Executive Leadership Team
President and Chief Executive Officer, ECFMG
Chair, Board of Trustees, FAIMER
William W. Pinsky is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) and Board Chair of the Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER), ECFMG’s nonprofit foundation. Prior to joining ECFMG in mid-2016, Dr. Pinsky was Executive Vice President and Chief Academic Officer of Ochsner Health System (OHS). He also served as Executive Vice President for Ochsner International and Professor and Head at the Ochsner Clinical School, a U.S. partner of The University of Queensland School of Medicine in Australia. Dr. Pinsky retains an Honorary Professor title from the University of Queensland. Dr. Pinsky graduated from Saint Louis University School of Medicine, and trained at Baylor College of Medicine and at Texas Children’s Hospital. Before joining OHS, Dr. Pinsky held a number of senior academic and executive roles at Wayne State University School of Medicine (Associate Dean) in Detroit, and at the Detroit Medical Center.
Dr. Pinsky has served on the Boards of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education, and the Alliance of Independent Academic Medical Centers where he also served as President. He is the founder of Racing For Kids®, a 501(c)(3) foundation that uses professional motorsports to promote the health care needs of children and children's hospitals. Dr. Pinsky is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American College of Cardiology, and the American College of Chest Physicians. His most recent honors include the Leadership Award for the Faculty of Medicine and Biological Sciences, presented by The University of Queensland in 2015, and The Founders Award, presented by the American Academy of Pediatrics in 2013.
Senior Vice President for Business Development and Operations, ECFMG
Lisa Cover is Senior 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.
Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer, ECFMG
Dennis Donohue is Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative 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.
* Mr. Donohue is retiring on December 6, 2019. His successor is Steven D. Kirkpatrick.
Senior Vice President and General Counsel, ECFMG, FAIMER
Francine Halushka Katz is Senior Vice President and General Counsel at ECFMG. Ms. Katz has extensive experience in the health care and life sciences sectors in both non-profit and for-profit environments. Before joining ECFMG in 2018, Ms. Katz served as Senior Attorney with Axiom Law—Life Sciences Group, NY. Prior to her time at Axiom Law, Ms. Katz served as Vice President and General Counsel at Saint Peter's University Hospital in New Brunswick, NJ, and later at St. Joseph's Healthcare System in Paterson, NJ. She has also consulted for RWJ Barnabas Health, NJ's largest health care system.
Ms. Katz earned her Juris Doctor degree, with a concentration in Health Law, from Georgetown University Law Center. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Relations from the University of Florida. She is a member of the American Health Lawyers Association. She also is engaged in a number of civic and community service activities.
Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer, ECFMG, FAIMER
Steven Kirkpatrick is Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer at ECFMG/FAIMER. Mr. Kirkpatrick’s extensive experience includes strategic development, operations, and financial management of hospital systems, physician networks, and life care. Before joining ECFMG/FAIMER, Mr. Kirkpatrick was Director of Finance for the Main Line HealthCare Physician Network, a multi-specialty network of 400 physicians and more than 100 Advanced Practitioners serving suburban Philadelphia. Prior to this, he held several executive leadership positions with Fornance Physician Services and the Montgomery Healthcare System supported by Fornance, including Vice President & Chief Financial Officer of Fornance, President of Fornance, and Senior Vice President of the Montgomery Healthcare System. As Senior Vice President of Einstein Physicians, Mr. Kirkpatrick led the integration of Fornance Physician Services into the Einstein Healthcare Network. Mr. Kirkpatrick’s experience also includes fourteen years as a Senior Audit Manager for Ernst & Young, where he provided strategic financial consultation on debt and equity financing transactions, business combinations, and start-up organizations.
For the past 20 years, Mr. Kirkpatrick has volunteered for Waverly Heights, Ltd., a senior living community serving the Main Line Philadelphia suburbs, where his roles have included Director; Chair of the Audit Committee; and member of the Finance, Risk Management, and Foundation Committees. Since 2006, he has volunteered as a Trustee of The Walden School, an independent, Montessori-based preschool and elementary school in Media, Pennsylvania, where his past roles also include Vice President and Treasurer of the Board of Trustees. He also has served on the ECFMG/FAIMER Board of Trustees.
Mr. Kirkpatrick is a Certified Public Accountant in Pennsylvania. He is a member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association and the Medical Group Management Association. Mr. Kirkpatrick earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Delaware.
** Mr. Kirkpatrick joined ECFMG on September 30, 2019, and is succeeding Dennis M. Donohue.
Jeanette Mladenovic is President of the Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER), a separate, nonproﬁt foundation of ECFMG. Dr. Mladenovic has spent her career in academic administrative roles, most recently serving as Executive Vice President and Provost at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU), an academic health center comprised of ﬁve schools with over 100 degree‐granting programs, several research institutes, and an integrated health system. Previously, she held positions as Senior Associate Dean (GME and Research Education) on two campuses for the University of Miami, Senior Associate Dean and Chair of Medicine at SUNY Downstate, and Chief of Medicine at the University of Colorado and SUNY Stonybrook. A hematologist by training, she oversaw a funded stem cell research laboratory for 18 years. Following her retirement from OHSU in 2017, she founded The Center for Women in Academic Medicine and Science (CWAMS).
Dr. Mladenovic received her undergraduate degree from the University of Washington and is an Alpha Omega Alpha graduate of its School of Medicine. She trained in internal medicine at Johns Hopkins Hospital and Stanford University, with a Chief Residency at the University of Washington, where she also completed fellowship training in hematology. Dr. Mladenovic has served in leadership roles for the American Board of Internal Medicine, American Board of Medical Specialties, Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, American Society of Hematology, Association of Professors of Medicine, and the Society of Ultrasound in Medical Education.
Senior Leadership Team
Note: Executive Leadership Team members also are members of the Senior Leadership Team.
Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer, ECFMG
Vice President for Research and Data Resources, FAIMER
Vice President for Research, ECFMG
Vice President for Education, FAIMER
Vice President for Operations, ECFMG
Assistant Vice President, CSEC Center Operations, ECFMG
Assistant Vice President, Global Education in Medicine Services, ECFMG
Assistant Vice President, Communications and External Affairs, ECFMG
Vice President for Finance and Chief Financial Officer, ECFMG
Assistant Vice President, Strategy and Project Management, ECFMG
Assistant Vice President, Research and Data Resources, FAIMER
Director of Governance and Executive Administration, ECFMG
Assistant Vice President, CSEC Assessments, ECFMG
Assistant Vice President, FAIMER Education
Director, FAIMER Institute