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Meet the new Illinois Southern Governor-elect Designee

Congratulations to the Illinois Southern Chapter Governor-elect Designee (GED), Vidya Sundareshan, MD, MPH, FACP. Our new GED will complete a year of training as a Governor-elect and then will start her four-year term as Governor in the Spring of 2021. As Governor, Dr. Sundareshan will serve as the official representative of the College for the Illinois Southern Chapter, providing a link between members at the local level and leadership at the national level. In the meantime, Dr. Sundareshan will be working closely with Dr. Graumlich (the current governor) and College staff to learn about the College and her duties as Governor. To learn more about the new GED, read her bio below.

Vidya Sundareshan, MD, MPH, FACP Vidya Sundareshan, MD, MPH, FACP

Medical School Education: Ambedkar Medical College, India

Post-Doctoral Training: Internal Medicine Residency, Southern Illinois University (SIU); Fellowship, Infectious Diseases, University of Kentucky; MPH, Johns Hopkins University

Certification: Internal Medicine, Infectious Diseases

Present Position: Associate Professor, Infectious Diseases, Internal Medicine

ACP Chapter and Leadership Activities:
Voting Member, Governor’s Council since 2016; Chair, Education Committee, Annual Meeting 2018; Planning and Organization, Annual Meeting 2018; Leadership Day 2017; Speaker, Adult Immunization, Annual Meeting 2014; Speaker, Updates in HIV, Annual Meeting 2017; Panel Discussions, ACP Involvement Opportunities for Medical Students and Resident Trainees; Planner/Moderator (with help from Governor and Executive Director), Webinars

ACP National Activities:
Fellowship 2012; Editorial Board, ACP Internist 2018-2020; Appointee, Immunization Committee 2019; Reviewer, Annals of Internal Medicine 2019; Education Committee since 2013; Meeting Planning, Education Committee 2018 and 2019; Council of Early Career Physicians 2013- 2016

Other Appointments/Activities:
Program Director, Infectious Diseases Fellowship, SIU; Medical Consultant, Department of Public Health, Sangamon County; Year 4 Elective Director, SIU SOM; Infectious Diseases Milestones, Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education; Public Health Committee, Infectious Diseases Society of America; Steering Committee, IL Women in Medicine Summit; Board and Community Health Committee, Sangamon County Medical Society; GME Committee; IM Well-Being and Professional Satisfaction Committee; Global Health Steering Committee; Year 4 Curriculum and Clinical Competency Committee; Vice-Chair, Research Policy Committee; Infection Control Committee; Antimicrobial Stewardship Committee

Areas of Professional Interest and Expertise:
Infectious Diseases, Public Health and Population Health (main area of work and expertise); Professional Development for Physician Scientists (some experience supervising and planning curriculum for medical research education); Women in Medicine: equity, work-life balance and wellness (Interest)