates
February 2022
Finalist(s) present to full AAIM board
April 2022
Announcement of new president and CEO

Contact AAIM HR

Contact the AAIM human resources office:

Director of Human Resources
Nancy Dernelle, MA