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ABS Councilor Dr. Brenessa Lindeman Elected to ABFM Board of Directors

Jun. 09, 2023 Media Contact: Alyson Maloney, 215-568-4000

The American Board of Surgery (ABS), the national certifying body for general surgeons and related specialists, is pleased to announce Dr. Brenessa Lindeman has been elected to the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) Board of Directors for the ABS. Dr. Lindeman will serve a five-year term from 2023 to 2028.

Brenessa Lindeman, MD, MEHP

Dr. Lindeman is an associate professor and vice chair of education in the department of surgery, section chief and fellowship director for endocrine surgery, and assistant dean for graduate medical education at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

A native of eastern Kentucky, she graduated summa cum laude from the University of Louisville and Alpha Omega Alpha as the Founder's Medalist at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. She completed general surgery residency and earned a masters of education in the health professions at Johns Hopkins University, then completed simultaneous fellowships in endocrine surgery and surgical education at Harvard Medical School.

In addition to her new role at the ABFM, Dr. Lindeman is a councilor, director of the General Surgery Board, and incoming chair of the Assessment Committee at the ABS. She is also an associate member of the ACS Master Surgeon Educators, and her research interests are in development and assessment of competency in surgical trainees, including Entrustable Professional Activities. She has played an integral role in drafting EPAs for the ABS, the Association of American Medical Colleges, and the American Association of Endocrine Surgeons.

About the ABS
  • The American Board of Surgery is an independent, nonprofit organization founded in 1937 for the purpose of certifying individuals who have met a defined standard of education, training and knowledge in the field of surgery. Surgeons certified by the ABS have completed at least five years of surgical training following medical school and successfully completed a written and oral examination process administered by the ABS. They must then maintain their board certification through ongoing learning and practice improvement activities.
  • The ABS offers board certification in general surgery, vascular surgery, pediatric surgery, surgical critical care, complex general surgical oncology, and surgery of the hand. It is one of the 24 member boards of the American Board of Medical Specialties.