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2013 Governors-elect Candidates' Bios and Vision Statements

Missouri 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!

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Richard W. Burns, MD, FACP
Dr. Burns

PLACE OF BIRTH: Columbia, Missouri

EDUCATION: College/University: University of California-San Diego B.A. in Biochemistry/Cellular Biology, 1986. Medical School: University of Missouri-Columbia, Doctor of Medicine, 1990. Residency: University of Missouri-Columbia Internal Medicine, 1990-1993.

CERTIFICATION: National Boards Part I (1988), II (1989), and III (1991), Internal Medicine (September 1993, 2003, anticipated 2013), BLS (April 2013), ACLS (May 2013)

PRESENT POSITION: Associate Chief, Primary Care Service Line, Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital, Columbia MO

ACP ACTIVITIES: 1990-1994: Associate, 1994-1998, Member, 1997-2007: ACP Summer Externship Preceptor, 1998-Present: Fellow, 1997-2003: Council Member, Missouri State Chapter, 2002-Present: Education Committee, Missouri State Chapter, 2006-2011: Chair, Education Committee, Missouri State Chapter, 2010:ACP Abstract Review Board, Toronto Meeting April 2010, 2012: ACP Abstract Review Board, New Orleans Meeting April 2012, 2011-Present: Membership Committee, Missouri State Chapter, 2012-Present: Finance Committee, Missouri State Chapter, 2012-Present Council Member, Missouri State Chapter, Sept 2012: Laureate Award, Missouri State Chapter

CHAPTER INVOLVEMENT/LEADERSHIP ACTIVITIES: See above also regular attendance of state and national meetings since 1992

HOSPITAL/COMMUNITY SERVICE: 1995-2007: Associate Program Director, Internal Medicine Housestaff , University of Missouri-Columbia, 2000-2007: Medical Director, Fairview Internal Medicine Clinic, University Hospital and Clinics, 2010-2013: VA: MyHealtheVet Committee, hospital clinical champion, 2011-present:VA: My HealtheVet Advisory Committee, VISN 15, 2013-present: VA: Virtual Medicine Committee, co-chairman, 2010-present: VA: Pain Committee, 2002-2008: Board of Directors, Big Brothers/Big Sisters. 2006-2008: Vice-President, Board of Directors, Big Brothers/Big Sisters

OTHER APPOINTMENTS: Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Missouri-Columbia

AREAS OF PROFESSIONAL INTEREST AND EXPERTISE: General internal medicine

Vision Statement

A chain is only as strong as its weakest link’. This often used quote can be applied to many circumstances, including the current position of our own American College of Physicians (ACP). In this case, the vital link is membership. The talent of our organization has produced thoughtful leadership on health care reform, organized a variety of outstanding educational programs, and provided advocacy on many issues, from health literacy to the maintenance of certification process. However, here in Missouri we have seen a decline in members since 2002. What is the solution? Of critical importance will be reaching out to residents and fellows in training, illuminating the variety of benefits and tremendous value of ACP participation, and subsequently securing a long-term relationship. I would welcome the opportunity to lead such an effort as state ACP Governor. If we want to continue to be ‘the’ professional home for generalist and specialists in internal medicine, now is the time to invigorate our membership and strengthen the chain.


Keith M. Starke, MD, FACP
Dr. Starke

PLACE OF BIRTH: St. Louis, Missouri

EDUCATION: 1972 – 1976 St. Louis University - BA Honors 1977 – 1981 St. Louis University School of Medicine

POST DOCTORAL TRAINING: 1981 – 1984 St. John’s Mercy Medical Center – Residency, Internal Medicine

CERTIFICATION: September, 1984 Board Certification – Internal Medicine

PRESENT POSITION: Chairman, Department of Medicine - Mercy Hospital, St. Louis, Chief Quality & Patient Safety Officer, East Region – Mercy Hospital, St. Louis

ACP ACTIVITIES: 2008 – Present Missouri Chapter of ACP – Council Member, 1991 Fellowship

CHAPTER INVOLVEMENT/LEADERSHIP ACTIVITIES: 2011 – Present Chairman of Membership Committee at Missouri ACP

HOSPITAL/COMMUNITY SERVICE: Soup Kitchen – St. Vincent DePaul; OTHER APPOINTMENTS: 1989 – 1991 Medical Audit Committee Chairman, St. Anthony’s Medical Center, 1985 – 1989 Medical Credentialing Committee, Residency Review Committee, Mercy Hospital – St. Louis, 1994 – 2004 VPMA Mercy Medical Group, 1994 – Present Director, Board of Trustees, Mercy Hospital – St. Louis, 2006 – Present Committee Chairman, Quality & Patient Safety, Mercy Health System Board, 2005 – 2007 Chairman of the Board, Mercy Medical Group, 2007 – Present Chairman, Department of Medicine, 2008 – Present Associate Clinical Professor of Internal Medicine, St. Louis University, School of Medicine, 2008 – Present Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine, 2010 – Present Chief Quality & Patient Safety Officer, Mercy East Region

AREAS OF PROFESSIONAL INTEREST/EXPERTISE: Patient Safety, Diagnostic Error

Vision Statement

Internal Medicine today has the opportunity and responsibility to positively impact health care in the U.S., at the individual practitioner level and the organizational level. ACP can lay the groundwork for improved delivery of healthcare by advocating quality for patients. Effective population management and improved chronic disease management provide excellent opportunities to create value. The realities of health care payment initiatives, through ACO’s and bundled payments require transformation of how we deliver care. Collaboration between Primary and Specialty care hold great promise in decreasing the current waste in our system. Internal Medicine and ACP can champion an important focus on patient safety, continue support for integrating EBM into practice, and lead the effort to decrease diagnostic errors. ACP’s proactive leadership to incorporate these tactics into everyday practice could speak volumes to our patients who look to us to pioneer changes which bring solutions to the healthcare debate.