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2014 MOC: PQRS and the MOC Matters Website
Visit the MOC Matters Website to fulfill and document your 2014 MOC and PQRS requirements. It consists of the MOC: PQRS Attestation Module, the PQRS Registry Module and the Patient Experience of Care Survey Module. As an added feature, the freestanding Patient Survey Module is available to diplomates of all Member Boards, whether or not the diplomates are participating in MOC:PQRS. The Website also includes an updated MOC:PQRS Facts & FAQs.
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Who We Are
The ABPN Board of Directors consists of sixteen voting members. The nominating organizations for psychiatry are the the American College of Psychiatrists, American Psychiatric Association, and the American Medical Association; for neurology, they are the American Neurological Association and the American Academy of Neurology. Each of these organizations proposes nominees to serve on the Board, but the Board itself selects its members. The Board is independently incorporated.

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Elections for the ABPN Board Members
Elections to fill the places of members whose terms have expired take place annually. Neurology and Psychiatry are always represented equally on the Board. The Board holds meetings several times each year for the purpose of examining candidates and transacting business.

Each Board member's biography can be reviewed by clicking on the appropriate link.

The 2014 Board of Directors for the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Inc.
Board Chair Barbara S. Schneidman, MD, MPH, Morgantown, WA
Dr. SchneidmanDr. Schneidman is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington School of Medicine and is a member of the Medical School Admissions Committee. As an ABPN Director, she chairs the Strategic Planning Committee, the Part A Psychiatry Certification Examination Committee, and the Forensic Psychiatry Steering Committee. She is also the Vice-Chair of the Finance and Investment Committees. She is a Distinguished Fellow of the APA, Fellow of the ACP and is a member of the ACP Board of Regents where she is currently President.
Board Vice Chair Ralph F. Józefowicz, MD, Rochester, NY
Dr. JózefowiczRalph Józefowicz is Professor of Neurology and Medicine and Associate Chair for Education in the Department of Neurology at the University of Rochester, Rochester, NY.  As an ABPN director, he serves as the chair of the Neurology MOC Examination Committee, the Neurology Credentials Committee and the MOC Products Subcommittee.  He has received the Distinguished Teacher Award from the ANA, the Robert J. Glaser AOA Distinguished Teacher Award from the AAMC, the A.B. Baker Lifetime Achievement Award for Neurologic Education from the AAN, and the Edithe J. Levit Distinguished Service Award from the NBME.  He currently serves as a director of the AAN and is a member of the Neurology RRC. 
Board Secretary Robert W. Guynn, MD, Houston, TX
Dr. GuynnDr. Guynn is Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston where he served as Chair for almost twenty years. As an ABPN Director, he serves as Chair of the Part C Certification Committee and of the Psychosomatic Maintenance of Certification Committee. He has been President of the Texas Society of Alcohol Research and of the Houston Psychiatric Society. He is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the APA and Fellow, Emeritus, of the ACP.
Board Treasurer Terrence L. Cascino, MD, Rochester, MN
Dr. CascinoTerrence L. Cascino, has been a staff consultant in Neurology at Mayo Clinic since 1982 and is a Professor of Neurology in the College of Medicine at Mayo Clinic.  He is the Juanita Kious Waugh Executive Dean for Education in the College of Medicine at Mayo Clinic, and the Interim Dean of Mayo Medical School.  He has chaired committees for the AAN, and currently serves as treasurer and a member of their board.  He has served as a member of the ACGME Residency Review Committee for Neurology. He is currently a Director of the ABPN and currently serves as the Chair of the Finance Committee and as a member of the following ABPN committees:  Neurology Council, Communication, Investment, Certification Examination – Neurology, Maintenance of Certification, and ABMS.
Board Member-at-Large Ann Tilton, MD, New Orleans, LA
Dr. TiltonDr. Tilton is Professor of Neurology and Pediatrics at Louisiana State University Health Services Center; and Section Chair of Child Neurology, Program Director for Child Neurology at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center. She has served on the Executive Committee of the Professors of Child Neurology and served as President of the national Child Neurology Society. She also served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Child Neurology Foundation and Vice Chair of the ACGME Neurology Residency Review Committee. Involvement with American Academy of Pediatrics included service on the national Council on Children with Disabilities.
Board Member-at-Large Kailie R. Shaw, MD, Tampa, FL
Dr. ShawDr. Shaw is an Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry at the University of South Florida, where she served as Vice-Chairperson for 15 years. As an ABPN Director, she serves as Chair of the MOC committee for general psychiatry, Chair of the CAP Steering Committee, Chair of the Communications Committee and as liaison to the AACAP. Formerly a member of the RRC for Psychiatry and 26th President of AADPRT, she is appointed to the ACGME's committee to develop Milestones for Psychiatry. She is a Distinguished Fellow of the APA, the AACAP and a member of the ACP. Dr. Shaw currently serves as a Director of the ABFM.
President and CEO Larry R. Faulkner, MD, Buffalo Grove, IL
Dr. ShawDr. Faulkner is President and CEO of the ABPN and Clinical Professor of Neuropsychiatry and Behavioral Science at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine.  From 1994 until he assumed his current position at the ABPN in 2006, he was VP for Medical Affairs and Dean of the School of Medicine at the University of South Carolina.  Dr. Faulkner is a past Director of the ABPN, a Past President of the AAPL, a past member of the Psychiatry RRC, and a current ex-officio member of the Psychiatry RRC and the Neurology RRC.  He is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the APA and a Fellow of the ACP.

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Ralph F. Józefowicz, MD, Rochester, NY
Dr. JózefowiczRalph Józefowicz is Professor of Neurology and Medicine and Associate Chair for Education in the Department of Neurology at the University of Rochester, Rochester, NY.  As an ABPN director, he serves as the chair of the Neurology MOC Examination Committee, the Neurology Credentials Committee and the MOC Products Subcommittee.  He has received the Distinguished Teacher Award from the ANA, the Robert J. Glaser AOA Distinguished Teacher Award from the AAMC, the A.B. Baker Lifetime Achievement Award for Neurologic Education from the AAN, and the Edithe J. Levit Distinguished Service Award from the NBME.  He currently serves as a director of the AAN and is a member of the Neurology RRC.  spacer
John B. Bodensteiner, Rochester, MN
Dr. Cascino Dr. John Bodensteiner is currently a Senior Associate Consultant with the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. He was the William Pilcher Chair and Chief of Pediatric Neurology at Barrow Neurological Institute, St. Joseph's Children's Health Center in Phoenix, AZ and Professor of Clinical Pediatrics and Neurology at the University of Arizona from 2001 to 2011. Dr. Bodensteiner was the President of the Child Neurology Society from 2007 to 2009. He received the Hower Award from the Child Neurology Society in 2013. He has also served as a member of the MOC committee for the Child Neurology Society from 2011 to 2013. Dr. Bodensteiner currently serves on the Child Neurology MOC committee and the Child Neurology Part C certification committee for the ABPN.
Terrence L. Cascino, MD, Rochester, MN
Dr. CascinoTerrence L. Cascino, has been a staff consultant in Neurology at Mayo Clinic since 1982 and is a Professor of Neurology in the College of Medicine at Mayo Clinic.  He is the Juanita Kious Waugh Executive Dean for Education in the College of Medicine at Mayo Clinic, and the Interim Dean of Mayo Medical School.  He has chaired committees for the AAN, and currently serves as treasurer and a member of their board.  He has served as a member of the ACGME Residency Review Committee for Neurology. He is currently a Director of the ABPN and currently serves as the Chair of the Finance Committee and as a member of the following ABPN committees:  Neurology Council, Communication, Investment, Certification Examination – Neurology, Maintenance of Certification, and ABMS.
J. Clay Goodman, MD, Houston, TX
Dr. GoodmanDr. Goodman is Professor of Pathology & Immunology and Neurology at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX. He is Associate Dean for Undergraduate Medical Education directing the Pre-clinical Curriculum and he directs the Neuropathology Program. At the ABPN, he serves on the Neurology Council, Committee on Conflict of Interest, Committee on Creditials – Neurology, Committee on Research and Development, the Part A Neurology Certification Examination Committee, Strategic Planning Committee, and Committee on Core Competencies. At the AAN, he serves on the Education Committee as Chair of the Program Accreditation and Development Subcommittee, and he has held positions of Chair of RITE subcommittee, founding Editor for On-line CME for Neurology, and founding Co-Chair of the Creditialing Council of the UCNS. He serves as Treasurer of the Board of Trustee's of the American Brain Foundation. Dr. Goodman is an internationally recognized authority on traumatic brain injury. He is Board certified in both Neurology and Neuropathology.
Laurie Gutmann, MD, Iowa City, IA
Dr. MorgantownDr. Gutmann is Professor of Neurology at the Carver College of Medicine, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa and Director of Clinical Trials. She spent 20 years at West Virginia University, where she was the Clinical Neurophysiology Fellowship Program Director, Medical Director for the WVU Hospital Stroke Center, Director of the MDA/ALS Center of Excellence, and Co-director of the MDA clinic. She was also the Residency Program Director for 7 years and Medical Director of the EMG Laboratory for 16 years. For four years, she worked as a program officer in the Office of Clinical Research, NINDS/NIH extramural program. She will serve on the Neurology RRC, beginning July 2014. She is a Fellow of the AAN, an Active Member of the ANA, and a member of the AANEM. She was Chair of the RITE examination for three years and a member of the committee for 10 years prior.
Kerry H. Levin, MD, Pepper Pike, OH
Dr. LevinDr. Levin is chairman of the Department of Neurology at Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio. He is director of the Neuromuscular Center at Cleveland Clinic and Professor of Medicine (Neurology) at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University. He chairs the Clinical Neurophysiology Examination Committee and co-chairs the Neurology Maintenance of Certification Examination Committee. He chairs the Maintenance of Certification Committee. His clinical interests include electromyography, peripheral neuropathy, and myasthenia gravis.
Noor A. Pirzada, MD, Monclova, OH
Dr. PirzadaDr. Pirzada is Professor of Neurology at the University of Toledo in Toledo, OH, where he has served as Program Director for the last 15 years. He is also Director of the Electromyography Laboratory, the Chemodenervation Clinic and the Neuromuscular Clinic. As one of the Neurology Directors on the ABPN he serves as Chair of the Vascular Neurology Steering Committee and is Vice Chair of the part A Neurology Certification Examination Committee. He is also ABPN liaison to the CNPD and has been appointed to the ACGME committee to develop milestones for Neurology. He has been a recipient of the AAN A.B. Baker Teacher Recognition Award, the CNPD Program Director Award, and the Dean’s Teaching Excellence award at the University of Toledo. His special interests include use of Botulinum Toxin in the treatment of various neurological disorders, Myasthenia Gravis and Medical Education.
Ann Tilton, MD, New Orleans, LA
Dr. TiltonDr. Tilton is Professor of Neurology and Pediatrics at Louisiana State University Health Services Center; and Section Chair of Child Neurology, Program Director for Child Neurology at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center. She has served on the Executive Committee of the Professors of Child Neurology and served as President of the national Child Neurology Society. She also served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Child Neurology Foundation and Vice Chair of the ACGME Neurology Residency Review Committee. Involvement with American Academy of Pediatrics included service on the national Council on Children with Disabilities.

Barbara S. Schneidman, MD, MPH, Seattle, WA
Dr. SchneidmanDr. Schneidman is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington School of Medicine and is a member of the Medical School Admissions Committee. As an ABPN Director, she chairs the Strategic Planning Committee, the Part A Psychiatry Certification Examination Committee, and the Forensic Psychiatry Steering Committee. She is also the Vice-Chair of the Finance and Investment Committees. She is a Distinguished Fellow of the APA, Fellow of the ACP and is a member of the ACP Board of Regents where she is currently President.
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Robert N. Golden, MD, Madison, WI
Dr. GoldenDr. Golden is Dean of the School of Medicine and Public Health, Vice Chancellor for Medical Affairs, Robert Turrell Professor in Medical Leadership, and Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He served as Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine for 11 years, prior to accepting his current position. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the APA and a Fellow of the ACP, ACNP, and CINP.
Robert W. Guynn, MD, Houston, TX
Dr. GuynnDr. Guynn is Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston where he served as Chair for almost twenty years. As an ABPN Director, he serves as Chair of the Part C Certification Committee and of the Psychosomatic Maintenance of Certification Committee. He has been President of the Texas Society of Alcohol Research and of the Houston Psychiatric Society. He is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the APA and Fellow, Emeritus, of the ACP.
Paramjit T. Joshi, MD, Lutherville, MD
Dr. JoshiDr. Joshi is an Endowed Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at the Children's National Medical Center and Professor of Psychiatry, Behavioral Sciences & Pediatrics at The George Washington University School of Medicine, in Washington DC. She has held positions as the President of the Society of Professors of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and is currently President-Elect of AACAP. She has served as the Chair of the MOC and has been a member of the Steering Committee for the ABPN for CAP. She is a Distinguished Fellow of the APA and the AACAP.
Jeffrey M. Lyness, MD, Rochester, NY
Dr. KeepersDr. Lyness is Professor of Psychiatry and Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. At Rochester he formerly served as Associate Chair for Education and Director of the Geriatric Psychiatry Program in Psychiatry, and as Director of (medical student) Curriculum and as Medical Director for Continuing Medical Education. He is a Past President of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry, and also is active as a member of the American College of Psychiatrists and the Association of American Medical Colleges’ Group on Faculty Affairs. For ABPN, he serves on the Certification Committees for Psychiatry Parts A and C, the Conflicts of Interest Committee, and the Committee on Credentials — Psychiatry, and chairs the Geriatric Psychiatry Steering Committee.
George A. Keepers, MD, Portland, OR
Dr. KeepersGeorge A. Keepers, M.D. is the Carruthers Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, Oregon. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the APA and a member of the American College of Psychiatry. Dr. Keepers' earliest research interests included the psychopharmacological treatments of schizophrenia and side effects of these treatments, acute extra-pyramidal side effects (dystonia, akathisia and parkinsonism), tardive dyskinesia, and other aspects of neuropsychiatry and neuropsychopharmacology. His current clinical and research interests continue to be in the field of neuropsychiatry. A former program director, his contribution to psychiatric education continues through his participation in the ACGME Psychiatry RRC and Milestones project.
Robert J. Ronis, MD, MPH, Shaker Heights, OH
Dr. RonisDr. Robert Ronis is Douglas Bond Professor and Chair of Psychiatry at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio.
Dr. Ronis served with the National Health Services Corps prior to joining the faculty at CWRU, where he served as Director of Public and Community Psychiatry, Residency Training Director and Vice Chair for Education prior to his selection as chairman in 2007.
Dr. Ronis has been an ABPN Part II examiner since 1991 and serves on the MOC, Addiction Psychiatry, Finance and Strategic Planning Committees. He also serves as a representative to the ABMS Assembly and is a member of the Psychiatry RRC.
Kailie R. Shaw, MD, Tampa, FL
Dr. ShawDr. Shaw is an Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry at the University of South Florida, where she served as Vice-Chairperson for 15 years. As an ABPN Director, she serves as Chair of the MOC committee for general psychiatry, Chair of the CAP Steering Committee, Chair of the Communications Committee and as liaison to the AACAP. Formerly a member of the RRC for Psychiatry and 26th President of AADPRT, she is appointed to the ACGME's committee to develop Milestones for Psychiatry. She is a Distinguished Fellow of the APA, the AACAP and a member of the ACP. Dr. Shaw currently serves as a Director of the ABFM.

Staff and Offices

The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Inc.
Executive Offices
2150 E. Lake Cook Road, Suite 900
Buffalo Grove, IL 60089
phone: 847.229.6500
fax: 847.229.6600

Staff at the Board consists of dedicated and talented people whose purpose is to assist candidates and diplomates through the credentialing, certification, and maintenance of certification processes. Our Board of Directors and staff also work with committees of specialist and subspecialist physicians to develop our initial certification and MOC examinations, implementation of Maintenance of Certification Program, core competencies outlines, and other advances related to the fields of psychiatry and neurology.

Communications and Information Services staff develops and implements software and systems, maintains the integrity of hardware and databases, and maintains this Web site to keep our candidates and diplomates informed of the latest developments in our testing processes, examination schedules, content and core competencies outlines, new subspecialties, and other Board business. Publications are provided as pdf files via this web site for downloading to personal computers.

For information on systems and software development, please contact Paul Whittington, Chief Information Officer, at 847.229.6549 or email pwhittington@abpn.com; or Kevin Point at 847.229.6537 or email kpoint@abpn.com.

For information on this Web site, please contact Cathy Szmurlo at 847.229.6536 or czsmurlo@abpn.com.

For information on the ABPN preCERT® system contact preCERT Help at preCERT_Help@abpn.com.

For information on the ABPN Physician Folios system contact ABPN Help at Questions@abpn.com.

Credentials and Meetings staff processes candidates' applications for our examinations, verifies physicians' credentials for admissions to certification and maintenance of certification examinations, and coordinates sites and travel arrangements for Part II examinations and meetings for the Board of Directors. For questions regarding meetings and sites, please contact Pat Janda, Director, at 847.229.6510 or email pjanda@abpn.com.

For questions regarding credentials, please contact Tina K. Espina at 847.229.6510 or email tespina@abpn.com.

Examination Administration staff coordinates with a national network of computer test centers for the administration of our computer examinations and coordinates with examiners and host sites for the administration of Part II and child and adolescent oral examinations.
For information on examination administration, please contact Patti Vondrak, Director, at 847.229.6547 or email pvondrak@abpn.com.

For information on computer-administered examinations, and ADA accommodations for computer-administered examinations, please contact Sylvia Vassmer, MBA, at 847.229.6511 or email svassmer@abpn.com.
Questions concerning examiner services should be directed to Annette Kerr at 847.229.6521 or email akerr@abpn.com.

Finance and Administration
staff performs building services functions, accounting, and human resources activities related to the Board. For information on finance, accounting, or office operations, please contact Robin Callen, Chief Financial Officer and Director, Administration, at 847.229.6550 or email rcallen@abpn.com.
For Human Resources, please contact Valerie Pierce at 847.229.6558 or email vpierce@abpn.com.

Research and Development staff conducts research projects, scores examinations, and maintains examination-related databases.

For information please contact Dorthea Juul, PhD, Vice President, at 847.229.6526 or email djuul@abpn.com, or Jenny Vollmer at 847.229.6532 or email jvollmer@abpn.com.

Test Development and Core Competencies staff works with committees to build the test item bank, develops and maintains the test item bank, performs editorial services, and assembles computer-administered examinations.

For information please contact Linjun Shen, PhD, MPH, Vice President, at 847.229.6563 or email lshen@abpn.com, or Ed Michener at 847.229.6527 or email emichener@abpn.com.

For a pdf listing of staff members and responsibilities click here.

Larry R. Faulkner, MD
President and CEO
American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Inc.
2150 E. Lake Cook Road, Suite 900
Buffalo Grove, IL 60089
Phone: 847.229.6500
Fax:     847.229.6600

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