Meet Our Governor-elect
Congratulations to the Arkansas Chapter Governor-Elect, Omar T. Atiq, MD, FACP. Our new Governor-elect will do a year of training as a Governor-elect and then will start his four-year term as Governor in the Spring of 2015. As Governor, Dr. Atiq will serve as the official representative of the College for the Arkansas Chapter, providing a link between members at the local level and leadership at the national level. In the meantime, Dr. Atiq will be working closely with Dr. Fincher (the current Governor) and College staff to learn about the College and his duties as Governor. To learn more about Dr. Atiq, feel free to read his bio below.
Omar T. Atiq, MD, FACP
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
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.