2017 WWAMI GME Summit Speaker Bios


Frederick Chen, M.D., M.P.H.

Dr. Frederick Chen is the Chief of Family Medicine at Harborview Medical Center, Director of the WWAMI Family Medicine Residency Network, Professor and Vice Chair for Clinical Services in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine. He teaches health policy and recently served as senior advisor in HRSA’s Bureau of Health Professions implementing programs for the Affordable Care Act. His research interests include health workforce and medical education.

Richmond Doxey, M.D., PGY3 Internal Medicine Residency​​

Richmond Doxey is a 3rd year Internal Medicine resident at the University of Washington - Boise VA program. He went to undergraduate at BYU graduating in Molecular Biology, and completed medical school at the Medical College of Wisconsin. He will finish up his residency training at the Boise VA and then stay another year as Cheif Resident. He lives in Boise with his wife and three lovely children.

Robert Ficalora, M.D.

Dr. Robert Ficalora is Program Director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program. Before 2013, he was Associate Professor of Medicine at the Mayo Clinic, where he served concurrently as Chair of Education Information Technology and Senior Associate Program Director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program for the Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education as well as Chair of Fourth Year Medicine at the Mayo Medical School.

Before July of 2000, Dr. Ficalora was Program Director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, Massachusetts, and Junior Clerkship Director at Tufts University School of Medicine. In addition to his role at Billings Clinic, he has served in GME and UGME roles at two very different hospitals and medical schools over the last 29 years.

He has worked in many different capacities at the two institutions, leading the initiative to create an accredited Geriatrics Fellowship at Baystate Medical Center, where he became the Geriatrics Fellowship Program Director and chaired the Graduate Medical Education Committee (GMEC). Between service at Baystate Medical Center and the Mayo Clinic, Dr. Ficalora has been directly involved with the management of 20 ACGME accredited fellowship programs, developed, implemented and maintained curriculum and evaluation systems for 270 other programs, and directed many different medical student educational experiences.

He played a key role in curricular reform projects at Tufts Medical School and for the Internal Medicine Residencies at Baystate and Mayo. He has been the co-editor and editor of the Alliance of Internal Medicine’s Textbook for Internal Medicine Education Programs for 16 years, much of which discusses operations and accreditation requirements and offers advice on the best ways for institutions and internal medicine departments to comply with accreditation standards. He was also part of the ACGME Education Innovations Project, President of the Innovations collaborative and recognized by the Mayo Clinic for his contributions to education ​innovation.


Doug Franzen, M.D.


Alicia Fuhrman, M.D., PGY4 PM&R Residency


Chet Herbst

Chet Herbst is the Chief Financial Officer for the Idaho State Board of Education. He has served in that capacity since 2015. Prior to that, he served at Lewis-Clark State College from 2001 to 2005 as Special Assistant to the President and Director of Institutional Planning, Research, and Assessment; and as Vice President for Finance and Administration from 2006 through 2015. He retired as a Colonel in the United States Air Force in 2001, having served as Commander and Professor of Aerospace Studies at Washington State University and the University of Idaho, and as a faculty member for the WSU Honors College. He has served as a fighter pilot, strategic planner, and diplomat in numerous operational and staff positions around the world, including assignments at Headquarters, United States Air Forces in Europe; the Air Force Secretariat in Washington D.C.; the U.S. Military Delegation to NATO in Brussels; and the NATO International Staff. He is a graduate of UCLA (B.S. Geology), University of Southern California (M.S. Systems Management), the University of Montana (MBA), and the United States National War College. He and his wife, Carol, reside in Meridian, Idaho, where they both remain active in area musical performance groups and church-related activities.

Byron D. Joyner, M.D., M.P.A., F.A.A.P., F.A.C.S.

Dr. Joyner graduated from Princeton University and received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts.  He completed his residency at the Massachusetts General Hospital and then performed a research fellowship at the Boston Children's Hospital.  He had an additional 2 years of pediatric and reconstructive urology training at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada.  He has been on faculty at the Seattle Children's Hospital since 2001 following a 4-year commitment in the US Army where he was a Lieutenant Colonel and Chief of Pediatric Urology at Madigan Army Medical Center.  In 2009, he received a Master in Public Administration, which he felt organized many of his principles of executive leadership in medical education.
Educational Philosophy

Dr. Joyner's passion is learning about and designing better ways to improve graduate medical education (GME).  In his role as the program director for the Department of Urology for 12 years, he was responsible for the core curriculum and competency-based training of the urology residents at the University of Washington.  In 2014, he became the Vice Dean for Graduate Medical Education and the Designated Institutional Official (DIO).  In this role, he is responsible for the educational learning environment for over 1380 ACGME-accredited residents and fellows in 104 different training programs.  Recently, the GME Office has acquired oversight for the nearly 100 non-accredited fellowship programs, as well.  In addition to these duties, Dr. Joyner is charged with the operations and continued accreditation of all of these programs, as well as building GME and securing resources for the trainees in the WWAMI region – a 5-state area (28% of the land mass of the US), including Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho.

His training in the UW Teaching Scholar's program has allowed him to create new approaches to teaching trainees about interpersonal and communication skills and professionalism.  In fact, his efforts have been rewarded with the 2005 Julian S. Ansell Teaching award.  Besides the more than 70 scientific articles he has published, he has written some of the seminal articles for urology in the field of graduate medical education and continues to champion better ways to improve doctors and doctoring.  He was honored with the coveted Parker J. Palmer Courage to Teach Award in 2011.  He participated in and assisted in the publication of the 2011 Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation Atlanta Conference “Ensuring an Effective Physician Workforce for the United States.”  In January 2014, he was named one of the top 10 Medical Educators in the US by Black Health Magazine.


Barry Kenfield

Barry J. Kenfield retired from Community Medical Center in 2006 where he served as an accountant, controller, Chief Financial Officer and for the last six years, Executive Vice President/ Chief Operating Officer.  A native of Montana, Mr. Kenfield holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration and Accounting from the University of Montana in Missoula. 

After leaving Community Medical Center, Mr. Kenfield served as an interim CEO and COO at a number of critical access facilities both in Montana and Washington. 

Currently, Mr. Kenfield is serving as the Director of the western Montana AHEC office and Chief Operating Officer of the Family Medicine Residency of western Montana.  He also serves on the state Graduate Medical Education Council.

He previously served as a Board Member of Clark Fork Valley Hospital in Plains, Mineral Community Hospital in Superior, Partners in Home Care, Inc. in Missoula, the Missoula Housing Authority, where he served as President, and has served on the Administrative Committee of the Missoula Area United Way.  He was a founding Board member and President of the MHA Workers Compensation Trust Fund and served as President and board member of the Watson Children's Shelter.  He also served on the Board of Community Medical Center and served as the chair for the Foundation for Community Health.

He is currently a member and past President of the Montana Chapter of Healthcare Financial Management Association; member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, and serves on the University of Montana Foundation Excellence Fund Steering Committee.


Mary Lieh-Lai, M.D., F.A.A.P., F.C.C.P.

Dr. Lieh-Lai is the Senior Vice President for Medical Accreditation at the ACGME, and Professor of Pediatrics at Wayne State University School of Medicine. Her training and former clinical practice was in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine. She was a program director for 12 years and a designated institutional official for the Children’s Hospital of Michigan/Wayne State University for 7 years.
gme-summit-david markenson.png 

David Markenson, M.D., M.B.A.

Dr. David Markenson serves as Vice President Graduate Medical Education for the Continental, Mountain and Mid-America Divisions, Hospital Corporation of America Physician Services Group.  In his current role he oversees all graduate and undergraduate medical education for HCA in three divisions encompassing five states and over 30 hospitals.  In addition as part of his role, Dr. Markenson oversees the incorporation of the HCA residents into the Clinical Agenda, Patient Safety, Patient Engagement and Physician Well-Being.  This effort involving over 50 HCA hospitals with GME programs and almost 3000 residents which will over the coming three years will expand to over 70 hospitals and almost 6000 residents, represents the largest integration of residents into key aspects of high quality, patient centered, safe care which also addresses the needs of the learner including their well-being. 

Prior to his current role, he was the Chief Medical Officer at Sky Ridge Medical Center where his responsibilities included serving as the Chief Quality Officer and overseeing graduate medical education.  Dr. Markenson came to Sky Ridge Medical Center from Westchester Medical Center and New York Medical College where he served as Medical Director for Regional Emergency Services and also Director Partnership for Patients, Quality Data and Special Projects which included the role of Chief Quality Officer.  During the same period Dr. Markenson was Professor of Pediatrics, Professor of Clinical Public Health and Director of the Center for Disaster Medicine at New York Medical College, the affiliated medical school of Westchester Medical Center. 

In addition to his professionall role, Dr. Markenson is the National Chair for the American Red Cross Scientific Advisory Council and Chairs the Health Evidence Based Network for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.  Dr. Markenson is the Deputy Editor-in-Chief for the journal, Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness.  Locally Dr. Markenson is a member of the Colorado Medical Society, Mile High Red Cross and Colorado March of Dimes Board of Directors.

Dr. Markenson received his MD from Albert Einstein College of Medicine and his MBA from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.  Following medical school, Dr. Markenson did a residency in General Pediatrics followed by fellowships training in both Pediatric Emergency Medicine and Pediatric Critical Care.  He is board certified in Pediatrics, Pediatric Critical Care, Clinical Informatics and Emergency Medical Services.  His career has been dedicated to improving hospital and health system quality and patient safety, improving the approach to pediatric care, disaster medicine and healthcare emergency management and advancing EMS and emergency medicine.  He has been the Principal Investigator on multiple federal grants, served on several Institute of Medicine Panels and federal, state and local advisory boards, authored over 50 articles and given over 150 scholarly presentations. 


Suzanne B. Murray M.D.

Dr. Murray is the Program Director of the Psychiatry Residency Program at the University of Washington. She was the former director of the Consult Liaison Psychiatry service at the University of Washington Medical Center and continues to attend on this service providing psychiatry care to patients admitted to the medical and surgical units at UWMC.

Dr. Murray earned her M.D. from Temple University in Philadelphia and completed her general psychiatry training and her geriatric fellowship at the University of Washington before coming on faculty in 2002.


Judith Pauwels, M.D.

Judith Pauwels is a Family Physician and Professor at the University of Washington in Seattle.  She was program director at the UW Family Medicine Residency Program for 10 years, and before that at the Tacoma Family Medicine Program for 6 years.  She currently works in the Family Medicine Residency Network as the Associate Director for Program Development and Accreditation.

Dr. Pauwels has served on the AAFP Residency Program Solutions Consultant Panel since 2002.  She has also worked with HRSA as a consultant on the Teaching Health Center grant program.

Dr. Pauwels maintains her clinical practice at the University of Washington, and continues to teach full-spectrum family medicine in the residency program.  She has published several articles on the financing of family medicine residency programs.  Her presentations have included developing programs; financial modeling of programs; faculty development; the clinical learning environment and New Accreditation System; and direct observation techniques for coaching and evaluating residents

​ ​