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The American College of Physicians was founded in 1915 to
"uphold high standards in medical education, medical practice and
medical research"; to preserve the history; to perpetuate the best
traditions of medicine and medical ethics; and to maintain both the
dignity of internal medicine and the efficiency of its function in
relation to public welfare.
The first governor of the American College of Physicians for
Florida was Dr. JAMES DAVIS LOVE, a pediatrician, who became a
Fellow of the College in 1920. Dr. Love, one of only eight members
of the College, served as governor from 1926 until his death from
pneumonia on March 26, 1930 at age 57.
Dr. Love was born in Quincy, Florida and obtained an AB degree
in 1897 from the West Florida Seminary in Tallahassee. He received
the degree of Doctor of Medicine from the University of Maryland in
Baltimore, finishing ninth in his class. Following a one-year
internship in the obstetrical department of the University
Hospital, he then located in Jacksonville, Florida on June 6, 1898
as a general practitioner.
In 1909 he decided to devote his practice to pediatrics, and to
prepare himself for this specialty undertook studies in Vienna,
Paris, London, and Boston. He did postgraduate studies in Boston
and New York during 1910 and 1911 and later in St. Louis. In
1913-1914 he began his practice for the diseases of children in
Duval County, having served as a member of the teaching staff of
the Southern Pediatric Seminary, at Saluda, North Carolina. He was
an founder member of the St. Luke's Hospital medical staff, was
consulting pediatrician at the Duval County Hospital, Assistant
Chief of Staff of the Florida Children's Home, and a member of the
staff of Riverside Hospital in Jacksonville.
Dr. Love was a member and president of the Duval County Medical
Society and Florida Medical Association. He was a member and
Chairman of the Pediatric Section of the Southern Medical
Association. At the time of his death he was also an alternate
representative of the Florida Medical Association to the AMA House
of Delegates. In his obituary, Dr. R. H. Mc Ginnis, F.A.C.P. wrote,
"His contributions to medicine were many; he commanded the respect
and attentive caring of everyone of scientific means (his life was
gentle and the elements were so blended in him that all nature
might stand up and say 'There was a Man')".
Dr. TURNER ZEIGLER CASON, the second governor of the American
College of Physicians in Florida, was born in Gainesville, Florida
October 11, 1886 and died January 24, 1968 at age 81. He became a
Fellow in 1927, was governor from 1930 until 1948, and then served
as the third Vice-President of the American College of Physicians
Dr. Cason received his BS degree from the University of Florida
in 1908 and an MD degree from the University of Georgia Medical
Department in 1913. The University of Georgia also awarded him the
honorary degree of Doctor of Science in Medicine and upon
completing a year of internship at Georgia University Hospital and
a year of residency at St. Luke's Hospital in Jacksonville, he
practiced Internal Medicine in Jacksonville from 1915-1955. Dr.
Cason was a founder member of the Riverside Hospital in 1921 and
one of the founders of Hope Haven Hospital for Children in 1929,
serving as Chief of Staff and member of the board for many years.
Dr. Cason was head of the Department of Medicine at the University
of Florida Graduate School until the College of Medicine was
founded in 1956. He was a member of the American Medical
Association, the Southern Medical Association, and the Florida
Medical Association, serving as Chairman of the Postgraduate
Education Committee for twenty-seven years.
During World War I Dr. Cason served as a Captain in the Medical
Corps, heading a hospital unit at Camp Oglethorpe, Georgia. Upon
return to civilian life after World War I, Dr. Cason studied
electrocardiography, basal metabolism, stomach disorders, and heart
disease in Chicago, Washington, and Boston, after which he returned
to Jacksonville to begin his practice. He designed and maintained
the first basal metabolism machine in Florida.
Dr. Cason was concerned with the need for continuing medical
education and the paucity of courses available to physicians. In
conjunction with the Florida Medical Association he initiated one
of the first postgraduate courses in the nation for the practicing
physician. Medical authorities from the rest of the nation were
recruited for a week in Gainesville, and promised a "glorious
vacation for winter-weary teachers in the land of sunshine, surf
bathing, fishing and golf." The sole revenue was the $5
registration fee which scarcely covered the costs. Despite the
limitation in funds, through the years the course boasted such
noted medical authorities as Dr. Paul Dudley White, who later
became President Eisenhower's heart specialist, and Dr. Charles
Best of Canada, Nobel Prize winner for the discovery of
In spite of a slim budget, the Depression and World War II, Dr.
Cason fought against complacency and disinterest. Members' opinions
were surveyed, the course changed locations from Gainesville to
Orlando to Jacksonville, and the annual postgraduate course
continued to broaden to cover various specialties.
In 1955 when Dr. Cason retired, the course was moved to
Gainesville to the new J. Hillis Miller Health Center at the
University of Florida College of Medicine.
Dr. Cason served terms as President of the Florida Tuberculosis
Health Association, board member as well as executive committeeman
of the Florida Clinical Diabetes Association, a board member of the
Duval District Heart Association, and board member of the
Tuberculosis Association of Duval County. Dr. Cason was also
consultant to the Flagler Memorial Hospital in St. Augustine and to
the Veterans' Administration facility in Lake City. At the time of
his death, he was on the Executive Committee of Hope Haven
Hospital, Chief Medical Consultant of the State Welfare Board, and
Medical Director of the Outpatient Department of Duval Medical
Center. His eighteen years as Governor of the College of Physicians
were filled with progress and motivation.
The third governor of the College was Dr. WILLIAM CAMPBELL BLAKE
of Tampa who served from 1948 to 1957. Dr. Blake was born in
Dayton, Kentucky on February 24, 1893 and died on August 2, 1967.
He obtained his BS degree from Howard College of Birmingham,
Alabama and his MD degree from Johns Hopkins University School of
Medicine in 1917. He served in the Medical Corps of the U. S. Navy
during World War I and he established himself in the city of Tampa
immediately after leaving the service. He was elected a Fellow of
the American College of Physicians in 1927.
Dr. Blake organized the West Coast Academy of Medicine in 1948
to include internists from Lakeland, Tampa, St. Petersburg,
Clearwater, Manatee County and Sarasota. In the beginning several
well attended meetings were held each year at the Columbia
Restaurant in the private dining room and each meeting included a
speaker on a variety of subjects not necessarily limited to medical
subjects, book reports and other subjects unrelated to
During Dr. Blake's governorship, annual regional meetings were
established in the Southeast consisting of Florida, Cuba, Georgia,
South Carolina, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana. Each year the
programs were held in a different state. The rotation also included
Cuba. These excellent educational programs were well attended by
physicians from all of the Southeast states.
The College stopped rotating meetings to Cuba after Fidel Castro
came to power and the sharing of a governorship with Cuba was
discontinued after 1965. The remaining members were included under
the Florida region.
At the annual meeting of the American College of Physicians in
San Francisco in the spring of 1956, the American College of
physicians made a decision to not be concerned or involved in the
socioeconomic aspects of medical practice. At that meeting it was
pointed out the American College of Physicians' sphere of interest
had traditionally been the scientific and ethical aspects of
medical practice. As a result of this decision, Dr. Blake attended
a meeting in San Francisco held by Dr. Clark T. Calloway of San
Francisco, secretary/treasurer of the American Society of Internal
Medicine. Their discussions led to the expansion of the American
Society of Internal Medicine to a national organization made up of
It was Dr. Blake's opinion that, as the College was not going to
assume the responsibility of socioeconomics, a Florida Society of
Internal Medicine should be formed. Acting upon this information,
several meetings were called to discuss the feasibility of forming
a Florida Society of Internal Medicine. As a result of the
deliberations of these meetings, the Florida Society of Internal
Medicine was chartered in St. Petersburg on October 14, 1956 with
Dr. Blake's counsel and became the second component state society
of the American Society of Internal Medicine in Boston,
The fourth governor was Dr. KARL B. HANSON, SR. of Jacksonville
who was born in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin on August 10, 1908. He became
a Fellow in 1951 and served as governor from 1957-1966. Dr. Hanson
obtained his AB degree from the University of South Dakota, his BS
degree from the University of Chicago in 1932 and his medical
degree from the University of Chicago in 1935. His postgraduate
education was taken at Emory University and he was an associate in
medicine at Duval Medical Center from 1937-1951.
After serving as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Army from
1942-1946, he began his practice in Jacksonville July 1, 1936 and
retired in December, 1982. He became the chairman of Internal
Medicine at Duval Medical Center from 1951-1961 and was Chairman of
the Departments of Medicine of St. Luke's Hospital from 1955-1961
and Baptist Memorial Hospital from 1955-1961. He was President of
the Jacksonville Hospital Educational Program and was appointed as
Clinical Professor of Medicine of the College of Medicine,
University of Florida and President from 1966-1972.
Dr. Hanson was concerned during his term as College governor
from 1957-1966 with increasing the numbers of Florida physicians in
the College and encouraging increased participation in the
activities of the College. During his term the very rapid growth of
the Florida Chapter of the College began. He encouraged new members
to take the examinations of the American Board of Internal Medicine
prior to applying for Fellowship in the College and to present
interesting cases or programs to their hospital medical staff
meetings. In this way, he believed the members would become better
informed physicians and their peers would become aware of the role
of the internist as consultant and teacher. Members and Fellows of
the College were encouraged strongly to attend the College's
postgraduate courses, regional meetings, and Annual Session.
During Dr. Hanson's governorship, the membership of the West
Coast Academy of Medicine was becoming less active, and he visited
one of the meetings to encourage the involvement of more internists
in the area whether they were members of the College or not. As a
result of his enthusiasm, the West Coast Academy of Medicine became
very, very active and is still active today.
As did Dr. Blake, Dr. Hanson encouraged the College and the
Florida Society of Internal Medicine to have joint meetings and it
was through his leadership that these two organizations in Florida
forged a strong working relationship. Dr. Hanson also presided over
the Southeast Regional annual meeting in 1962 at Point Clear,
Alabama, following which the leadership of the College in
Philadelphia recommended that the regional meetings of the
southeast be discontinued. Since that time each state has had its
own regional meeting.
Dr. DONALD F. MARION, born on August 10, 1911 in Lancaster,
Pennsylvania, served as the fifth governor of the ACP from
1966-1972, having received his fellowship in 1945. Dr. Marion
received his BS degree at Duke University in 1934 and his MD degree
at Duke University School of Medicine in 1936. He served as intern,
resident, fellow and member of the associate staff of Henry Ford
Hospital, Detroit, Michigan from 1935 through 1942. He held the
position of Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at the
University of Miami School of Medicine from 1955 to 1965 and was a
Professor of Medicine at the school until his death on July 10,
1979 at age 67. He was a member of the attending staff of Jackson
Memorial Hospital in Miami and Doctor's Hospital of Coral Gables as
well as consulting staff at St. Francis's Hospital in Miami Beach
and Victoria Hospital in Miami.
Dr. Marion was a well-known gastroenterologist in the Miami area
and served the community as a leader with many community
organizations and active membership in numerous professional
organizations such as the American Gastroenterology Association for
whom he was membership chairman. He was the second President of the
Florida Society of Internal Medicine. Dr. Marion was a member of
the Southern Medical Association and served as President in 1968
The sixth Governor of the College was Dr. CHESTER CASSEL who was
born on February 23, 1918 in New York City, became a Fellow of the
College in 1951 and served as governor from 1971 to 1975. He
received his bachelor of science degree from the University of
Florida. He received his degree in medicine from Columbia
University College of Physicians and Surgeons. He did postgraduate
work in gastroenterology at Duke University School of Medicine.
After completing his training he began a practice in Miami, Florida
in 1951 as a consultant in gastroenterology.
In 1970 the College created the position of governor-elect and
Dr. Cassel became the first person to hold this office in Florida
beginning in April, 1971. During this period there was a rapid
increase in the membership of the College throughout the state, and
discussions were undertaken at the national offices of the ACP
concerning the development of state chapters for the College.
During Dr. Cassel's governorship, although the formal chapter
structure was not developed, state-wide committees were established
to encourage the educational activities for internists in the State
of Florida. Also during his tenure as governor, the College began
participation in the annual scientific portions of the meetings of
the Florida Medical Association. In 1972 the Florida regional
meeting was held at Disney World and Jack Meyers was the first
Official College Representative, followed by Dr. Packard Vitter and
Edward B. Flink. These meetings continued to be integrated with the
annual meeting of the Florida Society of Internal Medicine. In
October 1974 Dr. Cassel joined with the governors of South
Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and had a successful
regional meeting in Charleston.
During his term as governor Dr. Cassel introduced the concept of
joint participation with the university programs in internal
medicine and in his annual meetings he sought to involve the three
medical schools by inviting them to arrange educational programs at
the annual meetings.
Dr. LEIGH CLUFF assumed the office of ACP Governor for Florida
in 1975. Dr. Cluff was born June 10, 1923 in Salt Lake City, Utah
and earned his B.S. degree at the University of Utah in 1944, his
medical degree (with distinction) at George Washington University
in 1949. Following completion of his internship at Johns Hopkins
Hospital on the Osler Service, he became Assistant Resident
Physician at Duke University, Durham, NC (1949-1950) and completed
his residency at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in 1952. He studied
immunochemistry under Dr. Manfred Mayer of Baltimore and was
visiting investigator and assistant physician at the Rockefeller
Institute for Medical Research from 1952 until 1954. He accepted a
faculty position at the Johns Hopkins University, Department of
Medicine in 1955 and rose to the rank of Professor of Medicine and
Head of the Division of Allergy and Infectious Disease at that
institution in 1964. In 1966, Dr. Cluff was named chair of the
Department of Medicine of the University of Florida in Gainesville
where he served until 1975, when he was named Executive Vice
President, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. He became President
of RWJF in 1986 where he served until 1990, after which Dr. Cluff
returned to the University of Florida. Dr. Cluff is a distinguished
physician of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
Dr. CHARLES DONEGAN, the eighth governor, was appointed as
interim governor for the Florida region. Dr. Donegan was born in
St. Petersburg, Florida on October 21, 1920, graduated from Duke
University School of Medicine in 1943, and served as intern,
assistant and co-resident in Internal Medicine at the Duke
University Hospital in Durham, North Carolina from January 1, 1944
to April 13, 1945. He then undertook fellowship training in
cardiovascular disease at Duke from 1946 to 1948 and began his
private practice of cardiology in St. Petersburg on April 1, 1948.
Dr. Donegan became a Fellow of the College in 1953 and served as
governor from October, 1975 to 1980.
He served as a Lieutenant Junior Grade in World War II at the U.
S. Naval Hospital in Corona, California and was recalled in the
Korean War as a Lieutenant Commander, Chief of Cardiovascular
Diseases at the Naval Hospital in Portsmouth, Virginia May 1953 to
Dr. Donegan encouraged the development of the associate program
at the University of South Florida School of Medicine and the
University of Florida at Gainesville and held programs featuring
scientific presentations by the Associates with awards for the best
papers. He undertook an enthusiastic recruitment program for
members and exhorted members to become Fellows of the College.
During his governorship Dr. Donegan developed a Credentials and
Nominating Committee from all areas of the state to obtain new
members for the College and established an active advisory
committee of past governors and members from various areas of the
state which was destined to become the model for the membership of
the council of the state chapter .
Dr. ROY H. BEHNKE, our ninth governor and Chairman of the
Department of Internal Medicine at the University of South Florida
in Tampa, was born in Chicago, Illinois on February 24, 1921.
He graduated from Indiana University School of Medicine in 1946.
After service in the U.S. Army medical Corps, he returned to that
institution and completed his internal medicine training in 1952.
Dr. Behnke then joined the faculty of the department of internal
medicine at Indiana, and was selected as a John and Mary R. Markle
Scholar in Medicine. During his tenure at Indiana University, he
became professor of medicine in 1961 and assumed the responsibility
for medical service of the Veterans Administration Hospital,
serving as its chief. In July 1972, he became the first professor
and chairman of the Department of Medicine of the University of
South Florida. Over more than twenty years, Dr. Behnke developed an
outstanding department, recruiting faculty committed to the ideals
of teaching, research and service to the community. Dr. Behnke was
elected ACP Governor for Florida in 1980. One of the major
achievements of his tenure was to accomplish the task of chapter
formation. This began with preliminary discussions held
concurrently with the annual fall meeting in 1981. The process
proceeded to a preliminary set of by-laws which included a plan to
establish districts for uniform selection of members for what was
proposed to be the governor's advisory council. These were
considered at the fall meeting of the succeeding year, 1982. The
document was approved and presented to the parent College where,
after further negotiations and change, a final by-laws document was
agreed upon, eventuating in Chapter status. This was presented to
the fall meeting in 1983 and was fully implemented at the time Dr.
Eugene R. Schiff assumed office in 1984.
The value of this major step in chapter status has been clearly
demonstrated in the enhanced membership activity within both the
chapter and the governor's Advisory Council as well as a
significantly expanded program of work. The expanding membership of
the College in the state in 1980 included many prestigious Masters
of the American College of Physicians in Florida. The annual
programs of 1980-1984 years recognized our fortunate status and
established a Masters lecture at each of the annual meetings in
that period. The members in attendance were able to meet and learn
from these acknowledged leaders of American internal medicine. Dr.
Behnke himself became a Master of the American College of
Physicians in 1996.
Dr. EUGENE R. SCHIFF, an internationally known specialist in
liver disease, served as governor from 1984-1988. He had become a
Fellow in the College in 1974. Dr. Schiff obtained his MD degree
from Columbia (P&S) in 1962. He served his internship and
residency at Cincinnati General Hospital and took his second year
of residency at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, Texas where
he subsequently completed a fellowship in gastroenterology. He has
been Chief of the Hepatology Section at the VA Hospital in Miami
since 1972. He has been Professor of Medicine since 1978 and Chief
of the Division of Hepatology since 1974. He was a Lieutenant
Commander in the U. S. Public Health Service from 1964 to 1966.
During Dr. Schiff's term he increased membership by writing to
those internists in Florida who were board certified but had not
yet become members of the College.
He established a health care retreat for various health care
disciplines including physicians, representatives of the insurance
and industry sectors, and state health officials which was highly
successful in communicating with the financial providers of health
care. Dr. Schiff also had a highly successful retreat in regard to
conflict of interests. He also organized a working Advisory Council
and appropriate committees for members of the Florida Chapter. He
also enhanced Associate involvement in College activities.
Dr. JAMES L. BORLAND, JR., who served as ACP Governor for
Florida from 1988 until 1992, was born in Durham, NC on November
29, 1932. He received his bachelor of science degree from the
University of Florida, where he was selected to the Coach's All
America Swimming Team in 1954. He received his medical degree in
1958 from the Johns Hopkins University School of medicien and
served his internship there. He was first year assistant resident
at Vanderbilt University Hospital and returned in 1960 to the Osler
Medical Service at Johns Hopkins to complete his residency. Dr.
Borland completed a gastroenterology fellowship at Duke University
Medical Center in 1963, following which he served in the U.S. Navy.
After completion of his military service, he entered the private
practice of gastroenterology with his father, Dr. James L. Borland,
Sr. In Jacksonville, Florida.
Dr. Borland has served as president of the American Society for
gastrointestinal Endoscopy, Florida Society of Internal Medicine,
Florida Gastroenterologic Society, Jacksonville Hospital Education
Program, Duval County Medical Society, and Foundation for Medical
Care in Duval Couny. He has also served as treasurer of the
American Gastroenterological Association and on the board of the
American College of Gastroenterology as well as on the editorial
board of Gastroenterology. He was elected to Fellowship in the
American College of Physicians in 197 and in 1992 received the
ACP's special Presidential Citation as Governor of the Year. Dr.
Borland was elected to a term as Regent of the College in that year
and currently serves as Treasurer of the American College of
Dr. Borland held a joint planning session with members of the
Florida Society of Internal Medicine at a retreat at Amelia Island
in August of 1988 to formally explore the similarities and common
goals. During his tenure activities in cooperation with the FSIM
and other medical organizations increased. Each year the Florida
Chapter organized a scientific session during the annual meeting of
the Florida Medical Association and the Florida Chapter arranged
for the first time to exhibit at the national meeting of the
American Association of Retired Persons held in Orlando. At a time
when the College was looking for ways in which to increase access
to medical care for all persons, Dr. Borland organized a seminar to
discuss Access to Health Care as well as "rationing." Although he
has retired from the private practice of gastroenterology, he
continues to be active in numerous organizations. A clinical
professor of medicine of the University of Florida, Dr. Borland
teaches at the UF Health Science Center in Jacksonville, is active
in the Rotary Club of Jacksonville (Paul Harris Fellow, 1992), and
lends his talents to the ASGE as well as his duties as the national
Dr. PHILIP ALTUS was born in Troy, New York on October 2, 1945.
He received his B.A. degree from the University of Rochester in
1967 and his medical degree in 1971 from Upstate Medical Center,
Syracuse, New York. He served as intern and first year assistant
resident there before entering the military where he attained the
rank of Major in the U.S. Air Force and was officer in charge of
the General Therapy clinic from 1972 through 1975 at Lowry Air
Force Base in Colorado. In 1976 he completed his postgraduate
training as a senior resident in the department of medicine at
Syracuse Upstate Medical Center.
Dr. Altus joined the Department of Internal Medicine of the
University of South Florida as an Assistant Professor of Medicine
in 1976 and was ultimately promoted to Professor of Medicine at USF
in 1987. During his tenure, Dr. Altus served as Chief of the
University Medical Service at Tampa General Hospital, Associate
Chairman of the Department of Internal Medicine, Program Director
and Director of the Division of General Internal Medicine. He has
served on multiple critical university and departmental committees
including the College of Medicine Rank and Tenure Committee, the
USF Task Force Committee on Graduate Medical Education, Tampa
General Hospital Executive Board and the Dean's Task Force
Committee on Medical School Accreditation.
He was elected to Fellowship in the American College of
Physicians in 1981 and has represented the University of Florida's
internal medicine residency program on the Governor's Advisory
Council since 1984. He served as ACP Governor for Florida from 1992
through 1996 and has offered his talents to the College on various
national committees including the Associates' Task Force and Health
and Public Policy Committee. In addition to his administrative and
teaching responsibilities at USF, Dr. Altus continues to be active
in several other organizations including the Florida Chapter of the
American College of Cardiology Practice Guidelines Committee and
task Force on Early Recognition and Treatment of Myocardial
Infarction. He has also served on the Board of Governors for the
American contract Bridge league.
Dr. Altus' primary professional interest is in teaching and he
allocated much of his time as Governor promoting the Associates
program. Two internal medicine residency programs (Mayo Clinic
Jacksonville and the Cleveland Clinic Florida) started up and were
invited to participate in council and chapter activities. This was
a time of transition: the College moved to spark a national debate
on health care reform and it was Dr. Altus who unequivocally made
the opinions of local members known to the national organization as
well as reviewing and commenting on the numerous position papers
issued by the College, a talent which landed him on the national
Health & Public Policy Committee. Perhaps, though, he would
probably modestly regard the greatest achievement of his tenure as
putting the Chapter on firm financial ground by carefully watching
the bottom line and creating a reserve fund.
Former Governor Dr. JAMIE S. BARKIN received his medical degree
from the University of Miami School of Medicine. He completed his
internship, residency and a fellowship in gastroenterology at
Jackson Memorial Hospital and the Veterans Administration Hospital
in Miami in 1975, after which he joined the faculty of the
University of Miami. Dr. Barkin has been a Professor of Medicine at
the University of Miami since 1987 and has been the Chief of the
Division of Gastroenterology of Mount Sinai Medical Center since
Dr. Barkin has been a Fellow of the American College of
Physicians since 1977 and in 1996 was named a Master of the
American College of Gastroenterology. He has been active in
numerous professional organizations and has served as President of
the American College of Gastroenterology (1989-1990), Council of
Regional Endoscopic Societies (1986-1988), Florida Society for
Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (1979-1981) and President of the Florida
Gastro-enterological Society (1994-1995.)
In addition to his administrative and teaching responsibilities,
he has published extensively, has been an invited lecturer at
numerous national and international meetings and is a member of the
U.S. Army Reserve, attaining the rank of brigadier general in
As Governor, Dr. Barkin instituted a number of innovations
primarily concerned with increasing the benefits of membership. The
regional meeting has been extended to include Friday, Saturday
morning and Sunday morning (usually for a total of 15 CME), there
is no registration fee for ACP members and the site is a family
oriented resort location. Saturday afternoon allows free time for
the participants to spend with their families. The membership
enhancement committee has been expanded with a committee chair to
address the special needs of women, Hispanics, Indian/Pakistanis
and Haitians and breakfast or luncheon meetings are being
held/planned throughout the state. One of the most exciting
innovations will be the debut of our chapter web page under the
able direction of Dr. Greg von Mering.
The current Governors are Michael Zimmer, MD, FACP and Michelle
Rossi, MD, FACP.
Membership in 1920 was 0 and today is over 6000.