Society Announces 2021-2022 Officers & Board of Directors
Columbia, MD – AMDA – The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care (PALTC) Medicine has elected its 2021-2022 Board of Directors. In terms of Officers, Karl Steinberg, MD, HMCD, CMD, is President; Suzanne Gillespie, MD, RD, CMD, is President Elect; Milta O. Little, DO, CMD, is Vice President; and Swati Gaur, MD, MBA, CMD, is Treasurer.
Dr. Steinberg has been a nursing home and hospice medical director since 1995. He is currently Chief Medical Officer for Mariner Health Central and Beecan Health, both California skilled nursing facility management corporations, 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, is editor emeritus of Caring for the Ages and is an associate editor of JAMDA. He is a past president of CALTCM, AMDA’s California Chapter, and is currently Vice President of National POLST. 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 many visits to representatives in Sacramento and on Capitol Hill advocating for AMDA.
Dr. Gillespie is Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Geriatrics/Aging and Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. She is also Associate Chief of Staff for Geriatrics Extended Care & Rehabilitation and serves as Medical Director of two Community Living Centers (VA nursing homes) in the VA Finger Lakes Healthcare System. She has served AMDA in a variety of capacities—Chair of the House of Delegates, Chair of the Annual Meeting Program Planning Committee, Vice Chair of the Public Policy Committee, and Chair of the Workgroup on Telemedicine, to name just a few.
Dr. Little is an Associate Professor of Geriatric Medicine at Duke University and Senior Fellow in the Duke Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development. She has spent a significant portion of her medical career teaching and practicing in PALTC settings. Dr. Little served three terms on the board of directors for AMDA: Secretary, 2012-2014; Chair of the House of Delegates 2014-2016; and State Chapter President Counsel Representative, 2017-2020. She currently serves on the NP/PA council, the editorial board for JAMDA, and as a regular contributor to Caring for the Ages. Her primary scholarly interests are interprofessional education, deprescribing initiatives, non-pharmacologic management of dementia, and implementation of Dementia-Friendly and Age-Friendly Health System programs across all PALTC settings of care.
Dr. Gaur has been proud to serve AMDA in many capacities. She is the current chair of the Infection Advisory Subcommittee and has served on the committee for many years. She is a member of the COVID-19 task force or “COVID SWAT team.” She is a member of the Innovation Platform Advisory Council and a member of the Clinical Practice Steering Committee. She is a reviewer for JAMDA. She has dedicated the past year speaking on COVID-19 related issues, infection control, patient management, social isolation, and leadership. She also is on the board with the local Georgia chapter of AMDA and spoken at their conference. Dr. Gaur attended medical school in Bhopal, India, and started residency in Internal Medicine in St Luke’s–Roosevelt Medical Center in New York. She is the Medical Director of New Horizons Nursing Facilities with the Northeast Georgia Health System. She is also the CEO of Care Advances Through Technology, a technology innovation company.
The 2021-2022 Board is rounded out by:
Secretary: Rajeev Kumar, MD, CMD, FACP, Chicago, IL (Returning)
Chair, House of Delegates: Wayne Saltsman, MD, PhD, CMD, Burlington, MA (Returning)
State Presidents Council Representatives: Leslie Beth Eber, MD, CMD, Englewood, CO (Returning); Victoria Walker, MD, CMD, Vermillion, SD (Returning); Diane Sanders-Cepeda, DO, CMD, Cooper City, FL (Newly Elected)
House of Delegates Representatives: Sabine von Preyss-Friedman, Seattle, WA (Newly Appointed); Sing T. Palat, MD, CMD, Golden, CO (Newly Appointed); Barbara Resnick, PhD, CRNP, Baltimore, MD (Newly Elected)
Immediate Past-President: David A. Nace, MD, MPH, CMD, Wexford, PA
“Our board helps us remain a major resource for COVID-19, with products like our vaccine toolkit,” says Christopher E. Laxton, CAE, the Society’s Executive Director. “We have some great new members who are excited to work with their board colleagues and our staff on everything post-acute and long-term care in the next year. We are in very good hands!”
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 www.paltc.org for more information.