Newswise — Washington, DC (February 10, 2020) — Tod Ibrahim, executive vice president of the American Society of Nephrology, was recently named president of the Council of Medical Specialty Societies (CMSS). 

Ibrahim’s board-level role will involve strategic planning for CMSS, a collaborative forum of medical specialty societies that currently has 46 member organizations, including ASN. The membership represents more than 800,000 physicians. 

“We are thrilled to have Tod this year as our president,” said Helen Burstin, MD, MPH, MACP, executive vice president and CEO of CMSS. “He brings a remarkable background working for organizations in nephrology as well as internal medicine. It’s really a testament to his leadership that he was selected as president, which is a position typically reserved only for CEOs who also are physicians. That says a huge amount about our members’ respect for his knowledge, and his sense of recognition about pressing issues in our fields.” 

Ibrahim’s priorities for CMSS include helping medical societies to determine their roles in working with new entrants to the healthcare arena, plan for changes in digital health, and navigate the consolidation and corporatization occurring in health care. 

Before joining ASN in 2008, Ibrahim was founding executive vice president of the Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine. He has also served as director of public policy for the Association of Professors of Medicine, director of communications for Robert Betz Associates, and was a staff assistant for US Rep. Thomas C. Sawyer (D-OH). He holds a master’s degree in liberal arts from Johns Hopkins University and a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Maryland, College Park. 

Read more at Kidney News Online.


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