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2014 Governors-elect Candidates' Bios and Vision Statements

District of Columbia Chapter

The ballots for the current Governors-elect election have been mailed. The voting membership (Masters, Fellows, Members, and Resident/Fellow Members with an electdate of 8/1/2012 or earlier) can vote via online (www.directvote.net/ACP/) or mail-in ballot. You will need your mailed ballot with your ACP Member Number and Election Passcode in order to make a vote. Below are the bios and vision statements of the candidates that are running in this election. Online voting began on September 3, 2014 and ends on November 5, 2014 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 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Central. For general election information, you may email Evelyn James, Governor Election Coordinator, or call her at 215 351 2699.


Ashesh D. Patel, MD, FACP

Dr. Patel

EDUCATION: BA: University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati Ohio, MD: University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati Ohio

POST DOCTORAL TRAINING: Internship: Good Samaritan Hospital, Cincinnati Ohio (Internal Medicine) Residency: George Washington University (Internal Medicine)

CERTIFICATION: I am Certified as Diplomate of American Board of Internal Medicine (time-limited: 1999-2009, 2009-2019) and I am currently meeting MOC requirements.

PRESENT POSITION: Primary Care Physician in private practice since 2000.

ACP CHAPTER INVOLVEMENT AND LEADERSHIP ACTIVITIES: DC Chapter Leadership Award (2013). Chair, DC Chapter Early Career Physician committee (2014). Poster Judge, DC area ACP Steps to Success Symposium for med students (2014). Current Active member of DC Chapter Governor's Council, Health Policy committee, Scientific Program committee, Medical Student Mentoring Program. Regular Attendee, DC Chapter Scientific Program. PGY-3 Team Leader, GWU Team, Medical Jeopardy Contest, DC Chapter Associates' Meeting (1999).

OTHER APPOINTMENTS/ACTIVITIES: I joined ACP in 1996 as an Associate during residency training, was directly elected to Membership in 2001 and became a Fellow in 2013. Current Participant, ACP SIG (Special Interest Group) online forum. Current Participant, ACP IM Insider focus group research. Past Participant in Pre-Testing MKSAP questions.

AREAS OF PROFESSIONAL INTEREST AND EXPERTISE: General Internal Medicine. Health Policy in regards to Physicians and Patients.

CANDIDATE STATEMENT: The Board of Governors (BOG) has very few physicians in private practice who not only spend most of their time in direct patient care but who also need to run a business: managing governmental regulations, dealing with third-party payors, making payroll, etc. As one of those physicians, I can add a much-needed perspective to the BOG. As a primary-care physician, I have a wide referral base and have close relationships with local academic physicians (GW MFA, Georgetown Univ. physicians, Howard Univ. physicians) that will allow me to represent them well. I also am close with private hospitals (WHC, Sibley, Providence etc), community-based indigent care (Unity, Green Door, Community Connections etc) and Kaiser. I am very active on the DC Chapter's Health Policy committee and helped write our chapter's survey regarding members' attitudes towards new MOC requirements and resolutions regarding MOC. If elected to BOG, I will continue to advocate strongly for MOC reform. I wish to continue the good work that Alice Fuisz, MD, FACP has done as current Governor of the DC Chapter.


Shmuel Shoham, MD, FACP

Dr. Shoham

EDUCATION: 1986-1990 B.A. Biology, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA 1990-1994 M.D. Jefferson Medical College, Phildadelphia, PA

POST DOCTORAL TRAINING: 1994-1997 Resident, Internal Medicine, Boston University Medical Center, Boston, MA, 1998-2001 Fellow, Infectious Diseases, Boston University Medical Center, Boston, MA

CERTIFICATION: ABIM: Certification in Internal Medicine (1997 and 2007), ABIM: Certification in Infectious Diseases (2000 and 2010)

PRESENT POSITION: Infectious Diseases Physician, Johns Hopkins Medicine, Academic title: Associate Professor of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

ACP CHAPTER INVOLVEMENT AND LEADERSHIP ACTIVITIES: Program Chair, DC Chapter Annual Scientific Meeting 2009 to 2013 and co-chair 2014 Member, DC Chapter Governor's Advisory Committee 2009-ongoing

OTHER APPOINTMENTS/ACTIVITIES: Fellow ACP: 2009

AREAS OF PROFESSIONAL INTEREST AND EXPERTISE: Multiple aspects of infectious diseases in immunocompromised patients (direct patient care, clinical research, systems improvement, medical education)

CANDIDATE STATEMENT: As Governor of the DC chapter I will work to provide physicians with the tools they need to deliver excellent care. An ACP that is relevant to the needs of internists across specialties and practice settings is vital to the success of our profession. To me this means advocating for clinicians to help them negotiate the turbulent currents of our medical system and providing internists with cutting edge medical education and quality improvement tools so they can be on top of their game. I look forward to serving as a guide and resource to physicians who are just starting out or are feeling overwhelmed. To this position I will bring experiences as a clinician, researcher, educator, collaborator and colleague in a variety of settings. These will help me to better understand and meet the needs of our diverse ACP membership.