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Illinois Chapter Newsletter
October 2011 Governors
Susan T. Hingle, MD, FACP
Jim Foody, MD, FACP

Messages from the Governors

Susan Thompson Hingle, MD, FACP
Message from Susan Hingle

In the words of Henry Ford, “coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success. “

I am so happy to be a part of our ACP Illinois Downstate Chapter. I feel that in the past several years, we have moved from being a chapter that comes together to a chapter that really works together. I would like to highlight some of our recent chapter accomplishments:

  • Our chapter has grown 3.2% in the past year, with a 15% increase if chapter members being recognized as ACP Fellows and a 20% increase in our Associate members. These groups clearly represent our future. I am confident our future is extremely promising!

  • We had a great showing at the National ACP meeting last year in San Diego with approximately 9% of our chapter members attending. We had 13 residents and 6 medical students accepted to present and participate in the abstract competition. Our IL Downstate medical Jeopardy team represented us well in the national Doctor’s Dilemma™ competition. We had the opportunity to celebrate with Melanie Zupancic, from our chapter, who was named the Joseph E. Johnson Leadership Award winner. And our ACP After Hours Webinar series was recognized with a John Tooker Evergreen Award for educational innovations.

  • An off-shoot of our webinar series focusing on leadership development has received a lot of attention. The brain-child of our Council of Young Physicians, our Leadership Development Webinar series is now being recognized as a model of chapter collaboration. We are co-hosting the leadership development webinar series with the Pennsylvania Chapter and the national Council of Young Physicians.

  • We also had the opportunity to take 8 members to Washington DC in May for ACP’s Leadership Day. This was an educational opportunity for all those who participated, including Dave Slade, a medical student from our chapter who had just completed the first ever ACP Health Policy internship. This was an important time as health care reform remains in peril. I am optimistic that the ACP will continue to ensure that, not only our voices as internists are heard, but that the voices of patients are heard.

  • Our Education Committee remains busy and productive. In addition to the monthly webinars, plans are well underway for the Illinois State ACP Meeting which will take place on November 4-5, 2011 in Chicago at Rush University Medical Center AND for the Illinois Downstate Associate and Medical Student Meeting scheduled for November 11, 2011 in Peoria.

I am so grateful to be a part of a chapter with such hard-working, intelligent, knowledgeable, and giving members. We are planning a Strategic Planning Retreat for our combined Illinois Chapter on March 2-3, 2012 at the Starved Rock State Park. This will be a wonderful opportunity to enhance and grow our chapter even further. I will close with another quote; this one from Helen Keller, “alone we can do so little, together we can do so much”. I am excited about what the future holds for our chapter. I am grateful for the opportunities you have afforded me in allowing me to serve as your ACP Illinois Downstate Chapter Governor. Thank you so much.

Susan Hingle


Jim Foody, MD, FACP
Message from Jim Foody

Dear Colleagues,

It is not a secret that we live in challenging economic times. Of course, there is a natural desire not to change, particularly when things are going well. At the same time, regardless of whether we want to change, change is coming and it will be likely be very disruptive.

This is not a political statement. The facts are that the United States economy is in trouble, as is the economy of Western Europe and every other developed nation. Disguised in the strife and name-calling of our system, we would be misguided if we did not recognize that the fastest growing portion of the US economy is health care spending. We the people of the United States will pay for all of it through federal and state tax-supported coverage, private insurance, or indirect costs of providing inefficient care for others who come to emergency rooms and hospitals euphemistically labeled “self-pay.”

In addition, there is general consensus that much of the care we provide is inefficient, ineffective, and wasteful. As physicians, we owe society as much as we owe it to ourselves to try to make the health care system work as efficiently and effectively as possible.

A major initiative of ACP is addressing the issue of identifying and providing “High-Value, Cost-Conscious health care.” It is critical simultaneously to solve for both variables: value and cost. Our brethren in mathematics would call this a non-linear equation, which, of course, have no solution. Yet we as experts and custodians of medicine need to do our best at coming close to a solution.

I refer for your consideration, an article in the September 20 Annals of Internal Medicine by our CEO, Dr. Steve Weinberger, FACP, Providing High-Value, Cost-Conscious Care: A Critical Seventh General Competency for Physicians. http://www.annals.org/content/155/6/386.full
Steve explains far better than I can the College’s initiative and rationale. Please read and give it some thought.

Sometimes it is my privilege to relay wonderful information to you. We have some good news of which all of us in the chapter can be proud. Illinois Northern, like our compatriots Downstate, received a Chapter Excellence Award this year. The award speaks to the involvement of our chapter members in local, regional, and national work to fulfill our vision to be the recognized leader in high quality patient care, advocacy, education and enhancing career satisfaction for internal medicine and its subspecialties. Success comes from the nuts and bolts approach to doing our work. We in Illinois do it well.

In addition to our accomplishments as a chapter, I am delighted to recognize three individual colleagues in Illinois Northern who have been named as recipients of national ACP awards.

  • Monica Vela, FACP, is the choice for the American College of Physicians Award for Diversity and Access to Care. The award is given to an ACP member with outstanding accomplishments in advancing diversity in clinical medicine or research and/or access to care in relation to diverse populations. Monica is Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Chicago and earlier this year assumed the position of Associate Dean for Multicultural Affairs at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine.
  • Louis H. Philipson, MD, PhD, FACP, received the Samuel Eichold II Memorial Award for Contributions in Diabetes. This award is in honor of the late Dr. Samuel Eichold II, whose lifelong passion was diabetes, and in recognition of his high regard for the ACP Alabama Chapter. The award is given to a member of the American College of Physicians or to an organization that has made important health care delivery innovations for diabetic patients resulting in improved clinical or economic outcomes; or a member of the ACP who has conducted research that significantly improves quality of care or clinical management of diabetes. Lou is Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics and Director of the Kovler Diabetes Center at the University of Chicago.
  • James H. Sipkins, MD, FACP, is recognized as the Outstanding Volunteer Clinical Teacher Award of the American College of Physicians. The award is bestowed upon a Member, Fellow, or Master of the College who has consistently volunteered his or her services to teach medical students and residents. This individual should have demonstrated outstanding teaching prowess, displayed exemplary characteristics of care and concern for individual patients at the bedside, and served as a role model and mentor. His or her qualities as a distinguished teacher should have been recognized previously; for example, by teaching awards or citations from the nominee’s institution, medical students or residents, or the local ACP Chapter. Jim is Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He is in private practice of general internal medicine and has devoted substantial effort in teaching medical students and residents over the years.

Some chapters never have a national award recipient. It is amazing that ACP recognizes three so deserving individuals in the same year from a single chapter. It is especially gratifying to me since have known all three of them for many years. They are friends as well as colleagues. Each individual is a terrific person. Please join me in congratulating them. Also, I do not want to miss the opportunity on behalf of the chapter to thanks Joan Mullan, FACP, who chaired the Awards Committee. Joan is primarily responsible for the incredible number of award recipients and MACP for Illinois Northern. Thank you, Joan.

Finally, I want to call your attention to the ACP national meeting Internal Medicine 2012, April 19-21, in New Orleans. There is no question that the continuing education choices for internists at IM 2012 will be the richest and most useful of any conference. Beyond the core lectures and workshops, there are pre-courses that provide more intensive updates in many areas, leadership workshops, and opportunities to satisfy some of the Maintenance of Certification requirements. In addition, we will have by far the largest number of newly minted FACP in our chapter’s history. Of course, most important is that we will have a great reception for all of Illinois. Look for details, but plan your travels soon.

With my best regards,


Chapter Excellence Award Winner

Chapter Excellence

We are pleased to announce that both the Northern and Downstate Regions have received the 2011 Chapter Excellence Award for the third year in a row. The Chapter Excellence 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. A Chapter Excellence certificate will be awarded at the 2011 Chapter Meeting in Chicago.


ACP Illinois Chapter Scientific Meeting

Friday & Saturday, November 4 & 5, 2011
Rush University Medical Center, Chicago

The Scientific Program Committee, under the direction of Max Brito, MD, FACP, Program Chair, has developed an outstanding conference for Illinois Chapter members. The general session takes place Friday, November 4. Beginning with welcome messages from our Governors at 8:00, the conference will cover a variety of topics including management of Clostridium difficile Infection, health literacy and improving care, Patient Centered Medical Home, and controversies in the management of diabetes. This year’s meeting provides 7.75 CME units. Registration is $95 for members and $120 for nonmembers. Please see below page for the complete program.

In addition, the Chapter is hosting three ABIM SEP recertification modules on Saturday, November 5. By attending these sessions, you can complete 10 points towards Maintenance of Certification and 2 CME units per module. Join us for Internal Medicine 2011 Update (C0-L), Hospital Medicine 2011 Update (83-L), and Care for the Underserved. Registration for each module is $80 for members and $120 for nonmembers.

Register online for any or all of the sessions. View the schedule in the program brochure.

Questions can be directed to Donna Seawards, Executive Director, or 224-356-6101.


2011 Associates' Days

Associates’ Days for both Illinois Northern and Downstate Regions are taking place in the next few weeks. Illinois Northern Region will hold their event in conjunction with the Chapter Meeting on November 4 at Rush University. Downstate Associates’ Day takes place Friday, November 11 at the Spalding Pastoral Center in Peoria, Illinois.

Both Regions have had blockbuster responses to their Call For Abstracts. Associates and Medical Students in the Downstate Region submitted 109, and Northern Region 408! Both Regions’ competitions include posters, oral clinical vignettes, and Doctor’s Dilemma™ contests.

Associates’ Day is free for all Associates and Medical Students, but registration is mandatory. Please use the following registration links below.

Illinois Northern Region Illinois Downstate Region


New Fellows

Sasikanth Adigopula, MD FACP, Oak Park
Frank V Aguirre, MD FACP, Springfield
G Caleb Alexander, MD FACP, Chicago
Mir A Alikhan, MD FACP, Naperville
Rachel L Amdur, MD FACP, Chicago
Adnan Arseven, MD FACP, Chicago
Alexis Ayonote, MBBS FACP, Mattoon
Sameer Badlani, MBBS FACP, Chicago
Sanija Bajramovic, MD FACP, Wilmette
Steven M Belknap, MD FACP, Wilmette
Lyle Berkowitz, MD FACP, Chicago
Bruce A Blacker, MD FACP, Chicago
Dionne J Blackman, MD FACP, Oak Park
Sonja L Boone, MD FACP, Chicago
David R Buchanan, MD FACP, Chicago
Emily C Chacko, MD FACP, Chicago
Phillip Y Chung, MD FACP, Libertyville
Alison Cromwell, MD FACP, Chicago
Ami Desai, MD FACP, Glenview
Anne M Ditto, MD FACP, Chicago
Susan M Felber, MD FACP, Willowbrook
Lee Francis, MD FACP, Chicago
John J Friedewald, MD FACP, Chicago
Jordana Friedman, MD FACP, Chicago
Peter Furey, MD FACP, Hinsdale
Charles E Geringer, MD FACP, Palos Heights
Neal S Gold, MD FACP, Buffalo Grove
Rajesh Govindaiah, MD FACP, Springfield
Luke O Hansen, MD MHS FACP, Chicago
Richard Dean Harvey, MD FACP, Peoria
Heather L Heiman, MD FACP, Evanston
Thomas A Holly, MD FACP, Chicago
Muriel Jean-Jacques, MD FACP, Oak Park
Sanjeev V Joshi, MBBS FACP, Chicago Heights
Leo P Kelly, MD FACP, Lake In The Hills
Abel N Kho, MD FACP, Chicago
Mona M Lazar, DO FACP, Oak Park
Andrey Lev-Weissberg, MD FACP, Northbrook
David M Liebovitz, MD FACP, Chicago
Evan S Lu, MD FACP, Wilmette
Edward G Michl, MD FACP, Naperville
Angelo Miele, MD FACP, Carol Stream
James C Miller, MD FACP, Orland Park
Scott P Neeley, MD FACP, River Forest
Rachel A O'Mara, MD FACP, Chicago
Greg J Ozark, MD FACP, Western Springs
Thomas Lavern Pitts, MD FACP, Chicago
Andrew Repasy, MD FACP, Chicago
Robert T Rosman, MD FACP, Skokie
Julie L Roth, MD FACP, Chicago
Debjani Roy, MD FACP, Mount Prospect
David T Rubin, MD FACP, Chicago
Neel B Shah, MD FACP, Chicago
Andrea Slasuraitis, MD FACP, Lincolnwood
Lenore F Soglin, MD FACP, Evanston
Stuart M Sprague, DO FACP, Chicago
Rhonda Elaine Stein, MD FACP, Evanston
Terence P Sullivan, MD FACP, Glenview
Seth R Tanenbaum, MD FACP, Wilmette
Eric W Terman, MD FACP, Chicago
Adam N Treitman, MD FACP, Oak Lawn
Marianne Tschoe, MD FACP, Chicago
Elsa L Vazquez Melendez, MD FACP, Peoria
David T Wechter, MD FACP, Oak Park
Terrie L Weir, MD FACP, Oak Park
Stephanie F Williams, MD FACP, Chicago
Lee-Ann Yang, MD FACP, Hickory Hills
Scott S Yen, MD FACP, River Forest


New Members

Ashim Aggarwal, MD, Chicago
Faris A Ahmed, MD, Chicago
Nameer Al Mardini, MD, Cherry Valley
Nino Alapishvili, MD, Buffalo Grove
Thomas M Albert, MD, Chicago
Mohamad N Alhosaini, MD, Springfield
Akbar M Ali, MD, Elmhurst
Santhi B Arikati, MBBS, Springfield
Auroa Badin, MD, Peoria
Mirza Baig, MBBS, Bourbonnais
Narandra Kiran Bethina, MD, Springfield
Jeffrey T Brasky, DO, Chicago
Ramon J Castro, MD, Park Ridge
David S Charman, MD, Deerfield
Alice P Cheong, MD, Chicago
Kartikeya Cherabuddi, MD, Melrose Park
Maguy Chiha, MD, Chicago
Sharon H Chou, MD, Westmont
Ferah Diba Ciftci, MD, Chicago
Dianne Collins, MD, Chicago
Josefina Diaz, MD, Chicago
Josephine Dlugopolski-Gach, MD, Burr Ridge
Ibrahim B Elayyan, MD, Roscoe
Alyssa Flanagan, MD, Chicago
Erika Joy R Flores, MD, Chicago
Paul C Gale, MD, Chicago
Robert A Gerber, MD, Grayslake
Shukti Ghulyani, MD, Urbana
John T Girardi, MD, Sleepy Hollow
Charlotte P Glenn, Chicago
Michael E Grzelak, MD, Elgin
Ramesh Babu Guthikonda, MD, Marion
Se Young Han, MD, Springfield
Aristidis Hatzidimitriadis, MD, Lemont
Louisa T Ho, MD, Chicago
Stephen R Holley, MD, Chicago
Zaid Jabbar, MD, Westmont
Shivi Jain, MBBS, Oak Park
Sindhu L Joseph, MD, Chicago
Tilak Joshi, MD, Lisle
Scott A Kale, MD, Highland Park
Nikhil R Kalva, MD, Peoria
Elias J Koliopoulos, MD, Chicago
Anuj Lal, MD, Chicago
Geoffrey A Lowrey, MD, Chicago
Hazel Benzon Manzano, MD, Chicago
Theresa I Mathew, MD, Schaumburg
Anjali H Mehta, MD, Chicago
Rohini Hilaire Mendonca, MD, Chicago
Jessica Berry Moja, MD, Chicago
Aimee C Morell-Watton, MD, Elgin
Teresa J Morrell-Riech, MD, Dunlap
Summaiya Muhammad, MD, Champaign
Sharada Nagotu Kambagiri, MD, Chatham
Gopichand Naguboyina, MBBS, Chicago
Abhijit Naik, MD MPH, Chicago
Waitz Tsui-Yee Ngan, MD, Chicago
Ryan K Norris, DO, Des Plaines
Daniel M O'Connell, MD, Chicago
Brian A O'Leary, MD, Chicago
Oluremi O Oparah, MD, Quincy
Muralidhar Reddy Papireddy, MD, Springfield
Bina Patel, MD, Chicago
Pinalkumar V Patel, MBBS, East Dubuque
Sapan Patel, MD, Schaumburg
Ravi B Pavurala, MBBS, Chatham
Louis D Perdue, MD, Chicago
Amber T Pincavage, MD, Chicago
Kavitha K Prabaker, MD, Chicago
Priya Bhatia Raju, MD, Chicago
Jayashree R Raju, DO, Hoffman Estates
Esmilkrys B Ramirez, MD, Skokie
Beatriz C Ramos-Pardo, MD, Belleville
Julia Ratner, MD, Northbrook
Gregory William Ruhnke, MD, Chicago
Gediminas Ruibys, MD, Oak Lawn
Harjyot Sandhu, MD, Des Plaines
Pawanjit Susan Sarkaria, MD, Westchester
Carl A Sather, MD, Champaign
Sheree B Saunders, MD, Vernon Hills
Elizabeth Schulwolf, MD, Maywood
Ankur Sethi, MBBS, Chicago
Sachin Dilip Shah, MD, Chicago
Hiren M Shah, MD, Chicago
Kinjal U Shah, MD, Chicago
Purvi Shah, MD, Lincolnwood
Prashant Sharma, MBBS, Champaign
Tahseen Javed Siddiqui, MD, Orland Park
Rana Khushdeep Singh, MD, Bourbonnais
Sasidhar Somuri, MD, Quincy
Adam C Stein, MD, Chicago
Timothy J Stevens, MD, Elmhurst
Neelima Sunkara, MD, Addison
Abdul-Bari Syed, DO, Lombard
Uzma N Syed, MD, Willowbrook
Sonia Tanwar, MBBS, Chicago
Angelica L Tolentino, DO, Lisle
Roger N Trinh, MD, Chicago
Mohit K Turagam, MBBS, Champaign
Suneel M Udani, MD, Chicago
Niraj Upadhayay, MD, Carbondale
Sajeev Uprety, MD, Moline
Deepak Vedamurthy, MBBS, Springfield
Mark A Walshauser, MD, Wood Dale
Alan E Wurzelbacher, MD, Chicago
Sudha Yalamanchi, MBBS, Chicago
Jennifer K Yin, MD, Naperville
Brian C Yu, MD, Chicago
Siegfried W Yu, MD, Springfield
Matthew R Zibelman, MD, Chicago
Laura J Zimmermann, MD, Chicago


How to Get Ready for Version 5010 – Avoid Unprocessed Claims

The January 1, 2012 deadline to comply with Version 5010 electronic administrative transactions is only 80 days away. This applies to all health insurers, not just the Medicare and Medicaid programs. Practices that do not successfully transition to Version 5010 will find that their claims cannot be processed – and therefore, cannot be paid. Although industry surveys show that the majority of physician practices are not even close to readiness, CMS officials have repeatedly stated that they are not going to push back the date.

For now, practices need to work with the vendors, clearinghouses, and payers of their practice management systems and electronic health record to begin testing for Version 5010 compliance.

There is a checklist of how to get ready.

If you have any questions on these or other topics, please contact Shuan Tomlinson or 800-338-2746 ext. 4547.


The American College of Physicians Presents… Medical Home Builder®

Do You Want to Know More About Patient-Centered Care, or Need Help Becoming a Patient-Centered Medical Home?

Medical Home Builder 2.0 is here! This online tool is designed to help practices improve patient care, organization, and workflow. Medical Home Builder is organized into modules covering all aspects of patient-centered care. A major component of Medical Home Builder is the ACP Practice Biopsy®, a self assessment tool that covers the 2011 NCQA, URAC, and Joint Commission standards. See About section.

Medical Home Builder 2.0 is available in both a Basic and Premium level license, with built-in data management and analysis tools. The Premium license has more in depth analysis capabilities and is intended for larger groups or multi-location practices. See Pricing & Licensing information.

For detailed information, please go to the ACP Medical Home Builder.

Do you want to see how the tool works? Participate in a free live demonstration webinar! Click on the following date of your choice to register.
Tuesday, October 18, 2011; 6:30 pm, Eastern Time
Thursday, November 3, 2011; 8:00 am, Eastern Time
Thursday, November 17, 2011; 6:30 pm, Eastern Time
Tuesday, November 29, 2011; 5:00 pm, Eastern Time
Thursday, December 15, 2011; 8:00 am, Eastern Time
Thursday, December 29, 2011; 7:00 pm, Eastern Time

You may also contact Ayanna Wells.


Learning Opportunities

ACP After Hours Webinar Series

Leadership Enhancement and Development (LEAD) Webinar Series


Save the Date

Internal Medicine 2012

April 19 – 21, 2012
New Orleans, LA
Register Now for Early Bird Discounts

Illinois Chapter Reception at IM 2012

Thursday, April 19, 8 – 10 pm.
Location TBA

Leadership Day 2012

May 22 & 23, 2012
Washington, DC


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