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ABP Welcomes New VP of MOC and Quality

Wednesday, May 29, 2013 - 00:00

In April 2013, the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) welcomed Virginia A. Moyer, MD, MPH, as its new Vice President for Maintenance of Certification (MOC) and Quality. Dr. Moyer succeeds Paul V. Miles, MD, who retires in June 2013 after an 11-year tenure at the ABP.

Dr. Moyer "has the knowledge, passion, and skills to lead the effort to take the ABP's MOC program to the next level," Dr. Miles said. Dr. Moyer brings a full set of experiences to the ABP that includes primary care pediatric practice in underserved areas, academic leadership as a professor and editor of major pediatric journals, and policy direction as chairperson of the US Preventive Services Task Force.

"I am very excited about the opportunity to take my experience in evidence-based medicine and quality improvement and use it to help pediatricians improve the care they provide," said Dr. Moyer.

Dr. Moyer joins the ABP after serving at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children's Hospital since 2006 as both professor of pediatrics and the chief of academic general pediatrics. Dr. Moyer completed medical school at Baylor College of Medicine in 1977. She then went on to complete her residency at the Children's National Medical Center in Washington, DC, and later earned a master's degree in public health from the University of Texas.

Dr. Moyer was first certified by the ABP in 1984 and is a permanent certificate holder. She believes strongly in the importance of lifelong learning and continues to meet the requirements of MOC. With her passion for quality of care and her belief in the principles of MOC and quality improvement (QI), Dr. Moyer will continue to advance collaboration with other organizations.

As Dr. Miles has asserted, "the ABP's MOC program is an ongoing QI commitment that will continue to improve over time." The positive impact of QI efforts, demonstrated through clear and measurable evidence, will provide Dr. Moyer with the foundation to effectively communicate the importance of MOC to diplomates and further the public's understanding that MOC is vital to children's health.

Throughout her career, Dr. Moyer has shared her expertise as a teacher, researcher, communicator, and leader. She has authored more than 80 scientific articles and is editor of Evidence-Based Pediatrics and Child Health. Dr. Moyer also served six years as a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Steering Committee on QI and Management, gaining a thorough understanding of the common goals, obstacles, and realities of the professional pediatric community. The knowledge and experience she acquired during her tenure will indeed be valuable as the ABP continues to engage physicians in QI efforts.

Moyer pledges to continue the important work begun by her predecessor. "Dr. Miles has built a strong foundation for the MOC program, and the field of Quality Improvement, or QI, is growing rapidly. As more and more pediatricians are engaged in QI, I am hoping to leverage this expertise and support broader and deeper quality initiatives."

Dr. Moyer's dedication to bettering health care, enhanced by her leadership and progressive ideas, has earned her the respect of her peers and several awards, including TIME Magazine People Who Mattered in 2011. Building and nurturing strong alliances in the name of teamwork and progress have been driving forces throughout Dr. Moyer's career and are now valuable assets for the ABP.