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Meet the Leadership Team

The ABMS International team is committed to providing the highest level of service in its collaborations with organizations striving to set high standards for assessing and certifying medical specialists. Please see below to learn about the team's areas of expertise. For more information about ABMS International services, please contact us.

Mira Irons, MD

Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

Dr. Irons is the ABMS Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs. In this position she oversees core ABMS programs and staff that serve to advance improved standards and methods for certification, continuing certification and lifelong assessment, expand ABMS International programs and develop ABMS research initiatives and collaborations.

Dr. Irons has extensive experience in academic medicine, clinical practice, medeical professional leadership and scientific research. She is active in leadership positions with numerous professional societies related to her specialty focus in Medical Genetics, is an invited presenter at regional, national and international teaching and medical events, and is a widely published researcher. Prior to ABMS, Dr. Irons oversaw clinical operations of the Division of Genetics at Boston Children's Hospital and served as an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Irons received her bachelor's degree in medical science from Northwestern University and her medical degree from the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She is ABMS Member Board Certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and the American Board of Medical Genetics, and is participating in the MOC programs of both Boards.

Krista Allbee

Krista Allbee

Vice President, International Programs

Krista Allbee is Vice President, International Programs. In this position, she provides leadership and guidance to ABMS and the ABMS Member Boards in supporting growth and building international certification programs and enhancing domestic certification services.

Ms. Allbee’s previous experience includes 10 years with the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME), where she most recently served as Director of Test Development for Client Programs. She was also Managing Editor of the United States Medical Licensing Exam Step 2.

Ms. Allbee has co-authored articles that have appeared in medical journals including Academic Medicine and the American Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Political Science from the University of Vermont.

Kathy Holtzman

Kathy Holtzman

Director of Assessment and International Operations

Kathy Holtzman is Director of Assessment and International Operations for the ABMS.  She provides leadership and project management for international examinations.  Ms. Holtzman has extensive experience with assessment of medical decision-making skills with multiple-choice tests and simulation formats; methods for development and review of test material; design and introduction of computer-based and web-based tests; and development of new assessment formats, some utilizing multimedia.  In addition, she has conducted item-writing workshops at dozens of medical schools, specialty boards, and professional conferences nationally and internationally.

Prior to joining the ABMS, Ms. Holtzman worked for 35 years at the National Board of Medical Examiners, most recently as Assistant Vice President in the Assessment Programs unit.