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Advisory Board



Mark A. Graber, M.D., F.A.C.E.P.

Mark A. Graber is a graduate of the College of William and Mary, and Eastern Virginia Medical School. He is a professor of Emergency Medicine and Family Medicine at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine in Iowa City, Iowa and is the Chairperson of the State of Iowa Medicaid Utilization Review Commission. Dr. Graber is the author of numerous papers and two books: The University of Iowa Family Medicine Handbook, (translated into Japanese, Russian, Ukrainian, Spanish, and Bahasa Indonesia), now in its 5th edition (2006, Elsevier, Philadelphia) and Family Practice Examination and Board Review, 3rd edition (2012, McGraw-Hill, New York). He writes a column for American Family Physician on Evidence Based Medicine and is clinical associate editor of Prescriber's Letter (Stockton, California). He has a strong interest in international health and was the recipient of a Fulbright Visiting Scholar Award in 2010. His research interests include medical ethics, medical informatics and medical decision-making. When not working, he can usually be found on his bicycle.

Diane Levine, M.D.

Diane Levine is a graduate of both Wayne State University and Wayne State University School of Medicine. She completed training in Internal Medicine and an additional year of service as Chief Medical Resident. Following training, she practiced Internal Medicine in a variety of clinical venues including managed care and solo private practice. She left private practice in 1991 to devote herself to medical education. In 2001 she joined the Department of Medicine at Wayne State University to lead their educational mission. Dr. Levine is currently the Internal Medicine Clerkship Director for Wayne State University and the Vice Chair for Education for the Department of Internal Medicine.

Dr. Levine has received over 25 awards for mentorship and teaching. She is an eight-time recipient of the Outstanding Faculty Award and a three-time recipient of the Staff Award given to the one faculty member whose “conduct, precepts, and warmth have revealed the art, science, and life of medicine”. She received the Arnold P Gold Foundation’s Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award. She was the recipient of the first Gender Equity Award at Wayne State University for promoting a gender-free environment for the education and training of women physicians and has received the Pillar Award of Excellence for Reducing Health Disparities. In 2011 she received the highest teaching award at her University, the President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Dr. Levine ’s educational interests revolve around curricular innovation and optimization of student and resident education. Her research interests focus on patient safety and safe transitions of care. She continues to practice medicine in both the inpatient and outpatient settings and is passionate about teaching at the bedside.

Dr. Levine is an active member of the Society of General Internal Medicine and a Fellow of the American College of Physicians. She serves as a member of the Research committee of the Clerkship Directors of Internal Medicine.

Anderson Spickard, III, M.D., M.S., F.A.C.P.

Dr. Anderson Spickard, III, M.D., M.S., F.A.C.P. is Associate Professor of Medicine in the Departments of Medicine and Biomedical Informatics at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. Dr. Spickard received his bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina and received his MD from Vanderbilt University. He completed his residency and chief residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Washington and obtained a Masters in epidemiology from the University of Virginia. He joined the faculty at the Vanderbilt School of Medicine in 1995.

Dr. Spickard is the Director of the Medical Student Clerkship Program for the Vanderbilt Department of Medicine and the Director of Programs for Technological Innovations in Medical Education for the Vanderbilt Medical Center. Dr. Spickard is an active practitioner and teacher in Internal Medicine and is designated a Master Teacher at Vanderbilt. He teaches residents and students throughout the Medical Center. He is a frequent lecturer to the public and other universities on topics related to medical education, informatics, and clinical medicine. He has received numerous national teaching awards and has served as President of the Southern Society of General Internal Medicine.

Dr. Spickard has helped to redesign the entire medical school curriculum and develop the new Office of Teaching and Learning at the Vanderbilt School of Medicine. He and his team have created web-based tools used by the Medical School to track concepts taught in the curriculum and encountered by learners through their interactions with patients on the wards and in the clinics. These tools have changed the way that education is delivered at Vanderbilt and are shaping curriculums at other universities now adopting this technology. Dr. Spickard’s expertise in study design and the evaluation of medical education helps in forming partnerships between departments that are providing Vanderbilt with innovative curricula and a sustained research agenda in the education of health care professionals and their patients.

Dr. Spickard’s research interests and publications include all aspects of medical education with a special focus on the design and application of innovative informatics approaches to education.

Kurt Pfeifer, MD, FACP, FHM

Dr. Pfeifer completed medical school and Internal Medicine residency at the Medical College of Wisconsin prior to serving there as chief resident. He subsequently joined the faculty of the Medical College of Wisconsin and served as Associate Program Director for the Internal Medicine Residency for 9 years. He is currently the director of the preoperative evaluation clinic at the Froedtert and Medical College Eye Institute and a course director in MCW’s Discovery Curriculum. His clinical and scholarly activities focus primarily on perioperative and consultative medicine, medical education and career development. Dr. Pfeifer has co-authored over 300 student and resident abstracts, case reports and national presentations and has written and lectured extensively on perioperative medicine and medical education. He is also Associate Editor for shmConsults.com, an online curriculum for perioperative and consultative medicine.