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2022 Governor-elect Election Biographical Sketches and Candidate Statements - Montana

The ballots for the current Governor-elect election have been mailed. The voting membership (MACPs, FACPs, Members, and Resident/Fellow Members with an elect date of 9/1/2020 or earlier) can vote online or mail-in ballot.

You will need your mailed ballot or election email containing your ACP Member Number and Election Passcode in order to vote. Below are the bios and statements of the candidates that are running in this election. Online voting begins on September 30, 2022 and will end on November 4, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern. Please be sure to vote!

For replacement ballots and election customer service, e-mail support@directvote.net or call toll-free 1-866-909-3549, Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Central. For general information, you may email Julie Sinkoff, MA, Coordinator, Board of Governor Relations, or call her at 215-351-2699.


Michael H. Spinelli, MD, FACP

Candidate Statement: Working as a clinician educator for the past 12 years in Montana has been an excellent experience. I participated on projects from curriculum development to peer review and was selected as a physician lead in internal medicine. I learned important lessons and gained skills from each experience. It has been a career goal to be able to serve as governor of Montana ACP and it is an honor to have been nominated for this role. We have a strong cadre of internal medicine physicians in Montana ACP, and if elected I will endeavor to represent them to the best of my ability.

Medical School Education: Medical College of Virginia, VCU

Post-Doctoral Training: Georgetown University Hospital

Certification: Internal Medicine

Present Position: Montana Veteran's Affairs, Bozeman CBOC

ACP Chapter and Leadership Activities: Governor's Council

ACP National Activities: Fellowship 2013

Other Appointments/Activities: Montana Governor’s Council, Crisis Standards of Care 2019; Designated Education Officer, Montana Veterans Affairs; Evidence Based Practice Committee, Montana Veteran Affairs; Director, 4th Year IM Clerkship, Montana WWAMI; Associate Director, Montana WWAMI

Areas of Professional Interest and Expertise: Medical Education and Clinical Reasoning; Quality and Safety; Peer Review


Claude A. Tonnerre, MD, FACP 

Candidate Statement: I learned some precious lessons the past two years. Patients still trust their physicians for information regarding the COVID epidemic; we were able to provide public COVID updates which were well received. A lot was achieved through virtual interactions, whether it was on our system-wide calls, or during the statewide Montana infectious disease network meetings. We were able to implement virtual visits in our clinic within a matter of weeks. However, there are still many challenges before us: burnout and moral injury related to patient care during the COVID pandemic, HER use and time spent on documentation, the burden of preauthorization, access to care inequalities. What I hope to bring to the table to alleviate these problems is my enthusiasm for medicine (which is intact!), the ability to work remotely and in person with other people on long-term projects, and my every-day clinical experience in the inpatient and outpatient world.

Medical School Education: Faculty of Medicine, University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland

Post-Doctoral Training: Internal Medicine Residency/Chief Resident, St. Vincent Hospital, Worcester, MA; Infectious Diseases Fellowship, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT

Certification: Internal Medicine, ABIM; Internal Medicine, Infectious Diseases/Swiss Medical Association

Present Position: IM/ID Hospitalist & Outpatient Infectious Diseases Clinic, Providence St. Patrick Hospital

ACP Chapter and Leadership Activities: Laureate Award 2021; Co-organizer, Chapter Meetings 2017 & 2022; Presentation, Antibiotics and Infections in the Hospital: What Could Possibly Go Wrong? 2019; Presentation, Antibiotics Before and After Surgery 2018; Case Presentation (with Dr. Pappas), Antibiotic Therapy for Diabetic Foot Infection 2017; Presenter, Clostridium Difficile: Diagnosis, Treatment and Prevention 2017

ACP National Activities: Fellowship 2015

Other Appointments/Activities: Medicine Division Chief, Providence St. Patrick Hospital; Hospital Medical Directorship, Utilization Review; Hospital Medical Directorship, Antimicrobial Stewardship; Member, Sepsis Hospital Committee; Member, Peer Review Hospital Committee; Member, CME Hospital Committee; Member, Infection Prevention Hospital Committee; Care and Isolation Unit Physician, NIH Rocky Mountain Lab Reference Hospital; Member, Infectious Diseases Committee, Providence System; Antimicrobial Stewardship, Infectious Diseases Subcommittee, Providence System; Member, Infection Prevention Committee, Providence System; Member, Sepsis Committee, Providence System; Member, Montana ID Network; Physician Deputy Advisor, Missoula County Health Department; Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Washington Medical School; Preceptor, Department of Pharmacy, University of Montana

Areas of Professional Interest and Expertise: Antimicrobial stewardship and antibiotic resistance; Nosocomial infections; Protocol development and implementation