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Meet Our Governor

Alabama Chapter

Congratulations to the Alabama Chapter Governor, Gustavo R. Heudebert, MD, FACP. As Governor, Dr. Heudebert will serve as the official representative of the College for the Alabama Chapter, providing a link between members at the local level and leadership at the national level. To learn more about Dr. Heudebert, feel free to read his bio below.

Gustavo R. Heudebert, MD, FACP

Dr. Heudebert

EDUCATION: Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia (Lima, Peru). From 1973 to 1982; combined 8 years program of college education (2 years) and med. sch. (6 years)

POST DOCTORAL TRAINING: Int. Med. at Henry Ford Hosp. (1984-1987), Chief Medical Resident Henry Ford Hosp. (1987-88), Gen. Int. Med. Fellow at the Medical Coll. of Wisconsin (Clinical Fellow 1998-89; Research Fellow (1989-1991), Stanford Faculty Development Program (1991), Macy Scholar (2002)

CERTIFICATION: ABIM (1988); PRESENT POSITION: Prof. of Med., Med. Ed. and Public Health Univ. of Alabama Sch. of Med., Vice Chair for Education, Dept. of Med., Assistant Dean for Graduate Med. Ed., Former Program Dir. of the Internal Medicine Residency Training Program at the University of Alabama-Birmingham (2001-2012)

ACP ACTIVITIES: Member since 1984; became a Fellow in 1994

CHAPTER INVOLVEMENT/LEADERSHIP ACTIVITIES: Member of the Alabama Council since 2002, In charge of membership recruitment / retention of the Alabama Chapter since 2010, Participated in lectures at the Annual Meeting on three occasions, Judge for poster selection for the last 8 years, Judge of posters / oral presentations at the chapter meeting for the last 8 years, Participated in the "Stump the Professor" session since its inception three years ago, Lectures / case discussions for the Internal Medicine Interest group (ACP sponsored) for the last 10 years, Co-Director (Robert M. Centor) and lecturer of the Precourse "Update in Primary Care" for the National ACP meeting in 1997 and 1998, Laureate Awardee of the Alabama Chapter 2011

HOSPITAL/COMMUNITY SERVICE: Member of the Cooper Green Mercy Hospital Staff until its closure in December 2012 (safety net hospital of Jefferson County, AL), Member Patient Safety Committee University of Alabama Hospital, Char, Graduate Medical Education Committee of the University of Alabama Hospital, Member Birmingham VA Medical Center Staff (1985-current)

OTHER APPOINTMENTS: Member of the Step 2 CK writing committee of the NBME, Member of the Diversity Comm. of the Academic Alliance of Internal Medicine, Former member of the Internal Medicine Writing Committee of the ABIM (2002-2007)

Vision Statement

My vision as Governor is to improve the health of Alabamians through the action of ACP members. I will accomplish such goal by offering continuous updates and a forum so members remain informed on seismic changes upon us. Over the next several years the Affordable Care Act (ACA), board certification, and the changes proposed by the ACGME will shape the future of American medicine in a way we have not seen since the enactment of the Medicare Act and the release of the Flexner report. As your Governor I will maintain you abreast of the College leadership opinions and actions in regards to ACA, ABIM, and ACGME as well as carrying back your concerns and ideas to the Board of Governors and Board of Reagents. As a physician, my passion is to provide the best possible care for those we serve and the best training to those we teach.