2023 Candidate Biographies
PRESIDENT: Nora G. Kern, MD ’08
Dr. Nora Kern was born in South Boston, Va., a small town in south central Virginia. After graduating from Halifax County High School, she attended the University of Virginia for her undergraduate degrees in Studio Art and Biology. She was awarded Phi Beta Kappa during her undergraduate schooling. She completed her medical degree at the University of Virginia (UVA). She completed her residency in urology at Boston University Medical Center in Boston, MA. While in residency, she was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Honor Medical Society for her dedication to medical student and resident education.
After her residency, Dr. Kern completed a two-year fellowship in pediatric urology at Children’s National Health System in Washington, DC. Following fellowship, she returned to the UVA to take a faculty position within the Department of Urology where she is now an associate professor in the department. She serves in several leadership roles including associate program director for the urology residency, 4th year clerkship director for the Urology ACE, executive member of the Academy for Excellence in Education serving as chair for the Building Community Sub-Committee, AOA Faculty Councilor for UVA’s chapter, and member of the admissions committee for the UVA School of Medicine. Regionally and nationally, Dr. Kern serves as the chair of the Mid-Atlantic Pediatric Urology Research Consortium and member of the organizing committee for the Urology Collaborative Online Video Didactics (COVID) lecture series that was created in response to the COVID shutdown.
Dr. Kern is very much invested in the School of Medicine. She loves her time with the second-year medical students during her teaching sessions as part of the Cells to Society curriculum on the genitourinary tract. She also serves as faculty mentor for students entering in the field of urology as well as other fields. She is dedicated to increasing the diversity of students into the medical field and urology. She has published 25 manuscripts and had 50 abstracts presented.
Dr. Kern is married to her loving and supportive husband, John, and they have two sons together. They live in Charlottesville, Va. Together, they love gardening, cooking (he cooks/she eats), fly-fishing, and taking weekend trips to the Homestead and Greenbrier. Dr. Kern is an avid tennis player and cake/cookie decorator.
PRESIDENT ELECT: Cameron Muir, MD ’93, FAAHPM
Dr. Cameron Muir is a nationally recognized physician, educator and executive leader in hospice, palliative medicine, and advanced illness care. He is the principal and founder of CMC, Cameron Muir Consulting, LLC, where he works with health care provider organizations to help them innovate and develop or enhance high quality value-based care and payment models. In addition, he serves as the chief innovation officer for the National Partnership for Healthcare and Hospice innovation (NPHI), where he established and oversees the NPHI Innovation Lab. Unique in the hospice space, the Lab focuses on population health, claims analytics, practice optimization, and other systematic approaches to enhance and improve advanced illness care for NPHI members.
In additional innovations work, Dr. Muir has served as the medical director for a Medicare Innovations (CMMI) high-needs ACO REACH program, where he worked with multiple advanced illness provider organizations to develop standardized approaches to claims analytics, quality measurement, and care coordination strategies to help drive double digit savings in year one of the program. Dr. Muir also served as an executive leader for a PACE (Program for All-Inclusive Care of the Elderly) program, where he was responsible for oversight of both the clinical and medical director for this start-up PACE program. Dr. Muir also worked with a national dialysis company to develop a network of high-quality advanced illness providers across the US serving as the network manager for these preferred providers as the dialysis company’s participant providers launched into the at risk, value-based CKCC Model from CMMI.
Dr. Muir received his medical degree from the University of Virginia School of Medicine in 1993 and currently serves as his class representative as well as treasurer of the UVA Medical Alumni Association. He completed his residency in internal medicine at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. He also earned fellowships in bioethics at the University of Chicago Medical Center and in medical oncology and hospice and palliative medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Muir is board certified in hospice and palliative medicine and internal medicine.
For 16 years (2002-2018) Dr. Muir served as the chief medical officer and executive vice president for Clinical Services at Capital Caring Health (CCH). As chief medical officer, he recruited and managed a medical team of over 60 professionals who delivered over 260,000 hospice and palliative care encounters. Additionally, Dr. Muir developed systems of quality advanced illness care that resulted in publication of over a dozen peer-reviewed articles defining innovations and best practices in advanced illness care. He also managed teams devoted to business development, marketing, and communications.
Dr. Muir has been married for nearly 30 years and has two grown children and a Labrador retriever. He enjoys running, cycling, sailing, and playing his grandfather’s bagpipes.
TREASURER Keith A. Warren, MD ’88
Dr. Keith Warren is a third generation Washingtonian who attended St. John’s College High School, also in Washington D.C., graduating in 1975. He subsequently attended the University of Dayton, graduating in 1979 with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in biology. After leaving Dayton, he matriculated to the University of Virginia SOM in 1979. His initial tenure at the University was brief due to poor academic performance. After being asked to withdraw from the SOM, Dr. Warren began working as a researcher at the NIH, in the Allergy and Infectious Disease Institute. After four years at the NIH, he was subsequently re-admitted to the SOM after successful completion of a pilot summer program for minority students. With a wife (they met at UVa!) and new baby in tow, he re-entered the SOM in 1984. While there, Dr. Warren served as president of the SNMA, student representative to the AMA, and was selected as a student member of the admissions committee.
Upon graduation from the University in 1988, Dr. Warren completed his ophthalmology residency at the Medical College of Virginia and served as chief resident in 1992. Dr. Warren then completed a 2-year fellowship in diseases and surgery of the retina and vitreous at the prestigious University of Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary. Dr. Warren then began his career in academics as full-time faculty and residency program director at the University of Kansas in 1994. He was promoted to professor and chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology in 2000 and served KU in that capacity until 2005. Dr. Warren has published over 70 peer-reviewed scientific articles and posters. He also gave more than 150 presentations at national and international meetings.
In 2005, Dr. Warren left full-time academics and founded Warren Retina Associates in Overland Park, KS. He remains a clinical professor at the University of Kansas. In addition, he is an active member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, National Medical Association (1993-Present), The Retina Society (2002-Present), The American Society of Retinal Specialists (1995-Present), and the Sports Ophthalmology Society of the Americas. He also worked on multiple committees for the American Academy of Ophthalmology and has served as chair of the Retina Clinical Committee of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery up until 2020.
Dr. Warren also serves as the founder and chair of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee of ASRS (2020-Present), on the Board of Directors of the American Board of Ophthalmology (2020-present), on the Board of Directors, University of Virginia Medical Alumni Association (2020-present) and chair of the Governance Committee, American Board of Ophthalmology (2023-present).
Dr. Warren’s most rewarding accomplishment has been watching the growth and development of his family. He and his wife have three successful children and three grandchildren. His youngest child is a Virginia grad (Wahoowa!) who is completing a fellowship in retinal diseases and will begin in academic practice at the University of Chicago. His passions remain family first, then continued learning, travel, ophthalmology, and KU basketball in no particular order.
MEMBERS OF THE BOARD
Parker Ruhl, MD ’06
Dr. Parker Ruhl graduated from the George Washington University in 2000 and the University of Virginia School of Medicine in 2006. She completed internal medicine training in the Osler Medical Residency at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. She completed a combined fellowship in critical care medicine at the NIH Clinical Center and pulmonary medicine at the Johns Hopkins Hospital and received a Master of Health Sciences from the Duke University School of Medicine.
Dr. Ruhl is an associate research physician in the Physiology Unit of the Laboratory of Malaria and Vector Research, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), with a joint appointment in the Pulmonary Branch, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI). Dr. Ruhl serves on the NIH Pulmonary Consult Service and sees patients in the NIH Sickle Cell Program. In the Physiology Unit, LMVR, Dr. Ruhl leads clinical research focused on the impact of genetic variants of globin proteins, both alpha and beta globin, on vascular function in human physiology and in disease states such sickle cell disease and malaria.
Dr. Ruhl joined the NIH Office of Intramural Research (OIR) as a senior advisor to the deputy director of intramural research (DDIR) in 2022. She has worked to broaden access for NIH staff clinicians to professional development opportunities within the NIH Intramural Research Program. She serves as chair of the NIH Staff Clinician Council and chair of the Staff Clinician Professional Development Committee, which serve to support physician professional development within the NIH Intramural Research Program. She is vice president of the Metropolitan DC Thoracic Society, an American Thoracis Society Fellow, and a Fellow in the C-Change Mentoring & Leadership Institute at Brandeis University.
Dr. Ruhl lives in Washington, DC with her husband, a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law, and their two children.
ChrisAnna Mink, MD ’83
Dr. ChrisAnna Mink grew up in a small town in southeastern Ohio, but she has called Los Angeles home since 1996. She graduated from The Ohio State University in 1979 and the University of Virginia School of Medicine in 1983. She completed pediatric residency training at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington D.C. and her pediatric infectious diseases fellowship at the University of California San Diego and UCLA. In 1989, she returned to D.C. for a research fellowship at the Office of Vaccines Evaluation and Research at the FDA.
After completing her training, she joined the NIH-funded Vaccine Evaluation and Treatment Unit at Saint Louis University. In 1996, she returned to Los Angeles to join the pediatric faculty at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, a county hospital that provides care for underserved communities in south L.A. County.
In 2014, Dr. Mink left full-time medicine to get a Master’s degree in journalism at the USC Annenberg School. Since 2015, she has worked as a health reporter, including for The Modesto Bee, and she has continued to work part-time in pediatric infectious diseases at Harbor-UCLA. Her skill set as a vaccine researcher and health reporter proved useful during the COVID-19 pandemic. Currently, she is a freelance writer, and her work primarily focuses on the health issues of disadvantaged children and their families.
Since 2019, Dr. Mink has been actively involved with the UVA Black Alumni Engagement Committee, including planning of the first Black Medical Alumni Weekend in 2022. The committee works to rally alumni to support each other and the successful matriculation of current Black students to cultivate a strong, diverse medical community.
Dr. Mink and her husband, Richard, a pediatric intensivist, have one son, Anton, 25, and two rescue pups.