The Board of Directors of The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education conducted its annual meeting on Jan. 31 at the new integrated clinical, educational and administrative hub at 501 S. Washington Ave. in Scranton. During the meeting, new board members were welcomed, officers were elected and the board celebrated its recent momentous expansion to reflect its national presence.

A pair of area physician leaders and a local expert in healthcare finance joined the board as directors, bringing decades of experience in innovation, technology, health care and education: Patrick D. Conaboy, M.D., Michael J. Paglia, M.D., Ph.D., and Thomas Bisignani.

Dr. Conaboy, an Archbald resident, is the chief medical officer for Commonwealth Health's Regional Hospital of Scranton and Moses Taylor Hospital. A graduate of Scranton Preparatory School, The University of Scranton and Georgetown University School of Medicine, he served a decade in the U.S. Army before returning to Scranton where he opened a family practice that would become Cognetti and Conaboy Family Practice.

Dr. Paglia, a Shavertown resident, is the associate designated institutional official for Geisinger Health System and a Clinical Associate Professor at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine. Dually board-certified in obstetrics/gynecology and maternal-fetal medicine, he currently serves on Geisinger's Systemwide Hospital Lab Formulary Committee and the Board of Directors for the local branch of the March of Dimes.

Bisignani, an Olyphant resident, is the market chief financial officer for Commonwealth Health System - the largest network of hospitals in Northeastern Pennsylvania - overseeing Moses Taylor Hospital, Regional Hospital of Scranton, Physician's Health Alliance, Commonwealth Health Emergency Medical Services and Great Valley Cardiology. He is a graduate of the University of Scranton with a bachelor's degree in accounting.

The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education Board also welcomed the following new board directors:

Robert Naismith, Ph.D., chairman of mentor insight; Jujuama Inc.; and Jujama Solutions Pvt. Ltd.; Professor of Clinical Sciences at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine (who was appointed Secretary of this board)

Carol W. Rubel, adjunct professor of education at University of Scranton

Jumee Barooah, M.D., designated institutional official of The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education

Judy Featherstone, M.D., chief health officer at HealthPoint in Auburn, Washington

Vincent Keane, president and chief executive officer of Unity Health Care in Washington, D.C.

Kim Patton, president and chief executive officer of HealthSource in Ohio

Douglas Spegman, M.D., chief clinical officer of El Rio Health in Arizona

Sharon Obadia, D.O., FNAOME, associate dean for Clinical Education and Services and an associate professor of internal medicine at A.T. Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona

Led by President Linda Thomas-Hemak, M.D., these recently appointed board members joined valued existing directors: Harold Baillie, Ph.D. (chair); James Gavin (vice chair); John Kearney (treasurer); Carlon Preate; Gerard Geoffroy; Mary Marrara; Sister Maryalice Jacquinot; and Lia Richards-Palmiter, Ph.D.

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