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2015 Governors-elect Candidates' Bios and Statements

Colombia Chapter

The ballots for the current Governors-elect election have been mailed. The voting membership (Masters, Fellows, Members, and Resident/Fellow Members with an electdate of 9/1/2013 or earlier) can vote online at(www.directvote.net/ACP/) or mail-in ballot. You will need your mailed ballot with your ACP Member Number and Election Passcode in order to make a vote. Below are the bios and statements of the candidates that are running in this election. Online voting began on September 21, 2015 and ends on November 9, 2015 at 11:59 PM Eastern. Please be sure to vote!

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Hernandez Matiz, MD, FACP

Dr. Matiz

EDUCATION: Colombian National University (Universidad Nacional de Colombia), Bogotá, School of Medicine, 1957 to 1963. DEGREE: General Practitioner and Surgeon - 1963.

POST DOCTORAL TRAINING: GRAD. ED.: Rotating Internship, San Juan de Dios Univ. Hosp. Bogotá, 1962-63; Residency in Int. Med. San Juan de Dios Univ. Hosp., Bogotá, 1963-63 (Suspended due to travel to the U.S.); Rotating Internship, Kenmore Mercy Hosp., Kenmore, NY, affiliated with the Georgetown Univ. Hosp. 1963-64; Residency in Int. Med. Lahey Clinic, Boston Mass., 1964-66, Cambridge City Hosp. affiliated with Harvard Univ., Boston, Mass; Residency in Clinical Cardiology and Cardiac Catheterism. Veterans Administration Hosp., Buffalo, NY, affiliated with the Univ. at Buffalo. 1966-68

CERTIFICATION: Ed. Coun. for Foreign Med. Grad. (ECFMG.) 1963; Medical Registration in Colombia, 1963; License to practice Int. Med. from the Colombian Association of Med. Sch., 1972; License to practice Cardiology, from the Colombian Assoc. of Med. Sch., 1972; Eligible for the Amer. Bd of Int. Med., USA; Eligible for the Amer. Bd of Cardiology, USA.

PRESENT POSITION: Full Professor Medicine and Cardiology, Colombian Sch. of Med. Universidad el Bosque 1990 to date.

ACP CHAPTER INVOLVEMENT/LEADERSHIP ACTIVITIES: Co-editor book of Internal Medicine of the Colombian Chapter 1st and second edition (Doctor Chalem's book; Participation as speaker on different conferences and Workshops of Cardiac Arrhythmias. Past President of the Colombian Society of Internal Medicine and Cardiology.

ACP NATIONAL ACTIVITIES: Award to the Educator in Int. Med., Colombian Assoc. of Int. Med., 1996. Excellence in Colombian Med. National Univ. of Bogota, Colombia, Faculty of Med., Full Member Colombian Academy of Med. April 2013. Excellence in Int. Med., Colombian Assoc. of Int. Med. 2005. FACP, 1989. FACC, 1982.

OTHER APPOINTMENTS/ACTIVITIES: Undergraduate Med. Ed. in Colombia, October 7-10, 1997. XV Pan American Conference on Med. Ed., Cybernetic Simulation in Med, Ed., Graduation Thesis "Philosophy of Science" Chief of skills laboratory and Simulation Hosp. Fundation CardioInfantil, 2007.

AREAS OF PROFESSIONAL INTEREST AND EXPERTISE: Practice of Internal Medicine and Cardiology

CANDIDATE STATEMENT: I would like to be the Governor in Colombia in order to continue with the medical education of our members through organizing of medical education meetings and workshops. We may begin with courses at distance or online. At the same time, we can increase the training in cardio-pulmonary resuscitation, to aid in certifying internist in CPR. I would strive to increase the affiliation of ACP of our members. The Society should also continue with medical education of the general practitioner doctor. It is important to start using Telemedicine, which I consider the future practice of medicine in our country, giving courses on line of tele-education. I will be very glad to serve our Society and ACP, taking in mind that I am a trainee in North America, where I had my training in Internal Medicine and Cardiology since 1963-69 in Boston and Buffalo.


Jairo H. Roa, MD, FACP

Dr. Roa

EDUCATION: Undergraduate: 1975 BA Liceo de la Salle College, Bogotá, Colombia Med. Sch.: 1982 MD Javeriana Univ. Sch. of Med., Bogotá, Colombia. Masters: 1997 MScEd Masters in Science Education. Sch. of Ed.. Pontificia Universidad Javeriana. Bogotá. Colombia

POST DOCTORAL TRAINING: Internship and Residence: 1981 Rotatory Intern, San Ignacio Hosp., Bogotá, Colombia 1986-89 Resident in Int. Med., San Ignacio Hosp., Bogotá, Colombia Fellowships: 1983-85 Fellow in Pulmonary Med.. San Ignacio Hosp., Bogotá, Colombia 1989-91 Fellow in Med. in the Boston Univ. Pulmonary Training, Boston, MA 1994 Visiting Fellow. Pulmonary Section, Med. Sch., Univ. of Alabama at Birmingham, USA.

CERTIFICATION: 1983 current Colombian Ministry of Health, 1990 Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates, 1990-1991 Massachusetts Restricted License

PRESENT POSITION: 2007- Chairman. Dept. of Int. Med., Fundacion Santa Fe de Bogota, Bogota, Colombia 2007- Director. Int. Med. Residence Prog., Fundación Santa Fe de Bogota. Universidad el Bosque. Bogota, Colombia. 2006- Associated Professor. Sch. of Med., Los Andes University. Bogotá , Colombia

ACP CHAPTER INVOLVEMENT/LEADERSHIP ACTIVITIES: Member of the Governor's Advisory Board. 2010-2014 - Chair. Nomination Committee, 2010-2014

ACP NATIONAL ACTIVITIES: FACP, 2008; As a President of the Colombian Association of Int. Med. (2006-08) provided support for the creation of the Colombian Chapter of the ACP. Lecturer at the ACP-ACMI (Colombian Association of Internal Medicine) courses

OTHER APPOINTMENTS/ACTIVITIES: Med. Sch. Council: Universidad de los Andes. School of Medicina 2006-present Member. Executive Medical Committee. Fundacion Santa Fe de Bogota, Colombia Member. Infection Control committee. Fundacion Santa Fe de Bogota, University Hospital, Colombia

AREAS OF PROFESSIONAL INTEREST/EXPERTISE: Primary care. Pulmonary vascular disease. Critical care medicine

CANDIDATE STATEMENT: If I am elected Governor of the Colombian Chapter of the ACP, I will work with all the members of the chapter to: 1. strengthen the presence of the Colombian Chapter on the ACP. 2. Increase the chapter membership, especially among young internist, internal medicine residents and medical students, the future of the ACP Colombian Chapter. 3. Continue the close relation of the Colombian Association of Internal Medicine with the ACP. 4. Build a strong continual medical education program for members of the ACP and other Colombian physicians and 5. Reinforce the concepts of Primary Care and Hospital Medicine. I will bring to the Board of Governors more than 25 years of experience as Internal Medicine Professor, my extensive knowledge of the Colombian Association of Internal Medicine as a former President and as a member and my capacity to build consensus for the greater good of the chapter.