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ACP Honors Outstanding Contributions to Medicine in Annual Convocation Ceremony

PHILADELPHIA, March 8, 2011 -- The American College of Physicians (ACP) will honor outstanding contributions to medicine at its annual Convocation ceremony on Thursday, April 7, 2011, at 6:30 p.m. at the San Diego Convention Center, where ACP is hosting its annual scientific meeting, Internal Medicine 2011.

ACP President J. Fred Ralston Jr., MD, FACP, will preside over the ceremony, during which more than 20 awardees will be honored, 50 new Masters of ACP (MACP) will be named, and more than 500 new Fellows of ACP (FACP) will be inducted.

ACP annually recognizes varied accomplishments in the world of medicine. The awardees for 2011 are:

Henry Masur, MD, MACP, Bethesda, Maryland: John Phillips Memorial Award for Outstanding Work in Clinical Medicine. Dr. Masur is Chief of Critical Medicine at the Clinical Center of NIH and Clinical Professor of Medicine at George Washington University. Since recognizing the first cases of AIDS in NYC in 1981, Dr. Masur has become one of the world’s leading authorities on HIV and related opportunistic infections. Notably, he established the value of bronchoalveolar lavage and developed new stains for recognition of pneumocystis carinii in BAL and sputum, identified new drugs for this infection, and characterized enzymatic pathways for resistance. He formulated the first national guidelines for treating HIV/AIDS that laid the path for future NIH guidelines for HIV management. Dr. Masur has over 300 publications, is president of the Infectious Disease Society of America, and is an elected member of the Association of American Physicians and the American Society of Clinical Investigation. He is recipient of two NIH Director’s Awards and the “Hero” Award of the International Association of Physicians in AIDS.

David Schottenfeld, MD, FACP, Dalton, Massachusetts: James D. Bruce Memorial Award for Distinguished Contributions in Preventive Medicine. Dr. Schottenfeld is Professor Emeritus of Epidemiology and Internal Medicine at the University of Michigan School of Public Health and School of Medicine. He previously served as both the John G. Searle Professor and Chair of the Department of Epidemiology and Director of the Cancer Epidemiology Program at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center. Dr. Schottenfeld has over 200 publications, including eight textbooks and monographs. He has co-edited three editions of the leading reference textbook on the epidemiology of cancer, Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention. In 1975, he co-founded the American Society for Preventive Oncology, which remains one of the pre-eminent academic forums for prevention research and its application in practice. He served as president of the society from 1986 to 1988. In 1980, Dr. Schottenfeld was awarded a prestigious Academic Career Award in Preventive Oncology from the National Cancer Institute. He was also awarded the Abraham Lilienfeld Award from the American College of Epidemiology in 2002 and the John Snow Award in 2007 from the American Public Health Association.

William E. Golden, MD, MACP, Little Rock, Arkansas: Alfred Stengel Memorial Award for Outstanding Service to the American College of Physicians. Dr. Golden is Professor of Medicine and Public Health at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). He previously served as Director, Division of General Internal Medicine at UAMS for 19 years. Dr. Golden has been an integral part of ACP and, prior to that, ASIM at both the local and national level for over 25 years. He was first a trustee and later president of ASIM in the mid 1990s. Dr. Golden then served as a transitional governor during the merger of the two organizations and was subsequently elected to serve on the Board of Regents and eventually Chair of the Board of Regents from 2006 to 2007. It was during his time as Regent that Dr. Golden served in many leadership roles including his election as Chair of ACP’s Delegation to the American Medical Association in 1998. Dr. Golden’s involvement as the Chair of this delegation was integral to increasing the stature of the College in the AMA and around the country. He was also instrumental in developing the ACP’s approach to performance measurement and currently serves as the ACP representative to the executive committee of the Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement.

J. Larry Jameson, MD, FACP, Chicago, Illinois, and Craig B. Thompson, MD, FACP, New York, New York: ACP Award for Outstanding Work in Science as Related to Medicine. Dr. Jameson is Vice President for Medical Affairs and Dean of the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University. Previously, he was Chair of Medicine at the Feinberg School of Medicine during which time he led several major initiatives and helped change the way the department worked with affiliated Northwestern Memorial Hospital. The major thrust of his research is to identify genetic causes of human endocrine disease and use cellular and animal models to characterize the molecular pathophysiology of these disorders with a long-term goal of enhancing understanding of endocrine physiology to guide the development of new diagnostic and therapeutic approaches. He is credited with identification of genetic causes of gonadotropic deficiency in humans and his discoveries defined the genetic basis of more than a dozen different endocrine disorders. Most recently, he has made important contributions in the area of estrogen receptors and their pathogenic role in breast cancer focusing on their non-genomic actions. He received the 2006 Van Steeg Award from Northwestern University for outstanding research.

Dr. Thompson became President and Chief Executive Officer of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) on November 2, 2010. He came to MSKCC from the University of Pennsylvania, where had served since 2006 as Director of the Abramson Cancer Center and Associate Vice President for Cancer Services of the University of Pennsylvania Health System. Dr. Thompson is a board-certified internist and medical oncologist with extensive research experience in cancer, immunology, and translational medicine. His current research focuses on the role that metabolic changes play in the origin and progression of cancer. Dr. Thompson is a member of the Institute of Medicine, the National Academy of Science, the American Academy of the Arts and Sciences, and the Medical Advisory Board of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

Respiratory Health Association of Metropolitan Chicago, Chicago, Illinois: Edward R. Loveland Memorial Award for a Distinguished Contribution to the Health Field. The Respiratory Health Association of Metropolitan Chicago (RHAMC) was founded as the Tuberculosis Institute in 1906 and has been serving Chicago residents for over 100 years. The mission of the organization is to promote healthy lungs and fight lung disease through research, advocacy, and education. The organization serves an estimated one million Cook County residents diagnosed with asthma, lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema, and other lung diseases through community-based interventions. The RHAMC was instrumental in building a coalition and launching a campaign resulting in the passage of laws banning indoor smoking in Chicago, which led to similar laws applied to Cook County and the state of Illinois. The organization developed a comprehensive state plan for addressing COPD in conjunction with the Illinois COPD Coalition. Additionally, RHAMC developed, piloted, and validated Fight Asthma Now, one of the nation’s first multi-cultural education programs to address asthma among urban youth.

Raquel Gur, MD, PhD, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: William C. Menninger Memorial Award for Distinguished Contributions to the Science of Mental Health. Dr. Gur is the Karl and Linda Rickels Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Schizophrenia Research Center at the University of Pennsylvania. She was among the first to offer neuroscience-based hypotheses on cognitive deficits in schizophrenia and a pioneer in applying functional and structural neuroimaging. Her work demonstrated brain dysfunction already at onset of illness and a characteristic profile of neurocognitive deficits that is not responsive to intervention. She has forged multidisciplinary teams including an MHCRC, Conte Center and large-scale multi-site genetic studies with quantitative phenotypic measures. Such efforts paved the way for genome wide association, epigenetic and CNV studies to help generate mechanistic models of schizophrenia. Her achievements have been recognized by election to the Institute of Medicine, NIMH Council, ACNP Council, President of SOBP, NARSAD Lieber Award, and the APA Kempf Award and task forces.

Ruth-Marie E. Fincher, MD, MACP, Augusta, Georgia: Jane F. Desforges Distinguished Teacher Award. Dr. Fincher is Professor of Medicine, Vice Dean for Academic Affair, and Co-Director of the Education Discovery Institute at the Georgia Health Sciences University Medical College of Georgia in Augusta. She conceptualized and was a founder of Clerkship Directors in Internal Medicine and served as its first elected president. She is on the Executive Committee of the National Board of Medical Examiners Board and has held leadership positions for many years in the Association of American Medical Colleges, Alpha Omega Alpha national honor medical society, and the Alliance for Clinical Education. She has over 100 presentations and publications centering on student and resident education, and she has been honored with numerous teaching awards. Her colleagues and students remark on the clarity, warmth, and stimulation of her lectures and workshops and her extensive mentoring activities. For ACP, she has been active in the Georgia Chapter for 15 years, served as Governor from 2003 to 2007, and completed a term on the Board of Trustees of the ACP Foundation.

John F. Tisdale, MD, Bethesda, Maryland: Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Award #1 from The Rosenthal Family Foundation (for a recent innovative work making a notable contribution to improve clinical care in internal medicine). Dr. Tisdale is currently a tenured Senior Clinical Investigator in the intramural program of the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute. His breakthrough was recognizing the potential of the immunosuppressive effect of siirolimus to support transplantation of normal hematopoietic cells to replace abnormal cells in non-malignant disorders without toxicity. He developed a novel protocol of low dose irradiation, alemtuzumab and sirolimus, which successfully cured transgenic sickle cell mice. He then courageously embarked on the difficult effort to try his novel approach in adults with severe sickle anemia in a prospective clinical trial. The results of the trial are recognized as a major breakthrough in allotranplantation for benign disorders. Nine of 10 seriously affected adults were cured of sickle cell anemia with marrow from matched-related donors with minimal toxicity and no evidence of graft vs. host disease. The lack of toxicity suggested that Dr. Tisdale’s approach will allow the use of alternative donors thereby expanding the possibility of cure for greater numbers of patients with sickle cell disease and other genetic non-malignant disorders.

Kathy A. Hebert, MD, Miami Beach, Florida: Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Award #2 from The Rosenthal Family Foundation (for a recent original approach in the delivery of health care or in the design of facilities for its delivery that will increase its clinical and/or economic effectiveness). Dr. Hebert currently serves as an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Cardiovascular Division as well as Director of Disease Management and Outcomes Research and Associate Medical Director for new projects and research at Jackson Memorial Hospital. She worked as a consultant for the Millennium Challenge Corporation on countrywide projects to address chronic diseases in Mongolia and with USAID to train physicians in the country of Georgia on evidence-based medicine to develop the first chest pain and stroke units in that country. In addition, Dr. Hebert implemented the first heart failure disease management program in the country of Georgia and conducted prospective outcomes research in that cohort of patients. She designed and implemented a national award-winning, population medicine disease management program in the fifth largest U.S. health care system in Louisiana serving over one million indigent patients. She has been recognized by medical students and house officers for her excellence in teaching receiving numerous awards. Dr. Hebert is a technical expert in Cardiovascular and Disease Management and an innovative leader and manager who uses evidence-based medicine in disease management.

Joseph V. Messer, MD, FACP, Glencoe, Illinois: Ralph O. Claypoole Sr. Memorial Award for Devotion of a Career in Internal Medicine to the Care of Patients. Dr. Messer is a cardiologist in private practice, Professor of Medicine, and Senior Attending Physician at Rush University Medical Center, and Co-Chair of the Carrier Advisory Committee for Illinois Medicare. Previously, he was Director of Cardiology at Rush University Medical Center. He is the American College of Cardiology representative to the AMA’s Physicians Consortium for Performance Improvement and a recent member of ANA CPT Editorial Panel. With his many commitments, he has remained an active, available, and devoted cardiologist with a reputation for superior knowledge, kindness, and compassion. Dr. Messer has published more than 150 articles and another dozen editorials and book chapters. Serving as Chair of its Board of Governors in 1997, he was made a Master of the American College of Cardiology in 2001 and in 2008 received the ACC’s Distinguished Fellow Award.

Michael A. LaCombe, MD, MACP, Augusta, Maine: Nicholas E. Davies Memorial Scholar Award for Outstanding Contributions to Humanism in Medicine. Dr. LaCombe has practiced in Maine for 35 years and is former Director of Cardiology at Main General Medical Center. The first to publish fiction in peer-reviewed medical journals, he was central to convincing ACP leadership of the appropriateness of literature in scientific publications such as Annals of Internal Medicine. Thus, the “On Being a Doctor” column was born. Dr. LaCombe has been its editor since its inception in 1991. He has published over 100 stories, has given readings at over 140 institutions both here and abroad, and has published 10 books, editing three separate collections of “On Being a Doctor” essays and a collection of Osler’s favorite literature. In 2008 he edited The Last Half Hour of the Day and In Whatever Houses We May Visit, anthologies of prose and poetry that have inspired physicians, published by ACP Press. His collection of stories, Bedside: The Art of Medicine, was published by the University of Maine Press in 2010.

Melvin R. Kaplan, MD, FACP, Rancho Palos Verdes, California: Outstanding Volunteer Clinical Teacher Award. Dr. Kaplan is Volunteer Clinical Attending in the Endocrine and Rheumatology Clinics at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. He was previously the Chief Physician in the Department of Medicine at Harbor-UCLA, and then went on to become Chief of Medicine at South Bay Hospital and Torrance Memorial Hospital. Since his retirement from private practice in 1995, he has maintained a continuing voluntary role in teaching and organizational activities. He has been recognized with a Distinguished Teaching Award in 1972, a Distinguished Service and Leadership Award in 1982, and a Lifetime Distinguished Service Award in 1995, all from the Department of Medicine. He was recognized for more than fifty years of continuous active service in 2001 by the Professional Staff Association. Dr. Kaplan was Vice President of the Los Angeles Academy of Medicine from 2006 to 2007. He was designated a “Legend” in 2004 by the Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute at Harbor-UCLA. Dr. Kaplan received the ACP Claypoole Award in 2010.

Senator Max Baucus, Billings, Montana: Joseph F. Boyle Award for Distinguished Public Service. (The award will be presented at ACP’s Leadership Day in May.) Max Baucus is the senior United States Senator from Montana and serves as Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee. As Chairman, Sen. Baucus played an influential role in the enactment of comprehensive health care reform in the United States. In 2009, Sen. Baucus held a series of hearing on health care reform. He invited ACP to testify at a health care roundtable on delivery system reform in April 2009. Subsequently, the health reform law was based largely on health legislation passed by the Senate Finance Committee that included language reflecting ACP priorities. Sen. Baucus is a member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, on which he is chairman of the Subcommittee on Transportation and Infrastructure. He is also a member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry and chairs the Joint Committee on Taxation. Before his election to the Senate, Sen. Baucus was a member of the United States House of Representatives from 1975 to 1978, representing Montana's 1st congressional district.

Raymond Basri, MD, FACP, Middletown, New York: Oscar E. Edwards Memorial Award for Volunteerism and Community Service. Currently in private practice, Dr. Basri a treating physician for the World Trade Center monitoring program of the FDNY, senior aviation medical examiner for the FAA, and clinical assistant professor of medicine at New York Medical College. He is a volunteer firefighter for 24 years in the Excelsior H&L in Middleton, New York. He was at the World Trade Center on September 11, treating patients and firefighters, as well as working the bucket line. Following Hurricane Katrina, Dr. Basri responded to the disaster in Gulfport, Mississippi, and served as a coordinator, working to assure availability of medications, and assisting with treatment and service shortages. He visited Mississippi repeatedly through 2008. In January 2009, he was one of the first responders on scene when USAir Flight 1529 landed in the Hudson River. He wrote a chapter in the book Brace for Impact. Dr. Basri received the public service and citizenship award and also the Laureat Award from the ACP New York Chapter.

William M. Tierney, MD, MACP, Indianapolis, Indiana: Alvan R. Feinstein Memorial Award for major contribution to patient care in the field of clinical epidemiology. Dr. Tierney is Chancellor’s Professor of Medicine, the Sam Regenstrief Professor of Health Services Research, and Associate Dean for Healthcare Effectiveness Research at Indiana University School of Medicine. He is also President/CEO of the Regenstrief Institute, Inc. He has directed or co-directed fellowships in Health Services Research, Ambulatory Care, Medical Informatics and Biomedical Informatics. A member of the Institute of Medicine, Dr. Tierney has served as President for the Society of General Internal Medicine and was on the Board of Directors of the American Medical Informatics Association. He is Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the Indiana Health Information Exchange and Associate Director of the Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute. He also served as Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of General Internal Medicine and Medical Care. He has served on the Editorial Board of four other publications, including Annals of Internal Medicine. He was on the ACP Scientific Program Subcommittee and reviewed for the Medical Knowledge Self-Assessment Program (MKSAP).

Erik A. Wallace, MD, FACP, Tulsa, Oklahoma: Walter J. McDonald Award for Young Physicians. Dr. Wallace is Associate Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, and Associate Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency Program at the University of Oklahoma School of Community Medicine. Dr. Wallace was selected to serve on ACP’s initial Council of Young Physicians (CYP) in 2005 and was subsequently elected and served as Chair of the CYP from 2008 to 2009. During his time as a CYP leader, he ably served as the voice of young physicians on the Board of Governors and Board of Regents. Dr. Wallace’s accomplishments as Chair of the CYP include his service as Course Co-Director of the College’s Leadership Enhancement and Development (LEAD) pre-course at Internal Medicine from 2008 through 2011. As Chair of the CYP during the formative stages of the LEAD program he made sure that the Council remained involved in the development of that program and stressed the importance of its applicability to young physicians. Dr. Wallace was recognized as one of the first recipients of the LEAD certificate in 2009.

Melanie L. Zupancic, MD, Springfield, Illinois: Joseph E. Johnson Leadership Award. Dr. Zupancic is a resident in the Internal Medicine and Psychiatry residency program at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. As a resident, she has excelled in leadership, medical practice, research, teaching, volunteerism, and scholarly work resulting in publications. She was honored with Intern of the Year in 2007-08 and Resident Teacher of the Year for the years 2007-10 and received similar awards for her performance in the Psychiatry resident program. She has eight publications in peer-reviewed journals and has given several presentations. Her current research relates to endocrinology and psychiatry, and she reviews for the Journal of General Internal Medicine. She has served on the Association of American Medical Colleges’ Organization of Resident Representatives. Dr. Zupancic has had considerable involvement with volunteerism, serving at the Washington Street Mission, volunteering at another homeless shelter, mentoring at risk elementary school students, and serving as a volunteer teacher at the medical school.

Matthew J. Burday, DO, FACP, Wilmington, Delaware: Herbert S. Waxman Award for Outstanding Medical Student Educator. Dr. Burday is Director of Medical Student Education and Director of Resident Education at the Christiana Care Health System. He is also Preceptor/Supervising Attending and Third Year Student Clerkship Director for the Jefferson Medical College Department of Medicine Teaching Program. He is an outstanding educator and advocate for internal medicine. He is widely respected for his clinical and professional abilities and teaches medical students at all clinical levels. It has been said that his heart and soul has been devoted to medical student education for the past 18 years. He is so committed that colleagues have seen him return to a patient’s room several times in one day until every medical student in medicine has seen, first hand, the Osler’s nodes and Janeway lesions of infective endocarditis. He serves as Chair of the Educational Event Committee. He received the Leonard Lang Award, the highest award given by ACP’s Delaware Chapter, and the Blockley-Osler/Dean’s Teaching Award for Excellence in Teaching of Clinical Medicine at Christiana Care Health System. Twice he was given the Mark Maxwell Award, noting his devotion, enthusiasm, compassion, and humility and the Department of Medicine Teacher of the Year Award. He has also received the Jefferson Medical College Hobart Amory Hare Honor Medical Society Best Teacher Award.

Shagufta Yasmeen, MBBS, FACP, Sacramento, California: ACP Award for Diversity and Access to Care. Dr. Yasmeen is an Associate Professor of Internal Medicine and Ob/Gyn and the Medical Director of the Breast Health Center at the University of California, Davis School of Medicine. She is also the Medical Director of the Shifa Community Clinic which is affiliated with the UC Davis. The clinic began in 1994 in Sacramento. In 2001 Dr Yasmeen worked with the Mosque’s Board of Directors, physicians, fellows, residents, students and the administration at UC Davis to reopen the site as “Shifa Community Clinic”. Shifa Clinic is a non-profit, student-run free clinic serving the uninsured in Sacramento; providing language specific and culturally appropriate “free” services for immigrants from the Middle East, South Asia, East India and other communities in need. As of July 2010, Shifa Clinic has seen over 2,500 patients. Dr. Yasmeen has received Leadership Excellence Program Award from UCD Women’s Center for Health, Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics Excellence in Teaching Award, Bank of America Local Hero for Community Service, ACP California Chapter’s Award, and AMA Leadership Award.

Diabetes Research Institute, Hollywood, Florida: Samuel Eichold II Memorial Award for Contributions in Diabetes. The Diabetes Research Institute (DRI) is a Center of Excellence at the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine. The DRI has been at the forefront of cure-focused diabetes research for almost 40 years. With expertise and dedication, the DRI has pioneered many of the approaches to restore natural insulin production in those living with diabetes, and has served as a leader in providing an environment for the pre-clinical testing and evaluation of many unique and promising advances in the field. Their work has been recognized throughout the international scientific community, adopted in research centers worldwide and embraced as gold standard approaches to resolve the challenges of diabetes. The DRI began as an extension of a grassroots effort in the early 1970’s by a group of parents of children with type 1 diabetes. These families constitute one of the earliest chapters for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. The numerous contributions of the DRI stand as commitment to innovation and to the improvement of diabetes health care for all those affected by the disease.

New Masters of the American College of Physicians for 2011 (50)

For a general description of this honor, see background information on the next page. For information on each Master’s achievements, contact Steve Majewski in ACP’s Communications Department at smajewski@acponline.org or 215-351-2514. Note: In the following listing, “MD, FACP” has been omitted to save space. After April 7, use “MD, MACP.”

Michael D. Ammazzalorso, Glen Cove, N.Y.
Sharon Anderson, Portland, Ore.
W. Mark Armstrong, Dallas, Texas
Robert O. Bonow, Chicago, Illinois
Edward J. Burger Jr., Washington, D.C.
C. Patrick Burns, Hilton Head Island, S.C.
David E. Bybee, Louisville, Ky.
John D. Cantwell, Atlanta, Ga.
George E. Crawford, San Antonio, Texas
Robert J. Englund, Munsonville, N.H.
Patrick J. Fahey, Maywood, Ill.
Joe C. Files, Jackson, Miss.
Jacqueline W. Fincher, Thomson, Ga.
Malcolm T. Foster Jr., Jacksonville, Fla.
Laurence B. Gardner, Miami, Fla.
Ruth B. Hoppe, Charlevoix, Mich.
James A. Hotz, AlbaN.Y., Ga.
Thomas S. Inui, Indianapolis, Ind.
Francisco M. Joglar, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Mark A. Kelley, Bloomfield Hills, Mich.
Robert C. Kimbrough III, Lubbock, Texas
Lynell W. Klassen, Omaha, Neb.
Marc E. Lippman, Miami, Fla.
Warren C. Lovinger Jr., Nevada, Mo.
John R. Maese, Staten Island, N.Y.
  Brian F. Mandell, Orange, Ohio
Norman J. Marieb, Orange, CT
Stephen T. Miller, Memphis, Tenn.
Kay M. Mitchell, Jacksonville, Fla.
RADM Brian P. Monahan, Kensington, Md.
Jorge A. Motta, Panama City, Panama
Bergein F. Overholt, Knoxville, Tenn.
David N. Podell, PhD, Waterbury, Conn.
George A. Porter, Portland, Ore.
Jorge L. Rakela, Scottsdale, Ariz.
J. Fred Ralston Jr., Fayetteville, Tenn.
Rafael E. Ramirez, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Suhail Raoof, Syosset, N.Y.
Jonathan I. Ravdin, Milwaukee, Wis.
Andrew I. Schafer, New York, N.Y.
Walter F. Schlech III, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Victor F. Scott, Potomac, Md.
Lawrence G. Smith, Great Neck, N.Y.
Robert D. Sparks, El Dorado Hills, Calif.
Edward A. Stehlik, Buffalo, N.Y.
Kenneth G. Torrington, San Antonio, Texas
Marta G. Velasco, Santiago, Chile
Tsuyoshi Watanabe, Fukushima City, Japan
F. David Winter Jr., Dallas, Texas
Douglas P. Zipes, Indianapolis, Ind.

About Mastership in the American College of Physicians

Levels of membership in ACP are Medical Student Member, Associate, Member, Fellow (FACP), Honorary Fellow, and Master (MACP). FACPs, or Fellows of the American College of Physicians, have been recommended by their peers, endorsed by their local ACP chapter Governor, and reviewed by a national credentials subcommittee.

Throughout the year, highly distinguished Fellows are nominated for Mastership by ACP members and others familiar with their backgrounds. Each fall, a select group of these Fellows are chosen from among the nominees for Mastership by the ACP Awards Committee and approved by the ACP Board of Regents. The title of Master of the American College of Physicians (MACP) is bestowed upon the recipient on opening day of ACP’s annual scientific meeting.

ACP bylaws state that Masters shall be Fellows who have been selected because of “personal character, positions of honor, contributions towards furthering the purposes of the ACP, eminence in practice or in medical research, or other attainments in science or in the art of medicine.”

Masters must be highly accomplished individuals. Evidence of their achievements can come from many types of endeavors, such as research, education, health care initiatives, volunteerism, and administrative positions. The Master must be distinguished by the excellence and significance of his or her contributions to the field of medicine.

For Mastership, ACP involvement is expected, with rare exceptions. This may include, for example, service to the College in an official capacity, participation in chapter activities, and involvement in the development of College products and educational programs. Masters are authorized to use the letters MACP in connection with their professional activities.

Media Contact: Steve Majewski, ACP
smajewski@acponline.org or 215-351-2514

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