ABIM President to Speak on Luring in New Physicians

Richard J. Baron

The president of the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) will deliver the Christopher R. Blagg, MD, Lectureship in Renal Disease and Public Policy on the topic “Opportunities and Challenges: Attracting the Next Generation” on Thursday, Nov. 13.

In addition to leading ABIM, Richard J. Baron, MD, also heads the ABIM Foundation in Philadelphia. ABIM is a certifying board that works with 250,000 physicians in 19 specialties—about one in four practicing physicians in the United States. Dr. Baron leads a staff of 200.

Previously, Dr. Baron served as group director of seamless care models at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Innovation Center, where he led efforts related to accountable care organizations and primary care. Prior to his CMS appointment, he practiced general internal medicine and geriatrics in Philadelphia at a practice that has been a pioneer in the adoption of electronic health records in the small practice environment. Before joining the federal government, he also served on the board and a technology advisory committee of the National Quality Forum as well as on the standards committee of the National Committee for Quality Assurance.

Dr. Baron served as chief medical officer of Health Partners, a not-for-profit Medicaid HMO set up by four teaching hospitals in Philadelphia, from 1988 to 1996. He was the architect of a best practices program, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Center for Health Care Strategies, in which he worked with Medicaid health plans around the country to improve the quality of care for their members. This program reached plans serving more than half of the Medicaid managed care population in the United States.

Dr. Baron co-chairs the Public Health–Health Care Collaboration Workgroup, which provides recommendations to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He is also a member of the newly formed Commonwealth Fund advisory group on health care reform, which aims to improve outcomes and lower costs for high-need, high-cost patients and vulnerable, low-income populations.

Dr. Baron received his medical degree from Yale University. He completed house staff training at New York University-Bellevue Medical Center and served a three-year obligation in the National Health Service Corps in rural Tennessee.

ASN gratefully acknowledges the Northwest Kidney Centers and its contributors for support of the Christopher R. Blagg, MD, Lectureship in Renal Disease and Public Policy. ASN thanks its Public Policy Board and the Renal Physicians Association for assistance with this session.