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.

Master Educators

Ann Skelton, MD

Ann Skelton, MD

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.

Douglas Sawyer, MD

Douglas Sawyer, MD

Douglas Sawyer, M.D., Ph.D., joined Maine Medical Center in October 2014 and serves as the chief of cardiac services at Maine Medical Center and physician leader in the Cardiovascular Service Line for MaineHealth. 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. 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. His clinical and research interests are focused on the pathophysiology and treatment of heart failure.

Dr. Bob Bing-You, MD, MEd, MBA

Dr. Bob Bing-You, MD, MEd, MBA

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.

Contact Information:

Email: bingyb@mmc.org

Office: 207-662-7060

James Whiting, MD

James Whiting, MD

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.

Jo Linder, MD

Jo Linder, MD

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.

John Tooker, MD, MBA, MACP

John Tooker, MD, MBA, MACP

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.

Peter W. Bates, MD

Peter W. Bates, MD

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.

Robert S. Hillman, MD, MACP

Robert S. Hillman, MD, MACP

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.

Robert Trowbridge, MD

Robert Trowbridge, MD

Dr. Trowbridge is a clinician-educator and serves as the Director of the eleven-site Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship of the Tufts University School of Medicine Maine Track Program and Director of Undergraduate Medical Education in the Department of Medicine. 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 Medical Center, he completed a fellowship in Hospital Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco.

His specific interest is in the development of clinical reasoning abilities and the avoidance of diagnostic error. He has additional expertise in teaching clinical reasoning and is Co-Course Director for the second-year course Introduction to Clinical Reasoning at Tufts, and an editor of the book, “Teaching Clinical Reasoning” from the American College of Physicians.