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2013 Governors-elect Candidates' Bios and Vision Statements

Georgia 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!

For replacement ballots and election customer service, e-mail support@directvote.net or call toll-free 1 866 909 3549, Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Central. For general election information, you may email Evelyn James, Governor Election Coordinator, or call her at 215 351 2699.


Walter J. Moore, MD, FACP
Dr. Moore

PLACE OF BIRTH: Reading, Pennsylvania

EDUCATION: Univ. of Scranton BS Biology; Georgetown Univ. Sch. of Med., MD

POST DOCTORAL TRAINING: Madigan Army Medical Center Internship Int. Med., Tacoma Washington; Walter Reed Army Med. Ctr. Int. Med. Res. and Fellowship in Rheumatology in Washington, DC

CERTIFICATION: Certification in Int. Med. and Subspecialty Certification in Rheumatology

MILITARY: Reserve Army Duty 1973 to 1977 and Active Duty Service 1977 to 2000 with Retirement as US Army Colonel Medical Corps

PRESENT POSITION: Clinician-Educator at the Med. Coll. of GA in the Dept. of Med. at Georgia Regents Univ.; Section Chief Rheumatology and Adult Allergy at MCG and Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center; Senior Associate Dean for GME and VA Affairs; actively practicing rheumatologist-internist with an active faculty practice at both Georgia Regents Med. Ctr. and the Charlie Norwood VA Med. Ctr.

ACP ACTIVITIES: Member for over twenty five years and Fellow since Jan. 2002; active involvement with the annual development of the chapterís educational programs from 2002 and 2011. Multiple CME presentations at the annual chapter scientific mtgs.

CHAPTER INVOLVEMENT/LEADERSHIP ACTIVITIES: Co-ordinated Chapter Associatesí activities 1980ís and 1990ís as Int. Med. academic faculty member and Prog. Dir. in Int. Med. at Eisenhower Army Medical Ctr.; int. med. student activities 2000-2003 as MCGís Clerkship Director for Int. Med. core rotation and the Int. med. interest groupís advisor; past Governorís Advisory Comm. Member (2002-2012) and Education Subcommittee Chair; Prog. chair and/or co-chair for GA ACP Chapterís annual scientific mtg. (2002-11); Chapter Laureate Award 2010; J. Willis Hurst Bedside Teaching Award 2001

HOSPITAL/COMMUNITY SERVICE: Current Member the Medical Staff Executive Comm. and Past-president of the Organized Medical Staff; Assoc. Med. Ctr. Director for Performance Improvement; Current Pastoral Council Member and Past President of the Pastoral Council; Habitat for Humanity volunteer

OTHER APPOINTMENTS: MCG Executive Committee; Elected Member, Executive Committee of Georgia Regents Med. Assoc.; Chair, Graduate Med. Ed. Comm.; Medical Staff Membership of the Credentials, PEER Review, Quality Oversight Committee, and Code 99 Comm.; Top Doctorís in America by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. every year from 2004 to the present; US News & World Reportís Top Doctors in America 2012; AOA 2006; Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award 2006

AREAS OF PROFESSIONAL INTEREST/EXPERTISE: Patient and Family Centered Care; musculoskeletal disorders; inflammatory and non-inflammatory rheumatic disorders; medical education

Vision Statement

I am honored to be nominated as a candidate for Governor of the Georgia Chapter. I look forward to the opportunity to serve the entire internal medicine community both present and future members. I believe in the specialty of internal medicine with the current and looming future unanticipated challenges that will confront the practice of internal medicine. The Georgia Chapter is a vibrant and award-winning chapter recognized for its positive impact on its chapter members and the practice of internal medicine. My role as Governor will be to advocate for internal medicine for the emerging future of our medical students and residents and for the current role for private practitioners, subspecialists and academic faculty members that are engaged in the care of our adult patients. My vision for the future of medicine is that there is a need for transformational leadership that embraces the construct of the absolute requirement for maintenance of the sacred trust between the doctor and the patient. As Governor, I promise to tirelessly work to inspire, empower, and stimulate the advancement for all involved in the practice of internal medicine.


Henry M. Patton, MD, FACP
Dr. Patton

PLACE OF BIRTH: Savannah, Georgia

EDUCATION: BS Chemistry, Univ. of GA 1974, MS Immunology, Med. Coll. of GA 1980, MD, Med. Coll. of GA 1980

POST DOCTORAL TRAINING: Int. Med. Res., Memorial Med. Ctr., Savannah, GA 1980-1983

CERTIFICATION: National Board of Medical Examiners, Amer. Board of Int. Med., International Society for Clinical Densitometry

PRESENT POSITION: President, Newton Med. Assoc. 1983-2011, Emory Newton Med. Assoc. 2011-present, Clinical Assoc. Prof. of Med. MCG 2007-present

ACP ACTIVITIES: 1998 FACP; 2002-2007 Chairman Membership Comm., 2002-present Governorís Advisory Council; 2007-2011 Secretary; 2011-present Vice President

CHAPTER INVOLVEMENT/LEADERSHIP ACTIVIES: 2005 Community Based Teaching Award, 2008 Volunteerism and Community Service Award; 2010 Laureate Award; 2012-present Chairman of Awards Comm.; 2011-present Health and Pub. Pol. Comm.; 2011-present Education Comm.

HOSPITAL/COMMUNITY SERVICE: 1983-present Attending Physician Newton Medical Center; 1986 Chief of Staff; 1990|1991|1994|1995 Chairman Dept. of Med.; Chairman Medical Records and QI Committees Multiple times; Elder Trinity Presbyterian Church; 1986-present Chairman Newton County Board of Health; 2005-2009 Member Board of Human Resources (DHR) for State of GA; 2009-2011 Chairman Advisory Council for Pub. Hth. GA Dept. Comm. Health; 2006-present Volunteer Physician ďWilling HelpersĒ-Free Clinic for Indigent Care

OTHER APPOINTMENTS: Alpha Omega Alpha; Med. Assoc. of GA; Georgia Physician Leadership Academy; East Metro Medical Society

AREAS OF PROFESSIONAL INTEREST/EXPERTISE: Healthcare Policy Development and Advocacy; Community Service; Public Health; Primary Care Medicine

Vision Statement

The American College of Physicians once focused primarily on the provision of excellent continuing education for those practicing Internal Medicine, it now functions as the leading national advocate for patients and physicians, as well as the most respected organization representing the many branches of Internal Medicine.

If we are to have a strong voice in the process of shaping state and federal healthcare policy, then all internists, from those in primary care to hospitalists and subspecialists, must join the ACP and contribute their time and resources. I have served on the Governorís Advisory Council for the Georgia Chapter of the ACP for twelve years, under four excellent Governors. As the current VP of the Georgia Chapter, I also serve on the Health and Public Policy Committee. If elected Governor of this chapter, I will continue to work to make ours one of the strongest and most effective chapters in the country.