Dr. Martín J. Sepúlveda to Join ABIM Foundation Board of Trustees

The ABIM Foundation announces the appointment of Martín-J. Sepúlveda, MD, FACP, MPH, to its Board of Trustees effective January 1, 2011. Dr. Sepúlveda, who holds board certification in Internal Medicine and Occupational Medicine, is the Vice President of Integrated Health Services for the IBM Corporation. In this role, he leads a global shared services organization providing solutions to employee well-being and health benefits business requirements.

Dr. Sepúlveda has been instrumental in advancing the patient-centered medical home model. This model advocates that a patient’s primary care physician attend to and coordinate their full range of care, including helping them navigate through the medical system and manage the referral process with specialists. Dr. Sepúlveda has been a leader in advancing adoption and assessment on how the model benefits patients and physicians and can lead to improved outcomes in health. His work was fundamental to the development of the “Joint Principles of the Patient Centered Medical Home” issued by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the American College of Physicians, (ACP) and the American Osteopathic Association (AOA). The principles describe the characteristics of the patient-centered medical home, including the focus on quality and safety as hallmarks, and has been endorsed by 22 physician organizations.

“Dr. Sepúlveda brings a broad view of the issues facing the health care system and public health. He has been a leader in directing IBM’s role as a change agent in health care and working directly with physicians.” said Christine Cassel, MD, President and CEO of the American Board of Internal Medicine and ABIM Foundation. “He is a smart, results-oriented professional with clear ideas on how help advance the Foundation’s mission and I welcome him to our Board.”

Dr. Sepúlveda is a graduate of Yale University and the Harvard Medical School. He trained in the Epidemic Intelligence Service of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and completed residencies in internal medicine at the University of California-San Francisco Hospitals and Clinics, and in occupational medicine at the National Institute of Occupational Safety & Health. He also completed a fellowship in internal medicine at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and the American College of Occupational & Environmental Medicine.

The ABIM Foundation advances medical professionalism to improve the health care system by conducting research on emerging issues in medical professionalism; convening influential health care leaders and other key stakeholders to develop recommendations on how to foster medical professionalism; and disseminating findings to further promote engagement in and adoption of professionalism.

The Board of Trustees govern the ABIM Foundation, and both guide and help advance the Foundation’s work in medical professionalism. The Board includes national leaders in quality assessment and improvement, medical education, consumer advocates, policy makers, purchasers, and physician leaders who have served on the American Board of Internal Medicine’s Board of Directors.

The 2010-2011 ABIM Foundation Board of Trustees includes:

  • Chair: Glenn Hackbarth, JD, MA, Chairman, MedPAC
  • Vice-Chair: Donald E. Wesson, MD, Vice Dean, Texas A&M Health Science Center (Temple Campus); Chief Academic Officer, Scott & White Clinic/Hospital
  • Secretary-Treasurer: Holly J. Humphrey, MD, Professor of Medicine, Dean for Medical Education, Pritzker School of Medicine and The University of Chicago Hospitals
  • Richard J. Baron, MD, President, Greenhouse Internists, PC
  • Christine K. Cassel, MD, President and CEO, ABIM Foundation/American Board of Internal Medicine
  • David B Hellmann, MD, Aliki Perroti Professor of Medicine; Vice Dean, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center; Chairman, Department of Medicine
  • Sheila T. Leatherman, MSW, Research Professor, University of North Carolina School of Public Health, London School of Economics
  • Deborah Leff, JD, Deputy Counselor for Access to Justice, US Department of Justice
  • Wendy S. Levinson, MD, Sir John and Lady Eaton Professor and Chair, Department of Medicine, University of Toronto
  • Elizabeth McGlynn, MD, Director, Kaiser Permanente Center for Effectiveness & Safety Research
  • John Popovich Jr., MD, President and CEO, Henry Ford Hospital
  • David B. Reuben, MD, Chief, Division of Geriatrics, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
  • John Rother, JD, Executive Vice President of Policy and Strategy, AARP
  • Martín-J. Sepúlveda, MD, Vice President of Global Well-being Services & Health Benefits, IBM

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