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Biographical Sketch and Vision Statement for the Governor-elect

Richard G. Lane, MD, FACP

Congratulations to the Tennessee Chapter Governor-elect, Richard G. Lane, MD, FACP. He will start his four-year term as Governor in the Spring of 2013. As Governor, Dr. Lane will serve as the official representative of the College for the Tennessee Chapter, providing a link between members at the local level and leadership at the national level. In the meantime, Dr. Lane will be working closely with Dr. Olive, the current Governor, and College staff to learn about the College and his duties as Governor. To learn more about Dr. Lane, please read his bio and vision statement below.

Date/Place of Birth: May 25 1947, Elizabeth, NJ

Education: June 1969, BA in Biology, Franklin & Marshall College, Lancaster,PA, June 1973, MD University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis, TN

Post-Doctoral Training: 1973-1977 Internal Medicine Residency and Chief Resident, Baptist Memorial Hospital, Memphis, TN

Certification: Board Certified Internal Medicine 1977 by ABIM, recertified in 1987

Present Position: Fulltime Medical Practice with Vanderbilt Medical Group–Williamson

ACP Activities: Member ACP and TN Chapter since 1978 , Member ASIM and TN Chapter since 1978 and served as TSIM President 1994-1996, Co-chaired the TN ACP Program Committee in the early ‘90s, Chairman TN ACP Health and Public Policy Committee 2001-2008, Member of TN ACP Executive Council since late ‘1990, FACP since 2010

Chapter Involvement/Leadrership Activities: Nomination Committee since 2004, Laureate Award 2006

Hospital/Community Service: Member of Active Medical Staff Williamson Medical Center since 1977 and Chairman of Internal Medicine Department from 1984-2010, Recipient Williamson Medical Center Lifetime Achievement Award 2009, Medical Director with National Healthcare Corporation since 1979 and current Senior Medical Advisor at NHC Place in Cool Springs (Franklin, TN), Medical Director American General Life & Accident (Nashville, TN) since 1997, Member of Franklin Noon Rotary since 1992 and a Paul Harris fellow

Other Appointments: Member of AMA, TMA, and Williamson County Medical Society since 1977 Past Chairman TMA Board of Trustees (2006-2007), current delegate to TMA and serve on the Strategic Plan Oversight Committee, Member of the American Medical Directors Association and the Tennessee Association of Long Term, Care Physicians. Served on the AMDA Public Policy Committee from 2008-2011 and currently serve on their ad hoc committee on Transition of Care. I continue to serve on the executive committee of TALTCP and the Tennessee Geriatrics Society

Areas of Professional Interest/Expertise: Interest in Organized Medicine. Interest in Geriatrics and currently focused on Transitions of Care including between the inpatient hospital/outpatient emergency department and the Skilled Nursing Facility as well as the transition from the hospital and SNF back to the community-based physician.

Vision Statement

What concerns me as a practicing primary care Internist is the increasing barriers to actual face to face time physicians have to spend with their patients. My vision as a state Governor would be to serve as the conduit between the Tennessee Chapter and ACP to provide our input on issues such as health reform and its downstream consequences to the practicing physician; federal reimbursement issues; EMRs with their inability to communicate with each other much less fulfill the current “meaningful use” criteria; and needless physician time wasted dealing with third party payers to obtain diagnostic studies or necessary medications expeditiously. Since Governor is a two directional conduit, my vision also includes sharing and implementing ideas on patient centered care including transition of care issues via the medical home concept, on evidenced –based guidelines to reduce medical liability, and on ACP resources to assist physicians with upcoming mandates such as ACOs and ICD-10.

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Contact Information

Richard G. Lane, MD, FACP,
Governor, Tennessee Chapter

Renee Arnott
Executive Director
Ph: 615-460-1657
E-mail: renee.arnott@tnmed.org