ABQAURP's Board of Directors
The Board of Directors meet three times per year. Board and Committee meetings are to be open to all Diplomates for observation, unless special notice is given. The dates and times are published on the ABQAURP Events webpage
. Diplomates that would like to observe any of these meetings should contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for information on observing these meetings.
Complete Board and Committee information may be found in the Bylaws of the Corporation
Nick J. Paslidis, MD, PhD, MHCM, FACP, FABQAURP, CHCQM
Chairman of the Board
Dr. Paslidis became HCQM-Certified by ABQAURP in 1999, was selected as Vice Chair in 2006 and succeeded to Chairman of the Board in 2020. He earned his medical doctorate degree with Valedictorian Honors at Ross University School of Medicine; his PhD Magna Cum Laude in Cell Biology at the University of Crete, School of Medicine in Greece; and completed Pre and Postdoctoral Fellowships at the University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston and Baylor College of Medicine, Texas. He later obtained his Master’s in Health Care Management at the Harvard School of Public Health, graduating Magna Cum Laude. Dr. Paslidis started as staff physician and rose to Chief Medical Officer of the White River Rural Health Centers (presently AR Care) for the 18 rural community health clinics overseeing 36 providers and over 120,000 patient visits per year. Through this, he discovered an ability to convene diverse medical providers and organizations in collaborative efforts to improve quality of care at both the state and national levels (NACHC).
He spent several years as CEO and President of the Arkansas Quality Improvement Organization (prior PRO); managing over 800,000 Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries under CMS and Medicaid contracts statewide and regionally. Dr. Paslidis also served as CMO/VP of Medical Affairs of Northern Arizona Healthcare/Verde Valley Medical Center. His commitment to patients and quality care is demonstrated by the fact he has served on the board of directors for many committees, specialty societies, and various organizations throughout his career.
He is a Senior Medical Director for Molina Healthcare regarding Medicare and Medicaid Managed Care Services since 2012, along with a continuous part time private practice for over 32 years.
He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and on the Arizona ACP Executive Board. He has academic positions with the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix and Creighton University School of Medicine. He holds ABQAURP sub-specialty certification in Risk Management, Case Management, and Managed Care. He is also Certified by InterQual and Milliman National Clinical Guidelines.
Joseph G. Vitolo, MD, FAPA, FASAM, CHCQM, FABQAURP
Certified by ABQAURP in 1986, Dr. Vitolo is currently the Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors. He has been on the Board of Directors since 1998 and serves on numerous committees for ABQAURP. He is the Chair of the Exam Committee, Chair of the Credentials Committee, Chair of the Nominating Committee, and a member of the CME, Finance, and Executive Committees. Dr. Vitolo has a consultation-based private practice. He is a Physician Advisor/Medical Expert for the New Jersey PRO and has consulted for CMS through the Regional BFCC-QIO and various private entities. As well he provides consultations for Disability Determinations and Vocational Rehabilitation.
Dr. Vitolo is also a Federal Contractor in the System of Award Management (SAM) and holds two Federal Contracts as a Medical Expert Consultant with the Social Security Administration, specifically, the Office of Hearings Operations and the Office of Appellate Operations. Dr. Vitolo received his MD from the University of Monterrey and completed his Clinical Clerkship at S.U.N.Y. Downstate Medical Center, Coney Island Hospital.
He has the following certifications: Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Diplomate of American Board of Addiction Medicine, Certified by the American Society of Addiction Medicine, Diplomate and Senior Disability Analyst of the American Board of Disability Analysts, Certified Disability Examiner of the National Association of Disability Examiners, Fellow of the American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians, Certified Health Care Quality Management, Certified-Community Emergency Response Team, and holds a FEMA-National Incident Management System Certificate.
Sunil K. Sinha, MD, MBA, CHCQM, FACHE, FABQAURP
Dr. Sunil Sinha is Vice President and Chief Medical Officer at Barnes Jewish (BJC) Health Systems Medical Group. He was formerly Director of Clinical Quality and Patient Safety, ChenMed and JenCare Neighborhood Medical Centers. JenCare is a Medicare Advantage joint venture with Humana. Previously, Dr. Sinha was Chief Medical Officer at Bon Secours Health System and was a senior medical officer at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Dr. Sinha has been an ABQAURP Diplomate since 2000; and is currently serving as Chair of the CME Committee, in addition to serving as ABQAURP's Board Secretary. He is a board-certified internist and senior examiner and judge for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award program; he serves as a juror for the National Quality Forum’s National Health Care Quality Award and the Joint Commission’s John M. Eisenberg Award.
David L. Fishman, MD, FACC, FSCAI, FACP, FCCP, FAHA, CHCQM-PHYADV, FABQAURP
David L. Fishman, MD, FACC, FSCAI, FACP, FCCP, FAHA, CHCQM-PHYADV is a board-certified internist and interventional cardiologist practicing in the Chicago, IL area. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Medicine and completed postgraduate education at the University of Illinois and Loyola University. His postgraduate education included a Residency in Internal Medicine, a Fellowship in Cardiology, and a Master of Science degree. Dr. Fishman holds medical licenses in Illinois, California, Florida, and Arizona. He is a long-time member, former officer and board member, of the Illinois Chapter of the American College of Cardiology, advancing a platform of advocacy and education while seeking to limit the progression of restrictive legislation regarding patient’s access to cardiologist and physician reimbursement issues during a period of industry turmoil.
Dr. Fishman has vast experience in hospital governance and holds numerous designations and certifications that place him at the top of his medical specialty. In addition to private practice, Dr. Fishman has held many leadership positions including President of the Medical Staff, as well as Chairman of the Department of Cardiology, Utilization Review, Bylaws, Credentials and the Performance Improvement Committees. He previously served as a Member of the Resurrection Health Care Board of Directors and the Professional Affairs committee. He is currently the Physician Advisor at Community First Medical Center.
Dr. Fishman is a Fellow of the American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians, Inc. (ABQAURP) and has been a Diplomate since 1993. He has served on the Board of Directors since 2005 and is certified in Health Care Quality Management (CHCQM), with sub-specialty certification in Case Management, Managed Care, Patient Safety/Risk Management, Physician Advisor, Transitions of Care, and Workers’ Compensation. Dr. Fishman is co-author of the Accreditation module in the ABQAURP Core Body of Knowledge course and is author of numerous publications in the Cardiology field.
He participates on several ABQAURP committees, serving as Chair of the Finance Committee and Vice Chair of the Bylaws and Ethics Committees.
Thompson Boyd III, MD, CHCQM, CPHIMS, FABQAURP
Certified by ABQAURP in 1998, Dr. Boyd has served on the Board of Directors since 2011, and has been involved with various ABQAURP committees, currently serving as Chair of the Ethics Committee and Vice Chair of the CME Committee. Dr. Boyd previously served as the Medical Director of Informatics/Physician Liaison at Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Hahnemann was a 540-bed hospital with a Level I Regional Resource Trauma Center and academic teaching programs in the medical and surgical specialties. After 25 years of practice in Internal Medicine, Dr. Boyd also worked at Hahnemann in the areas of physician compliance with patient status (the Observation Program), revenue cycle integrity (appeals and contracts with payers), and managing a Computerized Physician Order Entry system with 172 active order sets in production. Working with ABQAURP since the late 1990s has been foundational regarding the financial, quality, and value based practice of health care.
Regina Breault, Chief of Finance & Operations
As head of corporate administration, Ms. Breault is responsible for the organization’s financial functions and to ensure efficient and financially sound operations. She leads operations and all human resource activities. Her career spans more than 30 years of varied experience in financial management, planning and budgeting, systems of internal controls, marketing, operations, business leadership, and corporate strategy. Ms. Breault has 20 years of service with ABQAURP and earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of Florida, Warrington College of Business.
She participates on the Executive, Nominating, and Bylaws Committees and serves as Vice Chair of the Finance Committee.
Christopher J. Laney, JD, CHCQM
Christopher J. Laney, JD, CHCQM is Senior Associate General Counsel at Health Alliance Plan of Michigan (Henry Ford Health System). Previously Assistant General Counsel for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM) and a member of the Government Programs practice group where he primarily supported BCBSM’s Medicare Advantage and Part D drug plan lines of business. Prior to that, he was Corporate Counsel for Baptist Health in Louisville, Kentucky, a full-spectrum health system where he advised the Population Health Department on the development of an ACO and participation in the Medicare Shared Savings Program, the development and implementation of a statewide clinical integration program, and other value based purchasing initiatives.
Mr. Laney earned a Bachelor of Arts from Michigan State University, is a cum laude graduate of Wayne State University Law School in Detroit where he served on the Law Review, and holds a Graduate Certificate in the Foundations of Public Health from the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health. HCQM Certified in 2014, Mr. Laney serves on the ABQAURP board of directors, as well as the CME, Credentials, and Ethics Committees, and as Co-Vice Chair of the HCQM Exam Committee.
Barry Slotky, MD, MS-PSL,CHCQM, FABQAURP
Certified by ABQAURP in 1988, Dr. Slotky has served on the Board of Directors since 2006, the CME Committee since his certification, various other ABQAURP Committees, currently serving as Chair of the Bylaws Committee, Vice Chair of the Credentials Committee, and Co-Vice Chair of the HCQM Exam Committee. Dr. Slotky is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and is a Diplomate of the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME). He is a member of the American Medical Association, Illinois State Medical Society, and a Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
He is President of the Central Illinois Medical Review Organization. Dr. Slotky is a graduate of the University of Michigan, earned his MD from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and completed his OB/GYN residency and rotating internship at the William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan. Dr. Slotky has more than 30 years of experience in Quality Assurance and Utilization Review as a member and chairman of the UR Committee and as a member of the Quality Management Council for OSF St. Joseph Medical Center in Bloomington, Illinois.
Dr. Slotky is currently in private practice in Bloomington, Illinois, and achieved his Master’s Degree in Patient Safety Leadership through the University of Illinois in 2013.