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2024 Annual Business Meeting

2024 Candidate Biographies

PRESIDENT: J. Cameron Muir, MD ’93 FAAHPM

Cameron Muir, MD 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 and insurance plans to help drive innovation 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 Innovation Lab focuses on population health, claims analytics, practice optimization, and other systematic approaches to transform advanced illness care organizations to be prepared to participate in value-based care and payment models.

Dr. Muir has served as the medical director for a Medicare Innovations (CMMI) high-needs ACO REACH program, where he worked nationally with 12 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. He also served as an executive leader for the establishment of 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 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 and currently serves as his class representative as well as treasurer and president-elect 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 sixteen years (2002-2018) Dr. Muir served as the chief medical officer and EVP for clinical services at Capital Caring Health (CCH) in Washington, DC. As CMO, he recruited and managed a medical team of over 60 professionals who delivered over 260,000 hospice and palliative care encounters. As EVP, he lead the admissions, business development and education departments, and oversaw quality, compliance, and communications. 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.

PRESIDENT ELECT: Roberta L. DeBiasi, MD ’92

Roberta DeBiasi, MD, MS is chief of the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases and the Robert H. Parrot Professor of Pediatric Research at Children’s National Hospital in Washington, DC. She holds appointments as tenured professor of pediatrics and microbiology, immunology and tropical medicine at George Washington University School of Medicine as well as principal investigator in the Center for Translational Research within Children’s Research Institute.

After graduating Phi Beta Kappa from Boston University, Dr. DeBiasi received her Doctorate in Medicine at the University of Virginia School of Medicine and completed pediatrics internship and residency at the University of California Davis Medical Center. She completed her fellowship in pediatric infectious diseases at the University of Colorado/Denver Children’s Hospital and served on the faculty for ten years in Denver, prior to joining Children’s National/GWU in 2005.

Dr. DeBiasi treats normal and immunocompromised children hospitalized with severe infections at Children’s National Hospital, as well as providing outpatient referral consultation services in DC, Annapolis, and Frederick, Md.. She is designated as a “Top Doctor for Northern Virginia” and by Washingtonian Magazine. She is co-lead of the CNHS Emerging and Highly Contagious Infectious Disease Task Force (including Ebola and COVID-19), the Acute Flaccid Myelitis Task Force, and the CNHS Congenital Infection Program (including Zika virus), interfacing with regional, national and international authorities in these roles.

Dr. DeBiasi’s research expertise includes basic science as well as clinical/translational research. She serves as principal investigator for multiple projects and clinical trials focusing on congenital and emerging viral infections and Lyme Disease. Research awards have included the Infectious Diseases Society of America Young Investigator Award, as well as the John Horsley Prize from UVA. She co-leads Zika-focused research in the US and South America in pregnant women and infants. She is the institutional lead of the Lyme Clinical Trials Network, and PI for a study focused on long-term outcomes in children with all stages of Lyme Disease. She leads COVID-19 and MIS-C research at Children’s National and is principal investigator for a six-year comprehensive follow up study of children with COVID-19 and MIS-C in collaboration with the National Institutes of Health.

Dr. DeBiasi has authored over 125 original peer-reviewed research, review articles, and book chapters. She greatly enjoys teaching and mentoring graduate and medical students, residents, and fellows in the classroom, the hospital wards, and in research. She is also actively engaged in continuing medical education for community physicians, outreach to the community, and educating the public via media appearances on NPR radio, local and national newspaper, and television.

SECRETARY: Nicole F. Parkerson, MD ’97

Nikki Parkerson, MD graduated from Mary Baldwin College in 1992 and the University of Virginia School of Medicine in 1997. After earning her MD at UVA, she completed a residency in pediatrics also at UVA.
As a board-certified pediatrician, she was a managing partner of Raleigh Pediatric Associates for 19 years. While at RPA, she also served as the vaccine coordinator and led the practice to achieving and maintaining several quality initiatives. In addition, Dr. Parkerson was associate faculty for the UNC School of Medicine and taught medical students in her practice. Dr. Parkerson was also a board member for Key Independent Physicians Association, a clinically integrated network of 300 primary care physicians dedicated to quality improvement, as well as an advisory board member for Cigna Healthcare. She has also enjoyed serving on several medical mission trips to Haiti with Mission of Hope.

In 2019, Dr. Parkerson followed her passion for vaccine science and joined Merck Vaccines as a medical director. In 2022, she transitioned to Merck Research Labs as a distinguished scientist in global safety for vaccine and infectious diseases where she spent 18 months before assuming a national medical director role in global human health. She now travels the country implementing vaccine programs and increasing vaccine confidence.

Dr. Parkerson divides her time between Charlotte, NC and Bluffton, SC with her husband, Michael, and their two Brittanies, Tucker and Scout. They have two daughters, Amelia, 25 and Ainsley, 20. Ainsley is currently a second-year undergraduate at UVA. In her free time, Dr. Parkerson loves to travel. She is an avid history buff and volunteers with the National Brittany Rescue Organization.


Philip Y. Pearson, MD ’97

Philip Pearson, MD was born in the suburbs of Philadelphia and attended Chestnut Hill Academy, graduating in 1986. He pursued a major in English at Princeton University, where he wrote a 100-page thesis on the meaning of language in the works of Don DeLillo and Thomas Pynchon. Following a brief stint as a trader on Wall Street, he underwent a significant change of heart and decided to pursue a career in medicine. Two years later, he enrolled at the University of Virginia Medical School and earned his degree in 1997.

Dr. Pearson completed his surgical residency in his hometown of Philadelphia and served as chief resident in 2004 at Thomas Jefferson University. Subsequently, he embarked on a one-year fellowship in colon and rectal surgery at the University of Minnesota.

For the past 18 years, Dr. Pearson has been in private practice with Main Line Health, headquartered in Radnor, Pa. Additionally, he holds the position of associate professor of surgery at Thomas Jefferson University and leads the Colorectal Cancer Program at Bryn Mawr Hospital. His extensive surgical experience encompasses a broad spectrum of procedures, ranging from anorectal surgeries and colonoscopies to various types of colectomies for both benign and malignant conditions. He actively contributes to the surgical training of residents from Thomas Jefferson University and Lankenau Medical Center.

In his personal life, Dr. Pearson has been happily married to his wife, Elizabeth, for 25 years. Together, they take pride in raising two accomplished and athletic young women: Maggie, a senior at Amherst College and captain of the squash team, and Lucy, a sophomore at Stanford University who excels as a goalie on the lacrosse team. Outside of his professional commitments, Dr. Pearson is an enthusiastic a cappella singer and serves as the music director for a group that performs at private events and occasionally sings the Star-Spangled Banner at Phillies games.

Laurie R. Archbald-Pannone, MD RES ’05, MPH ’07

Laurie Archbald-Pannone, MD, MPH, serves as the dean of Dunglison College and the Claude Moore Associate Professor of Geriatrics at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. Dr. Archbald-Pannone has a primary appointment in the Division of General Medicine, Geriatrics, and Palliative Care and a secondary appointment in the Division of Infectious Diseases and International Health. She has served as medical director of the UVA outpatient Geriatrics Clinic and maintains an outpatient geriatrics practice. As a geriatrician and infectious disease specialist with extensive experience in geriatric medicine and facility-based infection control and prevention, she has more than 15 years of clinical and research expertise in the post-acute and long-term care setting (PALTC).

Dr. Archbald-Pannone has been funded by NIH/NIAID to study patient outcomes in nosocomial infection, microbiome profiles associated with delirium and dementia, and novel therapeutics for C. difficile infection. In collaboration with MATRC and West Health Institute, she collaborated in the development of the Center of Excellence for Telehealth and Aging. She currently serves as medical director of the Virginia IMPACT initiative, focused on optimizing the use of technology for improving patient outcomes, staff satisfaction and infection management in congregate care communities. She is actively involved in medical education, currently serving as college dean for student affairs at the UVA School of Medicine.

Dr. Archbald-Pannone is a graduate of The Johns Hopkins University (B.A. 1994), Vanderbilt School of Medicine (MD 2002), and University of Virginia (MPH 2007). She completed her clinical training as follows: residency – UVA Internal Medicine (2005); research fellowship – UVA Infectious Diseases (2007); and clinical fellowship – UVA Geriatrics (2008).

Dr. Archbald-Pannone is married to Aaron Pannone, PhD, MS, who currented serves as an associate professor in public health sciences and director of the UVA’s Masters of Public Health Program. They have two children: Teresa is currently in 10th grade at Monticello High School and John will graduate from Monticello High School and join the undergraduate UVA Class of 2028 this fall as a kinesiology major in the School of Education. They also have two dogs: Rio Simone is a Boston Terrier and Regina Quarantina is their “quarantine puppy!”

James N. Casey, MD ’11

Jim Casey, MD was born in Richmond, Va., and had the good fortune to remain there through his primary education. After graduating from Midlothian High School, he attended the University of Virginia for his undergraduate degree in biology with highest distinction. He was inducted into the Raven Society during his undergraduate schooling and was proud to serve as a Charlottesville volunteer firefighter during this time as well. He stayed at the University of Virginia for his medical degree and was inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society.

Dr. Casey completed residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill and was awarded the Golden Tarheel teaching award each of his four years. After residency, he completed a two-year fellowship in minimally invasive gynecologic surgery at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn. During this time, he was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Honor Medical Society for his dedication to medical student and resident education., He also received the APGO Faculty Teaching award for the OBGYN department and the Fellow Teaching Award. During his Nashville years, he was also known to drop into the honky tonks from time to time but also knew the best local music venues were up by Music Row. Following fellowship, he returned to Virginia to help start the MIGS division within the Department of OBGYN at Carilion Clinic Virginia Tech, where he currently serves as the division director.

Dr. Casey serves in several roles including as a medical student longitudinal preceptor, lecturer at the Virginia Tech School of Medicine and Radford Physician’s Assistant school, and a member of the admissions committee for the Virginia Tech School of Medicine. Regionally and nationally, he serves as the chair of the ACOG District IV Early Career Fellows and was a prior executive board member for the fellowship in minimally invasive gynecologic surgery . Dr. Casey serves as faculty mentor for students entering in the field of OBGYN as well as other fields. He has led multiple research projects and publications in the field of laparoscopic surgery and chronic pelvic pain treatment. He has presented his research abstracts, videos, and lectures at over 30 conferences to date and has “completed the circuit,” having presented accepted research studies at every OBGYN subspecialty national conference in the United States.

Dr. Casey is married to his loving and supportive wife, Emily, and they have one son. They live in Roanoke, Va., and love to spend their time traveling and enjoying the outdoors together. Along with his wife, Dr. Casey is also an avid runner and enjoys ultra marathons. While you won’t find him at the beach often, he can often be happily jogging through the mountain trails on most days.

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