Board Members

Mark L. Graber MD
Dr. Graber is a Senior Fellow at RTI International and Professor Emeritus of Medicine at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He has an extensive background in biomedical and health services research, with over 70 peer-reviewed publications. He is a national leader in the field of patient safety and originated Patient Safety Awareness Week in 2002, an event now recognized internationally. Dr. Graber has also been a pioneer in efforts to address diagnostic errors in medicine, and his research in this area has been supported by the National Patient Safety Foundation and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.In 2008 he convened and chaired the first Diagnostic Error in Medicine conference. In 2011 he founded the new Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine and serves as President of SIDM.

Paul L. Epner MBA, MEd
Paul Epner is a strategic planning consultant in healthcare with special expertise in the field of laboratory medicine. Previously he spent 31 years with the Diagnostics Division of Abbott Laboratories working in the U.S., Japan and China. His final position at Abbott was as Director of Healthcare Improvement Initiatives in which he focused on solving problems facing the clinical laboratory profession. Today, he continues to focus his efforts on redefining the role of clinical laboratorians to focus more directly on improved patient outcomes. This work has led him to the field of diagnostic errors. Paul currently serves as President of the Clinical Laboratory Management Association (CLMA) and as Chairman of the AHRQ-funded Diagnostic Error in Medicine (DEM) 2014 Conference.

David E. Newman-Toker MD, PhD
Dr. Newman-Toker is Associate Professor of Neurology and Otolaryngology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. His training is in Neurology, Neuro-ophthalmology, Neuro-otology, and Clinical Research Methods. Dr. Newman-Toker’s clinical interest is in diagnosis of acute disorders affecting the brainstem and cranial nerves, including stroke. His research mission is to achieve better outcomes through better diagnosis. He has published more than 50 peer-reviewed journal articles and given more than 50 invited lectures, most on diagnosis of dizziness and diagnostic errors. He co-chaired the Diagnostic Error Conferences in 2010, 2011 and 2012 and currently serves as the chairman of the SIDM Research Committee.

Art Papier MD
Dr Papier is an Associate Professor in Dermatology and Medical Informatics at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and CEO of Logical Images, a healthcare technology company focusing on the development of real-time reference systems facilitating medical diagnosis with visual and graphical interfaces. Dr. Papier also conducts research in diagnostic errors with particular interest in the misdiagnosis and inappropriate therapy around soft tissue infections. He was Principal investigator of a NIH NIAMS project to create a standardized lexicon for the field of dermatology. A graduate of Wesleyan University, Dr. Papier completed his premed studies at Columbia University, received his MD from the University of Vermont College of Medicine, and completed his graduate medical training in Dermatology at the University of Rochester Medical Center. He chairs the Industry Relations Committee of SIDM.

Ruth Ryan RN, BSN, MSW
Ruth Ryan earned a BA and MSW from the University of Michigan. She graduated summa cum laude from San Francisco State University with a BSN. After various clinical positions as a Registered Nurse, she worked in Quality Management and Performance Improvement roles. She served on the Board of Directors for the New Orleans Association for Healthcare Quality (NOAHQ) for 9 years. She has been with the Risk Management Department of LAMMICO since 2006, performing CME accreditation, continuing education program development, and medical writing. She serves as SIDM Secretary and chairs the Membership Committee.