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ACP-ASIM Presents Awards and Masterships at Convocation

PHILADELPHIA -- (April 25, 2002) The American College of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine named 36 new Masters and presented 14 awards in its annual Convocation Thursday, April 11, 2002, at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Representatives of international medical societies were also recognized during the ceremony, which was attended by roughly 1,000 guests.

2001-2002 President William J. Hall, MD, MACP, presented the awards, which recognize accomplishments in medical practice, teaching, research, volunteer service, and other areas. Dr. Hall also declared the new Masters of ACP-ASIM. Mastership is the highest category of membership, to which selected Fellows of ACP-ASIM (FACPs) are nominated for their outstanding career accomplishments and contributions to medicine. Dr. Hall also acknowledged 636 new Fellows (FACPs) in attendance who had been elected because they met the criteria of peer approval and accomplishment in either internal medicine practice, research or education.

President Hall called upon the new Fellows to be "bearers of the ring" as they slay the problems of quality and patient safety, the plight of the uninsured, regulatory excesses and gender and racial inequities. "The great paradox is that these growing problems are occurring at precisely the time in history when the diagnostic and therapeutic tools available to internists have never been more powerful," he said.

The new "Masters," who have been approved by the Awards Committee and the Board of Regents, may now use "MACP" after their names and degrees.

2002 Masters of the American College of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine

Robert S. Abernathy, MD, MACP, Little Rock, Ark.
Elias Abrutyn, MD, MACP, Philadelphia
Jeffrey L. Anderson, MD, MACP, Salt Lake City, Utah
Eugene M. Bozymski, MD, MACP, Chapel Hill, N.C.
James A. Bryan II, MD, MACP, Chapel Hill, N.C.
John R. Burton, MD, MACP, Baltimore, Md.
Frank Davidoff, MD, MACP, Wethersfield, Conn.
Martin G. Dillard, MD, MACP, Washington, D.C.
James T. Dove, MD, MACP, Springfield, Ill.
Warren W. Furey, MD, MACP, Chicago
Robert E. Goldstein, MD, MACP, Washington, D.C.
William J. Hall, MD, MACP, Rochester, N.Y.
Donald R. Harkness, MD, MACP, Madison, Wis.
Bernadine P. Healy, MD, MACP, Cleveland, Ohio
Frank P. Incaprera, MD, MACP; New Orleans
Frederico R. Justiniani, MD, MACP, Miami Beach, Fla.
Kurt Kroenke, MD, MACP, Greenwood, Ind.
Michael J. Kussman, MD, MACP, Chevy Chase, Md.
Michael A. LaCombe, MD, MACP, Harrison, Maine
Lewis Landsberg, MD, MACP, Chicago, Ill.
Risa J. Lavizzo-Mourey, MD, MACP, Princeton, N.J.
Scott C. Litin, MD, MACP, Rochester, Minn.
Thomas McGinn, MD, MACP, Staten Island, N.Y.
George A. Pankey, MD, MACP, New Orleans
Allan R. Ronald, MD, MACP, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Fred Rosner, MD, MACP, Jamaica, N.Y.
Bernard M. Rosof, MD, MACP, Huntington, N.Y.
George Sarosi, MD, MACP, Indianapolis, Ind.
Raymond G. Slavin, MD, MACP, Saint Louis, Mo.
Leon G. Smith, MD, MACP, Newark, N.J.
Ramon Soto, MD, MACP, Caracas, Venezuela
Martin I. Surks, MD, MACP, Bronx, N.Y.
Takeshi Wajima, MD, MACP, Temple, Texas
Richard P. Wenzel, MD, MACP, Richmond, Va.
Norman J. Wilder, MD, MACP, Anchorage, Alaska
Mohammad H. Zarrabi, MD, MACP, Northport, N.Y.

(Note to Editor: individual citations are available on the accomplishments of these new Masters. Please contact Lynda Teer at 215-351-2655 or lteer@acponline.org.)

Dr. Hall presented ACP-ASIM awards to:

Seymour Reichlin, MD, MACP, Tucson, Ariz., the ACP-ASIM Award, for outstanding work in science as related to medicine. Dr. Reichlin was noted for his studies in the role of the hypothalamus in the regulation of pituitary function.

George Sarosi, MD, FACP, Indianapolis, Ind., the ACP-ASIM Distinguished Teacher Award, for his enormous influence on medical students and residents.

Matthew Lukiwaya, MD (posthumous), Gulu, Uganda, the James D. Bruce Memorial Award for distinguished contributions in preventive medicine. Dr. Lukiwaya lost his life in the fight against the Ebola epidemic in December 2000.

John A. Kitzhaber, MD, Salem, Ore., the Joseph F. Boyle Award for Distinguished Public Service. Dr. Kitzhaber, Governor of the State of Oregon, was recognized for his groundbreaking Oregon Health Plan, which has reduced the number of uninsured Oregonians by 200,000 since 1994.

Somsak Bhitiyakul, MD, MACP, Kingston, N.Y., the Ralph O. Claypoole Sr. Memorial Award, for devotion of a career in internal medicine to the care of patients. Dr. Bhitiyakul is president of the medical staff at Kingston Hospital and a leader in nephrology. He was the driving force behind the first dialysis center at the hospital.

Robert J.T. Joy, MD, FACP, Bethesda, Md., the Nicholas E. Davies Memorial Scholar Award, for scholarly activities in the humanities and history of medicine. Dr. Joy has had an exemplary career as a practitioner, teacher, scholar, scientific investigator, manager and leader. He has used military medical history as a basis for modern practice.

James B. Reuler, MD, FACP, Portland, Ore., the Oscar E. Edwards Memorial Award for Volunteerism and Community Service. Dr. Reuler was cited by the awards committee for devoting his career to bringing health services to the underserved. In 1983, he founded the Wallace Medical Concern, which cares for homeless and needy adults and street youth.

The South-Eastern Organ Procurement Foundation (SEOPF), Richmond, Va., the Edward R. Loveland Memorial Award, for a distinguished contribution in the health field by a layperson or lay organization. SEOPF was founded in 1969 to enhance the donation, procurement and transplantation of organs and tissues.

Luther D. Robinson, MD, Washington, D.C., the William C. Menninger Memorial Award, for distinguished contributions to the science of mental health. Dr. Robinson has taught medical students, social workers, therapists and others about the care and treatment of the seriously psychiatrically ill. He developed one of the earliest programs in the country for the deaf psychiatrically ill.

John Kenneth Chamberlain, MD, FACP, Rochester, N.Y., the Outstanding Volunteer Clinical Teacher Award. Dr. Chamberlain has for 20 years taught internal medicine/pediatrics residents in his office. He has been a teaching attending physician at Rochester General Hospital and Strong Memorial Hospital.

David H. Solomon, MD, MACP, Santa Monica, Calif.; the John Phillips Memorial Award, for outstanding work in clinical medicine. Dr. Solomon, an expert in thyroidology and in geriatrics, has dedicated his career to improving clinical medicine.

APPNA SEHAT, the Primary Health Care Project of the Association of Pakistani Physicians of North America's (APPNA) Health Development Foundation, Westmart, Illinios; the Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Foundation Award #1. The award recognizes recent innovative work making a notable contribution to improving clinical care in the field of internal medicine. APPNA SEHAT was created in 1989 to promote health care and health awareness in Pakistan. The program has served 120,000 people, reducing mortality rates for mothers and children and helping more than 1,000 Pakistani women learn to read.

CommunityHealth, Chicago, the Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Foundation Award #2, for a recent original approach in the delivery of health care or in the design of facilities for its delivery that will increase clinical and/or economic effectiveness. CommunityHealth is an inner-city volunteer-based clinic providing both illness-related and preventive primary health care services. Since 1993 it has provided 62,000 free visits to uninsured poor adults and children by volunteer physicians, nurses, translators and other professionals.

Robert B. Copeland, MD, MACP, LaGrange, Ga., the Alfred Stengel Memorial Award, for outstanding service to the American College of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine. He has served as ACP-ASIM Governor for Georgia and as a Regent. Dr. Copeland played a crucial role in the merger of the ACP and the ASIM and was the first Chair of the Board of Regents of the merged organization. He is Chair of the board of trustees of the ACP-ASIM Foundation.

ACP-ASIM, composed of more than 115,000 internal medicine physicians and medical students, is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing continuing education to its members so that internists may provide the best quality care for their patients. ACP-ASIM is the nation's largest specialty organization and the second largest medical organization.

Contact: Lynda Teer, 215-351-2655 or 800-523-1546, ext. 2655

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