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Meet Our Governor-elect Designee

Missouri Chapter

Congratulations to the Missouri Chapter Governor-Elect Designee, Richard W. Burns, MD, FACP. Our new Governor-elect Designee will do a year of training as a Governor-elect and then will start his four-year term as Governor in the Spring of 2015. As Governor, Dr. Burns will serve as the official representative of the College for the Missouri Chapter, providing a link between members at the local level and leadership at the national level. In the meantime, Dr. Burns will be working closely with Dr. Forker (the current Governor) and College staff to learn about the College and his duties as Governor. To learn more about Dr. Burns, feel free to read his bio below.


Richard W. Burns, MD, FACP
Dr. Burns

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.