Nace, Steinberg, Gillespie Lead 2020-2021 Society Board

April 4, 2020


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The Society has elected its Board of Directors for 2020-2021. David A. Nace, MD, MPH, CMD, is President; Karl Steinberg, MD, HMCD, CMD, is President-Elect; and Suzanne Gillespie, MD, RD, CMD, was elected as Vice President. In addition, Rajeev Kumar, MD, CMD, FACP, and Jeffrey N. Nichols, MD, CMD, are returning as secretary and treasurer, respectively. “This is a challenging time for our country and for everyone working in post-acute and long-term care. I am proud to be working with our great board, both returning and new members alike, as we navigate the COVID-19 crisis and other important issues, and hopefully come out even stronger on the other side,” says Christopher E. Laxton, CAE, the Society’s Executive Director. Learn more about our Board of Directors.

Dr. Nace is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Geriatric Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He serves as the Director of Long-Term Care and Flu Programs for the school and as Chief of Medical Affairs for UPMC Senior Communities. Dr. Nace leads and collaborates on a variety of studies on adverse drug events, safety culture, antibiotic resistance, vaccine effectiveness, and quality assessment and improvement. He has received grants supporting his work from the Claude D. Pepper Older American Independence Center, the Josiah Macy Foundation, and the National Institutes of Health, among others. He is the outgoing Chair of AMDA’s Public Policy Committee.

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.

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 also is Associate Chief of Staff for Geriatrics Extended Care & Rehabilitation and serves as Medical Director of the Community Living Center (nursing home) of the Canandaigua VA Medical Center in the Finger Lakes VA 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.

The 2020-2021 Board is rounded out by:

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

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

Chair, House of Delegates: Wayne Saltsman, MD, PhD, CMD, Burlington, MA (Newly Elected)

State Presidents Council Representatives: Leslie Beth Eber, MD, CMD, Englewood, CO (Returning); John Potomski, DO, CMD, Melbourne, FL (Returning); Victoria Walker, MD, CMD, Vermillion, SD (Newly Elected)

House of Delegates Representatives: Alice Bonner, PhD, APRN, GNP, Westborough, MA (Returning); Mary P. Evans, MD, CMD, Charlottesville, VA (Returning); Swati Gaur, MD, MBA, CMD, Gainesville, GA (Newly Elected)

Immediate Past-President: Arif Nazir, MD, FACP, CMD, AGSE, Louisville, KY