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2013 Governors-elect Candidates' Bios and Vision Statements

Alabama Chapter

The ballots for the current Governors-elect election have been mailed. The voting membership (Masters, Fellows, Members, and Resident/Fellow Members with an electdate of 8/1/2011 or earlier) can vote via telephone 1 877 471 9647 (US only), online (www.directvote.net/ACP/) or mail-in ballot. You will need your mailed ballot with your ACP Member Number and Election Passcode in order to make a vote. Below are the bios and vision statements of the candidates that are running in this election. Online voting began on August 26, 2013 and ends on October 25, 2013 at 11:59 PM Eastern. Please be sure to vote!

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Gustavo R. Heudebert, MD, FACP
Dr. Heudebert

PLACE OF BIRTH Lima, Peru

EDUCATION: Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia (Lima, Peru). From 1973 to 1982; combined 8 years program of college education (2 years) and med. sch. (6 years)

POST DOCTORAL TRAINING: Int. Med. at Henry Ford Hosp. (1984-1987), Chief Medical Resident Henry Ford Hosp. (1987-88), Gen. Int. Med. Fellow at the Medical Coll. of Wisconsin (Clinical Fellow 1998-89; Research Fellow (1989-1991), Stanford Faculty Development Prog. (1991), Macy Scholar (2002)

CERTIFICATION: ABIM (1988)

PRESENT POSITION: Prof. of Med., Med. Ed. and Public Health Univ. of Alabama Sch. of Med., Vice Chair for Education, Dept. of Med., Assistant Dean for Graduate Med. Ed., Former Prog. Dir. of the Int. Med. Res. Training Prog. at the Univ. of Alabama-Birmingham (2001-2012)

ACP ACTIVITIES: Member since 1984; became a Fellow in 1994

CHAPTER INVOLVEMENT/LEADERSHIP ACTIVITIES: Member of the Alabama Council since 2002, In charge of membership recruitment / retention of the Alabama Chapter since 2010, Participated in lectures at the Annual Meeting on three occasions, Judge for poster selection for the last 8 years, Judge of posters / oral presentations at the chapter meeting for the last 8 years, Participated in the “Stump the Professor” session since its inception three years ago, Lectures / case discussions for the Internal Medicine Interest group (ACP sponsored) for the last 10 years, Co-Director (Robert M. Centor) and lecturer of the Precourse “Update in Primary Care” for the National ACP meeting in 1997 and 1998, Laureate Awardee of the Alabama Chapter 2011

HOSPITAL/COMMUNITY SERVICE: Member of the Cooper Green Mercy Hospital Staff until its closure in December 2012 (safety net hospital of Jefferson County, AL), Member Patient Safety Committee University of Alabama Hospital, Char, Graduate Medical Education Committee of the University of Alabama Hospital, Member Birmingham VA Medical Center Staff (1985-current)

OTHER APPOINTMENTS: Member of the Step 2 CK writing committee of the NBME, Member of the Diversity Comm. of the Academic Alliance of Internal Medicine, Former member of the Internal Medicine Writing Committee of the ABIM (2002-2007)

Vision Statement

My vision as Governor is to improve the health of Alabamians through the action of ACP members. I will accomplish such goal by offering continuous updates and a forum so members remain informed on seismic changes upon us. Over the next several years the Affordable Care Act (ACA), board certification, and the changes proposed by the ACGME will shape the future of American medicine in a way we have not seen since the enactment of the Medicare Act and the release of the Flexner report. As your Governor I will maintain you abreast of the College leadership opinions and actions in regards to ACA, ABIM, and ACGME as well as carrying back your concerns and ideas to the Board of Governors and Board of Reagents. As a physician, my passion is to provide the best possible care for those we serve and the best training to those we teach.


Ross B. Vaughn, MD, FACP
Dr. Vaughn

PLACE OF BIRTH: Anniston, Alabama

EDUCATION: Doctor of Medicine, cum laude, Univ. of Alabama Sch. of Med., 1992, Bachelor of Science, magna cum laude, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 1998

POST DOCTORAL TRAINING: Primary Int. Med., Univ. of Alabama Hospitals, 1992-1995, Chief Medical Resident, Univ. of Alabama Hospitals, 1995-1996

CERTIFICATION: ABIM, 1996; recertification 2006

PRESENT POSITION: Partner, Tuskaloosa Internal Medicine, LLC, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Assoc. Prof. of Med., College of Community Health Sciences, The Univ. of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama

ACP ACTIVITIES: Member, 1994-2002, Fellowship, 2002, National Top Advocate Award, 2012

CHAPTER INVOLVEMENT/LEADERSHIP ACTIVITIES: Board Member, 2000-2004, Vice-President of Alabama Chapter, 2005-present, Chairman, Comm. on Advocacy and Health Policy, Alabama Chapter, 2005-present, Alabama ACP Health Services, Vice-President 2003-2005, President 2005-2011, Chapter Advocacy Award, 2009, Laureate Award, 2013

HOSPITAL/COMMUNITY SERVICE: President, House Staff Council, Univ. of Alabama Hospitals, 1994-1995, Chairman, Dept. of Med., DCH Regional Medical Center, 1999-2000, Chairman, Intensive Care Comm., DCH Regional Med. Ctr., 1998-2008, Chairman, Pharmacy and Therapeutics Comm., DCH Regional Med. Ctr., 2008-present, Chairman, Tuscaloosa County Board of Health, 2009-2010, President, Tuscaloosa County Medical Society, 2001-2002, 2011-2012, Medical Director for Primary Care Recruitment, DCH Regional Med. Ctr., 2009-present, Caring Days, Alzheimer's Enrichment Center, Board Member, 2000-2010, DCH Foundation, Board Member, 2000-2009, Tuscaloosa County Preservation Society, Volunteer of the Year, 2009

OTHER APPOINTMENTS: Board Member Representing ACP, Alabama Rural Health Association, 2005-present, Member Representing ACP, Alabama Carrier Advisory Comm., Cahaba GBA, 2012-present, PMD Advisory Board, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama, 2010-present

AREAS OF PROFESSIONAL INTEREST/EXPERTISE: Traditional comprehensive practice of int. med. (inpatient and outpatient), Advocate for preservation of primary care and improved access for patients, Promotion of the Patient-Centered Medical Home, spearheading a collaboration of the Alabama ACP, AAFP, and AAP chapters in a 3 year state-wide demonstration pilot with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama

Vision Statement

Our chapter has a legacy of leadership committed to scholarship, cultivation of involvement by students and physicians in training, and solid fiscal stewardship of our resources. In addition to continuing these bedrock priorities, it is my vision that the Alabama ACP will distinguish itself among state specialty societies as a leader in its advocacy for practicing internists and will be recognized for the dedication of our members to lifelong learning and the delivery of cost-conscious high quality healthcare for all citizens of Alabama.