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ABMS Appoints Laura Skarnulis as New COO

CHICAGO – February 21, 2013 – American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), the not-for-profit organization that oversees physician certification in the United States, has appointed Laura L. Skarnulis as the organization’s new Chief Operating Officer (COO). She will officially assume her role on March 29.

Skarnulis brings 25 years of financial and operational experience to ABMS from a variety of industries. Most recently, she served as chief operating officer for United Way of Metropolitan Chicago. Prior to that, Skarnulis held executive management positions with the Arena Football League as well as various financial positions with World Book Publishing and Grant Thornton.

As COO, Skarnulis will serve as ABMS’ senior financial executive responsible for all aspects of the organization's finances as well as executive responsibilities for human resources, product management, information services, business planning and development, communications and meeting services and facilities.

“As a member of the executive team, Laura will be a critical player in supporting the effective and efficient operation of ABMS and its subsidiaries, as well as in the development of business and financial strategies and plans both nationally and internationally.” said Lois Margaret Nora, MD, JD, MBA, President and CEO of ABMS. “Her experience, management and leadership skills will be valuable assets to ABMS.”

Skarnulis received her bachelor’s degree in accounting from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb. She is a resident of Downers Grove.


About ABMS
For 80 years, the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) has been the medical organization overseeing physician certification in the United States. It assists its 24 Member Boards in their efforts to develop and implement educational and professional standards for the evaluation and certification of physician specialists. ABMS Member Boards provide physician certification information to ABMS for its certification verification service programs. ABMS is recognized by the key health care credentialing accreditation entities as a primary equivalent source of Board Certification data for medical specialists. Patients can visit or call toll-free (866) ASK-ABMS to see if their physician is Board Certified by an ABMS Member Board. For more information about ABMS, visit or call (312) 436-2600.

The 24 Member Boards that comprise the ABMS Board Enterprise and certify more than 800,000 physicians include the American Board of Allergy and Immunology, American Board of Anesthesiology, American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery, American Board of Dermatology, American Board of Emergency Medicine, American Board of Family Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine, American Board of Medical Genetics, American Board of Neurological Surgery, American Board of Nuclear Medicine, American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, American Board of Ophthalmology, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, American Board of Otolaryngology, American Board of Pathology, American Board of Pediatrics, American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, American Board of Plastic Surgery, American Board of Preventive Medicine, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, American Board of Radiology, American Board of Surgery, American Board of Thoracic Surgery and American Board of Urology.