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

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.


Ankush K. Bansal, MD, FACP

Ankush K. Bansal, MD, FACP

Medical School Education: Creighton University

Post-Doctoral Training: Christiana Care Health System (Jefferson Medical College Affiliate)

Certification: Internal Medicine, Lifestyle Medicine

Present Position: Locum Tenens Hospitalist, Voluntary Clinical Assistant Professor, Florida International University

ACP Chapter and Leadership Activities:
Representative, Governor’s Advisory Council, Region C 2012-2015; Hospitalist Medicine Representative, Governor’s Advisory Council since 2012; Chair, Council of Early Career Physicians 2014-2016; Treasurer since 2015; Chair, Delegation, FL Medical Association 2017, 2018;  Chair, Ethics and Professionalism Committee 2017; Member, Insurance/Industry Committee since 2013;  Member, Legislative Committee since 2013; Delegate, FL Medical Association since 2013; Member, Education Committee since 2014; Member, Strategic Planning Committee since 2014;  Member, Awards Committee 2015, 2017; Member, Scientific Program Committee since 2016; Speaker, Hospitalist Practice, Scientific Meeting 2013; Speaker, Hospital Readmission Reduction Strategies, Scientific Meeting 2014; Speaker, Starting Locum Tenens Practice (for Residents), Scientific Meetings 2014, 2015, 2017; Speaker, Advancing to Fellowship, Scientific Meetings since 2014; Speaker, Update in Hospital Medicine, Scientific Meetings since 2016; Recipient, Internist of the Year Award 2016

ACP National Activities:
Fellowship 2011; Leadership Enhancement and Development (LEAD) Certification 2012; Participant, Leadership Day since 2012; Peer Reviewer, Annals of Internal Medicine since 2015 (8 manuscripts reviewed as of May 2018); Panelist, Locum Tenens Practice Presentation, Internal Medicine Meeting 2016

Other Appointments/Activities:
Vice President and Board Director, Disaster Accountability Project; Vice President and Co-Founder, South FL Chapter, Forensic Expert Witness Association (FEWA);  Board Member, FEWA National; FMA Alternate Delegate, American Medical Association (AMA);  Voluntary Faculty, FIU Wertheim College of Medicine; Member, Strategy/Leadership Committee, AMA Young Physicians Section; Elected Representative, World Medical Association General Assembly; Member, Policy and Scientific Review Committees, American College of Preventive Medicine; Speaker, Testimony on Telemedicine Rules, FL Board of Medicine 2013;

Areas of Professional Interest and Expertise:
Hospitalist Medicine QI and Locum Tenens Practice; Preventive and Lifestyle Medicine; Clinical Response/Mitigation to Climate Change/Environmental Degradation

Candidate Statement:
As a locum-tenens, hospitalist physician, I am dedicated to improving medicine for patients and for the ability of physicians to provide that care. My service in the Florida Chapter ACP includes serving as Chair of the Early Career Physicians, Chair of our delegation to the Florida Medical Association, and, currently, as Treasurer. I enjoy teaching students and residents because of my dedication to clinical excellence and continual improvement. I have witnessed the power of passion and commitment to affect positive change through my advocacy work since medical school. As a locum-tenens physician, I can compare the effects of different state policies and practices on medical care and physician practices. If elected as Governor, I will continue this multi-faceted mission for the benefit of patients and physicians. I look forward to achieving these goals within the BOG through networking, policymaking, chapter activities, and expanding meaningful services for members.


George D. Everett, MD, MS, FACP

George D. Everett, MD, MS, FACP

Medical School Education: University of Iowa College of Medicine

Post-Doctoral Training:  IM residency, Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester, NY;  General Medicine Fellowship, University of Iowa College of Medicine

Certification: American Board of Internal Medicine, General Internal Medicine

Present Position: Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency, Florida Hospital, Orlando, FL

ACP Chapter and Leadership Activities:
Governor’s Council; Chair, Education Committee; Program Chair, Scientific Meeting; Recipient, Laureate Award; Recipient, Outstanding Teacher Award

ACP National Activities:
Fellowship 1982; Teaching and Research Fellowship

Other Appointments/Activities:
Volunteer, Shephard’s Hope Clinic; Medical Missionary, Ethiopia, Peru, Nicaragua, Dominican Republic; Internal Medicine Section Chair, Florida Hospital; Clinical Professor, Loma Linda University College of Medicine; Clinical Professor, Florida State University College of Medicine; Clinical Professor, University of South Florida College of Medicine; Community Board Member, Florida State University College of Medicine, Orlando Campus; Member, Florida Medical Association

Areas of Professional Interest and Expertise:
Clinical Epidemiology of Chronic Diseases, especially of Cancer in Farmers and Ranchers; Cost Containment Research in Hospitalized Patients; Educational Research in Medical Students and Residents

Candidate Statement:
The ACP Teaching and Research Scholarship helped me launch a career, including 33 years in Florida, with the twin goals of teaching Internal Medicine to residents and students, and providing Internal Medicine care as a hospitalist, primary physician and medical missionary. Through service on the ACP Governor’s council for many years and as Education committee chairperson, I have tried to return to the ACP some of the many benefits I have received. The Florida ACP has grown commensurate with the state’s population, augmented by the astonishing expansion of graduate medical education. Internal Medicine residencies increased from 6 programs in 1985 to 31 in 2018. Effectively responding to this growth provides an opportunity to enhance Florida’s ACP membership and national influence on key topics such as the need for ABIM-MOC redesign. If fortunate enough to be elected Florida’s ACP governor, my energies will be dedicated to the Internist’s educational, clinical, scholarly and advocacy opportunities.