The American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) announced that Richard G. Battaglia, MD, FACP, has joined the senior leadership team of the organization and will serve as Chief Medical Officer, leading ABIM’s effort to incorporate feedback from practicing physicians and key stakeholders into clinical aspects of all ABIM activities, including certification and maintenance of certification.
Dr. Battaglia served as a primary care internist with Health Care Plan/Univera, a multispecialty physician group in Western New York, before transitioning into leadership roles. At ABIM, he reports to President and Chief Executive Officer Richard J. Baron, MD.
Dr. Battaglia assumed his new position in October. As Chief Medical Officer, he will build and lead ABIM’s Clinical Affairs efforts to support the organization’s work in defining and assessing physician competencies.
Going forward, the department will more fully integrate physician voices into the design and operation of ABIM activities to ensure that all products and services, including certification and maintenance of certification, contribute to the highest-quality practice of medicine and better outcomes for patients.
Dr. Battaglia has participated in national initiatives at the Group Practice Improvement Network and The HMO Group, which focused on improving the quality of health-care delivery. He worked with the National Committee for Quality Assurance for 10 years, including a term as Chairman of the committee charged with accreditation decision-making. Most recently, he was a consultant for national and international organizations, including academic medical centers, health systems, community hospitals, medical groups, payers, and national physician certification organizations.
Dr. Battaglia received his medical degree from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. He completed his residency through the University of Rochester Primary Care Program in internal medicine, and also served as Chief Resident of the University’s Primary Care Program in Internal Medicine.
Dr. Battaglia is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians. ■