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From the Governor

Dr. James Felicetta

James V. Felicetta, ACP Governor, Arizona Chapter

Hello Colleagues,

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

The Chapter welcomed new Fellows, celebrated the work of Chapter Poster winners and the expertise of the Doctor's Dilemma team from UACOM in Orlando at the BOG-IM meeting in April of this year. Chapter also had a memorable and significant time with a large delegation at Leadership Days May 21-22 in Washington, DC. We had a great "Day at the AZ State Legislature" in March, all the while looking forward to a distinguished and exciting Chapter Meeting, all set for ASU, Memorial Union, October 24-26. Much more about all of this later in this newsletter.

For me personally, I have made a difficult decision. I have decided to resign as Governor of the AZ ACP Chapter, effective November 1, 2014. I will also retire from my position at the VA in late June, and will be moving to California. This decision was driven primarily by the need to move my wife to our ocean side home in Oxnard, where the cool moist air is much easier for her to breathe than the hot, dusty desert air. I plan to be back and forth between California and Arizona over most of the summer and early fall, completing some of my research projects and preparing our Arizona home for sale.

I will be actively engaged at the October Chapter meeting and expect to see many of you there!

It has been exciting to be the Governor of the Arizona Chapter. I consider it an honor and a privilege to have served you and our profession in this way.

Arizona's Newest Master

Dr. Paul Howard

The Chapter recognizes and congratulates our 13th Master, Paul F. Howard. He is a former Governor of ACP AZ and an active Chapter member! Dr. Howard maintains a busy rheumatology practice as Director of Arthritis Health in Scottsdale. Dr. Howard and his wife Kimberly, are the parents of four adult children. The Chapter warmly recognizes him, his accomplishments and all that he has done for ACP Arizona!

Dr. Paul Howard

Welcome to ACP AZ Newest Master, Paul F. Howard, MD, MACP


Internal Medicine 2014 in Sunny Orlando!

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 Orlando!

Doctor's Dilemma Team

The 1st Place Doctor's Dilemma™ Competition Team from the University of Arizona at University Campus - Irbaz Riaz, MD, Glenn Stokken, MD, and Emad N. Hammode, MD.

Arizona's Poster Presenters in Orlando

Posters and Abstracts: ACP Arizona was well-represented in the Residents Poster and Abstracts. Attending were First Place Oral Vignette Winner Natasha Sharda, MD, University of Arizona at South Campus; First Place Research Poster Winner Keri Maher, DO, University of Arizona at University Campus, and several others whose posters were selected by ACP to present.

AZ Poster Presenters

Pictured here are Residents Soyoung Park, MD, Natasha Sharda, MD and Rishi Bhargava, MD.

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 Florida to be recognized.

AZ Fellows Pictured here, with Governor Felicetta, at the Convocation event in Orlando, are new Fellows Ching Wang, MD FACP, Robert Orford, MDCM FACP, Mayar Al Mohajer, MD FACP, and Santhosh Gheevarghese John, MD FACP.

The full list of new Spring Fellows follows: Thomas D. Boyer, MD FACP, Fernando Raul D. De Castro, MD FACP, Matthew I. Gembala, MD FACP, Santhosh Gheevarghese John, MD FACP, Roshni M. Kundranda, MD FACP, Roy D. Loewenstein, MD FACP, Yulius Mustafa, MD FACP, Robert A. Myers, Jr MD FACP, Robert R. Orford, MDCM FACP, Peter W. Santos, DO FACP, Ryan Clark Van Woerkom, MD FACP and Tirdad T. Zangeneh, DO FACP


2014 Leadership Day in Washington D.C.

ACP AZ was represented by nine informed and energetic folks at the annual ACP Leadership Day Event, May 21-22, 2014. Drs. Ateefa Chaudhury, James V. Felicetta, Joseph Hanna, Ana Maria Lopez, Shakaib Rehman, Pratik Shah, Lisa Soltani and Samuel Carli, along with Medical Student Juhyung Sun, had a wonderful time and made a difference. The members of the delegation visited the offices of all nine of our Congressional Representatives and both Senators, with a four-pronged message. That message contained information about Graduate Medicine Education funding; extending the current - law Medicaid Pay Comparability Program; encouragement to enact legislation to eliminate Medicare's Physician Payment System; and finally encouragement to enact bipartisan "safe harbor" legislation and to initiate a pilot on health courts. All of these items were supported with energetic conversations with our national representatives and/or their staff. Should you see any of these fine folks, please thank them for their volunteer work for the Chapter - and their profession!!

ACP Arizona Delegation to Leadership Day in Washington D.C.

AZ Leadership Day Delegation

Pictured are, from left to right, back row first: Shakaib Rehman, MD FACP, medical student Juhyung Sun, Joseph Hanna, MD, Ana Maria Lopez, MD MPH FACP, Ateefa Chaudhury, MD, Lisa Soltani, MD FACP, Samuel Carli, MD, and Pratik Shah MBBS. Not pictured is Governor James V. Felicetta, MD FACP


American College of Physicians, AZ Chapter-Day at the Arizona State Legislature, February 5, 2014

This spring a large group of ACP members, joined this year for the first time by members of the Nurse Practitioners Council, held an informative and very interesting "Day at the Arizona State Legislature." Highlights of the day were visits with individual State legislators and attendance at relevant Senate and House "Health" committees. An added event this year was the opportunity for the Chapter to thank Senator John McComish, Majority Leader of the Arizona State Senate as well as Representative Heather Carter, Chair of the House Health Committee as they were honored as "Legislative Champions".

AZ Day 2014 Pictured: Representative Carter and Senator McComish in the Majority Caucus Room at the State Capitol.


ACP has a new logo! A new look!

Forget the old motto: "Doctors for Adults", the American College of Physicians now has new Arizona/ACP Logo here. energy, a new motto and a new color scheme! From now on, the logo has a graphic and uses some innovative colors while including the new motto: "Leading Internal Medicine, Improving Lives". Reproduced here is the new look of the Arizona Chapter logo!

AZ Logo


2014 Arizona Internal Medicine Resident Graduates

Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center

Bisi Alli, DO
Amir Azadi, MD
Alicia Boone, DO
Laura Durling, MD
Erica Flores, MD
Christian Hourani, MD
Benjamin Johansen, DO
Amitkumar Patel, MD
Leigh Anne (Rundgren) Goodman, DO
Marisa Schottelkorb, MD
Danny Wang, MD
   Nneka Anuligo, MD
Rishi Basnyat, MD (Oct 1)
Roger Dikdan, MD
Rafael Fernandez, MD
Chelsea Gawryletz, DO
Irina Ionova, MD
Mahnaz Mellati, MD
David Perry, DO
Madiha Zia Sajjad, MD (Mar 3)
Joshua Travis, DO
Donovan Williams, MD


St. Joseph's Medical Center


Manal Alhakim, MD
Jeffrey Javed, MD
Varun Mehta, MD
Tanmay Patwa, MD
Betre Workie, MD
   John Anwar, MD
Shaghayegh Khayambashi, MD
Sadia Moinuddin, MD
Sabyasachi Roy, MD


Maricopa Medical Center


Kareem Ahmad, MD
Amir Asifuddin, MD
Llaura Beach, MD
Shiv Bhandari, MD
C. Meka Ezeume, MD
Seema Kansal, MD
Ali Omranian, MD
Ryan Urich, MD
Ying Wu, MD
   Mohanad Al-Qaisi, MD
Mariya Balon, MD
Samit Bhakta, MD
Dino Cekro, MD
Wally Folad, MD
Gerges Makar, MD
Chelsi Scull, MD
Shannon Ursu, MD


Mayo Clinic


Natalya Azadeh, MD
Patrick Barr, MD
Andrew Chung, MD
Heather Fields, MD
Chris King, MD
   Christine Klassen, MD
Neil Mendoza, MD
Leslie Padrnos, MD
Emanuel Pauwels, MD
Rayya Saadiq, DO

Mayo Grads

Mayo grads with CR's "Jewel" Kling, MD, MPH and Katy Williams, MD, standing on either end of row #2.


Sierra Vista Regional Health Center


Devang Butani, DO
Donald Lefevre, DO
Iram Qureshi, DO
Ryan Sefcik, DO

University Physician Hospital

Iram Ahmad
Cibi Arumugam
Katharine Beeler
Ateefa Chaudhury
Anjali Dixit
Joseph Hanna
Jennifer Hill
Emily Jeffrey
Keri Maher
Thi Nguyen
Amitabh Pandey
Golnar Parvizi
Catherine Phan
Corinne Self
Ismail Tabash
   Ahmad Al-Khashman
Huthayfa Ateeli
Samuel Carli
Shariq Chudhri
Razan El Ramahi
Gilbert Harrison
Kahroba Jahan
Jocelyn Ko
Yolanda Mercer
Muna Omar
Pavan Parashar
Vinit Patil
Tuan Phan
Glenn Stokken


UACOM - South Campus


Aswani Alavala, MD
Chirag Desai, MD
Imam Imam, MD
Divya Pati, MD
Victor Sanders, MD
   Hammam Alquadan, MD - PCP
Rene Franco, MD
Anju Nair, MD
Shivani Ruben, MD
Varun Takyar, MD


Verde Valley


Lisa Fujima, DO
Alexander Hu, DO
Jeffrey Schenk, DO
Gina Wu, DO


AZ-ACP Committee Reports

Council of Resident/Fellow Members
Chair: Jewel Kling, MD, MPH, Preethi William, MD

Congratulations to all graduating internal medicine residents! ACP Arizona is impressed and looks forward to facilitating your transition to fellow or practicing physician. Keep up the excellent work!! Read more about the activities of your Resident colleagues in the May 2014 Edition of the Transitions Newsletter. Be on the lookout for more opportunities for fun as you find out if you really are "Smarter Than a 3rd year Medical Student" in the Transitions Newsletter, or benefit from the Associates' Journal Clubs! This committee is looking forward to 2014-15!!

Advocacy Committee
Chair: Anita C. Murcko, MD, FACP

It has been an exciting year to be interested in Advocacy in the state of Arizona. As you saw earlier in this newsletter, Advocacy has lead the way with the American College of Physicians, Arizona Chapter - Day at the State Legislature, held this year on February 5. Later in the year, representatives from Arizona descended with their colleagues nationwide upon Washington DC for ACP's Leadership Day. The Committee has guided the Chapter in information and involvement in issues of statewide and national interest.

Want to learn more? To stay on top of national issues, join ACP's "Advocates in Internal Medicine network" (AIMn) and for more local information, contact Dr. Murcko at or Dixie Swan at

Medical Students
Co-chairs Mateja Lekic, UACOM-T and Verni Logendran, Midwestern University

This is the time of year when enrolled medical students progress to new activities and new students arrive. It is the hope and goal of this committee to meet the needs of those students, to provide Journal clubs and orientation to the many benefits of membership in ACP as a medical student member.

Become a Medical Student Member Now!

Council of Early Career Physicians
Co-Chairs: Shaghayegh Abdollahi, MD, FACP, FAAP & Shireen Jindani, MD, FACP

The Council of ECP has continued its successful Spring hike, this year on March 22 in the McDowell Mountains, designed for collegiality and fun…oh, and for exercise too! Council sees the need to assist early career docs in their professional development, so look for an announcement of "conversations" as the summer progresses!!

Membership Committee
Chair: James Keane, DO

This group is dedicated to informing all of the benefits inherent in joining ACP! The hope of the committee membership is that every ACP member becomes a membership recruiter, it is that valuable!! Watch for those handy easy-reference documents to land in your in-box…then YOU will benefit from the "Recruit-a-Colleague" program!!

Hospitalist Committee
Chair: TBA

There are many concerns and challenges that face hospitalists, and they are excited about this opportunity to address these issues in the ACP community. The committee has plans to survey statewide hospitalists to listen to their concerns, and will investigate sponsoring a coding and billing workshop specifically aimed at hospitalists. Furthermore, Committee is concerned about hospitalists, and will look into offering a workshop to address "burn-out" for hospitalists.

View more information about Hospitalists

International Medical Graduates
Chair: Santhosh Gheevarghese John, MD, FACP

Congratulations to our award recipients at the 3nd Annual Mentorship/IMG Awards Event which was held on Saturday, April 26 at Arizona Medical Association headquarters, Phoenix.
IMG: Here are the awards and the 2014 awardees!
Outstanding IMG Practicing Physician: Ravi Krishnadasan, MD, FACP
Outstanding IMG Academic: Shakaib Rehman, MD, FACP
Outstanding IMG Rising Star: Hamad Abbaszadegan, MD
Outstanding IMG Rising Star: Mahnaz Mellati, MD
Watch for an IMG Orientation event for newly arrived Residents!

Ravi Krishnadasan, MD Pictured is Ravi Krishnadasan, MD with Governor Felicetta.

Education Committee
Chair: Helene Labonte, DO, FACP, David Gullen, MD, MACP

The Chapter is looking forward to the ACP Arizona Chapter Annual Meeting and Scientific Session to be held in Tempe at Arizona State University, October 24-26, 2014. Featured will be outstanding Chapter faculty and national ACP notables. Watch too for Keynote speaker Leland Hartwell, PhD, Nobel Prize winner and Keynote Jeffery Trent, PhD., President and Scientific Director of TGen. Our meeting theme is "Succeeding in the Midst of Change: Science and Practice in the New Era of Medicine". The Chapter Meeting is just a great place to get information about that change! Watch your email for registration info. Any further questions? Contact Dixie Swan, ACP Arizona Chapter 2014 Meeting Coordinator at or 602.347.6916.


Call for Spring 2015 Board of Governors' Resolutions

Are you concerned about a practice or clinical issue or have an idea you'd like to suggest? If so, you might consider submitting a resolution to your Governor or Governor's Advisory Council.

Initiating a resolution provides ACP members an opportunity to focus attention at the ACP national level on a particular issue or topic that concerns them. When drafting a resolution, don't forget to consider how well it fits within ACP's Mission and Goals. In addition, be sure to use the College's 2014-2015 Priority Initiatives to guide you when proposing a resolution topic.

The deadline for submitting new resolutions to be heard at the Spring 2015 Board of Governors Meeting is September 24, 2014. Start with the Governor/Governor's Advisory Council. A resolution becomes a resolution of the chapter once the chapter council approves it.

For any further information, simply contact Dixie Swan.


ACP Offers Resources to Help Raise Immunization Rates

Sensitive to the rising concern about current immunization rates, ACP has some helpful resources! Start here, to make sure your information is current: Center for Disease Control's Recommended Adult Immunization Schedule. Keep in mind that "Flu shots and other immunizations can prevent people from suffering serious illnesses," said David L. Bronson, MD, FACP, president, ACP. "We need to improve immunization rates for all adults, especially for people between the ages of 18 to 65 with chronic conditions."

When your patients visit, go over these vaccinations: T dap (tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis, whooping cough), HPV (human papillomavirus), herpes zoster (shingles), MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella), pneumococcal pneumonia, hepatitis B (for adults with diabetes), and varicella (chickenpox). Rates for adult immunization are low!

Check these links - ACP's Adult Immunization Portal provides resources for clinicians such as the ACP Guide to Adult Immunization, ACP Immunization Advisor App, and the Medical Home Builder adult immunization model.


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