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2013 Governors-elect Candidates' Bios and Vision Statements

North Carolina 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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Dawn S. Brezina, MD, FACP
Dr. Brezina

PLACE OF BIRTH Fort Lauderdale, Florida

EDUCATION: Undergraduate: University of Florida 1968-1971, Medical Education: University of Miami (Miller Medical School) 1971-1975, MD

POST DOCTORAL TRAINING: Internship: Internal Medicine, PGY1: Jackson Memorial, Miami (University of Miami hospital) 1975-1976 , PGY2: 1978-1979 West Virginia University Hospital, Morgantown, WV, PGY2-3: January 1991-June 1992: East Carolina University (Brody Med School), Greenville, NC, July 1992-July 1993: Chief Resident in Internal Medicine, ECU Department of Medicine

CERTIFICATION: ABIM Certification in 1993, 2003 and (recent passed recertification boards 2013)

MILITARY: 1973-1976, US Navy, Ensign, 1976-1979, US Navy, General Medical Officer, (Lieutenant), Naval Amphib Base, Coronado, CA

PRESENT POSITION: Duke Regional Hospital, Hospital Medicine, Duke University Health System, Academic Position: Assistant Professor of Medicine, Internal Medicine

ACP ACTIVITIES: 2009-present: NC ACP Council Member , 2011-present: ACP Hospitalist Editorial Board, 2012 Curriculum Committee member for Hospital Medicine Pre-Course, 2012 April National Meeting, New Orleans: Presentation in Hospital Medicine: “EKG from A to Z”, ACP Fellowship: 2012

CHAPTER INVOLVEMENT/LEADERSHIP ACTIVITIES: NC ACP Poster Chair: Annual Meetings 2012, 2013, National Poster Judge: Annual Meetings 2011, 2012, NC ACP Pri-Med Lecture, Nov. 2012, Raleigh, NC, “Pre-Operative Medicine: Taking a Lesson from Atul Gawande.” E:\BIO-ACP 2013.doc 7/8/2013, DATE: July 9, 2013

HOSPITAL/COMMUNITY SERVICE: DRH Ethics Committee Co-Chair, DOCMS: 2011-2012 President, 2010-2011 Vice President, NCMS : Delegate to Annual Meeting, 2009-present, Orange County Board of Adjusters: 2006-2013, Vice-Chair, 2011-2013, Orange County Planning Board: 2012-2013, Medical Missions Abroad: Peru (11-14 day trips) 2005, 2008, Haiti (8 day) 2008

AREAS OF PROFESSIONAL INTEREST/EXPERTISE: Hospital Medicine, Pre-Op and Perioperative Management

Vision Statement

We are on the brink of new—and anticipated positive—changes in medicine in North Carolina over the next few years with the implementation of ACOs and universal coverage. We all applaud improved access to healthcare for the residents of NC and it would be my goal to have ACP as a resource for internists as they navigate through unchartered paths and expanded clinical management requirements. The ACP should also assist physicians with MOC, which has become increasingly complex. I would encourage the ACP to negotiate on behalf of physicians with the ABIM concerning the ever-widening, costly and increasingly complex MOC demands. It is an honor and a pleasure to work with the North Carolina ACP and I would welcome the opportunity to serve this state and organization as Governor.


Peter R. Lichstein, MD, FACP
Dr. Lichstein

PLACE OF BIRTH: Minneapolis, Minnesota

EDUCATION: University of Michigan: BS 1972; University of Michigan: MD 1976

POST DOCTORAL TRAINING: Internship and Residency: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 1976-1979, Fellowship in Medicine and Psychiatry: University of Rochester 1979-1981; CERTIFICATION: Internal Medicine 1979

PRESENT POSITION: Professor of General Internal Medicine and Vice Chair for Education, Department of Internal Medicine. Wake Forest School of Medicine, Winston Salem, North Carolina; ACP ACTIVITIES: FACP 1986, MKSAP 12 Ambulatory Medicine (contributing author), ACP National Meeting 2003: Management of Anxiety Disorders

CHAPTER INVOLVEMENT/LEADERSHIP ACTIVITIES: Program Chair: Annual Scientific Meeting: 1999, 2008, 2012, Initiated the Associates Poster Presentation competition at annual chapter meetings (along with Elizabeth Gamble, MD), NC-ACP Council Member, NC-ACP Laureate Award 2003, Proposed and co-direct NC-ACP program to fund innovative educational projects proposed by the NC training programs and medical schools Presentations: motivational interviewing; effective and efficient communication in health care; residency training – 2012

HOSPITAL/COMMUNITY SERVICE: Attending physician Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, Winston Salem, NC Attending physician: Downtown Health Plaza, Winston Salem, NC, Medical Director and Co-Manager: General Medicine inpatient service, Partnerships Committee: co-chair , Professionalism Committee: Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, Volunteer physician: DEAC clinic, North Carolina Medicaid Physician Advisory Group, Governor's task force on physician work force, I3 PCMH Collaborative, Goler Community Garden at the Downtown Health Plaza: volunteer and board member, Core Teaching Faculty - medical student and residency education, Interfaith Winston Salem

AREAS OF PROFESSIONAL INTEREST/EXPERTISE: General internal medicine: ambulatory and hospital practice, Medical education, Teaching and assessing professionalism, Communication in health care, Motivational interviewing, Team leadership and systems improvement, Graduate medical education (16 years experience as residency program director), Mindfulness training for patients and providers

Vision Statement

I am honored to be nominated for Governor of the North Carolina Chapter of the ACP. My vision is for our Chapter to evolve into a vibrant learning community dedicated to the highest ideals of professionalism, compassion, education, patient advocacy and skillful practice. I will partner with the NC medical schools and residencies to mentor medical students regarding careers in internal medicine, support innovative educational projects at all levels of training and make our annual meetings into not to be missed educational events. I support the ACP as a unifying force in Internal Medicine and will collaborate with our colleagues in hospital medicine and the subspecialties so the ACP remains relevant to their daily work. As Governor, I will engage our Chapter in strategic advocacy on issues such as access to care for all North Carolinians, expansion of the physician work force, new models for inter-professional collaboration and the imperative that internists provide and be reimbursed for high value care.

Contact Information

Byron J Hoffman, Jr MD FACP
Governor, North Carolina Chapter, ACP

Alan Skipper
Executive Director
North Carolina Chapter of ACP
P.O. Box 27167
Raleigh, NC 27611
Office: (919) 833-3836
Fax: (919) 833-2023
Email: askipper@ncmedsoc.org