Society Announces 2019-2020 Board of Directors

May 21, 2019

Columbia, MD – AMDA – The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care (PALTC) Medicine has elected its 2019-2020 Board of Directors. Arif Nazir, MD, FACP, CMD, AGSE is President; David A. Nace, MD, MPH, CMD is President-Elect; and Karl Steinberg, MD, HMCD, CMD, was elected as Vice President.

Dr. Nazir is chief medical officer for Signature HealthCARE and president of SHC Medical Partners. Among his previous roles, he was a faculty member at Indiana University and provided leadership as medical director of a unique Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) innovation project, OPTIMISTIC, that significantly reduced avoidable hospitalizations of long-stay nursing home patients in 19 Indiana facilities. He has served as Society treasurer and chair of the Innovations Platform Advisory Council (IPAC). He is widely published in JAMDA and other peer-reviewed journals and has presented at Society conferences and other regional and national platforms.

Dr. Nace is an associate professor of medicine in the Division of Geriatric Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh. He serves as the director of LTC and influenza programs for the division and as chief of medical affairs for UPMC Senior Communities. In addition to having an active clinical practice, Dr. Nace is an investigator in a number of LTC research projects, with a special focus on antimicrobial stewardship and infections in older adults. Dr. Nace serves as chair of AMDA’s Public Policy Committee, is a member of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practice’s (ACIP) Hepatitis Workgroup, a member of the National Influenza/Adult Immunization Summit, and co-medical director of the UPMC RAVEN project, a CMS innovation award project seeking to reduce unplanned nursing home admissions.

Dr. Steinberg has been a nursing home and hospice medical director since 1995. He is currently chief medical officer for Mariner Health Central, a 20-facility California corporation, and is medical director at Life Care Center of Vista, Carlsbad by the Sea Care Center, and Hospice by the Sea. He also makes home visits on behalf of Scripps Healthcare. He chaired AMDA’s Public Policy Committee for many years, has been editor in chief of Caring for the Ages since 2009, and is an associate editor of JAMDA. Dr. Steinberg is passionate about advance care planning and palliative care initiatives, including education and public policy on a statewide and national level, and has made visits to representatives in Sacramento and on Capitol Hill advocating for AMDA on many occasions.

The 2019-2020 Board is rounded out by:

Secretary: Rajeev Kumar, MD, CMD, FACP, Chicago, IL (Returning)

Treasurer: Jeffrey N. Nichols, MD, CMD, New York, NY (Reappointed)

Chair, House of Delegates: Suzanne Gillespie, MD, RD, CMD, Rochester, NY (Returning)

State Presidents Council Representatives: John Potomski, DO, CMD, Melbourne, FL (Returning); Milta O. Little, DO, CMD, St. Louis, MO (Returning); Leslie Beth Eber, MD, CMD, Englewood, CO (Newly Elected)

House of Delegates Representatives: Alice Bonner, PhD, APRN, GNP, Westborough, MA (Returning); Randi Ellen Berkowitz, MD, CMD, Boston, MA (Returning); Mary P. Evans, MD, CMD, Charlottesville, VA (Newly Elected)

Immediate Past-President: Cari R. Levy, MD, PhD, CMD, Denver, CO

“I am excited to be working with this board to lead the Society to even greater heights. We are dealing with a lot of important issues, including the launch of the new Patient Driven Payment Model, or PDPM, on October 1, and I’m glad to have the experience and knowledge of this group at our disposal,” says AMDA Executive Director Chris Laxton, CAE.


AMDA – The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine is the only medical specialty society representing the community of over 50,000 medical directors, physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and other practitioners working in the various post-acute and long-term care (PALTC) settings. Dedicated to defining and improving quality, we advance our mission through timely professional development, evidence-based clinical guidance, and tireless advocacy on behalf of members, patients, families, and staff. Visit for more information.