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

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.


Renee Y. Carter, MD, MPH, FACP

Candidate Statement: In my 31 years as an internal medicine specialist, I have worked in several different sectors of primary care — academic, group, for-profit, nonprofit, and even one year in locums tenens. These experiences informed me of the challenges and joys of being a primary care physician. I will bring these diverse viewpoints to my role as Governor of Virginia and my participation on the Board of Governors. I worked in the nonprofit sector and that influenced my ability to provide patient-centered care in spite of daily threats to our sustainability. As a partner in a group practice, I learned collegiality and the art of compromise. This diversity in my professional career not only reflects the community of internal medicine specialists in Virginia but also the American College of Physicians of which I have been a proud member for over a decade.

Medical School Education: University of South Carolina School of Medicine

Post-Doctoral Training: Prisms Health-Upstate/University of South Carolina School of Medicine

Certification: ABIM

Present Position: Medical Director/Physician, VCU Health

ACP Chapter and Leadership Activities: Co-Chair, DEI Committee; Member, Governor’s Council; Member, Health Policy Committee

ACP National Activities: Fellowship 2010; Member & ACP Representative, American College of OBGYN Care Obstetric Care Consensus 2017-2018; Member & ACP Representative, Alliance for Innovation On Maternal Health Development 2017-2018

Other Appointments/Activities: Medical Director, Women’s Health Clinic, VCU Health; Member, Institutional Review Board, Virginia Commonwealth University

Areas of Professional Interest and Expertise: Health Equity; Women’s Health; Improving enrollment of women of color into clinical studies


Eileen C. West, MD, FACP 

Candidate Statement: While in training, my best mentors were leaders in the ACP and I quickly recognized it as the most reliable source of excellent, evidence-based information available. ACP is my professional home. It has been my pleasure to be involved for over 20 years. As an associate professor, associate program director, director of women’s health and serving twelve years on state ACP Councils, I have developed valuable skills to lead and also a deep commitment to giving back to the organization and the lives we’ve touched. There are myriad gender and race issues as well as major developments in how internist-driven care is accessed and delivered which ACP will tackle over the next five years. If elected, during my term as Governor, I will drive our local agenda and the issues that are important to us to the national ACP level. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to represent you.

Medical School Education: University of Connecticut School of Medicine

Post-Doctoral Training: Tulane University School of Medicine Hospitals

Certification: American Board of Internal Medicine

Present Position: CEO, Eileen West MD and Associates, PLLC

ACP Chapter and Leadership Activities: Chapter Council since 2017; Planning Committee, Annual Meeting since 2017; Chair, Medicine and Women Committee since 2020; Judge, Resident Research Day 2017-2020

ACP National Activities: Membership 1998; Fellowship 2009

Other Appointments/Activities: Founding Member, MsMedicine Physician Executive Group; Associate Professor of Medicine, VCU Inova Campus; Member, Inova Resident Clinical Competency Committee; Medical Director, Inova Medical Group Primary Care and Inova Women’s Comprehensive Health Center

Areas of Professional Interest and Expertise: Women’s Health - NCMP, CCD, Medical Breast Care; Clinician Educator; General Internal Medicine Private Practice