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2014 Governors-elect Candidates' Bios and Vision Statements

Louisiana Chapter

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 8/1/2012 or earlier) can vote via online (www.directvote.net/ACP/) or mail-in ballot. You will need your mailed ballot with your ACP Member Number and Election Passcode in order to make a vote. Below are the bios and vision statements of the candidates that are running in this election. Online voting began on September 3, 2014 and ends on November 5, 2014 at 11:59 PM Eastern. Please be sure to vote!

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Richard E. Deichmann, Jr., MD, FACP

Dr. Deichmann

EDUCATION: Tulane School of Arts and Sciences, Tulane School of Medicine

POST DOCTORAL TRAINING: University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

CERTIFICATION: Internal Medicine Geriatrics

PRESENT POSITION: Staff Physician, Ochsner Health System, Dean of Students, Ochsner Clinical School Assoc. Prof., Ochsner Clinical School/University of Queensland School of Medicine

ACP CHAPTER INVOLVEMENT/LEADERSHIP ACTIVITIES: Chapter Treasurer Governor's Council Chapter meeting planning and fund raising, Co-chair membership committee, Medical Student essay contest reviewer

OTHER APPOINTMENTS/ACTIVITIES: Participation in 2014 Leadership Day, Regular attendance at Annual meeting, Fellowship - 1996

AREAS OF PROFESSIONAL INTEREST/EXPERTISE: Medical Education, Quality Improvement, Clinical research in diabetes and hypertension

CANDIDATE STATEMENT: ACP has always represented the highest ideals of our profession. Our organization's unique and relentless focus on professional development, academics, and patient advocacy has been a source of inspiration and guidance for me for over thirty years. Professional organizations like ours, face many challenges in today's medical environment. My experiences as a leader in multiple healthcare organizations, a dedicated educator, a researcher, and a practicing physician have afforded me the opportunity to lend the years of expertise I have gained during my career to help advance our chapter's mission. Working in a variety of roles on our chapter affairs, has given me the added insight to serve our chapter in a greater role. I look forward to even more strongly dedicating myself to an organization which I will assist in inspiring generations of physicians of the future, just as it has inspired me.


Lee S. Engel, MD, FACP

Dr. Engel

EDUCATION: Bachelor of Science - Biology, The Pennsylvania State University, 1988 Master of Science - Microbiology, Immunology, and Parasitology, Louisiana State University Medical Center, New Orleans, 1994 Doctor of Philosophy - Microbiology, Immunology, and Parasitology, Louisiana State University Medical Center, New Orleans, 1997 Doctor of Medicine, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, New Orleans, 2001

POST DOCTORAL TRAINING: Internal Medicine Resisdency Program, LSU Health Sciences Center, New Orleans , LA, 2001 - 2004. Infectious Disease Fellowship Program, LSU Health Sciences Center, New Orleans, LA, 2004 - 2006. Post-doctoral Fellowship on NIH training grant through the LSU Health Sciences Center, Department of Physiology, LSU Health Sciences Center Department of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary and Critical care medicine, and the Alcohol Research Center of Excellence, LSU Health Sciences Center, New Orleans, LA, 2006 - 2007

CERTIFICATION: Internal Medicine Infectious Disease

PRESENT POSITION: Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine, Associate Program Director LSU Internal Medicine Residency Program

ACP CHAPTER INVOLVEMENT AND LEADERSHIP ACTIVITIES: Louisiana Associates Liason 2009- 2014, Organized the annual Lousiana Ascosites meeting 2009-2014, Program Co-Chair: ACP Louisiana/Mississippi Chapters Scientific Meeting 2009, 2011, 2013, Member Lousiana ACP Council

OTHER APPOINTMENTS/ACTIVITIES: ACP Fellowship

AREAS OF PROFESSIONAL INTEREST AND EXPERTISE: Medical Education Hospitalist Medicine Infectious Diseases, particulary drug resistance and STDs

CANDIDATE STATEMENT: I will work hard to make our Chapter equally beneficial for both generalists and subspecialists in private practice and in academic practice. I believe that we are strongest by including the entire internal medicine community in our activities. My goals for the Louisiana chapter of the ACP: 1. Advocate for physicians so that the general public, our political leaders and regulatory organizations recognize the value of internists as a very distinguished group of highly-trained experts who should be the providers of choice for adults. 2. Advocate for the citizens of Louisiana who are our patients. 3. Grow the membership by reaching out to all members of the state community including primary care and subspecialists, community and academic physicians, medical students and resident physicians. 4. Continue to provide excellent educational activities for the chapter 5. Encourage mentorship of medical students, resident physicians and early career physicians through our ACP chapter.