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

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.


Colleen Christmas, MD, FACP

Medical School Education: University of Connecticut

Post-Doctoral Training: Medical College of Virginia, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

Board Certifications: Internal Medicine; Geriatrics

Present Employment Position: Associate Professor of Medicine, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

ACP Chapter and Leadership Activities:
Organizer, Annual Meeting multiple years; Speaker, Annual Meeting, multiple years; Presenter, Story Slam 2019; Member, Women in Medicine Committee; Member, Health and Public Policy Committee; Member, Diversity Committee; Member, Awards Committee; Member, Program Planning Committee; Member, Advisory Council

ACP National Activities:
Fellowship 2010; Membership 1996; Chapter Author, ACP Product Physician Information and Education Resource (PIER) 2002-2012; Presenter Symposium, Internal Medicine Meeting 2004; Participant, Leadership Day 2018; Winner, Herbert S. Waxman Award for Outstanding Medical Student Educator 2020

Other Appointments/Activities:
Director, Primary Care Leadership Track, Johns Hopkins SOM; Faculty, Colleges Advisory Program, Johns Hopkins SOM; Director, Medical Student Training in Aging Research (MSTAR) T-35 training program, Johns Hopkins SOM; Co-director, Medicine for the Greater Good, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center; Member, Geriatrics Diversity Council; Chair, Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS) Program Committee; Member, Advisory Council, GHHS; Volunteer, Hons on a Mission; Volunteer, ShareBaby

Areas of Professional Interest and Expertise:
Justice and Advocacy; Promoting Humanism in Medicine; Primary Care Reform

Candidate Statement:
The Governor celebrates the accomplishments of our diverse chapter, leads through uncertain times, and creates a vision and identity for the chapter, ultimately moving us toward greater service for our patients and our members. I believe I am well suited to these tasks. I have demonstrated my ability to manage uncertainty and lead groups to change in effective ways. I am passionate about advocacy, justice, and actualizing change through the resolution process. I have been an active member of our Health and Public Policy committee for many years and can effectively promote engagement in advocacy and political action. My collaborative leadership style would facilitate a stronger sense of cohesion both within our chapter and in the interface with the national organization. On the Board of Governors I will be able to represent my chapter accurately and honorably while engaging in discourse on issues impacting the ACP both locally and nationally.


Janaki Deepak, MBBS, FACP

Medical School Education: Seth Gordhandas Sunderas Medical College, Mumbai, India

Post- Doctoral Training: Residency, Medstar Harbor Hospital Internal Medicine; Fellowship, University of Maryland Pulmonary & Critical Care

Board Certifications: Internal Medicine; Pulmonary Medicine; Critical Care Medicine

Present Employment Position: Assistant Professor, Division of Pulmonary Critical Care, University of Maryland School of Medicine

ACP Chapter and Leadership Activities:
Judge, Clinical Vignette Competition, Associate Meeting; Chairperson, International Medical Graduate Committee; Organizer and Moderator, Doctors Dilemma Contest, Annual Meeting, Turf Valley; Workshop Conductor, New ICD 10 Coding – Tips for Generating Reimbursement 2015; Workshop Conductor, Applying for Fellowship 2015; Judge, Student Poster Competitions, Williams Student Conference (all-day event for medical students in the tristate area) since 2013; Presenter, Chest x-ray Interpretation, Williams Student Conference 2016-2019; Workshop Conductor, Contract Negotiations with Speaker Steven Kauffman 2016 and 2020; Workshop Conductor, Immigration for GME & Post Training Opportunities 2017; Advisory Member and UMMS Faculty Lead, Community Care Initiative Health Fair (held by the Johns Hopkins Student Association with MDACP) since 2017; Host, Students Doctor’s Dilemma, Williams Student Conference since 2015; Speed Mentoring Program (Provided tips & information for new Fellows & Wellness & Burnout, ACP IMG Potluck Dinner Meeting and Annual Meeting since 2018; Conductor (as ACP Wellness Champion), Wellness Activities (including a wellness walk) and Seminars 2019

ACP National Activities:
Fellowship 2011; Grader, Abstracts, Internal Medicine Meeting since 2010; Writing Committee, Doctor’s Dilemma Question since 2019; Wellness Champion since 2018

Other Appointments/Activities:
Assistant Program Director Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship, University of Maryland School of Medicine 2019; Wellness Committee and Wellness Champion, UMMC since 2019; Member, PSQI Subcommittee, GMEC 2013-2019; Member, Pulmonary Fellowship Clinical Competency Committee since 2014; Member, Clinical Research Committee, University of Maryland since 2017; Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer Center (UMGCCC) since 2019; Member, Tobacco Leadership, Tobacco Health Assessment and Treatment Program, UMGCCC 2020

Areas of Professional Interest and Expertise:
Lung Cancer; Tobacco Health; Wellness and Resilience; Trainee Medical Education; Trainee Mentorship

Candidate Statement:
I will enable discussion on diversity, be it ethnic, cultural, level of training, academic vs. Community practice patterns or sexual orientation. I envision MDACP chapter to be a leader in discussion and innovation of strategies geared towards addressing this. Discussing the changing landscape of practice management and mitigating clinician burnout in the ongoing COVID 19 epidemic is crucial. I will work on creating a dashboard of COVID 19 related practice strategies, including telehealth. I will work on creating spoke sites in Western and Eastern Maryland with local leadership to make MDACP more than just Baltimore. My futuristic vision lead to our first very successful Virtual Residents meeting (aided by Maryellen Woodward). COVID 19 has shaken our premises of practicing medicine and educating our trainees. Adapting to this without losing fundamentals of medicine is a challenge we face. This requires active engagement of students, residents and fellows through various ACP activities which is my strength. These are the future ACP members, involving, encouraging their participation and ideas is crucial to keeping our chapter evergreen.