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2020 Governor-elect Election Biographical Sketches and Candidate Statements - Brazil

The ballots for the current Governors-elect election have been mailed. The voting membership (Masters, Fellows, Members, and Resident/Fellow Members with an elect date of 9/1/2018 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 running in this election. Online voting begins on October 9, 2020 and will end on November 13, 2020 at 11:59 PM EDT. 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 AM – 5:00 PM Central. For general information, you may email Julie Sinkoff, Coordinator, Board of Governor Relations, or call 215-351-2699.


Arnaldo Lichtenstein, MD, PhD, FACP

Medical School Education: Faculty of Medicine of University of São Paulo, Brazil

Post-Doctoral Training: Department of Pathology of University of São Paulo

Certification: ACLS; PALS; ATLS; Summer Course, PBL, Maastricht

Present Employment Position: Staff, Internal Medicine Clinic, Hospital das Clinicas of Faculty of Medicine of University of Sao Paulo, Private office

ACP Chapter and Leadership Activities:
Stump the Professor, All Sections, Brazil; Highlights, Chapter Meetings; Workshop, Teaching in Small Groups, TBL

ACP National Activities:
Fellowship 2017

Other Appointments/Activities:
Head, General Practice Ward, Hospital das Clinicas of the Faculty of Medicine of University of São Paulo (HCFMUSP); Technical Director, General Practice Discipline, HCFMUSP; Coordinator, Medical Clinic Course, Fourth Year of Graduation, FMUSP; Vice President, Resident Selection Committee, HCFMUSP; First, fourth and fifth Grade Classes, FMUSP; Weekly Commentator, State Television

Areas of Professional Interest and Expertise:
Rational use of Laboratory Exams; VTE Prevention of Inpatients; Rational Preventive Healthcare Counseling and Exams

Candidate Statement:
If elected governor, I intend to take the lamp that guides ACP. I intend to strengthen the idea of the generalist working in the primary healthcare with health promotion, subject that I have been studying at the Hospital das Clínicas of the Faculty of Medicine of the University of São Paulo, where I teach. Integrated with primary, secondary and tertiary levels, the internist/hospitalist must have a central role in care. This can be done in public and private service. For this, a solid formation must be the rule. A good approach to the patient reduces the number of ordered exams, a subject that I develop at the hospital. ACP Brazil should integrate the whole country and attract more students and residents, and in this regard, I will follow the former governors. I dream that we can see that the patient is much more than the sum of his organs.


Bruno Scarpellini, MD, MPH, PhD, FACP

Medical School Education: Escola de Medicina Souza Marques

Post-Doctoral Training: Instituto Nacional de Infectologia (Fiocruz)

Board Certifications: Infectious Diseases

Present Employment Position: Researcher, Pontificia Universidade Católica Medical School (MedPuc), Rio de Janeiro

ACP Chapter and Leadership Activities:
Webinar Presenter, Covid 19 and the Medici Effect: The pandemic under synergic views of knowledge: How epidemiology, evidence-based medicine, health management, and technology come together in the real world to minimize the impact on people, Brazil Chapter in partnership with Brazilian Startups Institute (including the following researchers: Paulo Lotufo (FMUSP), João Silvestre (São Camilo), Felipe Roitberg (WHO), Rachel Riera (UNIFESP & Sirio Libanes Hospital), and Ana Claudia Pinto (Sharecare))

ACP National Activities:
Fellowship 2020; Volunteer Capstone Proposal Reviewer, Internationally Submitted Projects, Leadership Academy’s Certificate in Physician Leadership Program

Other Appointments/Activities:
Researcher and Professor, MedPuc, Rio de Janeiro; Advisor, Medical Start-up, Teste do Corona, Triagil (Screened more than 40K patients suspected with Covid19 via symptoms checker app); Advisor, Medical Start-up, Telecovid (3.4K telemedicine consultations provided to suspected Covid19 patients in Brazil); Reviewer, Nature Scientific Reports; Published Writer, 4 papers, International Peer-Reviewed Journals; Study Conductor, different internal medicine areas including medical burnout

Areas of Professional Interest and Expertise:
Infectious Diseases and Internal Medicine; Active Learning/Teaching Methodologies; Value-Based Healthcare, Health economics, and Epidemiological Research

Candidate Statement:
Since I joined ACP, I worked closely with our Governor José Bonamigo focused on expanding ACP Brazil Chapter visibility during Covid19 pandemic and in other places outside São Paulo (e.g Rio de Janeiro) promoting the chapter among physicians and medical students. I was directly involved with ACP in 2020 as Capstone Proposal Reviewer for the ACP Leadership Academy’s Certificate in Physician Leadership Program reviewing international submitted projects.
My work as researcher and professor at MedPUC Rio de Janeiro and my previous work as MD, epidemiologist, researcher developing and implementing strategic studies/plans/projects on Latin America Health sector could largely contribute to ACP Chapter Brazil expansion and provide continuity on the previous work developed by our governor Dr. José Bonamigo.
It will be an honor and a privilege to be elected as Governor to promote Internal Medicine and the American College of Physicians even more in Brazil.