Donald Melnick

President of the NBME

Donald Melnick attended Columbia Union College, and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, in 1971, majoring in chemistry and German. He attended medical school at Loma Linda University in California, and received his MD in 1975. Graduate medical education includes internal medicine at the Medical Center Hospital of Vermont, University of Vermont. 

Before beginning his teaching career, he served as an emergency room doctor, medical director, consultant, and held several positions with the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) in Philadelphia until becoming president in 2000. He has been an associate professor and adjunct professor at Marshall University School of Medicine in Huntington, West Virginia; Hahnemann University School of Medicine in Philadelphia; and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. 

Prior to his appointment as president of the NBME, he was an Associate Professor in the Departments of Medicine and Pharmacology at Marshall University School of Medicine. He is a Master of the American College of Physicians (ACP), a Fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics, and Distinguished Fellow of the American College of Physician Executives. He has received many honors over his career, and is a widely published author in many publications. Donald Melnick also is a member of several medical societies and numerous committees, both in medicine and Seventh-day Adventist organizations. Married in 1972 to Pamela, the couple has two adult children, Rebekah and Christopher Nathan, and lives in the Philadelphia area.