Board of Trustees

IPMA is governed by a Board of Trustees comprised of 3 members each from Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin.  To learn more, visit the About Us page.

Carolyn Lopez, MD

Chicago, IL - Board Chair

A native Chicagoan, Dr. Lopez received her MD in 1978 from the University of Illinois College of Medicine and completed her training with the Rush-Christ Family Medicine Residency Program. She is Board Certified in Family Medicine.

Dr. Lopez has extensive experience in both the private and public health care sectors. She has held entry level, mid-level and C-Suite leadership positions in managed care organizations in Chicago, serving as the first Chief Medical Officer for Rush/Prudential Health Plans, a vertically integrated managed care company in Chicago . She served as Medical Director for the Chicago Park District and as Chair of Family and Community Medicine at John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County (formerly Cook County Hospital). Her career in academic medicine included service as Assistant Dean for Pre-Clinical Curriculum at Rush Medical College. She is currently Professor in the Department of Family Medicine of Rush Medical College, President of the Chicago Board of Health, and has worked with several other medical boards including ACCME and the Interstate Post Graduate Medical Association (IPMA). A past president of the Institute of Medicine of Chicago (IOMC). Dr. Lopez currently serves as the Executive Director for the IOMC.

Dr. Lopez is a past president of the Illinois Academy of Family Physicians where she was the first woman and first Latino to be elected as president. She is alsopast officer of the American Academy of Family Physicians where she was elected as the first woman and Latino Vice Speaker and Speaker of the Congress of Delegates.

Don Klitgaard, MD

Harlan, Iowa - Board Vice Chair

Dr. Klitgaard graduated from the University of Iowa College of Medicine and completed his residency at the Lincoln Family Medicine Program in Lincoln, Nebraska. For 15 years, he practiced full scope Family Medicine and served as Medical Director of the Myrtue Medical Center clinics in Harlan, Iowa. During this time, he served as the physician champion as Myrtue participated in the TransforMED National Demonstration Project and led their subsequent Patient-Centered Medical Home transformation efforts, which substantially changed the practice’s approach to providing comprehensive, high-quality, patient-centered healthcare.

Dr. Klitgaard served as the New Physician member on the AAFP Board of Directors, and has served as the President and Board Chair of the Iowa Academy of Family Physicians. He is currently President of the IAFP Foundation. He has also served as a member of the AMA Committee of Innovators, a multispecialty group tasked with providing insight and practical guidance to AMA leadership and policy staff on the rapid and complex changes occurring in healthcare delivery and payment systems, including collaboration on four whitepapers on these topics.

Since 2012, Dr. Klitgaard has been passionately devoted to the creation and growth of Heartland Rural Physician Alliance, a statewide IPA dedicated to helping independent practices in Iowa thrive in the rapidly-changing world of value-based purchasing and healthcare delivery transformation. He currently serves as Board President and ACO Medical Director for both Medicare Shared Savings and Wellmark BC/BS ACOs. In 2014, Dr. Klitgaard transitioned from 15 years of full-scope, rural clinical practice to a new role as Vice President, then Chief Medical Officer, of Accountable Care Associates of Springfield, MA, in addition to serving as the National Medical Director for Healthcare, working with ACCS and PACS, two national Medicare Shared Savings ACOs.  In May 2015, he created MedLink Advantage, a healthcare consulting and ACO management company which he leads as CEO. MedLink focuses on the development, support, and management of physician-led ACOs in Iowa and elsewhere. He is also an active member of the AAFP’s Commission on Quality and Practice.

Dr. Klitgaard is married to Laurel, his wonderful wife of 28 years. They have two children, Ellen, a law student at the University of Iowa who is married to JW Whitehorn, and Jack, an active 14-year-old who keeps them young with his wide range of activities. Dr. Klitgaard’s interests outside of medicine include fishing, photography, SCUBA diving, travel, teaching in his church’s youth group program, and serving as Scoutmaster of the local Boy Scout troop.

 

Alejandro Aparicio, MD, FACP

Chicago, IL

Dr. Aparicio received his BS from the University of Florida, his MD from the Universidad Central del Este, Dominican Republic, and completed his residency program in Internal Medicine and a fourth year as Chief Resident at Ravenswood Hospital Medical Center in Chicago. He is Board certified in internal medicine and practiced at a multi-specialty group for 20 years while also Director of Medical Education, Designated Institutional Official and Associate Medical Director at a large teaching hospital in Chicago prior to joining the staff of the AMA. He has contributed to CME in various capacities at hospital/hospital systems, at county, state, and national professional societies, and a medical school.

He is the Director of Medical Education Programs at the American Medical Association and is Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine and Assistant Professor of Medical Education at the University of Illinois College of Medicine where he also co-chairs the M3M4 Curriculum Subcommittee. He volunteers at CommunitHealth, a free clinic in Chicago, and serves in several not-for profit Boards, including serving as President of Hispanocare.

Tim Bartholow, MD

Madison, WI

Dr. Tim Bartholow is currently the VP and Chief Medical Officer at WEA Trust. Before joining the Trust, Dr. Bartholow served as the Wisconsin Medical Society's Chief Medical Officer for five years. In this role, he focused on physician and community engagement to promote change in the delivery and payment of health care.

Prior to joining the Society staff in November 2008, Dr. Bartholow spent 16 years caring for patients at the Prairie Clinic in Sauk City, Wis., where he was one of 12 clinical owners. In the late 1990s, he served as medical director for an independent physician association with more than 400 primary care providers and learned the potential for data to assist behavior change.

Dr. Bartholow received his bachelor's degree from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. He is a graduate of Washington School of Medicine in St. Louis, Mo., and completed his residency in family medicine at the University of Missouri in Columbia. He and his wife live in Madison, and they have adult twin sons.

Rodney A. Erickson, MD

Tomah, WI - Treasurer

For the past 29 years Dr. Erickson has been a country doctor practicing family medicine. His first 7 years were in Vinton, Iowa, serving in a rural health shortage area; the past 22 years have been in Tomah, WI. He has been involved in practice-based research, beginning with ASPN in the mid-1980s, and with WREN beginning 1991. Currently he is the Associate Medical Director for the Mayo Clinic Health System PBRN, having been involved with the network since its inception in 2008. His passion for practice-based research is based on the need to incorporate new knowledge into "real world" medicine.

Within medicine Dr. Erickson's other interests are geriatrics, sports medicine, wilderness medicine, and water births. Outside medicine, he and his wife Ruth enjoy hiking, biking, camping, sea kayaking, cross country skiing, and generally spending time outdoors. They have two grown sons: Robbie, a chemical engineer in the Twin Cities, and Richie, currently completing his doctorate in environmental toxicology in Texas.

Doug Martin, MD

Sioux City, Iowa

Dr. Martin is the medical director of the UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s Occupational Medicine Clinics in Sioux City, Iowa, where he has practiced since 1994. He is a family physician who now devotes his time to occupational health.

After graduating from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln, he received his MD from the University Of Nebraska College Of Medicine and completed his residency at the Quad Cities – Genesis Family Medicine Program in Davenport, Iowa.

Dr. Martin has served as President and Board Chair of the American Academy of Disability Evaluating Physicians (now known as the International Academy of Independent Medical Evaluators) as well as the Iowa Academy of Family Physicians.  He is the Speaker-Elect of the American College of Occupational & Environmental Medicine and also serves on ACOEM’s Board of Directors.

An accomplished educator, he has given over 400 CME presentations and has written several articles and two books.  He has been an AMA House of Delegates member since 2005.  He is involved with his wife and 4 children in Haiti mission projects via his wife’s organization Time4Haiti. He, along with his 3 sons, are Eagle Scouts.

Colleen M. Nichols, MD

Waukesha, WI

Dr. Nichols received her undergraduate degree at Marquette University in Milwaukee in 1988 and her medical degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin in 1992, where she also completed her residency.

Dr. Nichols currently serves as Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Wisconsin and the Medical College of Wisconsin and practices at Aurora St. Luke's Medical Center.

Sharmini Rasakulasuriar, MD

Humboldt, IA

Dr. Suriar was born and raised in Sri Lanka and moved to United States to continue her graduate studies which was interrupted due to civil war in her country. She received her MD degree from St.George’s University School of Medicine, Grenada, West Indies. Her combined Internal medicine/Pediatrics residency training was at Bridgeport Hospital and Yale New Haven Hospital in Connecticut. During the last 10 years she has been involved in leadership roles, has been Chief of staff at her local hospital also holding director positions for several hospital committees. She is also active in her health system’s clinical practice committee.

She is married with two daughters who are 14 and 13 years old. She enjoys volunteering, gardening, and travelling with her family.