Richard Battaglia, M.D.

Richard G. Battaglia, M.D., FACP, was elected to the Health Foundation’s Board of Trustees in 2018.

A board certified internist, Battaglia is chief medical officer of the American Board of Internal Medicine. There, he leads ABIM’s effort to incorporate feedback from practicing physicians and key stakeholders into clinical aspects of all ABIM activities, including certification and maintenance of certification.

Previously, Battaglia served as a primary care internist with HealthCarePlan/Univera, a multi-specialty, staff model practice in western New York, before transitioning into leadership roles, including medical director of the Medical Centers Division and senior vice president, medical affairs/corporate medical director. He also served as medical director/chief medical officer of large multispecialty medical groups in western New York.

Battaglia has participated in national quality initiatives focused on physician group practice and health maintenance organizations. For more than 10 years, Battaglia devoted time to The National Committee for Quality Assurance, including a term as chairman of the committee charged with accreditation decision-making.

Immediately prior to joining ABIM, he was a consultant in PricewaterhouseCoopers’ health care practice. Working both nationally and internationally, Battaglia’s clients included academic medical centers, health systems, community hospitals, medical groups, payers and national physician certification organizations.

He received his bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from Canisius College. Battaglia obtained his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. He completed his specialty training through the University of Rochester’s Primary Care Program in Internal Medicine. Battaglia is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians.

An active Lions Club member, he also serves on the board of trustees of the New York State and Bermuda Lions Foundation, as well as the board of directors of the Vision Beyond Sight Foundation.