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ABP Senior Management

David G. Nichols, MD, MBA

President & CEO

As leader of the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) staff and a member of the non-profit organization's Board of Directors, Dr. Nichols actively promotes high quality health care for children by upholding the standards of certification in pediatrics, and by encouraging and facilitating initiatives in quality improvement. Although he assumed his new leadership role in late 2012, he has been associated with the ABP for more than 20 years. He is board certified in general pediatrics and is board certified and maintaining certification in pediatric critical care medicine.


 

Gail A. McGuinness, MD

Executive Vice President

Dr. McGuinness is responsible for initial certification in both general pediatrics and its subspecialties. She provides oversight for the development of training standards, the tracking and evaluation of residents and fellows, and the credentialing for and administration of examinations. She oversees the development of the certification process for new subspecialties, and serves as the ABP's liaison to a number of organizations with common interests in graduate medical education and workforce issues. Part of the ABP staff since March of 2002, she also is a member of the ABP and American Board of Medical Specialties Boards of Directors, and is board certified and maintaining certification in general pediatrics. Additionally, she is certified in neonatal perinatal medicine.


 

Virginia A. Moyer, MD, MPH

Vice President, Maintenance of Certification and Quality

Dr. Moyer oversees the continued development and implementation of the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program for the ABP. She provides expertise in evidence-based medicine, education, health care quality, and patient safety. She joined the ABP staff in April 2013 after serving at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children's Hospital as both professor of pediatrics and the chief of academic general pediatrics. She is board certified and maintaining certification in general pediatrics.


 

Linda A. Althouse, PhD

Vice President, Psychometrics & Assessment Services

With expertise in research and psychometrics (the development of examination and measurement instruments), Dr. Althouse is responsible for ensuring that the Board produces valid and reliable examinations that accurately assess a physician’s knowledge base. She is responsible for producing the ABP's annual workforce data book, and works closely with the ABP Research Advisory Committee, which develops new research initiatives and efforts related to board certification. Her doctorate is in educational psychology with a concentrated focus on measurement and assessment.


 

Carol L. Carraccio, MD, MA

Vice President, Competency-Based Assessment

Dr. Carraccio oversees the design and development of the ABP's competency-based assessment programs, including the Pediatrics Milestones Project., In addition, she works with subspecialty communities to identify “Entrustable Professional Activities” and map these to Milestones. Dr. Carraccio was a member of the ABP Board of Directors and Executive Committee before joining the ABP’s senior management team in 2011. She is board certified and maintaining certification in general pediatrics.


 

Sandy Gainey

Vice President, Human Resources & Team Alignment

Ms. Gainey is the senior leader of staff resources in service to the American Board of Pediatrics’ mission, values, strategic goals and objectives. As such, she leads the ABP’s recruitment, retention, employee relations, and professional development efforts, as well as being responsible for the development, implementation, and maintenance of the organization’s policies and practices. She is also a key driver in working across the organization to align individuals and teams within departments, as well as inter-departmentally, to maximize the achievements of the Board.


 

Ann E. Hazinski, MBA, CPA

Vice President, Finance & CFO

Ms. Hazinski leads all accounting, finance, tax, and treasury functions of the ABP and ABPF, including developing and monitoring the annual budget; preparing internal and external financial reports and tax returns; developing the long-range financial forecast; overseeing all short and long-term investment activities; managing high level employee benefit programs and managing the organization's comprehensive insurance and risk management programs. She works closely with the Audit, Finance, and Long-Term Investment Committees of the ABP Board of Directors to make strategic decisions regarding finances and ensure that the ABP has the resources needed to carry out its mission.


 

Laurel K. Leslie, MD, MPH

Vice President, Research

Dr. Leslie facilitates and oversees all research programs for the ABP and the ABP Foundation. She maintains her position as Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics at Tufts University School of Medicine. She has extensive research experience in the areas of identifying, treating, and delivering health services to children and adolescents with medical, developmental, and mental health needs. Dr. Leslie also has worked with a number of pediatric initiatives to improve the future of physician training and practice, with the ultimate goal of improving outcomes for children and adolescents. Dr. Leslie is board certified in general pediatrics and developmental-behavioral pediatrics.


 

Michele J. Wall, MA, PMP

Vice President, Operations

As chief operating officer, Ms. Wall integrates and manages the ABP's operational policies, objectives, and initiatives to ensure the effective and timely implementation of decisions made by the President and Board of Directors. She ensures that organizational activities and operations are carried out in compliance with local, state, and federal regulations and laws governing business operations. She certified as a Project Management Professional and has continually maintained this certification.


 

Dongming Zhang, MS, MLS

Vice President, Information Technology & Informatics

Mr. Zhang leads the ABP's information technology systems and strategies. As the ranking technologist, he provides IT governance, leadership, and management. He also determines the strategic goals and objectives of the IT organization, aligned with the ABP's overall business mission and plan. He leads the ABP's IT Applications and IT Technical Services, seeking ways to employ information technology to advance healthcare, and assure the public that standards of excellence are in place to evaluate the knowledge, skills, and training of pediatricians.