NBME Executive Board
Alfred F. Tallia, MD, MPH was elected Chair of the NBME at the 2019 Annual Meeting of the Membership, following service as treasurer and as an at-large member of the Executive Board. Dr. Tallia is professor and chair, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at Rutgers, 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 induction into the Gold Humanism Honor Society (2017), Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University Exemplary Teaching Award (2017) and Leon Henri Charbonnier Endowed Chair in Medicine (2016), 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.
Latha Chandran, MD, MPH is the treasurer of the Executive Board, after previously serving as an at-large member. 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.
Suzanne T. Anderson serves the Executive Board as immediate past chair. Ms. Anderson previously served on the Executive Board for NBME as treasurer and as an at-large member. 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).
Peter J. Katsufrakis, MD is president and CEO 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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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.
Marie Foley, PhD, RN, CNL is a member at-large of the Executive Board. She is a Professor and the Dean of the College of Nursing at Seton Hall University and an Adjunct Professor of Pediatrics at the Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall University. Dr. Foley received her BSN from Fairleigh Dickinson University, her MA in Nursing Education and her PhD in Theory Development and Research in Nursing from New York University. Dr. Foley has been engaged in nursing practice and education for over 35 years. She is a pediatric nurse and has taught students at all levels of their education including, undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students. She is a member of the National Association of School Nurses and serves on the research and awards committee and the New Jersey School Nurses Association where she is a member of the research committee. She is a member of various nursing organizations including Sigma Theta Tau International, Eastern Nursing Research Society, the American Association of Nurses, American Association of Colleges of Nursing, the National League of Nursing, and the Organization of Nurse Leaders. At NBME, Dr. Foley served on the Interprofessional Task Force Committee and is currently on the finance committee.
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, Director of the Institute for Medical Education, 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.
Pat Mastors is an at-large member of the Executive Board at NBME and is current chair of its Public Stakeholders’ Committee. As co-founder in 2013 of the nonprofit Patients’ View Institute (PVI), she led the organization in its mission to organize and amplify the voices of patients, advancing their impact in policy and practice to organizations both nationally and internationally. Ms. Mastors is a leading voice for patients at the grass roots and policy levels. She has served in advisory or leadership roles for NQF, AHRQ, the Partnership for Patients, and others invested in advancing patient/family engagement and improving the quality of care. In 2019 Pat founded Patients’ View Partners (PVP) to carry forward patients’ compelling desire for empathy and human-centric care from their medical care providers. Pat’s efforts to advance patient perspective were prompted in 2006 by a medical event within her family. Prior to that she was an award- winning news and medical reporter at several New England television stations. She worked successfully to pass two Rhode Island patient safety laws in her home state of RI, created a bedside tool for patients to help them partner in their own care, and published a critically acclaimed book on partnering with patients to create optimal outcomes.
David Milling, MD is at an-large member of the Executive Board. Dr. Milling is the Senior Associate Dean for Student and Academic Affairs at the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo and an Associate Professor in Medicine. He is responsible for medical admissions, multicultural affairs, student services, registrar services, student disciplinary matters and the school’s clinical competency center and simulation centers. As program director for the Jacobs School’s Science and Technology Entry Program (STEP) and director of the Associated Medical Schools of New York Post-Baccalaureate Program, Dr. Milling is involved in improving the workforce numbers and the pipeline to medicine for underrepresented students in New York State. He also serves on the New York State Council on Graduate Medical Education. Prior to medicine, Dr. Milling trained as a pharmacist.
Karen M. Sanders, MD is an at-large member of the Executive Board. Dr. Sanders has been the Deputy Chief (Chief Operating Officer) for the Office of Academic Affiliations (OAA) in the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) since 2006. Dr. Sanders has been heavily involved in implementing the GME portion of the Veterans Access Choice and Accountability Act (2014), and the Medical Scholarship portion of the MISSION Act (2018). Dr. Sanders received her B.S. in Biology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and her M.D. from New York Medical College. After Internal Medicine residency training at Brown University (Providence, RI), she completed a Rheumatology Fellowship at the Medical College of Virginia/Virginia Commonwealth University. Dr. Sanders has been a clinically active physician in the VA system since 1977 while progressing through a variety of administrative roles at multiple levels in the VA system. Dr. Sanders is a tenured Professor of Medicine in the Department of Internal Medicine (Division of Rheumatology, Allergy and Immunology) at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, an ELAM (Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine) fellow, and has a Certificate in Public Leadership from Brookings Institution.
Kamili Wilson is an at-large member of the Executive Board. Ms. Wilson has more than 20 years of demonstrated experience devising and implementing highly effective brand awareness and social marketing campaigns for Fortune 50 companies and leading non-profit organizations. Informed by her extensive work on behalf of underserved populations, Ms. Wilson is driven by a personal and professional commitment to fostering clear, effective communication and meaningful human connections. As Vice President of Enterprise Initiatives, Ms. Wilson serves as AARP’s strategic lead for ‘Disrupt Aging’ – an initiative designed to fight ageism and change the paradigm on culture and aging in America. In her previous role as Vice President, Isolation Impact Strategies at the AARP Foundation, Ms. Wilson led the development and implementation of strategies to mitigate the poor health outcomes tied to social isolation among older adults. Before joining the Foundation, Ms. Wilson spent more than four years as a Strategy Director with AARP Integrated Communications, devising and managing communication strategies for several workforce and organizational priorities for the AARP Foundation, the Office of International Affairs and the Office of Multicultural Markets and Engagement. Ms. Wilson is a graduate of the University of Virginia, where she earned a B.A. in English literature.