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2017 Governor-elect Election Biographical Sketches and Candidate Statements

The ballots for the current Governors-elect election have been mailed. The voting membership (Masters, Fellows, Members, and Resident/Fellow Members with an electdate of 1/1/2015 or earlier) can vote online or mail-in ballot. You would need your mailed ballot or election email with your ACP Member Number and Election Passcode in order to make a vote. Below are the bios and statements of the candidates that are running in this election. Online voting began on September 21, 2017 and ends on November 9, 2017 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.


Robert F. Weis, MD, FACPRobert F. Weis, MD, FACP

Education:  University of Iowa School of Medicine

Post Doctoral Training:  Resident and chief resident, University of Missouri, Columbia

Certification:  ABIM 1980

Present Position:  Traditional Internist, UPC Muscatine

ACP Chapter Involvement and Leadership Activities:  Secretary; Member, Governor's Advisory Council; Member, Public Policy Committee

ACP National Activities:  Fellowship 1992

Other Appointments/Activities: University of Iowa CCOM committee establishing a tract for students interested in primary care in smaller Iowa communities; a Mentor for one of its first students; Site lead for 5 internal medicine providers; A UPH CMIO for the Trinity region; Member UPH clinical prioritization committee; Chair, UPH Connections Committee; Board Member, Trinity Muscatine; Foundation Boards of Directors

Areas of Professional Interest and Expertise:  Young provider development; EMR development; Diabetes care and education

Candidate Statement:

I have been involved in many diverse leadership roles that would allow me to serve as Governor. If elected, there are several outstanding initiatives established previously which I would like to continue, including our support of the state’s medical schools and internal medicine residency programs. There has been excellent participation by students and residents in the ACP which I strongly support. I would hope to have more practicing internists act as mentors and interact with trainees in other roles. We will also need to support young providers through the Council of Early Career Physicians, aiming to assist them in working through the multitude of issues facing them. I also would strive to increase the diversity of young providers participating in the Council and encourage them into chapter leadership roles. Finally, I hope to serve the chapter in growing the membership of ACP and encouraging members to advance through Fellowship.


MAJ William John Yost, MC, USA, FACPMAJ William John Yost, MC, USA, FACP

Education: BS, Biology, Iowa State University; MD, University of Iowa

Post Doctoral Training: Internal Medicine Residency, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, DC

Certification: Internal Medicine

Present Position: Vice President, Medical Education and Research, Unity Point Health-Des Moines

ACP Chapter Involvement and Leadership Activities: Senior Mentor, Young Physicians Section since 2016; Member, Executive Committee since 2012

ACP National Activities: Fellowship 1995; have regularly attended ACP meetings at both state and national level

Other Appointments/Activities: I am the Chair of the Clinical Evidence Committee for the UnityPoint Health System. I also serve on the Board of Directors of the Iowa Medical Society as an At-Large Director, on the Polk County Medical Society Executive Committee, and I co-chair the CME Committee of the Iowa Medical Society. I serve on the CME Committee for the Hospital and Chair the GME Committee at my institution. I volunteer at Broadlawns Medical Center every week.

Areas of Professional Interest and Expertise: General Internal Medicine, including Consultative Medicine; Medical Education

Candidate Statement:

Over the course of my career, I have practiced general internal medicine in different regions of the country, military and civilian, and in Iowa for the past twenty-two years. I've spent a lifetime in clinical practice and in medical education, primarily in the community and in collaboration with the University of Iowa, and I believe firmly in the importance of the seamless integration of clinical practice with medical education across the entire spectrum, from undergraduate medical education through the provision of CME to practicing physician. My primary reason for seeking election as Governor is that the American College of Physicians has always exemplified to me the ideals we hold most highly in medicine: the care of our patients, high standards of scholarship, and demonstration of the highest ideals of professionalism and service to our fellow humans. I would be honored to be able to give something back to the organization that has done so much to help form and define my professional life.