2012 Governors-elect Candidates' Bios and Vision Statements
New Jersey Northern Chapter
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Beth R. Nalitt, MD, FACP
Dr. Nalitt, a specialist in internal medicine, is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. She earned a medical degree from Hahnemann University in Philadelphia and trained there as a medical resident. She was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha, the Honor Medical Society, in 1984.
Dr. Nalitt was elected to fellowship status in the ACP in 1994. She serves as adjunct teaching faculty at UMDNJ since 1992 and Seton Hall University since 2006. She has served on the ACP council since 2005, and served as co-chair of the HHP committee since 2007. She is an avid supporter of the policies and practices of the ACP, serving as a summer preceptor for medical students since 2006 and attending Leadership Day since 2007. She is an attending physician at Barnabus Health and Overlook Hospital since 1996.
Since 2000, she has been practicing internal medicine at her private practice, Millburn Primary Care, in Millburn NJ where her specialty interests are Geriatric Medicine and Women’s health issues. Prior to being in private practice she served a s a clinical instructor for the medical residents at Mountainside Hospital in Montclair where her responsibilities included running the medical clinic, teaching rounds for residents and chairing the Morbidity and Mortality committee.
At the scientific meeting for the NJ Chapter of the ACP, Dr. Nalitt was presented the Laureate award , in recognition of her efforts on behalf of the ACP. Dr. Nalitt’s unique combination of working in the arenas of Academic medicine as well as operating a successful private practice gives her a unique perspective of the issues addressing internists, subspecialists and the ACP today.
Our goals for the ACP NJ chapter for the upcoming presidential election and beyond must revolve around providing quality healthcare to our insured and uninsured population. As a practicing internist who has owned and operated a small private practice in Essex County with one partner, I am appalled at the daily trials and tribulations of my uninsured patient population. Five minutes ago, a 59 year old uninsured female patient broke down in tears because she requires hospital admission and she does not know how she will handle the bills financially. As a member of the ACP council for the last 9 years and chairperson of the Health and Public Policy Committee for the NJ Chapter of the ACP, I have been active in attending Leadership day and speaking to local congressional representatives regarding this issue. The concept of the Medical Home, tort reform, relief of loans for medical students, financial support for small practices to implement EHR are some of the other issues I hope the ACP NJ chapter can lobby for in the coming years. I have spent summers training medical students from the UMDNJ system in my office (which has been a delight!) to impress upon them the importance of General Internal Medicine as a specialty. My hope is to continue my activities by running for the position of Governor for the Northern New Jersey ACP.
Sunil Sapru, MD, FACP
Place of Birth: Srinagar, India
Education: Undergraduate, Sri Pratap College, Srinagar, India, June 1978, Graduate MBBS, Government Medical College, Srinagar, India, August 1983, MD, Internal Medicine, Institute of Medical Sciences, Srinagar, India, May 1988
Post Doctoral Training: Senior Resident in Internal Medicine, Institute of Medical Sciences, Srinagar, India, May 1988 - May 1990, Registrar (Fellow) in Cardiology, Sir Gangaram Hospital, New Delhi, India, June 1990 - July 1991, Internship in Internal Medicine, State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, New York, July 1999 - June 2000, Residency in Internal Medicine, Saint Barnabas Medical Center, Livingston, New Jersey, August 2000 - July 2002
Certification: ABIM certification, October 2002; Present Position: Associate Program Director and Student Co-Clerkship Director, Department of Medicine, Saint Barnabas Medical Center, Livingston, New Jersey, Associate Professor of Medicine, Saint George’s University School of Medicine, Grenada Assistant Professor of Medicine NJMS/UMDNJ School of Medicine
ACP College Activities: February 2001 Certificate of Merit ACP–ASIM for first place in Challenge Bowl, New Jersey Chapter Scientific Meeting, Iselin, New Jersey, February 2002, Certificate of Merit ACP–ASIM for first place in Challenge Bowl, New Jersey Chapter Scientific Meeting, Iselin, New Jersey, February 2004- 2007 New Jersey ACP Scientific Meeting, Iselin, New Jersey, April 2007 ACP Annual Session, San Diego, California, 2007 – Member Governor’s council, New Jersey ACP, February 2008 – 2012 Facilitator, Workshop: SEP Modules, New Jersey ACP Scientific Meeting, Iselin, New Jersey, 2008 - Fellow American College of Physicians (FACP), 2010 - Delegate, ACP Annual Leadership day, 2011 - Associate Chair, Planning Committee for the 2011 Chapter Scientific Session
Hospital/Community Service: Inpatient attending on the teaching service at Saint Barnabas Medical Center, Outpatient preceptor for house staff at the Saint Barnabas Faculty Practice, Saint Barnabas Medical Center, Livingston, New Jersey, House staff and Students Committee, Saint Barnabas Medical Center, Livingston, New Jersey, Associate Chair Ethics Committee
Other Appointments: Member of the Association of Program Directors in Internal Medicine (APDIM) since 2003
Areas of Professional Interest/Expertise: Medical Education
I consider it a privilege to be associated with The American College of Physicians (ACP) which is the premiere professional organization of internists. My vision for the ACP, both at the national as well as the chapter level, is in concordance with stated mission and goals of this excellent organization. We should strive to anticipate and respond to the needs of our members and the community we serve. The focus has to be on our mission to improve the quality of patient care and the productivity of health care delivery through the development and advocacy of creative planning initiatives as well as sound management decisions. It entails the development of a leadership team that sets a standard of excellence. We need to renew our commitment to enhancing the health of our community, providing superior services to our patients, delivering outstanding value, embracing clinical innovations, providing exceptional medical and health education, and supporting a diverse, knowledgeable, and caring group of medical professionals that constitute our membership. My special interest is in the area of medical education and, in particular, the rekindling of the passion for Internal Medicine amongst our medical students and residents.