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2018 Governor-elect Election Biographical Sketch and Candidate Statement - Delaware

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 9/1/2016 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 21, 2018 and will end on November 9, 2018 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 Kelley Gordon, Supervisor, Board of Governor Relations, or call her at 215-351-2559.


Daniel J. Elliott, MD, MSCE, FACP

Daniel J. Elliott, MD, MSCE, FACP

Medical School Education: Jefferson Medical College

Post-Doctoral Training: Christiana Care Health System; University of Pennsylvania

Certification: Internal Medicine and Pediatrics

Present Position: Medical Director, eBrightHealth ACO

ACP Chapter and Leadership Activities:
Governor’s Executive Council since 2008; Annual Chapter Meeting Program Planning Committee 2005, 2009-2011

ACP National Activities:
Fellowship 2010; Participant, Leadership Day 2006-2008; DE Delegation Chair, Leadership Day since 2009

Other Appointments/Activities:
Service Line Executive Leadership Team, Christiana Care Primary Care and Community Medicine since 2015; Christiana Care Enterprise Information Management Steering Committee since 2015; CMS Medical Directors Affinity Leadership Group since 2017; Evidence-Based Medicine Task Force, SGIM National 2013-2016; Volunteer Coach, Delaware Rush Soccer Club since 2007; Youth Group Volunteer, Trinity Community Church since 2015

Areas of Professional Interest and Expertise:
Physician Leadership; Population Health and Data Analytics; Payor-Provider Relationships

Candidate Statement:
In joining the Board of Governors, I will work to ensure that ACP continues to be a clear voice for legislative and policy priorities that promote the successful transition to value-based care and the definitive source for evidence-based clinical recommendations. Through experience with Christiana Care Quality Partners and the eBrightHealth ACO, I have worked closely with payors and providers to create the context for change to value-based care. I maintain a firm conviction that physicians are critical to the transformation from volume to value and, with more than a decade of engaging our Congressional delegation with ACP, I recognize the importance of advocacy in achieving a high-value health care system. Finally, as a lifelong Delawarean, I believe that we have a unique opportunity to improve health care in our state, and I will ensure that the national conversation reflects the issues and values that are important to physicians in Delaware.


Selvam J. Mascarenhas, MD, FACP

Selvam J. Mascarenhas, MD, FACP

Medical School Education: Saint George's University School of Medicine

Post-Doctoral Training: Internal Medicine Residency Training, Norwalk Hospital, Yale University

Certification: Internal Medicine, ABIM recertified 2017

Present Position: Hospitalist, Christiana Care Health Care System

ACP Chapter and Leadership Activities:
Chair, Young Physician since 2014; Organizer, local meetings for early career physicians; Co-host local meetings, Medical Society of DE; Recognition by Council of Early Career Physicians for being an active Young Physicians Chapter; Judge, Medical Student Poster Competition 2015, 2016; Poster Competition with Residents 2015, 2016; Attendee, Annual Meetings

ACP National Activities:
Fellowship 2014; Attendee, Internal Medicine Meetings

Other Appointments/Activities:
Government Affairs Committee, Medical Society of DE; Executive Board, Medical Society of DE; Alternate Delegate, Organized Medical Staff Section, American Medical Association; Physician Ambassador and Associate Medical Director, Pulmonary Stepdown Unit 2013-2016; Assistant Medical Director, Hospitalist Group 2017-2018; Recipient, Young Physicians Award, Medical Society of DE 2017; Organizer, Health Fairs for Children, Boys and Girls Club of DE, Christina Cultural Arts Center

Areas of Professional Interest and Expertise:
Health Care Transformation; Health Care Advocacy/Policy; Transitions of Care within acute care settings and from inpatient to outpatient

Candidate Statement:
As a practicing hospitalist for twelve years at a Tertiary Level Center, I have had the opportunity to engage my primary care colleagues, specialist colleagues and residents. My work with the Medical Society of Delaware's and ACP Young Physicians Delaware Chapter has allowed me to gain experience and knowledge when it comes to health care related issues. Medicine is at a crossroads and physicians are busy. Because we’ve been busy, we’ve often been letting others make the healthcare policy decisions. Decisions that frequently keep us from doing what we’ve been trained to do and love: medicine. Internists are the spine of any successful healthcare system. I’ve learned through my advocacy work on expanding critical access to primary care that if we collectively commit just a little time each, that together we can make impactful change. As Governor, I will empower us individually and collectively to put internists and physicians back at the forefront of the Delaware and National policy process, engage early career physicians and get members to pursue fellowship.