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Medboard Matters Podcast

As the oldest continuously operating medical board in the United States and territories, NCMB just celebrated 165 years in operation. Host, Jean Fisher Brinkley is joined by current Board CEO Thom Mansfield and former CEO David Henderson as they test their knowledge of early Board history.

Posted May 6, 2024 | 
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Hosts and Guests

Jean Fisher Brinkley

Communications Director, North Carolina Medical Board

Jean Fisher Brinkley

Jean Fisher Brinkley is NCMB’s Communications Director, a role that involves developing and overseeing production of communications materials and strategies needed to enhance public and professional awareness and understanding of the Board and its mission. She joined NCMB in 2008, after an 11-year career in newspaper journalism, most of it dedicated to reporting on medicine, health policy and the business aspects of health care.

Brinkley earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Mills College in Oakland, CA, and a master’s degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley. She lives in Raleigh with her husband and two daughters.

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Thom Mansfield

Chief Executive Officer, North Carolina Medical Board

Thom Mansfield, Chief Legal Officer for the North Carolina Medical Board

Thom Mansfield, JD is the Board's CEO and leads a 13-member Board and a staff as they fulfill the Board’s mandate to regulate the practice of medicine for the benefit and protection of the people of North Carolina. Prior to accepting the position of CEO, Thom served as the organization’s Chief Legal Officer and led the Legal Department since 2001.

R. David Henderson, JD

R. David Henderson

Mr. Henderson is the former CEO of the NCMB after retiring in May of 2023 after 26 years of service to the organization. Under his leadership, NCMB became known as a national leader in medical regulation and is widely recognized as a standard-bearer for transparency.

Mr. Henderson earned his undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and his law degree from Wake Forest University. He began working at the North Carolina Medical Board in 1996 as one of the Board’s prosecuting attorneys. In 2003 he was selected as the Board’s executive director and in March of 2015 the Board named Mr. Henderson as its Chief Executive Officer.