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March 25, 2010
Darryl Geddes 315 464-4828

Upstate’s John McCabe, M.D., to chair board of key national medical panel

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — John McCabe, M.D., chief executive officer of Upstate University Hospital and senior vice president for hospital affairs at SUNY Upstate Medical University, has been named chair of the board of directors of the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), the organization that oversees the certification of physician specialists in the United States. The announcement was made at the Annual Assembly Meeting of the AMBS March 24.

McCabe joined ABMS in 1999 and most recently served as the vice chair of its Board of Directors. He served as a director of American Board of Emergency Medicine (ABEM) from 1996 to 2006, and has held all offices within that organization including president of the board from 2004-2005.

“John McCabe is an outstanding leader in advancing the ABMS mission to improve the quality of medical care through enhanced physician accountability,” said Kevin B. Weiss, MD, ABMS president and CEO. “He will be a valuable asset as ABMS moves forward with its commitment to develop and apply rigorous professional and educational standards for the certification of physician specialists and the maintenance of certification throughout their careers.”

For more than 75 years, the American Board of Medical Specialties has been the medical organization overseeing physician certification in the United States. It assists in the development and implementation of educational and professional standards for the evaluation and certification of physician specialists. ABMS is recognized by the key healthcare credentialing accreditation organizations s as a primary equivalent source of board certification data for medical specialists.

In addition his administrative responsibilities at Upstate, McCabe serves as professor of emergency medicine and senior vice president for hospital affairs at SUNY Upstate Medical University. McCabe was instrumental in the development of the university’s Department of Emergency Medicine and its residency program. He also assisted in the creation of a mass casualty unit and upgraded infirmary at the New York State Fairgrounds; developed an emergency medicine simulation center for the training of medical residents, and area EMS professional. He oversaw the recent expansion of University Hospital’s Emergency Room and its opening in 1996, and expanded the university’s hyperbaric medicine program, including development of a Hyperbaric Medicine Fellowship training program. Upstate University Hospital has one of the only 24-hour hyperbaric programs in the state.

He served as editor of the journal Resuscitation and is past president of the American College of Emergency Physicians.

McCabe earned his medical degree from Upstate in 1979 completed his internship at the Charles F. Kettering Medical Center in Kettering, Ohio, and his residency in emergency medicine at Wright State University School of Medicine in Dayton, Ohio.

McCabe resides in Manlius, N.Y.

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