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2013 Governors-elect Candidates' Bios and Vision Statements

Arkansas 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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Omar T. Atiq, MD, FACP
Dr. Atiq

PLACE OF BIRTH: Peshawar, Pakistan

EDUCATION: MBBS (MD) University of Peshawar, Pakistan 1983

POST DOCTORAL TRAINING: a) Resident and Chief Resident, Internal Medicine, Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital and Foster G. McGaw Hospital, Loyola University of Chicago: 1985 – 88 b) Fellow, Medical Oncology and Hematology, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York: 1988 – 91; CERTIFICATION: American Board of Internal Medicine, ABIM – subspecialty of Medical Oncology, ABIM – subspecialty of Hematology

PRESENT POSITION: Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences; Medical Director, Arkansas Cancer Institute, Pine Bluff

ACP ACTIVITIES: Fellowship ACP, 1993; ACP Grassroots Advocacy and Key Contact, 2003 onwards

CHAPTER INVOLVEMENT/LEADERSHIP ACTIVITIES: Governor’s Council, 2003 onwards; Chapter Representative for ACP Leadership Day, 2003 onwards. Annual Chapter Meeting Speaker

HOSPITAL/COMMUNITY SERVICE: Numerous committee appointments including Chief of Medicine, Chief of Staff and Board Member at Jefferson Regional Medical Center, Pine Bluff; Board Member and President, Fifty for the Future (Pine Bluff); UAPB Literacy Institute; S.E. Arkansas Medical Education Foundation Board; AHEC Pine Bluff Advisory Board (UAMS); United Way of Southeast Arkansas; Pulaski Academy Board (Little Rock)

OTHER APPOINTMENTS: Speaker of the House, Chairman, Board of Trustees, and President, Arkansas Medical Society; Member, Arkansas State Medical Board; Founding Vice Chair and Commissioner Emeritus, Arkansas Tobacco Settlement Commission; Member, Arkansas Racial Profiling Taskforce; Director, Human Development Foundation of North America; Member, Arkansas Healthcare Workforce Taskforce for Medicaid Transformation

AREAS OF PROFESSIONAL INTEREST/EXPERTISE: National Health Reform, Arkansas Healthcare Access, Scope of Practice, and Payment Reform, Government and Public Relations, Health and Public Policy, Private/Community Practice

Vision Statement

My vision for the American College of Physicians is to be the lead physician organization, whose positions and policies are widely acknowledged to be in the best interest of patients, above all other considerations.

I envision the College rising to the highest level of public trust, in consonance with the faith imposed in physicians by patients, enabling it to serve as the principal resource for formulating health care policy at the state and the national level.

I also see the College continuing to provide internists, both in practice and in training, contemporary resources to maintain and enhance their skills as the most competent and trusted physicians.


Roberta A. Monson, MD, FACP
Dr. Monson

EDUCATION: M.D. Harvard Medical School 1967

POST DOCTORAL TRAINING: Cleveland Metro General/Case Western Reserve; Chief Resident, VA Hospital/Univ of Wisconsin, Madison WI; Fellow, Infectious Diseases, UW Madison, WI

CERTIFICATION: 1972 Internal Med; Recertif 1980; Infectious Diseases 1986; PRESENT POSITION: Associate Medical Director; Arkansas Blue Cross

ACP ACTIVITIES: Fellowship 1977; Member of Council, Arkansas Chapter of ACP 1985-1992

CHAPTER INVOLVEMENT/LEADERSHIP ACTIVITIES: Attend many of the Chapter meetings; have made presentations of papers there; attended a number of the Ackerman Retreats at the Red Apple Inn

HOSPITAL/COMMUNITY SERVICE: Many years on Pharm and Therapeutics Committees, Patient Safety, Quality Assurance, Outpatient Services etc. Have been on committees and or boards for Arthritis Foundation, Pulaski County Medical Society, UAMS College of Medicine. International Women’s Forum; Volunteer for Pulaski County Master Gardener; member Altar Guild St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church

AREAS OF PROFESSIONAL INTEREST/EXPERTISE: Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH), Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative, Transformation of PCP practices to PCMH, Quality metrics

Vision Statement

At the present time, medicine is in a state of upheaval. Whether it’s changing from paper to electronic records, self-employed to employed, or how we practice every day, nothing seems immune to change. Being part of the ACP gives us a distinct advantage in helping adapt to change.

First, the organization encompasses the “medical neighborhood” of specialists and primary care physicians, as well as the full gamut of practice types from academicians to solo practitioners to those employed by large institutions or governments. Second, we have strong, well-informed leadership to help us understand how best to position ourselves to understand and adapt to these major changes.

My vision for our ACP chapter would be to first listen to the questions and concerns of our members’ then to work with our leadership of the ACP as well as in the institutions and organizations of our state on any issues. In addition, we have a long tradition of excellent educational programs that enable us to maintain our level of knowledge and skills. These programs need to be preserved and supported to best address the needs of our members.

Contact Information

Clark Fincher, MD, FACP, Governor, Arkansas Chapter

Donna Seawards, Arkansas Executive Director
Phone:623-225-5527