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December 2011 George W. Meyer, MD, FACP, ACP Governor

Governor's Message

Dr. Meyer

The CANO Chapter meeting was a roaring success. Congratulations to all the residents and medical students who participated. A special congratulations to the poster winners (see below) and to the UCSF Doctors’ Dilemma winning team whose participants will represent Northern California at Internal Medicine 2012 in New Orleans next April. And thanks to Suzanne Meyer, MD, FACP, and her committee for developing such a fantastic program.

On Friday, Zach Holt, MD and his faculty, Maya Land, MD, FACP, Craig Keenan, MD, FACP, Raminder Gill, MD, FACP and Heather Vierra, MD held a four-hour session for 60 attendees reviewing SEP questions to help them prepare for ABIM recertification. Kelley Skeff’s (MD MACP) group held the third annual one- day session teaching chief residents and chiefs-to-be how to improve their teaching technique; Steve Roey, MD, FACP once again led a discussion focused on leadership development in support of ACP’s LEAD program; and Abraham Verghese, MD, MACP, for the second consecutive year, gave two 90- minute sessions on physical diagnosis. We are fortunate to have such quality faculty to share their expertise with our colleagues.

Sep Faculty
Sep Faculty

Chief Resident Class
Chief Resident Class

Steve Roey, MD, FACP

The main program on Saturday was highlighted by talks on Electronic Health Records by Michael Barr, MD, FACP from ACP headquarters; a talk on hospital outpatient Transition in Care by Scott Enderby, DO; and Update in Hospital Medicine by Michael Hwa, MD. For the second year in a row Gurpreet Dhaliwal, MD dazzled the crowd with his amazing ability to interpret a single visual finding to arrive at a diagnosis; Paul Aronowitz, MD, FACP provided the visuals.

Michael Barr, MD, FACP

Scott Enderby, DO

Michael Hwa, MD

At lunch we honored several awardees. Abraham Verghese, MD, MACP was named CANO Chapter Laureate; William A. Jensen, MD, FACP was recognized as Outstanding Teacher/Mentor. Two of our Associates received awards for their exceptional qualities -- Puja Thakkar, DO, received recognition for her leadership qualities and Dat Lu, MD was recognized for his excellence in mentorship; Harry Daniell, MD, FACP was given the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Verghese Laureate
Abraham Verghese, MD, MACP, California Northern Chapter Laureate winner

Jenson Outstanding Teacher
William A. Jensen, MD, FACP, recognized as Outstanding Teacher/Mentor

Daniel Lifetime Achievement Award
Harry Daniell, MD, FACP, received the Lifetime Achievement Award

Puja Thakkar, DO, recognized for her leadership qualities

Dat Lu, MD, recognized for his excellence in mentorship

Phyllis Guze, MD, FACP, Chair-elect of the Board of Regents, presented a College update and Bob Doherty from the D.C. office presented his usual excellent Washington update.

The afternoon spotlighted 143 posters – (thanks to all our judges, especially Terrie Mendelson, MD, FACP and Veronica Yank MD) and was followed by the Jeopardy-style Doctor’s Dilemma competition (led by Jeff Kohlwes, MD, FACP and his team), won by the UCSF team of Christopher Moriates, Alvin Rajkomar and Daniel Suzman. In addition, Kwabena Adubofour, MD, FACP gave a special diabetes presentation sponsored by the CMA Foundation.

Jeopardy Winners
Jeopardy winners

The reception was unique since not only did it include naming the winners of the poster competition but we gave out many prizes the including two iPADs and several books signed by CANO Chapter authors (Thanks Abraham Verghese, Linda Clever, Molly Cooke, and Blake Charlton). There was also some celebration and sadness as we bid thanks and adieu to Kathy Matikonis, who has been our Executive Director for more than 10 years and has been associated with the ACP or ASIM/CSIM since 1973. Kathy will focus on her fulltime job with the Infectious Diseases Society of America in Washington D.C. A few of her long time associates and friends, Gene Ogrod, MD, MACP and Bob Doherty were present to help “roast” her. Kathy, thanks for all you have done for us over the years. Good Luck and Godspeed.

Adieu Kathy
Adieu Kathy

On Sunday, several concurrent sessions sandwiched a business meeting with an update on what is going on in Sacramento. Kathleen Clanon, MD, FACP presented a Quality Improvement Project/PIMS Module; James Gorder, MD discussed the Radiologic Evaluation of Common Medical Dilemmas; and Arthur Lurvey, MD, FACP once again presented his practice management sessions on how to get along with Medicare.

Thanks to the entire faculty for a job well done!

We hope to see you next year in San Francisco at the Parc 55 Hotel, November 16-18, 2012.


2011 Poster Competition Winners

Congratulations to the Associate winners of the poster competition (143 posters). This year we also hosted a medical student competition with 14 persons competing, representing all four schools in Northern California and a couple from outside, but sponsored by one of our residency programs. Congratulations to everyone for an outstanding job with your posters and presentations!

Associate Vignettes:

First place: Stacy Shoshan, Kaiser Oakland: “Posaconazole Versus Paecilomyces: To Boldly Go Where No Triazole Has Gone Before” First runner-up: Samineh Madani, UC Davis: “Dazed and Confused – Case of Cryptococcal Meningoencephalitis

Associate Research:

First place: Patrick Lin, UC Davis: “The Role of the Retinoblastoma/E2F1 Tumor Suppressor Pathway in the Lesion Recognition Step of Nucleotide Excision Repair
First runner-up: Pratheepa Sivaswarupan, Kaiser Oakland: “Prevalence of Eosinophilic Esophagitis

Student Vignette:

First place: Duong Le, St George’s Medical School sponsored by Alameda County Medical Center: “An Unforeseen Case of Gastrointestinal Bleed
First runner-up: Chris Renninger, Stanford: “Widening the Perspective: A Unique Etiology of Cough and Shortness of Breath

Student Research:

First place: Catherine Crabtree, UC Davis: “Improving healthcare for refugees: Perspectives from Laos
First runner-up: David Anderson, UC Davis: “Impact of Dual Antiplatelet Therapy on Adverse Cardiovascular Outcomes in Patients with Critical Limb Ischemia



Nancy Lane, MD, FACP, has been nominated for advancement to MACP. This award will be celebrated at Internal Medicine 2012 in New Orleans in April.

Marvin Sleisenger, MD, MACP, emeritus professor of medicine and distinguished physician, Department of Veterans Affairs, was awarded the UCSF Medal, the University’s highest honor. He was recognized for his exceptional role in improving the care of veterans, expanding and strengthening UCSF’s overall academic programs, and leadership in the discipline of gastroenterology.

New Fellows

Adel D. Agaiby, MBChB, FACP
Tayeb M. Al-Hafez, MD, FACP
Haseeb I. Al-Mufti, MD, FACP
Anthony J. Arroyo, MD, FACP
Rebecca M. Ashe, MD, FACP
Harneet S. Bath, MD, FACP
William J. Black, MD, FACP
Linda Minium Boxer, MD, FACP
Floyd Vernon Burton, MD, FACP
Catharine T. Clark-Sayles, MD, FACP
Michael Coppolino, MD, FACP
Denis M. Dwyre, MD, FACP
Philippe R. Edouard, MD, FACP
Lisa H. Ellis, MD, FACP
Leonor P. Fernando, MD, FACP
Mark J. Finch, MD, FACP
Barbara D. Finzen, MD, FACP
Paul M. Ford, MD, FACP
Aditya N. Gangopadhyay, MD, FACP
Parham Gharagozlou, MD, FACP
Ralph Gonzales, MD, FACP
Kevin V. Grimes, MD, FACP
Merik S. Gross, MD, FACP
Jason M. Guardino, DO, FACP
Luz Guerrero, MD, FACP
Stephanie M. Harman, MD, FACP
Sabine U. Hill, DO, FACP
Chi-Yuan Hsu, MD, FACP
Shahnaz Iqbal, MD, FACP
Nuntaya Jiras, MD, FACP
Belinda J. Jump, MD, FACP
Syung Min Jung, MD, FACP
Dheeraj Kamra, MBBS, FACP
Dean G. Kardassakis, MD, FACP
Bruce E. Kessler, MD, FACP
Malika N. Kheraj, MD, FACP
Jinwoo M. Kim, MD, FACP
Kevin R. Knobel, MD, FACP
F. Calvin Lemon, MD, FACP
Joseph B. Marzouk, MD FACP
Maryam Ziaie Matin, MD, FACP
Terrie Mendelson, MD, FACP
Raphael B. Merriman, MD, FACP
Dana J. Miller-Blair, MD, FACP
Anuruddh K. Misra, MD, FACP
Jose G. Montoya, MD, FACP
David Naliboff, MD, FACP
Tom M. Ormiston, MD, FACP
Michael W. Parmley, MD, FACP
Julie Quakenbush, MD, FACP
Hilary K. Seligman, MD, FACP
Noel Serrano, MD, FACP
Boone Seto, MD, FACP
Albert C. Shen, MD, FACP
Philip C. Strong, MD, FACP
Mary A. Whooley, MD, FACP
Barton L. Wise, MD, FACP
Lory D. Wiviott, MD, FACP
Martin C. Yee, MD, FACP
Robyn G. Young, MD, FACP


In Memoriam

The following members died in the past 12 months. We extend our sympathy to their families, friends and colleagues:

Emmett Keefe, MD, MACP
Chalmer Carter, MD
Robert Duerksen, MD, FACP
Bernard Lewis, MD, FACP
Albert Peterman MD FACP
Jack Rearden, MD, FACP
Ralph Schaffarzick, MD
Ralph Truitt, MD

Emmet Keefe, MD, MACP

Emmet B. Keeffe, MD April 12, 1942 - August 8, 2011 Emmet, a third generation San Franciscan, attended St. Ignatius High School, University of San Francisco, and Creighton Medical School. He died peacefully, after a sudden illness, surrounded by his loving family. He is survived by his wife, Melenie; children, Emmet III (Deborah), Brian (Kristin), and Meghan (Simon); eight grandsons, Emmet IV, Mason, Miles, Ellis, Finley, Gilbert, Oscar, and Louis; and sisters, Lorelle Goold and Sharon Keeffe. Emmet was a kind and gentle man--an extraordinary husband, father, and friend who cared deeply about all of the people in his life. A world-renowned hepatologist, he was a past president of the American Gastroenterological Association and the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, and a Master of the American College of Physicians. He will be dearly missed by his friends, colleagues, residents, fellows, students, and patients at OHSU, UCSF, CPMC, and Stanford. In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to the Emmet B. Keeffe Scholarship Fund at USF, American Gastroenterology Association's Research Foundation Emmet B. Keeffe Liver Fellowship Fund, or a charity of your choice.


2011 Chapter Excellence Award

We are pleased to announce that the CANO Chapter has again received the 2011 Chapter Excellence Award. The award recognizes those chapters that excel in reaching the standards for managing a chapter, such as communicating to members, instituting Medical Students' and Associates' activities, and advancing and recruiting members. The Chapter Excellence certificate was awarded at the 2011 Chapter Meeting in San Jose.


Further Details on the Revalidation of Provider Enrollment Information

All providers and suppliers enrolled with Medicare prior to March 25, 2011, must revalidate their enrollment information after receiving notification from their Medicare Administrative Contractors (MAC). When you receive notification from your MAC to revalidate, you must: update your enrollment through Internet-based PECOS or complete the CMS-855; sign the certification statement on the application; and if applicable, pay your fee thru pay.gov. Also, please be sure to mail your supporting documents and certification statement to your MAC.

Applies to:
Jurisdiction 11 Home Health and Hospice//General
Jurisdiction 11 Part A//General
Jurisdiction 11 Part B//General
Jurisdiction 1//J1 Part A: General
Jurisdiction 1//J1 Part B: General
Railroad Medicare (RRB)//General - Railroad Medicare


Thorp Announces Bid for CMA President-elect

Richard E. Thorp, MD, FACP

Dr Richard Thorp announced his candidacy for president-elect of the California Medical Association at its recent House of Delegates meeting in Anaheim. Dr Thorp has long been an advocate for internists and medical students, and the Governor's Council strongly endorses his candidacy.

Richard E. Thorp, MD, FACP, practices General Internal Medicine in Paradise, California. He is the President/CEO of Paradise Medical Group, Inc. a physician owned multi-specialty primary care group incorporated in 2001. Eighty per cent of his time is spent in direct patient care. Dr. Thorp is on the active staff of Feather River Hospital, a community hospital in Paradise, California and divides his time between a private General Internal Medicine practice 3/5, Rural Health Clinic practice 1/5 , Administration 1/5 time and an active inpatient practice.

Dr. Thorp developed an interest in health policy and health system reform while serving as President of his local county medical society in 1994, the year of Clinton health reform. In 1994 he was the incorporating agent of a county wide Management Service Organization (MSO) involving PPO, HMO physician groups and the area hospitals. He served on CMA’s Committee on Managed Care in 1995, and subsequently on CMA’s Committee on Medical Service. He was the chair of the Committee for 10 years and since 2008 has served as Consultant to the Committee. He was elected to the CMA Board or Trustees in 2009 and is an Alternate Delegate to the AMA House of Delegates representing a portion of Northern California. He is the Chair of CALPAC, the political action arm of the California Medical Association for 2011 and 2012.

The American College of Physicians (ACP) recognized him as a Fellow in 2009 and he serves on the Governor’s Council for the Northern California Chapter (CANO). He served at the national level of ACP on the Member Insurance Subcommittee.

An active member of the medical staff of Feather River Hospital, he has served on multiple medical staff committees including the Executive Committee and represents Feather River Hospital Medical Staff at the Organized Medical Staff sections of CMA and AMA. Dr. Thorp has also served as Medical Director of The Rural Health Clinics affiliated with Feather River Hospital since 2003, and is responsible for quality assurance and supervision of mid-level providers.

He and his partners are actively engaged in qualifying for Meaningful Use of their EMR and in transforming Paradise Medical Group into a Patient Centered Medical Home.


Governor-elect Designee Elected!

Congratulations to Gordon L. Fung, MD, FACP! Dr. Fung won the Governor-elect election for the California Northern Chapter. His term as Governor-elect will begin April 2012, at the conclusion of the Annual Business Meeting and his four-year term as Governor will begin at the Annual Business Meeting in April 2013.