Master Educators of the Academy are role models in medical education who have had a lasting impact on education, and help steer the overall direction of the Academy. Six Master Educators were appointed to the academy by the Vice-President for Medical Education and the Senior VP, Chief Academic Officer at the time of the Academy’s formation Spring 2016. Thereafter a maximum of two Master Educators may be inducted yearly. Master Educators have lifetime tenure in the Academy.
Douglas Sawyer, M.D., Ph.D., joined Maine Medical Center in October 2014 as the chief of cardiac services at Maine Medical Center and physician leader in the Cardiovascular Service Line for MaineHealth and assumed his current role of Chief Academic Officer in 2019. He received his B.S., Ph.D., and M.D. from Cornell University and completed his residency and cardiology fellowship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Prior to moving to Maine he was on the faculty at Boston Medical Center for nine years followed by eight years at Vanderbilt University where he served as director of the Cardiology Training Program and Division of Cardiology. As Chief Academic Officer, Dr. Sawyer oversees the academic and research missions of Maine Medical Center and MaineHealth, and serves as Academic Dean for the Maine Track program partnership with Tufts University School of Medicine. His clinical and research interests are focused on the pathophysiology and treatment of heart failure.
Vice President of Medical Education, Maine Medical Center
Co-Director of The Academy
Dr. Bing-You is a graduate of George Washington University School of Medicine. He completed his Internal Medicine residency training here at Maine Medical Center, followed by a clinical and research fellowship in Endocrinology. He then went on to obtain a Masters in Adult Education at the University of Southern Maine. For eight years, Dr. Bing-You served as Residency Program Director and Clerkship Director for the Department of Internal Medicine. He has been active at the leadership level of several educational committees, such as MMC Graduate Medical Education Committee, C.M.E. Advisory Committee, Maine Track Admissions Subcommittee, GME Planning Committee, and Master Teacher Peer Review Committee, to name a few.
Dr. Bing-You practices at Maine Medical Partners Endocrinology and Diabetes Center, located in Scarborough, ME. His practice focus is on thyroid conditions and bone health. As Vice President of Medical Education he serves on the Board of Maine Medical Partners. Most recently he completed his MBA degree through the University of Massachusetts.
Professor of Anesthesiology and Peri-Operative Medicine, TUSM
Emeritus Professor and Chair of Anesthesiology
University of Rochester, Rochester NY
Founding Co-Director of The Academy
Dr. Ward received his BS(EE) from the University of Maine and his Ph.D. from UCLA in System Science. His medical degree is from the University of Miami where he did an internal medicine internship. He completed his anesthesiology residency at UCLA where he remained on the faculty. While at UCLA, he served as the residency program director. In 1992, he moved to the University of Rochester to become Chair of the Anesthesiology department. He also served as Associate Dean for Faculty Development – Medical Education and directed several medical school basic science courses. In 2011, Dr. Ward “semi-retired” to his family home in Bowdoinham. He serves on the Tufts Medical School Promotions Committee (CLINPAC). Dr. Ward (retired) is a Founding Co-Director and in addition to helping co-create the Academy, he is still a guiding force for the programming.
Elisabeth Wilson, MD, MPH, MS-HPEd is the Chair of Family Medicine at Maine Medical Center. Before moving to Maine in the summer of 2017, Dr. Wilson was a Professor and Vice Chair of Education in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF). Dr. Wilson graduated from the combined MD/MPH program at Tufts University School of Medicine and completed her residency training in Family Medicine at UCSF. After a three-year health services research fellowship, Dr. Wilson joined the UCSF faculty in 2005. In addition to her role as Vice Chair of Education, she was also a Dean’s Diversity Leader for UCSF’s Difference Matter Initiative, the Co-Director of the Family Medicine Faculty Development Fellowship, and the Co-Director Primary Care Leadership Academy. From 2005-2013, Dr. Wilson was the Program Director for UCSF’s Program in Medical Education for the Urban Underserved (PRIME-US), a longitudinal track for medical students from diverse backgrounds interested in working with urban underserved populations. Dr. Wilson’s research focuses on health care disparities, workforce diversity and medical education. Dr. Wilson sees patients at the Maine Medical Partner’s Family Medicine Center in Portland, one of the department’s residency and medical student teaching sites.
Jim Whiting, MD is currently the Director of Surgical Education and the Surgical Residency Program Director at Maine Medical Center, in Portland, Maine, a post he has held for the last 6 years. He has been at Maine Medical Center for the last 15 years, where he is also the Surgical Director of Transplantation. Prior to this time, he had a “traditional” academic training, completing his surgical residency at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, his transplant surgery fellowship at Rush Presbyterian in Chicago and was faculty at the University of Cincinnati for five years. He is a member of the American College of Surgeons where he serves on the General Surgery Advisory Committee. He is also a member of the American Society of Transplant Surgeons and the Association of Program Directors in Surgery. In 2012, he was appointed a director of the American Board of Surgery where he serves on the Inservice Training Exam committee, the General Surgery Residency Committee and as chair of the Transplant Advisory Council.
He lives in Falmouth with his wife and the one child left at home out of four. He enjoys many sports, is a poor sculler, a worse tennis player and a really bad golfer.
Dr. Jo Linder is the Director of Student Affairs in Maine Medical Center’s Department of Medical Education. She has been an Attending Physician in the Maine Medical Center Department of Emergency Medicine since 2000 and Director of the Division of Community & Preventive Medicine since 2008. Dr. Linder serves on the Tufts University School of Medicine Maine Medical Center Program Steering Committee, Undergraduate Medical Education Curriculum Sub-Committee and Co-Chairs the Admissions Subcommittee with Dr. Bob Bing-You. She serves on the TUSM Liaison Committee on Medical Education Accreditation Self-Study Committee on Medical Student, as well as the Physician Well-Being Committee the Innovations in Education Grants Committee.
Dr. Linder currently Chairs the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) Committee on Certification, Sub-Certification and Maintenance of Certification (COCERT) as well as the Finance and Audit Committee (FINCO). She served on two Review Committees for the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and as a Specialist Site Surveyor for Emergency Medicine. In addition, Dr. Linder was a site reviewer for the ACGME-International Transitional Year programs in Singapore. Dr. Linder has been active in professional associations in Minnesota, California and Maine. She is a Past-President of the Maine Medical Association and represented state and specialty societies at the American Medical Association meetings for 20 years. Her publications and presentations include topics in emergency medicine, geriatrics, and public health emergency preparedness.
Prior to coming to Maine, Dr. Linder held medical staff positions in Emergency Medicine in California while serving in various leadership roles including: Associate Dean of Administrative Affairs at the Charles Drew University of Medicine & Science in Los Angeles; Associate Director of the Center for Occupational Health at Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena; and Assistant Chief of the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University Medical Center of Fresno.
Dr. Linder earned BS and MD degrees from the University of Iowa, and completed residency training in Emergency Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco – Fresno campus. She is Board certified in Emergency Medicine. Dr. Linder holds academic appointments at Tufts University School of Medicine as Associate Professor in the Departments of Emergency Medicine and Public Health & Community Medicine. She lives in Falmouth, ME.
Dr. John Tooker is the Emeritus Executive Vice President and CEO of the American College of Physicians (ACP)–the largest medical specialty society in the U.S., representing more than 130,000 internal medicine specialists and subspecialists, and medical students. Dr. Tooker served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of ACP from 2002 through July 2010.
As CEO Emeritus, Dr. Tooker supports ACP’s mission to foster excellence and professionalism in medicine. In this capacity, he represents ACP to select external organizations, conducts special projects for the College and contributes to health care reform through service on national non-profit boards, particularly in the areas of quality improvement and health information technology. He currently serves on the boards of NCQA, which he previously chaired, the National Quality Forum, where he chairs the CEO Search Committee, on the Advisory Committee of Health Level 7 (HL7), and on the board of Alpha Omega Alpha (AΩA).
Dr. Tooker has been a frequent speaker on topics such as health information technology, the patient-centered medical home (PCMH), provider reimbursement, and quality improvement. In 2009, Dr. Tooker was voted one of the “100 Most Powerful People in Health Care” by Modern Healthcare Magazine.
Prior to joining ACP in 1995 as Deputy EVP and Chief Operating Officer, Dr. Tooker was Assistant Chief of the Department of Medicine and Program Director of the Internal Medicine Residency at the Maine Medical Center in Portland, Maine, where he practiced internal medicine and pulmonary and critical care medicine.
Dr. Tooker earned his medical degree at University of Colorado School of Medicine, completed an internal medicine residency at the Bellevue Hospital Center and the University of Colorado, and a pulmonary/critical care fellowship at the Maine Medical Center and the University of Washington. He is a graduate of the Fox School of Business at Temple University, and is an Adjunct Professor of Medicine at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.
Kristiina Hyrkäs, PhD, LicNSc, MNSc, RN joined Maine Medical Center in November 2005 and serves as the the Director of the Center for Nursing Research and Quality Outcomes (CNRQO). She received her academic degrees from the University of Tampere, Finland. Dr. Hyrkas has a broad background in health sciences and nursing, as a researcher and mentor in clinical and university settings in the USA, Canada, UK and Finland. She has conducted numerous quantitative, qualitative, and mixed method studies across a wide spectrum of clinical, academic, and theoretical domains. In collaboration with nurses and interprofessional teams, her most recent clinical research has focused on fall prevention, the Hospital Elder Life Program, the teaching-learning partnership between nurses and patients, development of the Collaborative Model of Evidence Translation (CoMET©), and the validation of a spiritual care survey for acute hospital patients. In addition to her research activities, she is a member of the MMC/Maine Health Institutional Review Board, an Adjunct Faculty in USM’s School of Nursing, a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Maine Medical Center, and a reviewer for several leading nursing journals and professional nursing conferences.
Liz Jacobs is Vice President for Research at Maine Medical Center Research Institute and Interim Director of the Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation . Prior to joining MaineHealth, she was the inaugural Chief of Primary Care and Valued Based Health, Professor of Medicine and Population Health Science and Associate Chair for Research in the Department of Medicine at the University of Texas at Austin’s Dell Medical School. She attended medical school at the University of California at San Francisco and trained as a general internist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. She completed a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Fellowship and an Associate Masters in Public Policy at the University of Chicago.
After struggling to care for limited English-speaking patients during medical school and residency, she decided to pursue a research career investigating disparities in health care. Dr. Jacobs’ research interests include access to, and cultural specificity of, medical care delivered to patients, the impact of interpreter service interventions on the cost and quality of healthcare, health literacy and numeracy, and the role that trust in health care plays in racial/ethnic disparities in health care. Her research has been supported by grants from the National Cancer Institute, the National Institute on Aging, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The California Endowment, The Russell Sage Foundation, The Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute and the Office of Minority Health.
She is recognized as an expert on the provision of linguistically accessible and culturally competent care and has served on Office of Minority Health, Joint Commission, National Quality Forum, Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute and AHRQ expert panels. She has published numerous peer-reviewed journal articles, edited two books, and authored numerous book chapters. In addition, she works with other investigators to design culturally specific research, and teaches residents and medical students about practicing culturally sensitive medicine. Dr. Jacobs has practiced as a primary care physician in Federally Qualified Health Centers her entire career and looks forward to continuing to practice in Maine. (Bio taken from here)
Marge Wiggins is Chief Nursing Officer of Maine Medical Center. An Adjunct Faculty in USM’s School of Nursing, Marge has published numerous articles and several book chapters on care delivery models. She led MMC’s development of the evidence-based Partnership Care Delivery Model, and consulted in the US and abroad on the topic. She served on several committees for the American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s efforts to implement the Clinical Nurse Leader role and delivered nearly 40 presentations in 14 states. Marge maintains membership in several professional organizations, including American Organization of Nurse Executives, Organization of Maine Nurse Executives, Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science-Eastern Nurses Research Society, and the Clinical Nurse Leader Association.
Mary Ottolini, MD, MPH, MEd is the George W. Hallett MD Chair of Pediatrics at the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center, a Tufts University Professor of Pediatrics, and the founder and advisor of the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital Scholarship Academy. In her role as the Chair of Pediatrics she oversees the academic and clinical work of pediatric faculty at the BBCH and the MaineHealth Children’s Health Service Line.
Prior to joining Maine Medical Center, Dr. Ottolini was most recently the Vice Chair of Education at Children’s National Hospital where she supervised over 1000 trainees annually in developing expertise in pediatrics across the spectrum of learners from medical students to sub-specialty fellows and faculty. While in the Washington DC area, she also led a practice-based research network comprised of primary care pediatricians in the area.
Through her scholarship, Dr. Ottolini is a nationally recognized expert in medical education with particular expertise in eLearning. During her 30 year career as a medical educator she has presented numerous workshops and original research in medical education at national meetings. She has published book chapters, review articles, and original educational research in peer-reviewed journals. She has served as the Education Chair for the Academic Pediatric Association (APA) and as the APA President. Dr. Ottolini was awarded the prestigious Pediatric Academic Society’s (PAS) Ray Helfer award three times for the most outstanding educational research study presented at the annual PAS meeting as well as the APA’s Teaching Program Award four times for educational programs she helped develop and implement. Dr. Ottolini was awarded the Parker Palmer Courage to Lead Award by the ACGME in 2016 for outstanding Graduate Medical Education leadership as the Designated Institutional Official at Children’s National Hospital and Lifetime Achievement Award for Medical Student Education Leadership from the Council on Medical Student Education in Pediatrics in 2017. In 2019 she was awarded the Pediatric Hospital Medicine LifeTime Achievement Award. In 2020 she was named an inaugural member of the National Academy of Distinguished Educators in Pediatrics and a MITE Academy Master Educator.
In addition to earning a Medical Degree and Master’s Degree in Public Health, she completed a Master’s Degree in Medical Education from the George Washington University Graduate School of Education.
Scholarship areas of interest: the use of technology to innovate the learning process – including eLearning and simulation with augmented reality
Peter Bates, MD served as the Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs and Chief Academic Officer. Prior to that, he served as the Chief Medical Officer and Academic Dean for nearly eight years at Maine Medical Center. Dr. Bates served as a member of the President’s Council at MMC and the Dean’s Executive Council of TUSM. He is a Professor of Medicine at TUSM and MMC.
Dr. Bates received both his BS and MD from the University of Washington where he completed his Internal Medicine Internship, Residency, Chief Residency and began his Fellowship in Pulmonary Medicine. He completed his Pulmonary Fellowship at Maine Medical Center. He is a board member of the Medical Mutual Insurance Company of Maine and Community Dental. He is a member of several regional and national specialty and academic organizations.
Dr. Bates served as the Academic Dean overseeing a medical school partnership with the Tufts University School of Medicine (TUSM). This initiative offers a “Maine Track” for applicants who are interested in a unique, innovative curriculum that will offer clinical training experiences in Maine and expose medical students to the advantages of rural practice as well as training in a major tertiary medical center. The program enrolled its first students in August 2009 and seeks to address the physician workforce shortage in Maine as well as provide access to a medical education for qualified Maine applicants.
Dr. Trowbridge is Director of Undergraduate Medical Education Curriculum at Maine Medical Center. He received his AB from Colgate University and his MD from Georgetown University School of Medicine. After finishing his residency in Internal Medicine at Stanford University Hospital, he completed a fellowship in Hospital Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. In addition to his role as Curriculum Director, he serves as site director for the Internal Medicine Clerkship and for the Portland site of the Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship.
His specific interest is in the development of clinical reasoning abilities and the avoidance of diagnostic error. He has additional interest in teaching clinical reasoning and serves as Co-Course Director for second-year course Introduction to Clinical Reasoning at Tufts and an editor of the book, “Teaching Clinical Reasoning”, from the American College of Physicians.
Dr. Vicki Hayes attended the University of Arkansas and the Ohio State University College of Medicine. She completed a residency in Family Medicine at the University of Vermont in 1993 and subsequently obtained a Certificate of Added Qualifications in Adolescent Medicine. She is a faculty member in the MMC Dept. of Family Medicine and a Master Educator in the MITE Academy. Dr. Hayes serves as the Director of the TUSM-MMC Competency-Based Apprenticeship in Primary Care (CAP) Course and as a coach in the TUSM Learning Communities Coaching Program.
Dr. Perron is a Professor of Emergency Medicine and serves as the EM residency program director. He has authored more than 150 peer reviewed publications, review articles, and book chapters. He speaks locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally on GME accreditation, orthopedic trauma, neurologic emergencies, and cardiology topics. He was the 2007 ACEP speaker of the year. He lives in Falmouth, Maine.
Ann Skelton, MD, is a native of Lewiston, Maine. She graduated from Yale University with a degree in philosophy and from the University of Vermont College of Medicine. After completing a residency at the Maine Medical Center – Mercy Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program, she started her career with two complementary roles. She founded a practice in Family Medicine in Portland and worked half-time as a faculty member responsible for women’s health in the residency program.
Between 1995 and 2001, she served as Program Director for the residency. She garnered grant support for educational improvements, including a faculty development grant in informatics and an NIH grant to develop a curriculum for residents in Complementary and Alternative Medicine. She held the role of Assistant Chief of Family Medicine until 2001, when she was appointed Chief. She continues an active practice in full spectrum Family Medicine, including care of pregnant women, within the resident-faculty practice at the Family Medicine Center in Portland.
Dr. Hillman is a graduate of the College of Physicians and Surgeons and did his residency training in Internal Medicine at Presbyterian Hospital, NYC, and a fellowship in Hematology at the University of Washington in Seattle. He spent the next 15 years as Professor of Medicine on the faculty of the University of Washington, serving as Chief of Hematology at the Harborview Hospital and, subsequently, as Director of the Health Sciences Learning Resource Center (HSLRC). In 1981, Dr. Hillman was recruited to the position of Chief of Medicine at Maine Medical Center, stepping down in 1999 to serve as the Director of the MMC Cancer Center until 2005.
Dr. Hillman’s hematology career has included basic research in iron and folate metabolism, resulting in 110 peer reviewed publications and chapters, and 3 books, including the hematology text – Hematology in Clinical Practice – now in its 6th Edition. As director of the HSLRC, Dr. Hillman was responsible for developing innovative educational materials and courses using multimedia and computer instruction as a part of a major medical school curriculum revision at the University of Washington, including the implementation of the WAMI program. As Chief of Medicine at MMC for 17 years, he was instrumental in the expansion of postgraduate training programs, the development of the Maine Rural Practice Network, establishment of a research effort culminating in the Maine Medical Center Research Institute, and a major expansion of specialty clinical services supported by the department.
Dr. Hillman has been elected to a number of professional organizations including: ASH (Board of Directors), AFCR, ASCI, ACP, AAP, and APDIM (Council). He has served as editor for Acta Hematologica, ASH Education Program, ACP Self Learning Series, and on the editorial board of the Annals of Internal Medicine and the Journal of Laboratory Hematology. He also has served on several NHLBI study sections, the National Board of Medical Examiners, and as a consultant to the AAMC, the NHLBI Blood Diseases Advisory Committee, and the Puget Sound Blood Center.
Samuel B. Broaddus, M.D. is a retired urologist whose career spanned 3 decades at Maine Medical Center. A graduate of Bowdoin College and the University of Vermont College of Medicine, he spent 2 years in a general surgery residency in Seattle before completing his urology residency at the Medical Center Hospital of Vermont in 1982. His clinical interests included the surgical management of urinary stone disease and genitourinary malignancies. He introduced percutaneous stone surgery and shock wave lithotripsy to Maine in the 1980’s. Dr. Broaddus served as Director of Urology at Maine Medical Center for 8 years. He oversaw the transition of his private practice group to an expanded hospital-based practice that now supports a urology residency. He served on the Board of Trustees where he was the Chairman of the Board Education and Research Committee.
In 2010, he was recognized by the American College of Surgeons with their International Surgical Volunteerism Award for 30 years of tireless volunteer medical work in Haiti, Africa, and Asia. He is also the recipient of the Bowdoin Common Good Award, was named a Hometown Hero by the American Urological Association in 2011, and received the Faculty Teaching Award for the Urology Residency at the Maine Medical Center in 2014. He is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Urology at Tufts University School of Medicine (TUSM). He currently sits on the Admissions Committee for the Maine Track program at TUSM.