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2019 Governor-elect Election Biographical Sketch and Candidate Statement - Alaska

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 9/1/2017 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 20, 2019 and will end on November 8, 2019 at 11:59 PM 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 AM – 5:00 PM Central. For general information, you may email Julie Sinkoff, Coordinator, Board of Governor Relations, or call her at 215-351-2699.


Emily C. Church, MD, FACPEmily C. Church, MD, FACP

Medical School Education: Oregon Health Sciences University

Post-Doctoral Training: David Grant Medical Center, Travis Air Force Base

Certification: ABIM 2002, 2012

Present Position: The Alaska Hospitalist Group (TAHG)

ACP Chapter and Leadership Activities:
Chair, Membership Committee; Chair, Meeting Planning Committee; Member, Health and Public Policy Committee; Member, Chapter Council; Member, Strategic Planning Committee; Member, Bylaws Committee; Leadership Day Delegation; Journal Club

ACP National Activities:
Fellowship 2006

Other Appointments/Activities:
President, Medical Staff, Alaska Regional Hospital (ARH); Board of Trustees, ARH; Member, Credentials Committee, ARH; Leadership Committee, ARH; Liaison to ARH, TAHG; Executive Committee, TAHG; Site Director, 3rd year Medicine Clerkship, WWAMI

Areas of Professional Interest and Expertise:
Medical Staff Leadership; Medical Education; Palliative Care

Candidate Statement:
If elected I am looking forward to the experience of representing our Alaska Chapter to the Board of Governors. I have learned a lot about interacting and managing physicians in the last several years with my leadership positions both at the hospital and in my own practice. I like to take on new challenges to evolve my medical career, and I think this would be an amazing opportunity.


Kristin M. Mitchell, MD, FACPKristin M. Mitchell, MD, FACP

Medical School Education: University of California, San Francisco

Post-Doctoral Training: University of Washington, Primary Care Track

Certification: Internal Medicine; Sleep Medicine

Present Position: Partner, Peninsula Internal Medicine

ACP Chapter and Leadership Activities:
Leadership Council since 2014; Speaker Selection Committee, Annual Meeting 2016-2019; Chapter Representative, Alaska Medicaid Redesign Workgroup 2016

ACP National Activities:
Fellowship 2008; Health and Public Policy Committee 2017-2019; Participant, Leadership Day 2014

Other Appointments/Activities:
Clinical Assistant Professor, MS3 Clerkship Site Director, UW Soldotna; Director, Sleep Laboratory, Central Peninsula Hospital; Chair, Medicine Committee, Central Peninsula Hospital Medicine Committee (stepped down 2018); Homeward Bound Leadership Program, Antarctica 2019; Guest Speaker, Health Classes, Vaccination Curriculum, Kenai Central High School; Board of Directors, KDLL Public Radio

Areas of Professional Interest and Expertise:
Primary Care Internal Medicine; Sleep Medicine; Medical Education

Candidate Statement:
In these times of rapid change in medicine, I look to ACP for professional support and inspiration. As a newly minted internist, Rich Neubauer inspired me with his knowledge, generosity, integrity, and scholarship. For twenty years, I have enjoyed practicing medicine, teaching students and residents, and providing program leadership in Soldotna. Since completing a program for women in science in Antarctica, I have decided it’s time for me to step up and take on a greater leadership role in the College. I hope to bring the perspective of a practicing rural internist and a committed educator to Alaska and national ACP. I will continue my advocacy for student and resident training in Alaska, and for state and national priorities that support the health of our patients, physicians, and the environment. I would be honored to serve as your governor.