Executive Leadership Team
President and Chief Executive Officer, ECFMG
Chair, Board of Directors, 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.
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 Director, Clinical Skills Evaluation Collaboration (CSEC)
Kim Edward LeBlanc is the Executive Director of the Clinical Skills Evaluation Collaboration (CSEC) which administers the USMLE® Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS) examination. Although CSEC is based in Philadelphia, PA, there are six centers in five cities across the country.
Dr. LeBlanc is Board certified in both Sports Medicine and Family Medicine and is Emeritus Professor and Department Chairman of Family Medicine at the Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans, LA. In addition, he served on the Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners from 2000 – 2013 and the Board of Directors of the Federation of State Medical Boards from 2006-2010. He also served on numerous test-writing committees and on the Board of Directors of the National Board of Medical Examiners® prior to becoming the Executive Director of CSEC. Prior to entering academic medicine in 1999, he practiced for nearly 20 years in rural south Louisiana.
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 peer-reviewed journals in measurement and medical education, has lectured and taught in dozens of countries, and has published extensively.
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
Vice President for Human Resources and Chief People Officer, ECFMG
Assistant Vice President, Strategy and Project Management, ECFMG
Assistant Vice President, Research and Data Resources, FAIMER
Manager of Governance and Executive Administration, ECFMG
Assistant Vice President, CSEC Assessments, ECFMG
Assistant Vice President, FAIMER Education
Director, FAIMER Institute