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N. Emmanuel G. Cassimatis, M.D.

N. Emmanuel G. Cassimatis, M.D.
President and Chief Executive Officer, ECFMG
Chair, Board of Directors, FAIMER

Emmanuel Cassimatis is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) and Chair of the Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER), ECFMG’s nonprofit foundation. Prior to joining ECFMG in 2009, Dr. Cassimatis was Vice President for Affiliations and International Affairs at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS), Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs and Professor of Psychiatry at the University's F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine. A graduate of the University of Chicago, Harvard Medical School, and the Washington Psychoanalytic Institute, he served on active duty with the U.S. Army for more than 25 years. His military assignments included tours as Director of Psychiatric Residency Training at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Psychiatry Consultant to the Army Surgeon General, and Director of Medical Education for the U.S. Army Medical Department. His military awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal and the Legion of Merit (with Oak Leaf Cluster).

In addition to his duties at ECFMG, Dr. Cassimatis continues to serve as Professor of Psychiatry at USUHS; and is a member of the Executive Council of the World Federation for Medical Education (WFME) and the Composite Committee of the U.S. Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE). He is a past Chair of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and the American Medical Association (AMA) Council on Medical Education. Dr. Cassimatis is a Life Fellow of the Association of Military Surgeons of the United States, a Psychoanalytic Fellow of the American Academy of Psychoanalysis and Dynamic Psychiatry, a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, and a member of the Academy of Medicine of Washington, D.C.

Lisa L. Cover, M.H.A., C.H.E.

Lisa L. Cover, M.H.A., C.H.E.
Vice President for Business Development and Operations, ECFMG

Lisa Cover is Vice President for Business Development and Operations at ECFMG. Ms. Cover’s expertise and experience focus on institutional strategy; new business development, both domestic and international; and operations management. Before joining ECFMG in 2015, she held a number of leadership roles over more than a decade at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), including Senior Director of International Medicine and Assistant Vice President of Planning and New Business Development. Prior to her time at CHOP, Ms. Cover held management positions at a number of academic medical centers, including Columbia University in New York and BJC Health System in St. Louis. She also served as Senior Associate at a prominent health care consulting firm based in New York City.

Ms. Cover holds a Bachelor of Applied Arts with emphases in public health and management from Central Michigan University School of Public Health and a Master of Health Administration from Washington University School of Medicine. She is active in a variety of professional and civic organizations.

Dennis M. Donohue, C.P.A., M.B.A., M.S.

Dennis M. Donohue, C.P.A., M.B.A., M.S.
Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, ECFMG
Treasurer, FAIMER

Dennis Donohue is Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at ECFMG. He also serves as Treasurer for the Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER), a separate, nonprofit foundation of ECFMG. Mr. Donohue has more than 30 years of experience in the financial management of nonprofit organizations, with experience in budgeting, strategic financial management, treasury functions, and project management. Before joining ECFMG in 1997, he served as Vice President for Finance with the Pennsylvania College of Podiatric Medicine (now Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine) in Philadelphia. Prior to that, Mr. Donohue was University Controller for Hahnemann University. He previously worked for Deloitte & Touche, leaving as an Audit Manager.

Mr. Donohue is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) with a Masters in Business Administration from Temple University and a Masters in Information Systems from Drexel University. He is a member of the American and Pennsylvania Institute of CPAs.

John J. Norcini, Ph.D.

John J. Norcini, Ph.D.
President and Chief Executive Officer, FAIMER

John Norcini is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER), a separate, nonprofit foundation of ECFMG. Before joining FAIMER in 2002, Dr. Norcini spent 25 years with the American Board of Internal Medicine serving in various capacities, including Director of Psychometrics, Executive Vice President for Evaluation and Research, and finally, Executive Vice President of the Institute for Clinical Evaluation. He earned his B.A. degree from LaSalle University and his Ph.D. degree from Bryn Mawr College.

Dr. Norcini’s principal academic interest is the assessment of physician performance. Current major research interests include methods for setting standards, assessing practice performance, and testing professional competence. His research also focuses on physician migration and workforce issues, as well as the impact of international medical graduates on the U.S. health care system. Dr. Norcini serves on the editorial boards of five peer-reviewed journals in measurement and medical education, has lectured and taught in dozens of countries, and has published extensively.

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ECFMG Fast Facts

  • Established in 1956
  • Private, nonprofit organization
  • Headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Employs more than 800 people

ECFMG issued the first Standard ECFMG Certificates in 1958. Since then, it has certified more than 320,000 international medical graduates.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Evaluating the qualifications of international medical graduates
  • International medical schools
  • Physician credentials related to medical education, training, and licensure
  • Assessing clinical skills
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Last updated February 20, 2015.
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