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2020 Governor-elect Election Biographical Sketches and Candidate Statements - Maine

The ballots for the current Governors-elect election have been mailed. The voting membership (Masters, Fellows, Members, and Resident/Fellow Members with an elect date of 9/1/2018 or earlier) can vote online or mail-in ballot.

You will need your mailed ballot or election email containing your ACP Member Number and Election Passcode in order to vote. Below are the bios and statements of the candidates running in this election. Online voting begins on October 9, 2020 and will end on November 13, 2020 at 11:59 PM EDT. 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 Julie Sinkoff, Coordinator, Board of Governor Relations, or call 215-351-2699.


Thomas P. Gearan, MD, FACP

Medical School Education: Tufts University School of Medicine

Post-Doctoral Training: Internal Medicine Resident and Chief Resident, Boston Medical Center

Board Certifications: ABIM 2005, 2015

Present Employment Position: General Internal Medicine, Maine Medical Center (MMC) IM Clinic; Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency Program, MMC

ACP Chapter and Leadership Activities:
Treasurer since 2017; Member, Governor's Advisory Council since 2015; Presenter, Peri-operative Medical Consultation, Scientific Meeting 2018;  Presenter, Pre-course Session, Working within Systems to Effect Change 2016; Presenter, Rural Medical Education in Maine 2015

ACP National Activities:
Fellowship 2013; Leadership Day 2017

Other Appointments/Activities:
Chair, Education Committee, Department of Medicine, MMC since 2009; Member, Leadership Committee, Department of Medicine, MMC since 2009; Chair, Clinical Competency Committee, IM Residency Program, MMC since 2009; Chair, Program Evaluation Committee, IM Residency Program, MMC since 2009; Member, GME Executive Committee, MMC since 2019; Chair, GME Resident Wellness Committee, MMC since 2019; Member, Medical Staff Physician Health and Resilience Committee, MMC 2020; Member, Learning Collaborative Advisory Group, MMC-Preble Street Shelter 2015-2018; Volunteer, Preble Street Homeless Shelter, Portland, ME 2019

Areas of Professional Interest and Expertise:
Medical Education; Physician Wellness; Inter-professional Care and Education

Candidate Statement:
I am interested in the role of Governor because I care deeply about the field of internal medicine, and believe strongly in the work of the ACP. I feel my experiences in general internal medicine practice, residency program administration, and within the Maine Chapter have prepared me well for the role. Through clinical work that includes primary care, inpatient medicine, and medical consultation, I am comfortable representing the broad range of internists that make up our membership. As a residency program director, I feel well prepared for managing a Chapter, recruiting new members, organizing educational programs, and cultivating future leaders. My experience as Treasurer and GAC member for the Maine Chapter has also prepared me for multiple aspects of chapter governance. Lastly, I am excited about the opportunity to give back and grow professionally through state and national advocacy for patients and my internal medicine colleagues.


Stephen R. Hayes, MD, MACP

Medical School Education: University of Rochester

Post-Doctoral Training: Residency and Chief Residency, University of Virginia; Primary Care IM Program, University of Rochester

Board Certifications: ABIM 1987

Present Employment Position: Attending Physician, Maine Medical Center

ACP Chapter and Leadership Activities:
Coordinator, Resident Clinical Vignette Presentations, Chapter Meetings since 1995

ACP National Activities:
Mastership 2019; Fellowship 2009; Winner, Laureate Award 2013

Other Appointments/Activities:
Member, Board of Directors, Maine Medical Partners (MMP); Chair, Clinical Standards Committee, MMP; Member, Informatics Committee, MMP; Volunteer Physician, Portland Free Clinic since 1995; Member, Literature and Medicine Steering Committee. Maine Medical Center since 2009; Board Member, Maine Humanities Council 2012-2020

Areas of Professional Interest and Expertise:
I am interested in preventive medicine and vaccine practices and policies. I am involved in the clinical education of residents and medical students, and have been active in the Introduction to Clinical Reasoning Course for Tufts University 2nd year medical students. I am interested in the application of the humanities to medical education and practice and have been involved in the Literature and Medicine and Art and Medicine Programs at Maine Medical Center.

Candidate Statement:
It is an honor to be nominated as Governor of the Maine Chapter. The practice of medicine continues to change. The recent events in our society as well as the world-wide coronavirus pandemic have brought the inequities that exist in our health care system even more to light. As internists, we are in a singular position to be part of the solution as these disparities are addressed. I think we can enhance the discussion as issues including healthcare access, food security, insurance reform, practice and payment reform, and many others are addressed. Maine is a changing landscape. Internists in our state serve a wide array of communities, and we remain committed to the education of the next generation of physicians as we work in these diverse communities. Internal Medicine has changed dramatically over my career, but the relationship to our patients as the core or our specialty has never wavered.