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    Committees - GBA

    Are You Interested in Serving on a Committee?

    Committees exist to implement the strategic initiatives and actions of the GBA. Committees are chaired/co-chaired by members of the Steering Committee who report back to the Steering Committee on activities and progress. Participation on a Committee will help professionals within academic medicine grow and learn in their professional roles and develop their leadership capacities.

    If you are interested in learning more about serving on a Committee, please email gba@aamc.org

    What to expect as a GBA Committee member:

    • Active participation in a monthly 1-hour conference call;
    • Follow up tasks between each call that could require anywhere from 1–3 hours of time per month. This is not routine and tends to be more intensive 2–3 months prior to the annual spring meeting or professional development workshop depending on the Subcommittee chosen. Some months there is no work required;
    • Attendance and participation in annual in-person meeting which usually takes place during the Annual GIP/GBA Spring Meeting;
    • Professional development—go behind the scenes where all the action happens.

    2024-2025 Steering Committee

    The Steering Committee sets policy for and manages the GBA. Committee Chairpersons and at-large members shall be appointed by the GBA Nominating Committee. 

    National Chair
    Cynthia Best, MBA
    Vice Dean for Finance and Administration
    University of Utah School of Medicine

    National Chair Elect (2024-2025)
    Matthew Comstock, MBA, MHSA
    Chief Operating Officer
    University of Michigan Medical School

    Immediate Past Chair
    Anja Paardekooper
    Senior Associate Dean, Finance and Administration
    David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

    Council of Deans (COD) Liaison
    John Marymont, MD, MBA
    Vice President, Medical Affairs and Dean
    University of South Alabama College of Medicine

    PBO at Large (2023-2025)
    Michael Patriarca, MBA
    Vice President, UT Health RGV
    Executive Vice Dean, Finance & Administration
    University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine

    PBO at Large (2024-2026)
    Heather Campbell, MHS
    Vice Dean for finance and administration and Chief Operating Officer
    Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

    Member at Large (2024-2026)
    Beth Boatright, CPA
    Chief Financial Officer
    Emory University School of Medicine

    Department Administrator Interest Group Representative
    Susan Marx, MBA, PMP
    Vice Chair, Finance and Administration, Department of Surgery
    Interim Vice Chair, Finance and Administration, Department of Ophthalmology
    ​​​​​​​University of Washington School of Medicine

    Data and Benchmarking Committee Chair
    Richard Nuttall, MBA
    Vice Dean for Finance and Administration
    University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
    Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long School of Medicine

    Emerging Issues Committee Chair
    Lauren Magaldi, MBA, MHA, MS
    Associate Dean of Finance, College of Medicine
    Medical University of South Carolina

    Professional Development Committee Chair
    Amanda Thatcher, MA
    Chief of Staff and Senior Director of Administration
    The Ohio State University College of Medicine

    Human Resources Interest Group Representative
    Eric Conde, MSA
    Senior Associate Dean for Administrative Affairs
    University of Florida College of Medicine – Jacksonville 

    Past National GBA Chairs (PDF)


    GBA Professional Development Committee - The Professional Development Committee (PDC) of the GBA is charged with conceiving, developing, and implementing programs for the improvement of the skills of those engaged in the fiscal and administrative management of medical schools. Developing the professional and personal skills of GBA members can be accomplished in a number of ways, such as planning for the GBA Spring meeting and planning other professional development workshops.

    GBA Data and Benchmarking Committee - The Data and Benchmarking Committee is charged with advising the AAMC on appropriate and timely data collection and reporting activities. The Committee will help AAMC staff identify data and procedures that are of value to its members and the enterprise and consider how best to collect and report on the data. The committee will work with AAMC staff to develop mechanisms for educating the membership about the availability and use of bench-mark data. The committee will also develop and prioritize research questions to be included on AAMC surveys and identify target audiences who can benefit from using the data.

    GBA Emerging Issues Committee - The Emerging Issues Committee will identify topics and issues that are relevant to GBA members' interests and concerns and determine the best ways to educate and inform members about them. The committee will participate on three moderated conference calls per year with expert speakers on topics identified by the Committee.

    GBA Human Resources Interest Group - The GBA HR Interest Group is a network of human resource professionals who broadly share ideas, challenges, best practices, and development opportunities.

    GBA Department Administrator Interest Group - The GBA Department Administrator Interest Group is a network of department business managers who broadly share ideas, challenges, best practices, and development opportunities.

    Data-Driven Academic Medical Centers Work Group - The Data-Driven Academic Medical Centers Work Group seeks to be a coordinating source of resources to share knowledge and enable academic medical centers to leverage new and existing data to inform the decisions across its missions, strategic initiatives, and daily operations. This cross-cutting Work Group is led by Chairs coming from the GIR, GBA, and GIP but is open to all members of AAMC community.