ECFMG Fast Facts
- Established in 1956
- Private, nonprofit organization
- Headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- Employs more than 800 people
N. Emmanuel G. Cassimatis, M.D.
President and Chief Executive Officer, ECFMG
Chair, Board of Directors, FAIMER
Dr. Cassimatis is President and Chief Executive Officer of ECFMG. He also is Chair of the Board of Directors of the Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER®), a separate, nonprofit foundation of ECFMG. 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 (USU); and Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs and Professor of Psychiatry at the F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine (SOM), USU. 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 SOM, USU. He is a member of the Composite Committee of the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) and of the Executive Council of the World Federation for Medical Education. Dr. Cassimatis was a Delegate to the American Medical Association (AMA) House from the Association of Military Surgeons of the United States (AMSUS) for many years; and served as member and Chair of the AMA Council on Medical Education, the AMA Section Council on Federal and Military Medicine, and the AMA Specialty and Service Society. He completed four years on the Institutional Review Committee and seven years on the Board of Directors of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), the last two years (2004-2006) as Chair. From 2009 to 2010, Dr. Cassimatis served on the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) Committee on Qualifications of Professionals Providing Mental Health Counseling Services under TRICARE; presently, he serves on IOM’s Committee on Evaluation of the Lovell Federal Health Care Center Merger. He is the immediate Past-President of the Hellenic American Psychiatric Association, a Life Fellow of AMSUS, a Fellow of the American Academy of Psychoanalysis and Dynamic Psychiatry, and a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.
Dennis M. Donohue, C.P.A., M.B.A., M.S.
Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, ECFMG
Mr. 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.
President and Chief Executive Officer, FAIMER
Dr. 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.
ECFMG Fast Facts
ECFMG issued the first Standard ECFMG Certificates in 1958. Since then, it has certified more than 320,000 international medical graduates.
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