The 2021 Call for Nominations is now closed.

The ABA would like to thank everyone who submitted names for nomination to the 2021-2022 Board. All members will have an opportunity to electronically vote on a slate for the positions below. Please refer to the timeline on this page for more detail about the elections process.

Open Positions

The President-elect ensures the orderly transition of Board leadership. The President-elect must be familiar with the Board’s various projects and the work of its committees in the event that he or she must take over the duties of the President unexpectedly. He or she becomes President in the event that the President resigns or the position of President otherwise becomes vacant. He or she then serves the former President’s unexpired term, as well as the full term he or she was elected to. The President-elect acts in the absence of the President as chairperson of the Board of Trustees, works closely with the President to ensure continuity of leadership, supports the efforts of the President and learns the duties of the President’s office.

The Treasurer monitors the Association’s finances to ensure accurate and timely implementation of Board fiscal policies. He/she facilitates the Board’s discharge of its financial oversight responsibilities, working closely with the Executive Director and Senior Director, Finance & Administration who are responsible for managing the ABA activities, finances and tasks on a daily basis.

The Board of Trustees includes six At-Large Board members. The Association’s governing body is the Board of Trustees, which shall have supervision, control and direction of the Association’s affairs, its committees and publications, shall determine its policies or changes therein, and shall adopt its annual fiscal program and budget. The Board shall actively prosecute the Association’s objectives and supervise the disbursement of its funds.

Leads the Committee that develops the educational content for the ABA Annual Meeting.

Qualifications

All Officers shall:

(a) be a professional in a burn-related field for no less than ten years; and

(b) have demonstrated leadership abilities; and

(c) have been and are currently active members of the Association for no less than ten years prior to their term of office.

(d) President-Elect must have served at least a two-year term on the Board of Trustees prior to assuming the role of President-Elect.

Full Position Description (President-Elect)

Full Position Description (President)

All Officers shall:

(a) be a professional in a burn-related field for no less than ten years; and

(b) have demonstrated leadership abilities; and

(c) have been and are currently active members of the Association for no less than ten years prior to their term of office.

Full Position Description

All Board Members shall:

(a) be a professional in a burn-related field for no less than five years; and

(b) have demonstrated leadership abilities; and

(c) have been and are currently active members of the Association for no less than five years prior to their term of office.

(d) At least two At Large Board members must be physicians and at least two must be non-physicians.

Full Position Description

All Board Members shall:

(a) be a professional in a burn-related field for no less than five years; and

(b) have demonstrated leadership abilities; and

(c) have been and are currently active members of the Association for no less than five years prior to their term of office.

(d) At least two At Large Board members must be physicians and at least two must be non-physicians.

Full Position Description

2021-2022 ABA Board of Trustees—to be elected

President-Elect

To be elected to a one-year term (serves until 2021; automatically ascends to President)

Treasurer

To be elected to a three-year term (serves until 2023, DOES NOT automatically ascend to President-Elect)

Members-at-Large (2)

To be elected to a three-year term, serving until 2024

Program Chair-Elect

Will serve one year in training and assume the role of Program Chair beginning in 2022, serving a three year term until 2025

2020-2021 ABA Board of Trustees—current composition

President

William L. Hickerson, MD, FACS (one-year term, serves until 2021, then serves two additional years on the Board as Past President)
Memphis, TN

President-Elect

Lucy Wibbenmeyer, MD, FACS (will serve as ABA President 2021-2022, automatically ascends to Past President)
Iowa City, IA

Treasurer

Charles J. Yowler, MD, FACS (term ends 2021)
Cleveland, OH

Secretary

Sharmila Dissanaike, MD, FACS (term ends 2023)
Lubbock, TX

Program Chair

Robert C. Cartotto, MD, FRCSC (term ends 2022)
Toronto, ON, Canada

Board Members

Elizabeth Dideon Hess, LCSW (term ends 2021)
Allentown, PA

Ingrid Parry, MS, PT, BT-C (term ends 2021)
Sacramento, CA

Lisa Forbes, MSc, OT (term ends 2022)
Winnipeg, MB, Canada

James Hill Holmes, IV, MD, FACS (term ends 2022)
Wake Forest, NC

Jody M. Rood, RN, BSN (term ends 2023)
Hudson, WI

Victor C. Joe, MD, FACS (term ends 2023)
Irvine, CA

Past Presidents

William G. Cioffi Jr., MD, FACS (term ends 2022)
Providence, RI

Steven E. Wolf, MD, FACS (term ends 2021)
Galveston, TX

Note: The only automatic ascension is from President-Elect to President and then Past President. All other positions are directly elected.

Timeline

January 4, 2021 Call for Nominations opens (14 days)
January 19, 2021 Call for Nominations closes
Nominating Committee meets and prepares slate
Board approves slate of candidates
March 17, 2021 Slate of candidates announced for electronic voting
March 31, 2021 Voting closes
April 2, 2021 New Board announced
April 9, 2021 New Board takes office