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2019 Governor-elect Election Biographical Sketch and Candidate Statements - Colorado

The ACP national office is conducting a special election to identify a Governor for the Colorado Chapter. The voting membership (Masters, Fellows, Members, and Resident/Fellow Members with an elect date of 7/1/2017 or earlier) can vote online.

Online voting begins on July 8, 2019 and is available 24 hours a day. All votes must be received by August 9, 2019 at 11:59 PM MT. You must be logged into ACP Online in order to cast your vote. Below are the bios and statements of the candidates that are running in this election. Click here to access the ballot.

For questions regarding elections, contact Julie Sinkoff at or call 215-351-2699. For questions regarding your ACP Online account, contact Member and Product Services at or call 215-351-2600.

Be part of this election. Your vote is important!

Alwin F. Steinmann, MD, FACP Alwin F. Steinnman, MD, FACP

Medical School Education: New York University School of Medicine

Post-Doctoral Training: Albany Medical College

Certification: ABIM

Present Position: Chief of Academic Medicine, Saint Joseph Hospital

ACP Chapter and Leadership Activities:
Member, Health and Public Policy Committee (HPPC) since 2011; Chair, HPPC 2013-2014; Governor's Council since 2012; Laureate Award 2019; NY Laureate Award 2005

ACP National Activities:
Fellowship 2001; Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine liaison, HPPC, 2011-2014; ACP Top 10 Key Contact Award 2010; Judge, Poster Abstracts, Internal Medicine Meetings multiple years; Leadership Day multiple years

Other Appointments/Activities:
Medical Executive Committee (ex officio), Saint Joseph Hospital (SJH) since 2010; Chair, Graduate Medical Education Committee SJH since 2010; Medical Staff Peer Review Committee, SJH since 2018; Vice Chair, Board of Directors, Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine (AAIM) 2015-2017; Association of Program Directors in Internal Medicine Council, AAIM 2011-2016; President, Association of Program Directors in Internal Medicine Council, AAIM 2014-2015

Areas of Professional Interest and Expertise:
Primary Care Internal Medicine; Graduate Medical Education; Health Policy

Candidate Statement: It would be my pleasure and honor to serve as Governor of our wonderful ACP chapter. In assuming such a role, one must recognize what sustains our chapter. This means nurturing our strong educational venues. The work of our program planning committees and those who organize our medical student, resident and young physician activities is vital to our success, and provides significant value to our current and future members. We must also help our members deal with a rapidly changing health system. In addition to innovative chapter programming and organizational resources, we need to be a voice for internists. We should actively support the work of our Health and Public Policy Committee in monitoring legislation and representing our interests at the Colorado Medical Society’s Council on Legislation. I believe my experience in the ACP as well as leadership roles in other national organizations will help me effectively represent our chapter.

Jennifer A. Ziouras, MD, FACP Jennifer A. Ziouras, MD, FACP

Medical School Education: University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine

Post-Doctoral Training: University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

Certification: Internal Medicine

Present Position: Sabbatical

ACP Chapter and Leadership Activities:
Chair/Co-Chair, Annual Meeting since 2014; Member, Governor's Advisory Council since 2014; Committee Member, Ortho Day 2018

ACP National Activities:
Fellowship 2015

Other Appointments/Activities:
Vice President, Denver/Boulder Operations, Colorado Permanente Medical Group (CPMG, Physicians of Kaiser Permanente); CMPG Committee Involvement: Leadership Development, Finances, Compensation, Informatics, LEAN Operating Systems; CMPG Oversight: Primary Care, Hospitalists, Behavioral Health, Medical Specialties, Surgical, Relationship Management of 3 Hospital Systems; Bicyclist & Fundraiser, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation multiple years

Areas of Professional Interest and Expertise:
Primary care and hospital operations and sustainability of physician careers: CME development, efficiency training for physicians, care team development, quadruple aim initiatives (quality, service, affordability, and well-being of care team); LEAN operating systems, partnering with specialties, and population health; LEAN operating models in healthcare; Leadership development

Candidate Statement: It is an honor to be considered for the position of Governor of the Colorado ACP Chapter. Healthcare, always a dynamic industry, is undergoing a major disruption in how care is provided as well as patient expectations of physicians. We need strong advocates at both the national and local level and I have those skills. As both a solo traditional internal medicine practice in a small town (outpatient and inpatient duties) and in progressive leadership roles in the largest medical group in Colorado, I have been involved in quality initiatives, population health, practice management, leadership development, CME and affordability metrics. These experiences have taught me the value of both engaging with clinicians to learn their needs and working as a team to create meaningful change. It also taught me the importance of focusing on the quadruple aim: quality, affordability, service and the well-being of the care team. As governor, I would be committed to driving the necessary changes to make Internal Medicine a more sustainable and joyful career and, through this, improve patient care.