02 Jun New Hire Dan Ebeling Joins AAHIVM as Credentialing Director Following Retirement of Current Director Ken South
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The American Academy of HIV Medicine (AAHIVM), the nation’s largest independent HIV provider organization, today announced the hire of Dan Ebeling as the new Credentialing Program Director. Ebeling was chosen from over 100 applicants to replace Ken South as director upon South’s retirement.
South’s last day at the Academy will be June 30th, marking the 9th anniversary of what he describes as the pinnacle of his impressive 45 year long career.
“I absolutely feel that the Academy has been the perfect fit for me because I have been able to apply my knowledge of my life experiences with the epidemic with the autonomy and creativity I crave,” stated South. “Best of all, are the countless fond memories of the relationships with AAHIVM staff, board and members. My life has truly been enriched because I was lucky enough to be a part of the team!”
South joined AAHIVM nine years ago as the membership director, then transitioned to head the credentialing department. Following his retirement, South will consult for AAHIVM, continuing to oversee the organization’s HIV and Aging Consensus Project, developed to assess how the presence of both HIV and common age-associated diseases, alter the optimal treatment of HIV as well as other co-morbidities.
After earning his Masters of Divinity degree in 1972, South founded the GLBT Coalition of the Connecticut Conference of the United Church of Christ and was co-founder of the Hartford Gay & Lesbian Health Collective. He began his HIV career at the height of the epidemic with AID Atlanta and has worked with the AIDS National Interfaith Network, AIDS Action, the AIDS Institute of KOBA Associates, and the President’s Commission on the AIDS Epidemic.
“There is no doubt that Ken has made a significant contribution to the fight against HIV and AIDS throughout his career,” says AAHIVM Executive Director, James Friedman. “Just as the HIV community has benefited from Ken’s passion for the cause, so too has the Academy. I consider it an honor to have worked with him and wish Ken all the best in this next chapter of his life.”
New Credentialing Director, Dan Ebeling, most recently held the Certification Management position at the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) where he was responsible for the management and growth of their credentialing program. Ebeling oversaw the administration of over 1800 individual exams per year including management of a network of over 40 remote test sites. He excels in working directly with subject matter experts, volunteer committees and association leadership.
“We are confident that Dan will be an asset to our organization because of his extensive experience in leading a successful certification program,” states Friedman. “I welcome his new perspective, fresh ideas and passion for strategically growing the AAHIVM credentialing program.”
The AAHIVM 3-year professional certifications are the first and only credentials offered to physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and pharmacist specializing in advanced level HIV care. The HIV Specialist (AAHIVS) credential is available to practicing frontline care clinical providers, while the HIV Expert (AAHIVE) designation can be earned by non-practicing practitioners. The HIV Pharmacist (AAHIVP) certification is available to HIV-specialized pharmacists.
“AAHIVM has an established credential that promotes a high quality standard of care for HIV patients, and I’m excited to be joining a team that is focused on such an important mission,” stated Ebeling. “I’m looking forward to continuing the growth of a reliable and relevant credentialing system to ensure that HIV patients receive the best of care.”
Ebeling will began this new chapter with the Academy on June 1, 2016 in order to have the opportunity to work in conjunction with South prior to his retirement.
The American Academy of HIV Medicine is a professional organization that supports the HIV practitioners and promotes accessible, quality care for all Americans living with HIV disease. Our membership of HIV practitioners and credentialed providers give direct care to the majority of HIV patients in the US.
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