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2013 Governors-elect Candidates' Bios and Vision Statements

North Dakota 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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Neville M. Alberto, MD, FACP
Dr. Alberto

PLACE OF BIRTH: Goa, India

EDUCATION: Medical School: Goa Medical College, Goa, India. MBBS (1984-1990) MD, (1990-1994). Internship: Easton Hospital, Hahnemann University School of Medicine, MD (1998 - 1999) Residency: Easton Hospital, Hahnemann University School of Medicine, MD (1999 - 2001)

CERTIFICATION: 2001 – 2011 Diplomate in Internal Medicine American Board of Internal Medicine. 2011 – 2021 Recertified: Diplomate in Internal Medicine American Board of Internal Medicine. 2007 – 2014 Diplomate in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, American Board of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. 2010 – 2020 Recertified: Diplomate in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, American Board of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

PRESENT POSITION: Clinical Professor of Medicine (2008 - till date) University of North Dakota. Program Director (2009 - till date) Transitional Year Residency Program University of North Dakota. Associate Program Director (2006-till date) Internal Medicine Residency Program University of North Dakota, Hospitalist (2001 - till date), Dept of Internal Medicine, Sanford Health System, Fargo, ND. Consultant, Hospice and Palliative Medicine (2005 - till date), Dept of Internal Medicine, Sanford Health System, Fargo, ND

ACP ACTIVITIES: Attended and participated in the ACP Meeting, San Francisco, April 2013, Co-Chair of the Annual ACP Meeting – North Dakota Chapter, ND – 2012, Attended and participated in the ACP Meeting, New Orleans, April 2012, Co-Chair of the Annual ACP Meeting – North Dakota Chapter, ND. 2011, Attended and participated in the ACP Meeting, San Diego, April 2010, Conferred Fellowship ACP Meeting, San Diego, April 2010, Co-Chair of the Annual ACP Meeting – North Dakota Chapter, ND. 2010

CHAPTER INVOLVEMENT/LEADERSHIP ACTIVITIES: Co-Chair of the Annual ACP Meeting – North Dakota Chapter, ND – 2012, Presented at the Annual ACP Meeting – North Dakota Chapter, ND – 2012: Panel discussion : Transitions of Care, Co-Chair of the Annual ACP Meeting – North Dakota Chapter, ND. 2011, Co-Chair of the Annual ACP Meeting – North Dakota Chapter, ND. 2010

HOSPITAL/COMMUNITY SERVICE: -Founding Member of the Rapid Response Team, with the aim to improve care by early detection of potentially life threatening conditions and pre-emptying code blue, -Chair, Pneumonia Committee - Aims at improving the quality of care provided to patients with the admitting diagnosis of Pneumonia, by focusing on system issues, provider education and feedback. -Active member of the hospital Quality Improvement/Quality Management Committee. -Active member of the hospital CDI committee and resident education. -Active member of the Resident research and scholarly activity committee

OTHER APPOINTMENTS: [2013 - Present] Elected President of the North Dakota Medical Association, First District Chapter, [2011 - Present] Elected Member, Medical Executive Committee. [2011 - Present] Medical Ethics Committee. [2010 - Present] Appointed to the Board of Governors – Sanford Health System. [2009 - Present] Chair, Transitional Year Residency Committee, University of North Dakota

AREAS OF PROFESSIONAL INTEREST/EXPERTISE: -Developing and Implementing Bedside Ultrasound Curriculum for the Medical Students and Residents at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences. -Breast Cancer Research – Developing breast cancer biomarkers for early detection and prognostication of Breast cancer

Vision Statement

It is an exciting period to be delivering health care in the Nation, the state of North Dakota and at a time when there are a myriad of issues facing us that are related but not limited to health care quality, transitions of care, electronic health records and the very definition of what it means to be a physician. Innovation and technology can be our friend, whether be it by enabling the care giver visualize the problem by the bedside (hand held ultrasound) or communicating relevant health care information in a fraction of a second and thereby improving efficiency, patient care communication and health care cost. Embracing and adapting to change would uniquely position us to provide the best care possible.


Darin W. Lang, MD, FACP
Dr. Lang

PLACE OF BIRTH: Ashley, North Dakota

EDUCATION: BA at Concordia College, Moorhead, MN – 1996, MD at UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences – 2001

POST DOCTORAL TRAINING: Internship and Residency at Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle, WA – 2004, Geriatric Fellowship at Emory University, Atlanta, GA – 2005

CERTIFICATION: ABIM – 2004, ABIM with CAQ Geriatrics – 2005

PRESENT POSITION: Sanford Health, Fargo, Ambulatory Clinic and Hospitalist since 2005

ACP ACTIVITIES: Fellowship, FACP, April 2011 in San Diego, CA, ACP Leadership Day, May 2011 in Washington, DC

CHAPTER INVOLVEMENT: Program Committee, ND Chapter ACP, 2011-2013

HOSPITAL / COMMUNITY SERVICE: Vice Chair Internal Medicine Department – 2013, Falls Prevention Clinic – 2012-2013, Quality Advisory Committee for BC BS Medi-Q-Home 2010-2012, Assistant Medical Director – Hospice of Red River Valley 2006-2011, Medical Director Barnesville Good Samaritan Center 2007-2011

OTHER APPOINTMENTS: UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Associate Clinical Professor, Geriatric Clinical Coordinator, UND Internal Medicine Residency Program

AREAS OF PROFESSIONAL INTEREST: Geriatrics, Continuous Improvement – LEAN Certification - 2010

Vision Statement

The ACP North Dakota Chapter has been an excellent opportunity to build relationships with fellow internists, while the challenge for the next Governor is to continue developing these relationships with both the new physicians out of residency and those across the state that haven’t been involved in the ACP. Our organization needs to continue with quality topics of education and being a resource and inspiration to those of us already in internal medicine, as well as, the medical students and internal medicine residents who are still choosing their career path. By developing camaraderie amongst our peers we will continue to strengthen our commitment to both the field of internal medicine and to provide quality care for our patients. It would be a privilege to serve as Governor of the ACP North Dakota Chapter.

Contact Information

Julie A Blehm, MD FACP
ACP Governor
North Dakota Chapter

Pam Heisler
North Dakota Chapter Staff
Phone: 701-780-6129
Email: pheisler@altru.org