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2018 Governor-elect Election Biographical Sketch and Candidate Statement - District of Columbia

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.


Arrel S. Olano, MD, MBA, FACP

Arrel S. Olano, MD, MBA, FACP

Medical School Education: Far Eastern University Nicanor Reyes Medical Foundation

Post-Doctoral Training: Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, OH

Certification: ABIM

Present Position: Assistant Professor, Medstar Washington Hospital Center, Georgetown University School of Medicine

ACP Chapter and Leadership Activities:
Member, Governor Council Advisory Board since 2012; Chair/Advisor, Medical Student Advisory Panel and Medical Student Mentorship Program since 2013; Volunteer Judge, Resident Poster Competition 2016 (Maryland Chapter), 2018 (DC Chapter)

ACP National Activities:
Fellowship 2010; Judge, Clinical Vignette Poster Competition, Internal Medicine Meeting 2011; Reviewer, National Abstract Competition, Internal Medicine Meeting 2013, 2014; Faculty/Lecturer, Board Recertification Review Course 2008, 2010-2017; Faculty/Lecturer, Board Certification Review Course since 2017; Volunteer Facilitator, Members Forum 2018

Other Appointments/Activities:
Member/Paul Harris Fellow, Rotary Club of Washington DC since 2012; Member, Patient Consult Service Committee, Medstar Washington Hospital Center (MWHC) since 2017; Medical Director, MWHC Unit 2F 2008-2017; Member, Patient Experience Committee 2015-2017; Member, MMG Finance Committee 2014-2015; Primary Investigator, RHEA Device Study, Medstar Health Research Institute 2017-2018; Site Champion, Medstar Million Hearts Program 2018; Site Champion, HCV Linkage to Care 2016-2018

Areas of Professional Interest and Expertise:
Academic Medicine; Business of Medicine

Candidate Statement:
Engagement. Visibility. Support. As a member of the chapter’s council for several years, I have witnessed the tremendous work the chapter has done. Challenges continue. While working to increase membership, we should enhance our social media presence. Getting our current members engaged in our chapter’s activities would be a priority. We need to partner with community-based organizations and collaborate for mutual benefits. We can participate in health events like runs, walks serving as designated physicians. We should capitalize our chapter’s unique position and partner with ACP National in lobbying for policies affecting health care. We should increase topics like burn out, business of medicine and financial planning in our annual conference. While continuing our social events, we should promote volunteerism amongst our members with these local organizations as this will serve as a good deed and also promote well-being. The possibilities are plenty. We can make things happen.


Shmuel Shoham, MD, FACP

Shmuel Shoham, MD, FACP

Medical School Education: Jefferson Medical College, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA

Post-Doctoral Training: Residency and Fellowship, Infectious Diseases, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA

Certification: ABIM, Infectious Diseases

Present Position: Associate Professor of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

ACP Chapter and Leadership Activities:
Program Chair, Annual Meeting 2009-2013; Chair, Annual Program Committee 2009-2014:
Member, Governor's Advisory Committee since 2009; Member, Awards Committee since 2015
Recipient, Laureate Award 2015; Instructor, SEM ABIM module, Update in Hospital Medicine and Update in Internal Medicine 2015; Organizer, Book Club since 2017

ACP National Activities:
Fellowship 2009; Ad Hoc reviewer, Annals of Internal Medicine. Identified as a Best Reviewer for 2014, 2016, 2017

Other Appointments/Activities:
Member, Clinical Practice Guidelines Committee: Prevention and Treatment of Cancer-Related Infections, National Comprehensive Cancer Care Network; Chair, Transplant Infectious Diseases Committee, Johns Hopkins Comprehensive Transplant Center; Associate Director of Clinical Research, Transplant and Oncology Infectious Diseases Program, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine; Member, The Johns Hopkins Health System Formulary Management Committee; Member, SICU Executive Safety Rounds (CUSP team) and Antibiotic Subcommittee, P&T Committee, Johns Hopkins Hospital

Areas of Professional Interest and Expertise:
Infectious Diseases: Particularly in hospitalized and immunocompromised patients. Improving quality of care and preventing patient harm. Putting the patient/doctor relationship at the center of medical care.

Candidate Statement:
This is a chaotic time for internists. Technology is empowering AND confusing patients, sub-specialization is providing streamlined treatments AND disjointed care, and we often know what our patients need, yet work in environments that put documentation and insurance companies above patients. It's no surprise that physicians are burning out. Being a doctor is a sacred trust and it can also be great fun. To fight burnout we need to promote enduring doctor/patient relationships, to provide internists the tools needed to succeed in an era of technological advances, and to restore balance between patient care and documentation. My involvement with DC ACP since 2002 has taught me that it can be a part of the solution. As governor I would make sure that these priorities are local and national level ACP priorities, and that doctors and patients are at the center of healthcare. Where we belong.