The Primary Care Education Consortium (PCEC) Medical Advisory Board is a working
group of primary care clinicians who provide insight on the current educational
needs and gaps facing primary care clinicians today.
The purpose of the PCEC Medical Advisory Board is to define educational gaps hindering
the primary care clinician’s mastery of the therapeutic areas under their
purview and to provide suggestions on methods to overcome these educational gaps
in order to increase clinician effectiveness and improve patient care outcomes.
PCEC Medical Advisory Board Members
Chairman, Penny Tenzer-Iglesias, MD
Penny Tenzer, MD, is an Associate Professor and Vice Chair of Academic Affairs in
the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Miami
Miller School of Medicine in Miami, Florida. She also serves as Chief of Service
for Family Medicine at the University of Miami Hospital, Director of Continuing
Medical Education for the Department of Family Medicine, and is an attending physician
in the Department of Family Medicine at Jackson Memorial Hospital.
A prolific author of articles and book chapters on issues that include various pain
management topics & guidelines, Diabetes, RLS, cultural competency, smoking
cessation, and posttraumatic stress disorder, Dr Tenzer has been published in a
range of professional journals, including the Clinics of North America Series, Annals
of Family Medicine, The Journal of Family Practice, Home Health Care Consultant,
Social Science & Medicine, Geriatrics, Pain Medicine, and recently co-authored
a manuscript for the AAFP American Family Physician Journal regarding Opioid Use
in Chronic Pain Management. In addition she serves as an editor and author for Internal
Dr Tenzer is a frequent lecturer at the national level on a variety of topics such
as diabetes, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, dyslipidemia, geriatrics,
restless legs syndrome, women's health issues, and pain management. She has earned
many honors, including the Florida's Best Doctors Award from Florida Monthly magazine,
the Full Time Exemplary Teacher of the Year Award from the American Academy of Family
Physicians, and several Golden Apple Teaching Awards. She was a finalist for the
Parker J. Palmer Courage to Teach Award from the Accreditation Council for Graduate
Stephen A. Brunton, MD
Stephen A. Brunton, MD holds the faculty rank of Adjunct Clinical Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of North Carolina (UNC), Chapel Hill. He also functions as Executive Vice President for Education for the Primary Care Education Consortium (PCEC).
Dr. Brunton earned his medical degree at Monash University Medical School in Melbourne, Australia. He completed his residency in family practice at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center in California. He is a board-certified family physician, with a certificate of added qualifications in geriatrics.
A former president of the California Academy of Family Physicians and the Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors (AFMRD), Dr Brunton has held many positions within the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP). He served as director of the division of education in the early 1980s and was a family practice residency director in California for 13 years
A frequent lecturer, Dr Brunton also has published numerous articles, chapters, and monographs on family medicine and related clinical topics. He serves in editorial capacities for
Internal Medicine Alert, Clinical Diabetes, Consultant, Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology and the Journal of Clinical Hypertension . He also serves as a reviewer for American Family Physician, the Southern Medical Journal, Expert Review of Endocrinology and Metabolism and the Journal of Family Practice.
Robert B Kelley, MD
Robert Kelly, MD, has been practicing and teaching family medicine to residents
and students for 25 years. Since 2001, he has been the Associate Director and Curriculum
Coordinator for the Fairview Hospital/Cleveland Clinic Family Medicine Residency
Program. Family medicine originally attracted his interest because it involves care
for everyone in the family, regardless of age or health status. He has a longstanding
academic and practical interest in health promotion, disease prevention and patient
education; his medical research over the years has also focused in these topic areas.
Dr. Kelly has a unique role as "Patient Education Medical Editor" for
the American Academy of Family Physicians. This began modestly with involvement
in the creation of a series of educational pamphlets, though there have been many
other projects over the years. When the AAFP developed an educational web site for
patients, www.FamilyDoctor.org, Dr. Kelly was asked to serve as the Medical Editor.
FamilyDoctor.org now gets more than a million uses each month and has received numerous
awards for excellence as an internet resource.
Most recently, Dr. Kelly has pursued an interest in complimentary and alternative
medicine by receiving training in medical acupuncture in 2004 through the Helms
Medical Institute "Medical Acupuncture for Physicians" course, affiliated
with UCLA School of Medicine. In his first three years of acupuncture practice,
he has done more than 1,000 treatments and has received certification from the American
Board of Medical Acupuncture. While he still maintains an active traditional family
practice, one-third of his clinical time is now devoted to medical acupuncture.
Janet R. Albers, M.D.
Janet Albers is the Chief Executive Officer of SIU Center for Family Medicine –
a federally qualified health center, Professor and Associate Chair of the SIU Department
of Family and Community Medicine, and the Program Director for the SIU Family Medicine
Residency Program in Springfield. Dr. Albers has developed a residency program which
emphasizes intra-disciplinary training within the context of the Patient-Centered
Medical Home, as well as the development of strong community ties and partnerships
within Springfield and the surrounding area. This has proven to enhance the health
of the community and region, and optimizes the training experience for residents.
Dr. Albers practices full scope primary care, including obstetrics, and has a special
interest in Women's Health. As a recent member of the Board of Directors for the
Illinois Academy of Family Physicians and as a member of its Family Medicine Educators
Committee, Dr. Albers has helped develop a number of continuing medical education
programs for family physicians in the state of Illinois. She also serves on the
Education Committee for the Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors.
Dr. Albers completed her medical school training at SIU and her residency in Family
Medicine at Mayo Graduate School of Medicine in Rochester, Minnesota.
Beth R. Smolko, MMS, PA-C
Beth Smolko is the President of the Association of Family Practice Physician Assistants
(AFFPA), a national constituent organization of the American Academy of Physician
Assistants representing primary care PAs. She is a board-certified Physician Assistant,
currently practicing Internal Medicine in Frederick, MD. Her clinical experience
includes both family practice and internal medicine, treating patients in rural
and underserved communities. In addition to patient care, she serves as a clinical
preceptor for both Salus University and Franklin Pierce University. Prior to earning
a Masters in Medical Science from Midwestern University in 2007, she worked as a
microbiologist at the National Cancer Institute at NIH studying plasmacytomas.
Ms. Smolko is passionate about driving policy change to ensure all advanced practice
clinicians can provide patient care within the full scope of their licenses. In
2012, she facilitated the first ever panel discussion between the presidents of
the AANP and AAPA to examine how their respective professions can work together
on common legislative goals. She has led direct discussions with members of Congress
on the role of PAs in hospice, home health and patient centered medical homes. She
recently served as a panelist representing physician assistants at the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention in the discussion on the implementation of Hepatitis
C screening recommendations for baby boomers.
M. Elayne DeSimone, RN, PhD, NPc
Dr. DeSimone is a clinical associate professor in the adult and family nurse practitioner
programs at the Stony Brook University in N.Y. She also works in a free primary
care clinic for the uninsured in West Chester, Pennsylvania. In practice since
1974, her clinical experience has taken her from critical care to research to primary
care. She co-founded the Nurse Practitioner Association of Long Island and is a
past president of the New York State Coalition of Nurse Practitioners. Political
activism and advocacy for nurses have always remained a passion.
In 2007, Dr. DeSimone was elected as the President-Elect of the American College
of Clinicians, an organization whose mission is to foster patient access to high
quality health care from nurse practitioners and physician assistants. Board certified
in Adult Health, Dr. DeSimone is a fellow of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.
Dr. DeSimone was elected to the Center's board of directors in June 2007.
Fred M. Eckel, RPH
Fred Eckel is Executive Director Emeritus, North Carolina Association of Pharmacists
and Adjunct Professor of Pharmacy at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
Eshelman School of Pharmacy and a Consultant in Pharmacy Practice.
Fred grew up in Philadelphia where he graduated from the Philadelphia College of
Pharmacy and Science. It was at The Ohio State University School of Pharmacy and
Hospitals he earned his M.S. Degree and Residency in Hospital Pharmacy. He received
an Honorary Doctor of Science Degree from the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia
in May 2009. Fred is a pharmacist by choice, commitment and concern. He has worked
in community and hospital pharmacy. He served as Director of Pharmacy at the UNC
Hospitals from 1968 to 1975. Fred is a past president of ASHP, NCSHP, and the North
Carolina Center for Pharmaceutical Care for which he currently serves as Executive
Director. Fred is Editor-in-Chief of Pharmacy Times and has contributed over 250
articles and editorials to the pharmacy literature. He is a frequent speaker at
pharmacy meetings, having spoken in all states and on all in habited continents.
Fred's wife, Peggy, is a nurse; his daughter, Sarah, and son, Stephen, practice
pharmacy. Fred's faith is important to him. He continues to teach a Sunday School
class each week and serves as President of Christian Pharmacists Fellowship International.
Fred is considered a pharmacy futurist. You may not agree with him, but he will
make you think. Be prepared to be challenged, stimulated, and quickened.
Bob Addleton, EdD
Bob Addleton is Executive Vice-President of the Physicians' Institute for Excellence
in Medicine, a 501c3 subsidiary of the Medical Association of Georgia. The Institute's
Mission is to improve patient safety and achieve clinical improvements for physicians
and their patients. The Institute is currently working with eleven state medical
societies on collaborative educational initiatives. Prior to working in CME, he
was an Organizational Development/Performance Improvement consultant for 6 years
with the Einstein Consulting Group (Philadelphia, PA), and his own firm, Piedmont
Consulting. Previous employment included positions at the Medical College of Virginia
Hospitals, Western State Hospital, Wytheville Community College, the University
of South Carolina at Spartanburg, and the NC Department of Vocational Rehabilitation.
He has held faculty appointments at the University of Virginia, Wytheville Community
College, and the University of South Carolina at Spartanburg. He is currently licensed
in Georgia as a Professional Counselor. He holds a doctorate from the University
of Alabama (Educational Leadership), an Educational Specialist degree (Counselor
Education) from Appalachian State University, a Master's in Education (Rehabilitation
Counseling) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a Bachelor's
degree in Journalism from the University of Georgia. Bob is active in volunteer
positions with the ACCME and the Alliance for CME. He is currently Chair of the
ACCME's "CME: The Basics" program.
Kevin Miller, DO
Dr. Kevin Miller was born on Eglan Airforce Base in Florida, and grew up on many
different bases in the mid-west and east coast. Inspired by his grandfather’s example
of professionalism and caring, he chose to pursue medicine, graduating from Oral
Roberts University in 1991, then going on to Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine
where he did an additional year fellowship in Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine.
After graduation in 1996, he completed a residency at Ohio University. “Being a
physician allows me to serve people in need through science and compassionate care,”
says Dr. Miller. After his wife, Dr. Eden Miller, a native Oregonian, finished her
training in Portland, she suggested the family look for an opportunity to move to
Central Oregon and High Lakes provided that opportunity. “We have enjoyed seeing
the wonderful people of Sisters for 10 years. The combination of great people, natural
beauty and wonderful opportunity for raising healthy children have kept us enjoying
Dr. Miller is a current board member of the Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons
Board. He is the past President of OPSO and American College of Osteopathic Family
Physicians of Oregon and is also the current president of the American College of
Osteopathic Family Physicians of Oregon. He has served as a delegate on the AOA
board of delegates representing Oregon at this yearly meeting in Chicago. He was
also serves on the Governor's Board of Rural Health. “I enjoy being involved in
my children’s lives, going on family hikes and participating in their
school and sports activities. I also serve on many boards in order to help improve
the health and well-being of patients in our state and nationally.