PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Dr. Christine Cassel,
expert and author on geriatrics and medical issues related to aging, has
been named a member of the Alzheimer's Study Group (ASG), a new national
task force co-chaired by former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and
former U.S. Senator Bob Kerrey.
Dr. Cassel is President and Chief Executive Officer of the American
Board of Internal Medicine (www.abim.org), a non-profit, independent
evaluation organization responsible for setting the standards and
certifying the knowledge and skills of physicians who practice internal
medicine and its subspecialties, including geriatric medicine.
"Nearly five million Americans are suffering from Alzheimer's and
millions more loved ones are dealing with the strain, both emotional and
financial, this puts on a family. As baby boomers enter their later years,
we will see these numbers dramatically increase," said Dr. Cassel. "We need
to act now to ensure that we improve care and develop strategies to stem
the tide of this growing national health problem. I am honored to be part
of this important task force and look forward to working with this group to
speed the development of treatments and build supports for family members
struggling to deal with the often devastating repercussions of the
Author of a number of books, including Medicare Matters: What Geriatric
Medicine Can Teach American Health Care (2005), Ethical Patient Care
(2000), Geriatric Medicine (Fourth Edition), A Practical Guide to Aging
(1997), and Approaching Death (1997), Dr. Cassel is considered one the
foremost scholars on geriatric medicine. In addition to her role as
President and CEO of the American Board of Internal Medicine, Dr. Cassel
was previously Dean of the School of Medicine and Vice President for
Medical Affairs at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, Oregon.
Among her many professional leadership positions, she was the first female
President of the American College of Physicians, a past-President of the
American Federation for Aging Research; and was a member of the Advisory
Committee to the Director at the National Institutes of Health. She is a
member of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Governing Council and has served
on previous IOM committees responsible for influential reports on quality
of care and medical errors, chaired a report on end-of-life care, and
co-chaired a recent report on public health.
Dr. Cassel was formerly Chair of the Department of Geriatrics and Adult
Development and Professor of Geriatrics and Medicine at Mount Sinai School
of Medicine in New York City. During 10 years at the University of Chicago
Pritzker School of Medicine, Dr. Cassel was Chief of the Section of General
Internal Medicine, Professor of Geriatrics and Medicine.
Dr. Cassel received her medical degree from the University of
Massachusetts Medical School. She is board certified in internal medicine
and geriatric medicine. More information about the Alzheimer's Study Group
can be found at www.alzstudygroup.org.
The American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) is an independent,
not-for-profit organization that grants board certification - a marker of
physician quality in the United States and internationally - to internists
and subspecialists. Certification is a rigorous, comprehensive program for
evaluating physician knowledge, skills and attitudes to assure both
patients and payers that a physician has achieved competence for practice
in a given field.
SOURCE American Board of Internal Medicine