American Board of Internal Medicine President Named to Alzheimer's Study Group

Nov 29, 2007, 00:00 ET from American Board of Internal Medicine

    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 (, 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
     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