Walter J. McDonald, MD, to Step Down from ACP-ASIM in 2002
April 4, 2001
PHILADELPHIA -- (April 4, 2001) Walter J. McDonald, MD, FACP, has announced that he will step down as Executive Vice President (EVP) and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the American College of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine (ACP-ASIM) in July 2002. McDonald became EVP of the American College of Physicians in June 1995 and EVP and CEO of the ACP-ASIM after the two organizations merged in 1998.
"I have always believed that change is important and that is what keeps an organization vibrant and growing," says McDonald. "I came to the College in 1995 planning to stay about seven years." He says he has no definite plans for the next stage in his career, but is announcing his departure now "to provide adequate time for the College to find a successor."
McDonald announced his departure at a meeting of the ACP-ASIM Board of Regents April 1. The Board appointed its Chair, Bernard M. Rosof, MD, FACP, to form a search committee to find a replacement for McDonald. "The last six years have been good years for the College and good years for me," says McDonald. "I am confident that the Board of Regents' search committee will find an outstanding internist to lead this organization into the future."
McDonald was instrumental in shepherding negotiations for the merger of the two largest professional organizations of internal medicine in the United States. The 80,000-member American College of Physicians, founded in 1915 and headquartered in Philadelphia, was the acknowledged leader in education, scientific policy and ethics for internists, or doctors of internal medicine. The American Society of Internal Medicine, headquartered in Washington and with a smaller membership, was the leader in public policy and practice management issues pertinent to internists. The organizations merged in July 1998, forming ACP-ASIM, the largest medical specialty organization in the United States and second largest medical organization in the United States, with 115,000 members.
Over the past six years, McDonald also helped the organization develop a large program for medical students and create a national public awareness campaign to explain internal medicine and internists to the general public.
McDonald, a graduate of Williams College, in Williamstown, Mass., and the University of Michigan Medical School, was a professor of medicine at the Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland, Oregon, before joining the American College of Physicians. At OHSU, he was also associate dean for education and student affairs and director of the graduate medical education program. He served in the U.S. Army from 1965 to 1967. He is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in medicine and endocrinology. ACP-ASIM is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to enhance the quality and effectiveness of health care by fostering excellence and professionalism in the practice of medicine. ACP-ASIM publishes Annals of Internal Medicine, one of the top three peer-reviewed medical journals in the United States and the leading journal for physicians practicing internal medicine and its subspecialties.
ACP-ASIM is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to enhance the quality and effectiveness of health care by fostering excellence and professionalism in the practice of medicine. ACP-ASIM publishes Annals of Internal Medicine, one of the top three peer-reviewed medical journals in the United States and the leading journal for physicians practicing internal medicine and its subspecialties.
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