In a dramatic turn of events, Dr. Mohammed I. Ranavaya, MD, MS, CIME, FFOM, FRCPI, the president of A.B.I.M.E. (American Board of Independent Medical Examiners), recently announced the name of the newest member of A.B.I.M.E.’s Board of Advisors: B&B’s very own Donald R. Barthel.
A.B.I.M.E. (http://www.abime.org), an internationally recognized not-for-profit leader in the credentialing of physicians who have demonstrated a mastery of the AMA Guides, has always been led by physicians. However, in recognition of Don Barthel’s mastery of the AMA Guides and his unceasing efforts to educate California’s industry leaders in the expert application of this treatise, Dr. Ranavaya publicized Don Barthel’s appointment to A.B.I.M.E.’s Board of Advisors as that body’s first non-physician member.
The role A.B.I.M.E.’s Board of Advisors is to work closely with the president in promoting the non-credentialing mission of the American Board of Independent Medical Examiners: namely, to ensure that medical examiners provide high quality, impartial impairment and disability evaluations based on the AMA Guides. Those of you who have enjoyed Don’s highly informative AMA Guides‘ seminars or have used B&B’s Rating and Consultation Services recognize the prowess and skill Don brings to the AMA Guides‘ application.
B&B BLOG readers will find a valuable resource in A.B.I.M.E.’s internationally circulated publication, The Journal of Disability Medicine. Acclaimed for bringing pragmatic insights to bear upon the practice of physicians and others who regularly confront impairment, disability assessment, and medical-legal issues, the journal includes articles and commentaries on topics of interest in disability medicine and related areas of law and policy. It also addresses issues in disability medicine research, education, and a broad range of other related topics, providing authoritative and comprehensive coverage of the growing field of disability medicine. The Journal of Disability Medicine can be viewed at http://www.abime.org.
Please join us in congratulating Don Barthel on his recent appointment to A.B.I.M.E.’s Board of Advisors. Good job, Don!
Mark S. Fletcher is a Partner and Firm-Wide Managing Attorney for Bradford & Barthel, LLP.
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