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July 2011 Richard M. Dupee, MD, FACP, AGSF, Governor

From the Trenches

Message from the MA Chapter Governor
Richard M. Dupee, MD, FACP, Governor
Dr. Dupee

Health care reform continues to occupy our time and attention. As I enter the second year as your Governor, I am thrilled to be involved in the current health care debate, representing you, our membership.

As congress dissects the federal health care bill, (“pass it and then read it”1), and decides how and what should be financed, many in Massachusetts are heavily involved in discussions regarding new payment policies designed to improve care, yet reign in costs.

Change is coming in Massachusetts. Governor Deval Patrick is committed to a change in payment policy, and Judy Ann Bigby, one of us, is spearheading the challenge. We at Mass ACP have heard them loud and clear, and plan to be heavily involved in all discussions regarding quality care and payment for that care.

At the heart of the payment reform debate, expressed by Attorney General Martha Coakley, is a “dysfunctional health care market,” where some providers are paid more than others for providing similar quality care, including cognitive services and procedures. She has expressed concern that the insurers may be building a payment system with a “flawed foundation.”

Several weeks ago, the Patrick administration held hearings to discuss the reasons for rising health care costs, with a debate on solutions. The widespread disparities in payments to providers are of particular concern.

The “alternative quality contract,” AQC, a model for controlling health care costs, is being heavily scrutinized, and although it appears to improve quality, it is not at all clear that it reduces costs.

Our Governor’s Council held a retreat over the weekend of June 10-12, 2011, fully recognizing that change is here. And from the outset of our discussions, one thing was clear: we must and will have a voice in any decisions made at the state level. We will not sit back and let change come to us.

As a result, we have put forth a policy statement: “Priorities for Payment and Practice Reform with a Focus on Primary Care.”

Primary care is the foundation of our health care delivery system, and requires urgent revitalization and prioritization.2

Nonetheless, subspecialty care is equally critical for a sound and effective health care delivery system. Thus, I have convened a taskforce to review payment policies for subspecialists, with a report due by early August.

Change is here, but Massachusetts ACP will be right there, representing all of you. Stay tuned….


Governor's Council
MA ACP Governor’s Council – 2011 Annual Retreat

Meet the Newest Governor’s Council Members

The Massachusetts Chapter would like to welcome the following new members to the Governor’s Council

Geneve Allison, MD, FACP
Dr. Allison is a staff physician, Infectious Diseases Division, Tufts Medical Center, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Tufts University School of Medicine. She served as Assistant then Associate Program Director for the ID fellowship at Tufts Medical Center from 2007-2011. In July 2011 Dr. Allison will begin two years of NIH-funded clinical research through Tufts CTSI focusing on comparative effectiveness, patient safety and care coordination in the setting of outpatient parenteral antibiotics (OPAT). Additional areas of interest include healthcare disparities, viral hepatitis, and HIV-Hepatitis coinfection.

James V. Hennessey, MD, FACP
Dr. Hennessey comes to Boston from Brown Medical School. He is director of Clinical Endocrinology at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and is Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He spends his time with his Thyro-centric practice diagnosing and treating the full spectrum of thyroid disease, mentoring endocrine fellows in clinical research and developing the various subspecialty areas of the Division of Endocrinology. He is a former Governor of ACP Rhode Island.

Larissa Lucas, MD
Dr. Lucas completed residency training in Internal Medicine at Cambridge Health Alliance where she practiced primary care for some years after training. Dr. Lucas continues to be an Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Cambridge Health Alliance and is a staff physician at Hospice of the North Shore in Danvers, MA. She is also Senior Deputy Editor of DynaMed, and EBM database at EBSCO Publishing in Ipswich, MA. Dr. Lucas is an appointed member of the Board of Health for the City of Salem. Areas of interest include evidence based medicine, health IT, end of life care, and health care reform.

James O’Connell, MD, FACP
Dr. O’Connell is currently the President of the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program, where he has been working as a fulltime doctor caring for homeless persons since he finished his residency in internal medicine at MGH in 1985. Dr. O’Connell is a member of the Department of Medicine at MGH and an instructor of medicine at HMS. He graduated from HMS in 1982. His interests have revolved around the challenges of caring for poor and marginalized patients, and the need for integration of medicine and psychiatry/mental health for persons suffering from co-occurring medical, mental health and substance abuse problems.


MA Chapter Annual Scientific Meeting

Save the Date!
Massachusetts Chapter Annual Scientific Meeting
Saturday, November 19, 2011
Massachusetts Medical Society, Waltham, MA

Meeting Highlights:

  • Updates on Bronchitis, Infectious Diseases, and Thrombotic Disease
  • Meaningful use of Electronic Health Records
  • Town Hall Meeting on Health Care Payment Reform and ACOS with Health and Human Services Secretary Judy Ann Bigby, MD, Atrius Health CEO, Gene Lindsey, MD and President of the Massachusetts Medical Society, Lynda Young, MD
  • Panel discussion on Careers in Primary Care and Hospital Medicine aimed at early career physicians, residents, and medical students
  • Breakfast session for Medical Students
  • Associates and Medical Students Poster Competition Electronic Abstract Submission Form

Meeting Brochure
Online registration

We invite you to join your colleagues in internal medicine for this annual event. The program and registration brochure will be available in late August.


Early Career Physicians’ Corner*

MA ACP Council of Early Career Physicians

The purpose of Massachusetts ACP’s new Council of Early Career Physicians is to develop programs and networking opportunities for early career physicians in the Commonwealth, ensure that the views of early career physicians are reflected in all chapter deliberations and discussions, and stimulate advocacy for early career physicians. One of our primary goals is to provide mentorship for physicians at the start of their careers in Primary Care and Hospitalist Medicine. If you are interested in joining the Massachusetts ACP Council for Young Physicians, please contact Council Chair Phoebe Cushman .

*According to ACP, a “young physician” or “early career physician” is defined as a physician member of ACP who is within sixteen years of graduating medical school and who is not currently in residency or fellowship.

Upcoming events of the Council of Early Career Physicians:

Thursday, September 15, 2011 (Boston area, time and location TBA)
Dinner Meeting for those interested in joining the Council of Early Career Physicians. The focus will be on finalizing the Bylaws of the Council of Early Career Physicians and strategic planning for our group.

Monday, September 26, 2011 and Tuesday, September 27, 2011 (Seaport Hotel, Boston)
Maintenance of Certification Exam Preparation Course
Are you just finishing residency and reviewing for the boards? Working on your 10-year board recertification? National ACP is running a 2-day board review preparation course at the Seaport Hotel in Boston. For more info on the course and how to register.

Saturday, November 19, 2011
Panel discussion at the MA ACP Annual Scientific Meeting (Mass Medical Society Headquarters, Waltham)
Careers in Primary Care and Hospitalist Medicine: Sustainability vs. Burnout
The panel will feature 2 hospitalists and 2 PCP’s highlighting how they have achieved balance in their careers.


Strengthen Our Chapter: Participate in ACP’s Recruit-a-Colleague Program!

The American College of Physicians and the Massachusetts Chapter encourages all members to help strengthen the voice of internal medicine by recommending ACP Membership to colleagues. By joining the College, your colleagues will enrich their clinical knowledge and skills and have access to all of the ACP member benefits that you enjoy.

To thank you for your dedication to our organization, ACP offers dues incentives to members that recruit new members through the Recruit-a-Colleague Program. In addition, successful recruiters have the chance to win a trip to the annual Internal Medicine meeting that includes registration, airfare (up to $500), and hotel accommodations. The Recruit-a-Colleague Program runs annually from April 1 through March 15.

The Massachusetts Chapter would like to recognize the following members for participating in this program and strengthening our chapter: Lydia Siegel, MD and Praveen Rapolu, MBBS were RAC/RACC recruiters between April 1, 2010 and May 31, 2011.

To learn more about the Recruit-a-Colleague Program, please visit the site.


Call for Spring 2012 Board of Governors Resolutions

Are you concerned about a practice or clinical issue or have an idea you'd like to suggest? If so, you might consider submitting a resolution to your Governor or chapter council.

Initiating a resolution provides ACP members an opportunity to focus attention at the ACP national level on a particular issue or topic that concerns them. Participating in the Board of Governors resolutions process provides the ACP grassroots member a voice and allows you to shape College policy that impacts the practice of internal medicine. When drafting a resolution, don't forget to consider how well it fits within ACP's Mission and Goals. In addition, be sure to use the College's Strategic Plan to guide you when proposing a resolution topic.

If effecting change interests you, the deadline for submitting new resolutions to be heard at the Spring 2012 Board of Governors Meeting is October 17, 2011. Members must submit resolutions to their Governor and/or chapter council by Thursday, September 1 for the next Massachusetts Governor’s Council meeting. A resolution becomes a resolution of the chapter once the chapter council approves it.

Not sure how to begin drafting a resolution? Researching the College's position on an issue can give you a start. Visit the ACP Online homepage and click the "Advocacy" link in the right-hand, top margin to access ACP policy positions, read about recent ACP advocacy activities, or search the ACP's Public Policy Virtual Library (PPVL). Visit your chapter website, too, and click the link under "Advocacy" to access Electronic Resolutions System (ERS) where you can search past or proposed resolutions. A copy of the resolutions process is available on the ERS which furnishes more details on formatting resolutions, as well the process for submission, review, and approval. Share your good idea with us. Draft a resolution.


Medical Residents from St. Vincent Hospital represent Massachusetts at Internal Medicine 2011.

The Department of Medicine of St. Vincent Hospital is delighted to report that on April 11, at the annual meeting of the American College of Physicians in San Diego, its medical residents brought distinguished honors to SVH and the rest of the Commonwealth programs. Following their Fall 2010 “Medical Jeopardy” win at the Massachusetts Chapter of the ACP scientific session, the SVH team went on to represent Massachusetts at the National ACP convention. In competing against the best and brightest residents of 32 programs nationwide, they finished runner up in an awe-inspiring final round! The sterling group representing Massachusetts included Captain Dr. Saurabh Dani and team members Drs. Venkata Manchala, Karen Buch, and Praveen Sudhindra. Dr. Joel Popkin served as the faculty mentor. Dr. Popkin praised the group’s “remarkable dedication and efforts” and recognized the role of the Department’s Chief Medical Residents, Drs. Kriti Mittal, Nicole Fillipon, and Deep Adhikari, in helping prepare the team. “The CMRs were an integral part of the feat, along with the enthusiastic support of the Department Leadership,” noted Dr. Popkin.

The Jeopardy team was not the only success enjoyed by the SVH residents. Of the fourteen clinical and research abstracts from Massachusetts that were accepted for the national poster displays, eight were chosen from SVH! The Department of Medicine administration and many faculty members provided key support of this venture. The program and residents look forward to continuing this spirited tradition.

Jeopardy Team
SVH Jeopardy Team and Fans


Leadership Day

Washington DC ~ May 23-25, 2011

Two articles by students that participated as Massachusetts Delegates to Leadership Day.

ACP Leadership Day
by Nilay Sutaria, MD Candidate, Boston University School of Medicine

Upon arriving in Senator Scott Brown’s office, I felt a flutter in my stomach. I was excited, but also very nervous. I had never met with a senator or state representative prior to this, and I really did not feel like I had a comfortable grasp on the issues that the medical community is faced with today. Nonetheless, I walked into the office, my head held high, hoping to try my best to garner the senator’s support for the issues I was going to address. A few of my colleagues spoke, and I gradually became more and more uneasy as my turn to speak approached. When it finally was my turn, I felt a sudden rush, an excitement. I spoke freely and confidently to the senator’s HLA, touching on important issues such as the National Health Service Corp., Section 747: Training in Primary Care Medicine, and National Health Care Workforce Commission. After I had finished, the HLA agreed that these issues need to be addressed, but noted that funding these programs would be difficult due to our nation’s enormous budget deficit and debt. Nonetheless, I felt like I had accomplished something, getting my first taste of being an ACP advocate. That first meeting was just the beginning. More and more energy rushed through my veins, and I was ready to meet with the other state representatives. The subsequent meetings went by smoothly, and I easily conveyed my message to the various representatives and their HLAs.

My experience at ACP Leadership Day this past May was a positive one. I learned a lot of new information I had not known before, and most importantly, I learned how to garner support for those important issues. As a rising second-year medical student, I am a strongly believe that medical students should show an interest in political issues affecting our profession. I believe it is important for us to understand these issues earlier in our training, so that we may be able to address them more fully once we are older and more experienced. Aside from this, it was great to meet other medical students and residents from around the country and hearing about why they decided to come to Washington, what their plans were for the future, and why they had/had not chosen to go into primary care. All in all, Leadership Day helped open my eyes, and I expect to return for many years to come.


ACP Leadership Day
by Shaan Ghandi, MD Candidate, Harvard Medical School

The ACP Leadership Day started, at least for me, with an e-mail that the Massachusetts chapter sent me early in 2011. At the time, my understanding of “leadership in medicine” was shaped by the research, educational and clinical endeavors of my professors and other medical mentors. The thought that physicians could exercise such leadership by actively lobbying on behalf of their patients to policymakers never really occurred to me. And yet, Leadership Day showed me the importance of that leadership. Perhaps more importantly, it showed me the value of learning those leadership skills early in our medical training.

The first event organized for us medical students was a reception for medical students and residents. My first reaction was one of astonishment at the number of medical students present – I counted over 25 just at that event alone! Even more astonishing was the number of ACP physician-leaders present and their willingness, indeed excitement, to talk to us. I’d have thought that they would have much more important things to do than to talk to a first-year student. But, as I came to realize through the entire Leadership Day program, the national leadership felt strongly about encouraging and guiding students and young physicians.

The next two days was filled with a series of policy briefings and updates, including speeches by two members of Congress, Phil Roe of Georgia and Shelley Berkley of Nevada. What a breath of fresh air! Of course, health care is an incredibly complex issue, but the fact that (1) there are physicians playing key roles in shaping the process of health care improvement in this country and (2) there are lawmakers in Congress who recognize the value physicians bring to health care discussions was incredibly refreshing. Not only are they actively involved, but they also take questions from students! And, they answer said questions!

On paper, Leadership Day offers ACP members the chance to present their views on important health care issues to the members of Congress who legislate on such issues. Yet, my experience was much more than that. It showed me that physicians can exercise leadership on a national level to look out for the best interests of their patients. In addition, Leadership Day showed me that medical students can play a key role in that advocacy.


MA Delegation
Members of the Massachusetts Delegation with Representative Edward Markey

MA ACP Council Member Valerie Pronio-Stelluto, MD, receives the A. Clifford Barger Award and an ACP Lead Certificate

Dr. Pronio-Stelluto received the A. Clifford Barger Mentoring Award from Harvard Medical School (HMS), one of the highest honors conferred among HMS faculty members. In addition, she was awarded her LEAD Certificate at the Internal Medicine meeting in San Diego, CA. The Leadership Enhancement and Development (LEAD) Program offers a variety of activities designed to provide participants with the skills, resources, and experiences necessary to become effective leaders in any setting.

Lead Reception
Drs. Richard M. Dupee, MA Governor, Steven Weinberger, ACP Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer, Valerie Pronio-Stelluto, member MA Governor’s Council and Andrew Diehl, Immediate Past Governor, Southern Texas Chapter (left to right) at the LEAD Reception at Internal Medicine 2011, San Diego, CA


Congratulations to the New Fellows of the MA Chapter

New Fellows (past 6 months through July 1)
Geneve Allison, MD, FACP
Deborah Blazey-Martin, MD, FACP
Thomas Patrick Cunningham, MD, FACP
Blair W Fosburgh, MD, FACP
Susan Hata, MD, FACP
Marie-Louise Jean-Baptiste, MD, FACP
Mary Y Lee, MD, FACP
Melissa L Mattison, MD, FACP
Daniel McQuillen, MD, FACP
Stephanie Moore, MD, FACP
David W Mudd, MD, FACP
Michael G Newman, MD, FACP
James J O'Connell, MD, FACP
Gerry Orfanos, MD, FACP
Fidencio Saldana, MD, FACP
Sabyasachi Sen, MD, FACP
Jahansouz Shokri, MD, FACP
Dhiren K Sutaria, MD, FACP
David Y Ting, MD, FACP
Orlando L Torres, MD, FACP
Robert H. Wu, MD, FACP


Welcome to the New Members and Associates of the Massachusetts Chapter!

New Members (past 6 months)

Kathleen M Bennett, MD
James F. Brown, MD
Christine H. Brown, MD
Linda Canty, MD
Li-Fen Chen, MD
Nidhi Chojar, MD
Nancy Drew, MD
Esteban F. Gershanik, MD
Jacinta A. Grant, MD
Kemsha Z. Huslin, MD
Umesh KC, MD
Richard N. Levrault, DO
Mathias Lichterfeld, MD, PhD
Donald G. Love, MD
Kathleen M. McGraw, MD, FHM
Andrew Franklin Morris-Singer, MD
Muhammad A. Mumtaz, MD
Pikeshkumar J. Patel, MBBS
Valeria C. Pazo, MD
Mohammad Rajab, MD
Adam Schaffer, MD
Maitreyi G. Sharma, MD
Samuel T. Sockwell, MD
Phyllis W. Spieler, MD
Kathleen E. White, DO
Yinlee Yoong, MD

New Associates (past 6 months)

Allison Ackerman, MD
Neil Ahluwalia, MD
Roger Vladimir Araujo Castillo, MD
Amardeep Aulakh, DO
Daniel J. Barker, MD
Stacey Beberman, MD
Sarah J. Beesley, MD
Pavan K. Bendapudi, MD
Evan R. Berg, MD
Christine Lynn Bielick, MD
Angela Bien
Eric Bonno, MD
Jonathan Z. Bortinger, MD
Ari Brettman, MD
Mollie N. Carruthers, MD
Tamara Y. Chang, MD
Pei Chen, MD
Curtis R. Chong, MD, PhD
Sevdenur Cizginer, MD
Matthew T. Corey, MD
Steven M. Corsello, MD
Joshua Seth Davis, MD
Samuel T. Edwards, MD
Candace H. Feldman, MD, MPH
Clarence M. Findley, MD, PhD
Arkadiy Finn, MD
Charlene A. Flash, MD, MPH
Matthew Franco, MD
Louise Francois, MD
Haven R. Garber, MD
Anne M. Griffin, MD
Tiffany Groover, MD
Evan Gwyn, MD
Brianne Hackman, MD
Aric Cameron Hall, MD
Robert M. Hayward, MD
Bevin Elizabeth Hearn, MD
James A. Heckman, MD
Matthew D. Hellmann, MD
Nicole Christine Holguin, MD
Elizabeth Judith Housman, MD
Jennifer A. Inra, MD
Herbert Shi Ming Ip, MD
Randa Jaber, MBChB
Ryan K. Kaple, MD
Rebecca Karp, MD
Steven P. Keller, MD
Russell Brad Kerbel, MD
Varun Khanna, MD
Joan Kheder, MD
Edy Yong Kim, MD, PhD
Yoona Regina Kim, MD
Andrea Shelley Klayman, MD
Gina R Kruse, MD
Suchita M Kumar, MD
Deepa Kumaraiah, MD
Wilson T Kwong, MD
Ashley K Lamb, MD
Jeffrey J Lawrence, Jr, MD
Brittany Lee, MD
Yehoshua C. Levine, MD
Chiduzie Carl Madubata, MD
Heather Anne Mane, MD
Sandra J. Martinez Esparza, MD
Michael D. McCulloch, MD
Robert W. McGarrah, MD
Jane L. Meisel, MD
Juan Carlos Mendieta Hernandez, MD
Philip D. Messer, DO
Eli Miloslavsky, MD
Sydney B. Montesi, MD
Amber Moore, MD, MPH
Carrie Morgenstein, MD
Viju Moses, MD
Mark Alan Murakami, MD
Meagan K Murphy, MD
Ashley Nelson, MD
Matthew Niemi, MD
Owolabi Ogunneye, MD, MRCP
Deepak Palakshappa, MD
Mahima Pandey, MD
Rajesh R. Panjabi, MD
Shalin Patel, MD
Sonali Paul, MD
Rachel Putman, MD
Srijana Ranjit, MD
Krishna P. Reddy, MD
Dina Reiss, MD
Rachael A. Safyan, MD
Ismail Salejee, MD
Elizabeth R Sandman, MD
Omar David Santoyo Pacheco, MD
Benjamin L. Schlechter, MD
Sara U. Schwanke, MD
Alison T. Schwartz, MD
Kevin Selby, MD
Juliana Simonetti, MD
Meghan E. Sise, MD
Teresa Slomka, MD
Caroline L. Sokol, MD, PhD
Gabriela Soriano, MD
Jonathan Soverow, MD
Bradley A. Switzer, MD
Susan F. Swords, MD
Cindy H. Ta, MD
Hector Tamez Aguilar, MD, MPH
Aaron J. Tande, MD
Nishan Tchekmedyian, MD
Gita Thanarajasingam, MD
Harry J. Thomas, MD
Sandra Tirrell, MD
Viola Maria Tracy, MD
Paul A. Trowbridge, MD
Jenica N. Upshaw, MD
Frank M. Volpicelli, MD
Marc N. Wein, MD, PhD
Jeffrey H. William, MD
Samuel K. Williams, III, MD
Diana M. Winston, MD
Jessica M. Wong, MD
Krishna Yeshwant, MD, MBA
Janet A. Young, MD
Rebecca Zash, MD
Emily P. Zeitler, MD
Jessica Ann Zerillo, MD
Andrey Zinchuk, MD
Anthony M. Zizza, III, MD


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