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Arizona Governor's Newsletter July 2016

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Robert Aaronson, MD, FACP, ACP Governor

Robert Aaronson, MD, FACP, ACP Governor


Message from the Governor


Hello Colleagues,

This has been quite a year for me and for the Arizona Chapter of the American College of Physicians!

On the national stage, The American College of Physicians (ACP) is greatly encouraged that the proposed rule to implement the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA), makes significant improvements in simplifying the administrative burden of quality reporting and introducing greater flexibility in meeting federal requirements relating to use of Electronic Health Records (HER)

On the state level, with the great work of so many of you, your ACP Arizona chapter has continued to advocate, to educate and to serve as a forum for networking and collegiality. We participated in the national IM meeting in Washington, DC this May, where we welcomed new Fellows, and cheered on our chapter Poster Competition winners and our Doctor's Dilemma team during their competitions there. As sometimes happens, ACP National Leadership Days was held right before the national meeting and our LD delegation of 9 members, visited every Congressional and Senatorial office with positive results! During this year we've had student and resident Journal Clubs, a number of social outings and, at the end of June, a welcoming program for new Internal Medicine residents statewide. We had a great “ACP Day at the AZ State Legislature” in February, where our sizable contingent was joined by colleagues from the Arizona Medical Association (ArMA) and where our members advocated for Internists and our patients, influencing several important decisions.

Membership remains our richest resource but is also our greatest challenge. Now, with the guidance and support of the Governor's Council and Membership Chair Dr. James Keane, we move ahead with plans to make Arizona ACP a healthier and more engaged Chapter. During the coming year, watch for exciting opportunities for you to learn, to engage, to enjoy your ACP friends and colleagues, and all the benefits ACP brings your way. Also, watch for opportunities to help us reach out to colleagues not yet members. Tell your specialist and subspecialist internist friends why you are an ACP member, and why they should be. We need your help to remain a vital organization, in order to accomplish all you want us to do.

I look forward to seeing you at our exciting, entertaining and informative Annual Arizona Chapter Meeting, November 4-6, 2016, held back in Tempe this year, in the Memorial Union at Arizona State University.



Internal Medicine 2016, in Washington DC!

The ACP's annual get together was an outstanding event again this year! Thousands gathered to debate, to honor, to explore! It was an impressive time for many Arizona Chapter members as they presented, competed and accepted honors! Many congratulations are in order!

Doctor's Dilemma Team Journeys to DC!

UA South Campus team consists of:

Senthil Anand, MD, Muhammad Husnain, MD, and Balaji Natarajan, MD


ACP Arizona was well-represented in Washington, DC in the Poster and Abstracts-Oral Vignette competitions. Pictured above right is Hamed Abbaszadegan, MD, FACP, with Jessica August, MD, UACOM South, AZ Chapter Oral Vignette winner. Reddy Sridhar, MD, below, also from UACOM South, represented Arizona in DC, after winning First Place Research Poster at the 2015 Chapter Meeting.




2016 Leadership Day in Washington DC

Leadership Day enjoyed robust attendance this year as it was held in conjunction with ACP's Internal Medicine 2016 in Washington, D.C. ACP does a great job assisting both in educating your delegates how to speak with your legislators but also in providing talking points on key legislative priorities for Internal medicine. Areas of concern included chronic care management, health information technology, telemedicine, behavioral health and opioid abuse, prescription drug costs, and graduate medical education. (Check out this site for our key legislative priorities).

Since the legislature wasn't in session during the time frame we visited, your delegations did not get to meet the legislators but each team met with nicely informed health care aides. Most were very interested in what we had to say! Your advocacy delegation included student Katherine Marsh, residents Rhonda Alkatib, MD and Joshua Reischer, MD; Hospitalists Gajapathiraju Charmarthi, MD, Rajesh Kotagiri, MBBS, Gurusaravanan Kutti Sridharan, MD, Chapter Treasurer Timothy Fagan, MD, FACP and Chapter Governor Robert Aaronson, MD, FACP, all shown here outside Senator McCain's office.


They had a wonderful time and made a difference. The members of the delegation visited the offices of our Arizona Congressional Representatives and our Senators with timely and targeted messages. Should you see any of these fine folks, please thank them for their volunteer work for the Chapter – and their profession!!



Arizona Physicians Elected to ACP Fellowship

A highlight of every IM Meeting is the Thursday evening Convocation. Arizona was well represented this year as quite a few new Fellows journeyed to Washington DC to be recognized.

Those inducted this year include: Tapash K Das, MD FACP; Sassia L Donaldson-Morgan, MD FACP; James H Evans, MD FACP; Michael J Keberlein, MD FACP; Shahnaz Mazdeh, MD FACP; Yvonne L Patterson, MD FACP; William Peppo, DO FACP; Kenneth G Poole Jr, MD FACP; Anayochukwu Uche, MD FACP; Kevin Virk, MD FACP; and Matthew W Wright, MD FACP.




AZ Chapter-Day at the Arizona State Legislature

This past February 4th, a large group of ACP members, held an informative and very interesting “Day at the Arizona State Legislature.” Highlights of the day in the Majority Caucus Room at the State Capitol, were face-to-face visits with individual State legislators and helpful information about how to lobby. Pictured are interested Chapter members, attending the event – several of these AZ members were also in the delegation in Washington, DC….This legislative action “stuff” is exciting!!


Watch for announcements of 2017 Day at the Arizona State Legislature…it is an experience you will enjoy and remember!!



ACP Arizona extends Congratulations to 2016 Arizona IM Resident Graduates

This is the time of year we say hello to new medical students and residents all over the state, and goodbye to some valuable medical school and residency colleagues. We would like to acknowledge the recent Internal Medicine Resident Grads from vital programs around the state.

Banner University Medical Center Phoenix

Hussein Abidali, DO
Moustapha Abidali, DO
Dana Archbold, MD
Vance Bowen, MD
Elizabeth Chappe, MD
Natalie Crawford, MD
Mark del Rosario, MD
Nadav Fields, DO
Stephanie Fountain, MD
Kyle Henry, MD
David Horwitz, MD
Edward Maharam, MD
Bryan Alexander Morse, DO
Sweta Narasimhan, MD
Brittane Parker, MD
Mark R. Pedersen, MD
Alejandro Peña, Jr, MD
Rustan Sharer, MD
Michael Helmy Sultan, MD
Semah Zavareh, DO

Canyon Vista Regional Health Center – Sierra Vista

Benjamin Liu, DO
Leonardo Oliva, DO
Jeffery Olsen, DO
Elle Ross, DO
Jonathan Sun, DO

Maricopa Integrated Health System – Phx

Firas Abbas, MD
Warren Carll, DO
Radha Desai, MD
Mohammed Hasoon, MD
Sam Hy, MD
Joshua Jalad, MD
Anmar Jalil, MD
Fakhri Kalolwala, MD
Fiza Khan, MD
Andra Kofahl, MD
Y. Vincent Lin, MD
Hateem Siddiqui, MD
Prahlad Sunil, MD
Susanna Tan, MD
Jasleen Tiwana, MD
Philip Walker, DO


Mayo Clinic Arizona

Stuart Andersen, MD
Brady Bulian, DO
Natalie Ertz-Archambault, MD
Ashley Garret, MD
Brittany Hines, MD
Allon Kahn, MD
Aalap Narichania, MD
Salma Patel, MD
Michael Pham, MD
Sierra Simmons, MD
Vanessa Tang, MD
Brian Wojeck, MD

Mountain Vista Medical Center - Mesa

Erin Folsom, DO
Shauna Grady, DO
Jeffrey Hsu, DO
Matthew Kallenberger, DO

St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center - Phx

Raed Al Adham, MD
James Buckner, MD
Nana Domfeh, MD
Kirat Gill, MD
Avery Jeffers, MD
Midhun Malla, MD
Osama Qasim Agha, MD
Yvette Joni Saquilayan, DO
Libu Varughese, MD

University of Arizona Internal Medicine Residency Program – South Campus Tucson

Kareem Bannis, MD
Rishi Bhargava, MD
Prince Buzombo, MD
Parinita Dherange, MD
Randa Gorges, MD
Archana Nair, MD
Sarah Patel, MD
Sridhar Reddy, MD
John Sandoval, MD
Kevin Sun, MD
Maria Tumanik, DO


Pictured are Parinita Dherange, MD, and Rishi Bhargava, MD - UA South Campus

University of Arizona Internal Medicine Residency Program – University Campus

Shane Ahlstrom, MD
Usman Ajaz, MBBS
Enas Al Zaghal, MBBS
Gerado Alcazar, MD
Fahad Alobaidi, MBChB
Ramasubramanian Baalachandran, MBBS
Roberto Bernardo, MBBS
Jaspreet Chahal, MD
Sepehr Daheshpour, MD
Alana Dembitsky, MBBS
Carlos Enamorado, MD
Kayven Farshad, MD
Laith Ghazala, MD
Irina Gruzinova, MD
Rorak Hooten, MD
Laura Howe, MD
Mohammad Hudeeb, MD
Craig Jenkins, DO
Tanner Jugler, MD
Yasir Khan, MD
Justin Lee, MBBS
Jason Lent, DO
Iyad Mansour, MBChB
Konstantin Mazursky, DO
John Migliano, MD
Bradley Minter, MD
Ahmed Pasha, MBBS
Alex Pavidapha, MD
Joshua Reischer, MD
Namit Rohant, MD
Benjamin Salazar-Chatt, Do
Jennifer Segar, MD
Grant Swartz, MD
Carlos Tafich Rios, MBBS
Ibrahim Taweel, MD
Lindsey Trutter, MD
John Williams, MD
Seongseok Yun, MD
Bianca Zangeneh, MD

Verde Valley Medical Center

Aaron Brown, DO
Ryan Mullane, DO
Tyler Rencher, DO
Leah Weber, DO

Verde Valley Medical Center Graduates!!




Awards and Recognition

Fellowship: There are many physicians among our membership worthy of recognition. Advancement to fellowship is one that just takes a small amount of organization of a curriculum vitae and obtaining sponsorship letters. There are several ways for member physicians to achieve this recognition. Check this link for more information.

Please consider nominating a chapter member for one of the following awards:

Laureate Award - Criteria:

  • Fellow or Master
  • Senior physician
  • Demonstrated excellence to medical care, education, or research
  • Excellence and peer approval in the field of internal medicine
  • Service to community, chapter, and the ACP Nominations must document attributes and accomplishments which fulfill the above criteria.

Volunteerism and Community Service - Criteria

  • Member, Fellow, or Master
  • Distinguished volunteer work done as a physician and medically related.
  • Activity does not represent service performed as part of training or job

Nominations should document:

  • The range and scope of the volunteer and community services
  • Whether the nominee been a leader in initiating, developing, or implementing volunteer programs.
  • Whether the nominee's contributions been sustained over time.
  • How have the characteristics of the nominee that have made him/her a role model inspired other physicians or medical trainees to participate in volunteer and community service.

We award the Laureate and Volunteerism Awards at our Annual meeting but need your help to nominate candidates!! Please email your nominations to the Awards Committee, via our Executive Director Dixie Swan,



New Patient Education Programming via the Wellness Network

ACP and The Wellness Network are partnering to deliver new patient education programming that will be available via The Wellness Network's Patient Channel, an in-hospital TV network and online portal.

ACP members will have access to the Patient Channel library of over 107 disease and medication management, wellness and patient safety videos that can be viewed by patients during an office visit or at home. Programming topics include heart failure, diabetes, hypertension, COPD, joint replacement, medication management, and more.

To learn more, visit The Wellness Network page.



New Online Opioid Education Modules, Video Now Available

In this area of overwhelming National concern, you have an ally in ACP!! We have developed online training modules, to educate clinicians about best practices when prescribing opioids to patients and to help prescribers manage risk for abuse and inappropriate use. With approximately 100 million adults in the U.S. suffering from chronic pain, the nonmedical use of prescription opioids has become a public health issue, and prompted the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to establish the Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS) mandate.

The REMS training modules provide comprehensive educational information for primary care clinicians, and can be completed for CME credit. Access the online modules for additional information.

A brief video from Steven Weinberger, MD, FACP, executive vice president and CEO of ACP, highlights the initiative's goal of reducing misuse, abuse and overdose deaths associated with prescription opioids.



Recruit-a-Colleague Chapter Rewards Program

The American College of Physicians and the Arizona Chapter encourages all members to help strengthen our chapter by recommending ACP membership to colleagues. YOU KNOW the benefits of joining ACP – now it is your turn to SPREAD THE WORD!!

To thank you for your dedication to our organization, ACP offers incentives to you and the chapters that recruit new members through the Recruit-a-Colleague Chapter (RACC) Rewards Program.

As with the national Recruit-a-Colleague Program, the RACC Program rewards YOU with dues credits for each new full Member or Physician Affiliate member recruited PLUS a chance to win a trip to the annual Internal Medicine meeting – 2017 will be in San Diego!! In addition, your Chapter will be in line for funding for chapter activities and complimentary registrations to the San Diego IM Meeting in 2017.

The 2016-17 Recruit-a-Colleague Chapter Rewards Program runs until March 1, 2017.

To participate, simply forward to your colleagues a membership application. To qualify for the program, make sure that your name is on the recruiter line of the application, and that the form includes the code RACC.

Everybody wins!!



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