President and CEO
As leader of the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) staff and a member of the 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 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.
Executive Vice President, Credentialing and Initial Certification
Dr. Woods 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, initial certification, and credentialing. In addition, she oversees the development of the certification process for new subspecialties, and serves as the ABP liaison to a number of organizations with common interests in graduate medical education and workforce issues. She also serves as a member of the ABP Board of Directors. Dr. Woods joined the ABP staff in January of 2018 after serving at Duke University as the combined Medicine-Pediatrics Residency Program Director and Section Chief. Dr. Woods is board certified and maintaining certification in General Pediatrics and General Internal Medicine.
Vice President, Assessment
Dr. Althouse oversees the test development and psychometric activities for the ABP assessment products. This includes, but is not limited to, practice analysis, item development, scoring, standard setting, statistical analysis, and evaluation of measurement properties with a focus on ensuring the validity and reliability of the final product. She is also active in collaborative projects involving innovative assessment approaches, lifelong learning, and the next generation of continuous professional development models for physicians. Her doctorate is in educational psychology with a concentrated focus on measurement and assessment.
Vice President, Human Resources and Team Alignment
Ms. Gainey is the senior leader of staff resources in service to the ABP 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 employment policies and practices. She is also a key driver in working across the organization to align individuals and teams within departments, as well as interdepartmentally, to maximize the achievements of the Board.
Vice President, Finance, and CFO
Ms. Hazinski leads all accounting, finance, tax, and treasury functions of the ABP and the ABP Foundation, 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.
Vice President, Research
Dr. Leslie facilitates and oversees all research, evaluation, and other special initiatives funded by the ABP Foundation. 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. She also maintains her position as Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics at Tufts University School of Medicine and has worked with a number of pediatric initiatives to improve the future of physician training and practice. Dr. Leslie is board certified and maintaining certification in Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics.
Vice President, Continuing Certification
Dr. Mann oversees the continued development and implementation of the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program for the ABP. He provides expertise in health care quality, lean methodology, patient safety, evidence-based medicine, and education. Dr. Mann joined the ABP staff in November 2018 after serving as the Vice President, Chief Medical Quality and Safety Officer at Children’s Mercy — Kansas City. He was also a Vice Chair for Quality and Safety in the Department of Pediatrics and a Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Missouri — Kansas City. He is board certified and maintaining certification in General Pediatrics.
David A. Turner, MD
Vice President, Competency-Based Medical Education
Dr. Turner oversees the continuing development and implementation of the ABP’s competency-based education initiatives that provide a comprehensive framework for assessing the readiness of trainees to advance and transition to fellowship or practice. Dr. Turner joined the ABP staff in September 2020 after serving as Associate Director, Graduate Medical Education; Section Chief of Pediatric Intensive Care; and Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at Duke University Hospital and Health System. He is board certified and maintaining certification in General Pediatrics and in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine.
Vice President, Operations
Ms. Wall oversees strategic management, contract management, facilities, the physician support center, and computer-based testing for the ABP. Additionally, she is the ABP’s liaison to outside legal counsel. She provides expertise in project management, strategic planning, and organizational excellence. Ms. Wall has a master’s degree in Liberal Studies from Duke University, is a Baldrige Executive Fellow, and is a certified Project Management Professional.
Vice President, Information Technology and Informatics
Mr. Zhang provides information technology (IT) governance, leadership, and management for the ABP. He also determines the strategic goals and objectives of the IT department, aligning them with the ABP's overall business mission and plan. As a senior leader, he seeks ways to employ IT opportunities to advance health care and assure the public that standards of excellence are in place to evaluate the knowledge, skills, and training of pediatricians.