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Indiana Governor's Newsletter July 2019

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Bradley L. Allen, MD, FACP, ACP Governor

Bradley L. Allen, MD, FACP, ACP Governor


A Message from the Governor

Tempus fugit, as they say in the old, old, country. With the Internal Medicine meeting in Philadelphia this spring, my term as Governor of Indiana Chapter moves into its final year and we are busy transitioning into the able hands of Dr. Bradley Sutter as your Governor-elect. We are growing as a Chapter and have made significant changes in our approach as a Chapter in reaching out to current and potential members statewide to improve our membership numbers and also help align the rich resources that ACP offers to our members.

We appreciate the partnership we have with you, our members, and value your feedback and input on how we are doing. Please find a recap of upcoming and recent activities below.




Register Now – 2019 Indiana Chapter Meeting

Mark your calendars for our annual Chapter Meeting, to be held on November 21-23rd, 2019. This year's Indiana Chapter Meeting again will be held at the Renaissance North Hotel in Carmel. This will be our fourth year at the facility, which has been an excellent backdrop for our statewide event based on staff and attendee feedback.

  • Thursday, Nov. 21st: The Annual Meeting will kick off with the Member's Reception, followed by the resident-student-Early Career Physician member poster competition. (see request for applications email invitations for specifics).
  • Friday, Nov. 22nd: The main scientific sessions will be held, including keynote addresses by Bob Doherty, Senior Vice President, American College of Physicians Government Affairs and Public Policy; Update on Congestive Heart Failure, Review of Influential IM Literature in 2019; Prioritizing Well-Being in Your Practice, and an ACP Story Slam.
  • Saturday, Nov. 23rd: will feature ABIM Self-Assessment Modules and a Bedside Ultrasound Workshop in the morning followed by the student-resident- Early Career Physician awards luncheon with the winning poster competition oral presentations. There will be additional student-resident- Early Career Physician activities after lunch followed by our much-heralded Doctor's Dilemma competition and a social reception for all members.

Register Now 

We hope to see a record number of attendees this year.



ACP Indiana Medical Student, Resident, and Early Career Call for Abstracts

Thursday, Friday, and Saturday November 21-23, 2019 ACP Indiana Chapter Scientific Meeting at the Renaissance Indianapolis North Hotel, Carmel, Indiana

Sunday, September 15 at 11:59 pm EST

Abstract Submission Form



Announcing the 2018-2019 ACP Annual Report of the Executive Vice President & CEO

The American College of Physicians is pleased to announce the release of the 2018-2019 Annual Report of the Executive Vice President. It highlights our activities, efforts, and achievements over the past year, working both with you and for you on behalf of internal medicine.

Click here to view the Annual Report of the EVP.



Internal Medicine 2019, Philadelphia

ACP hosted the Internal Medicine annual meeting in Philadelphia in April, with numerous highlights featuring our Indiana members.

Indiana Doctor's Dilemma Team

The valiant residency team from IUH-Ball Memorial, who upset the returning world champion Indiana University squad at our Indiana Chapter meeting in November, had a very difficult draw in the first round of competition in Philadelphia and unfortunately did not advance to the second round. Congratulations to the team, including Jeffrey Payumo, Sudarsana Srivangipuram, and Vivek Patel for representing our Chapter well. You make us all proud.


Dr. Brandon Dickey, Dr. Sudarsana Srivangipuram, Dr. Vivek Patel, and Dr. Jeffrey Payumo pictured as a IUH-Ball Memorial 2019 team in the Doctor's Dilemma competition.


A great crowd of 6 newly-elected fellows attended the ACP Convocation and received recognition in the presence of a large crowd of friends, family, and international dignitaries. Congratulations to all our new fellow members, Drs. Deshini A Moonesinghe, Sean Keller, Wayne Ellis, Amna Anees, and Carlos Gambirazio.

I hope that all current ACP fellows get the chance to experience this spectacular event at future annual meetings.


New Fellows

Doctors Deshini Moonesinghe (Zionsville), Wayne Ellis (Indianapolis), Sean Keller, (Indianapolis), Amna Anees (Whitestown) with IN Laureate awardee Dr. Randy Lee, Dr. Michael Sha, and Dr. Allen at the 2019 Convocation ceremony.


Steven E. Weinberger Award

D. Craig Brater, MD, MACP, Indiana University School of Medicine Dean Emeritus and current President of the Alliance of Academic Internal Medicine was awarded with the prestigious Steven E. Weinberger Award for Physician Executives/Leaders during the Convocation. The award recognizes a physician executive or leader of a national or international medical organization for distinguished contributions to internal medicine or significant impact on improving health care and/or medical education. Brater served as dean of IU School of Medicine from 2000 to 2013, during which time he oversaw a period of tremendous growth marked by achievements in scientific discovery and medical education. He previously served as IUSM Chair of the Department of Medicine.

“I am honored and humbled by this award,” Brater said. “It has special meaning. I have been a member of ACP since 1981 and in many of my roles in academic medicine have worked closely with ACP. I regard it as a true leader in not just internal medicine but the health professions per se. Moreover, I have had the opportunity to work closely with Steve Weinberger for a decade or more in his leadership positions in ACP. I have the highest respect for Steve as a leader, as an internist and as a human being. To receive an award named in his honor is more than I could have ever imagined.”

Brater continues to do important work with the Walther Cancer Foundation, the Regenstrief Foundation, and the Indiana University Center for Global Health development board.


Congratulations to Dr. Brater!


Numerous poster and oral presentations were made by early-career physicians, residents and students from our Indiana Chapter institutions. Congratulations on this accomplishment. Pictured below is Dr. Jennifer Mundell.


Dr. Oscar Corsi Sotelo (center), and Dr. Luz Letelier, Governor-elect and Dr. Sylvia Echavarri from our sister Chile Chapter. Indiana Chapter helped sponsor Oscar's travel to present his chapter award-winning work at the Philadelphia meeting.

Indiana Chapter Reception

A HUGE number of current and former Indiana Chapter members joined us for a lively reception at Con Murphy's Irish Grill in Philadelphia. This was a great time for members to interact from members and trainees from all around the state.



From the ACP Resident Council of Indiana

New Leadership

Recent elections were held for new officer and liaison positions. For 2019-2020 we welcome president Bilal Anouti (Indiana University), two co-vice presidents Cyrstal Azu and Andrew Peseski, also both from the Indiana University program. Dylan Hall, IU, will serve as the council secretary. Ancit Bharat will serve as program liaison for IUH-Ball Memorial, while Wassim Abdallah and Devika Gandhi will represent IU. We are still looking for names to represent St. Vincent. Please join me in congratulations to these resident leaders and please contact us if you have interest in the open positions. We are excited for a successful year under their guidance.

We are extremely thankful to the outgoing council leadership, Tony Wood and Ryan Nguyen. Tony and Ryan were very effective in their positions over the last year. Congratulations and thanks to both.

Proud to be General Internal Medicine (#ProudtobeGIM) Networking Event

The Indiana Resident Council applied for and were granted a $2,000 award from the Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM) to help promote general medicine pursuits. These funds were supplemented by the Indiana Chapter and on February 23rd hosted an event at Smash Social in Indianapolis. Nearly 70 residents, fellows, students and practicing internists attending this impressive networking function. Trainees were able to meet in small groups with internists from a broad mix of settings to learn about individual career paths in primary care, hospitalist, academic medicine, and organized medicine leadership. The end of the evening featured a Story Slam from Drs. Jennifer Mundell, Theresa Rohr-Kurchgraber, and Jimmy Hotz, where they shared short stories about their journey in medicine and what keeps them motivated and grounded. The Resident Council hopes to continue and expand events like this to increase the number of trainees considering primary care.




Leadership Day 2019 – Indiana Chapter Members go to Washington DC

This spring we had a strong Indiana contingent to attend the annual meetings and meet with our congressional offices in order to advocate for priority issues important to Hoosiers as well as those highlighted by ACP members around the U.S. This year's topics included:

  • The High Cost of Prescription Drugs
  • The Epidemic of Firearms-Related Injury and Death
  • Fund Federal Workforce, Medical and Health Services Research, Public Health Initiatives
  • Physician Payment under Medicare
  • Expand Coverage and Stabilize the Insurance Market
  • Reduce Unnecessary Administrative Tasks on Physicians and Patients
  • Healthy Women and Families
  • Medical Education Training and Debt

Our group included internists from around the state in addition to resident and student members who are interested in advocacy work. If you have interest in being more involved at the local, state, or national level please contact us about joining our Health and Public Policy Committee!


Indiana Leadership Day Delegation: Dr. Ryan Nguyen, Resident, Dr. Brad Sutter, IN Governor Elect, Greg Grecco, Medical Student, Dr. Brad Allen, IN Governor, Dr. Matt Neal, Governor's Advisory Council, Steven Chen, ACP Medical Student Council Member Dr. Ramesh Adhikari, Early Career Physician.



Indiana ACP preparation for the NRA National Conference in Indianapolis

In preparation for the National Rifle Association annual convention held this April in Indianapolis, you may recall seeing discussions and information available to our members in preparation. With the support of our Indiana Chapter Council and ACP national, our communications were intended to increase awareness of our members to the ACP policy paper on firearm safety and the dialogue that ensued with medical disciplines in the #ThisIsOurLane national dialogue. We know that this topic is one that is politically charged and that not all of our patients, communities or members feel the same way. The materials on firearm safety were shared with each Indiana ACP member and also made available to the major newspapers and media outlets around Indiana. There was very little dialogue that resulted, but we hope you found the information helpful and continue to look for ways to integrate firearm safety discussions into your practice and communities. As a reminder, the three major tenants of updated ACP policy proposed increased attention on these topics:

Enact Child Access Prevention Laws to ensure safe storage of firearms: The presence of unlocked and/or loaded guns in homes increases the risk of both unintentional gun injuries and intentional shootings. Child access prevention laws hold firearm owners accountable for the safe storage of firearms by imposing criminal liability on those who negligently store firearms under circumstances where minors could or do gain access to them. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, about 1/3rd of American children live in homes with firearms, and of these households, 43 percent contain at least 1 unlocked firearm. Thirteen percent of households with guns contain at least 1 firearm that is unlocked and loaded or stored with ammunition

Enact Extreme Risk Protection Orders (ERPO) to empower families, household members, or law enforcement officers to ask a judge to temporarily remove a person's access to firearms who is found to be at imminent risk of using them to harm themselves or others: Depending on the state, family members or law enforcement can go to court and seek an order that would allow police to remove guns from an individual's home and restrict their ability to purchase firearms if that individual poses a threat to himself/herself or others. If the judge agrees that this person is a threat then those guns would be temporarily removed from the home of the individual – for as few as several weeks to up to a year. According to the Brady Campaign, 42 percent of mass shooters exhibit warning signs before committing their crimes. Many deaths and grievous injuries from suicides and attempted suicides using guns might be prevented if family members could petition a court to remove guns from a loved one who they know to be at imminent risk of harming themselves. Eleven states currently have ERPO laws. Eight of these states allow family or household members as well as law enforcement to submit a petition for an ERPO, including Maryland which also allows mental health providers to petition. Three states limit the category of petitioners to law enforcement only. Additionally, two states have risk-based firearm removal laws that are similar to ERPOs.

Close loopholes in the background check system that enable many domestic violence offenders to obtain firearms: Federal law prohibits abusers who have been convicted of domestic violence misdemeanors and abusers subject to certain domestic violence protective orders from purchasing or possessing guns. However, federal laws intended to prevent access to firearms by domestic abusers have significant limitations, in that they do not apply to many abusers who victimize non-spouse partners or family members other than a child, and they do not apply to persons with temporary, versus permanent, domestic violence restraining orders. ACP calls on these domestic violence loopholes to be closed by prohibiting sales and possession of firearms by persons convicted of domestic violence offenses on persons outside of their own household, as well as for any person with a temporary restraining order during the time when the restraining order is in effect.



Women-in-Medicine events around the state

We have had many exciting events over the last few months.

On April 22, 2019 14 members met at the South Bend IU campus for an evening of networking and learning. Attendees ranged from medical students to attendings. Dr Theresa Rohr-Kirchgraber spoke to the group on the topic of “Negotiating the Divide”. This event was not only informative but encouraging especially for the students. This was a co- sponsored event between American Medical Women's Association and ACP Women in Medicine.

Above: Dr. Stephanie Martin and Dr. Heidi Lakanen


In early June, Dr. Amna Anees and Dr. Elizabeth Roth headed a beautiful day in the park. Dr. Roth said “We had a great time gathering with other physician moms for Play at the Park at West Park in Carmel. The weather was lovely and it was great to meet other moms with young kids. We had physicians come from various health systems and a variety of clinical practices and it was so nice to connect with other women physicians.”

Later in June ACP WIM and Dr. Michelle Solik (ACP Wellbeing Champion) hosted Prioritizing Wellbeing at Seasons 52 in Indianapolis. Dr. Solik and ACP members discussed work, womanhood, and what exists to adapt in practice.



10-year celebration of the Indiana-Chile ACP Chapter partnership

Ten years ago, Drs Michael Sha and Eugenia Pinto, then serving as Governors of the Indiana and Chile ACP chapters, came up with the unique idea of providing an international bridge between the two chapters to benefit each. We recently celebrated this anniversary and want to give you some background. The Chile chapter is relatively new, started in 1984, and has around 750 members (less than half the size of Indiana). The Chile membership is dominated by student and resident members training within their country. Dr. Sha shared with his Chilean counterpart that we send our Indiana Chapter meeting abstract competition winners to the annual national Internal Medicine meeting to present their work to stimulate and celebrate their involvement. This was a desired goal of the Chile Chapter as well, but travel costs were prohibitive. To help augment that process, then Governor Sha and the Chapter Council voted to make up to $2000 available in travel funds each year for the winning abstract from the Chile chapter. This tradition and relationship has continued through the years and many of the Chilean trainees who made the trip to the ACP annual meeting have gone on to assume leadership positions and achieve Fellowship in the ACP. We are overjoyed with this outcome, and discussion of building additional relationships between domestic and international chapters is under consideration.

I was blessed to travel to Santiago, Chile to attend their Chapter meeting in May as part of the ACP Ambassador program. The hospitality of Dr. Luis Noriega, Governor of Chile ACP, and his leadership team was tremendous. The energy of the student and resident members of the Chile chapter and the pride of their mentors was very satisfying to witness in a country that faces many of the same challenges we face in Indiana in delivering care to a diverse population in many rural and urban undeserved areas. I was proud to serve as your Governor in this role, and wish to thank past-Governors Sha and Neal for their continued support of the program.


Dr. Mariá Eugenia Pinto, FACP, Past Governor, Chile Chapter, Dr. Luis Noriega, FACP Governor, Chile Chapter, Dr. Brad Allen


Dr. Juan Carlos Bagattini, MD, FACP, Sociedad de Medicina Interna del Uruguay Hospital Britanico Montevideo, Dr. Brad Allen , Dr. Luis Noriega, FACP Governor, Chile Chapter, Dr. Salome Pilheu, MD, FACP, Sociedad de Medicina Interna de Buenos Aires




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I hope you are having a fabulous summer of 2019! Please contact us with ideas you have on how we can improve our ACP Chapter services.

Contact information:

Indiana Chapter Governor:
Bradley L. Allen, MD, PhD, FACP, FIDSA
Ph: 317-278-7788
Fax: 317-278-8165

Indiana Chapter Governor-Elect:
Bradley M. Sutter, MD, FACP

Colleen Keeku
Executive Director
Ph: 312-618-5839

Chapter Address:
49 Boone Village, Box 290
Zionsville, IN 46077