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Massachusetts Chapter Governors-elect Candidates' Bios and 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 1/1/2014 or earlier) can vote online or mail-in ballot. You would need your mailed ballot 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, 2016 and ends on November 9, 2016 at 11:59 PM Eastern. Please be sure to vote!

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Elisa I. Choi, MD, FACP

Education: University of Medicine and Dentistry of NJ (now Rutgers School of Biomedical and Health Sciences) - MD; AOA honors

Post Doctoral Training: Beth Israel Hospital, Boston, MA (Internal Medicine Residency and Chief Medical Residency); Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. (ID fellowship)

Certification: Internal Medicine; Infectious Diseases

Present Position: Internist and Infectious Disease physician in clinical practice; faculty at Harvard Medical School

ACP Chapter Activities/Leadership Activities: Annual Scientific Meeting. Planning Comm. – 2016, HPPC Co-Chair - 2015 to present, Annual Scientific Meeting. Planning Comm. – 2015, Governor's Advisory Council - Treasurer/Secretary officer position - 2014 to present, Chapter Leadership Award – 2014, Annual Scientific Meeting 2013 - Invited Speaker, Annual Scientific Meeting Planning Comm. – 2013 and 2012

ACP National Activities: Invited Speaker, 2016 National ACP Meeting, Delegate Chair, 2016 National ACP Leadership Day, 2016 National ACP Annual Meeting Scientific Planning Comm., MKSAP 17 Infectious Disease Comm., National ACP Volunteerism Comm. - 2015 to present, Delegate Chair National ACP Leadership Day - 2012-2015, FACP- 2012

Other Appointments/Activities: Chairperson, Commonwealth of MA Asian American Commission (AAC) - 2015 to present, Commissioner, Commonwealth of MA Asian American Commission (AAC), appointed by MA State Treasurer - 2013 to present, Co-Director, CME Departmental Ed. Conferences - 2013 to present, IM Quality Assurance Comm. - 2013 to present, Preceptor - Patient-Doctor 2 & Primary Care Continuity (PCC) clinic courses, BIDMC primary care residents - 2013 to present

Areas of Professional Interest/Expertise: 1) governance and strategic/organizational planning
2) education and teaching of clinical and healthcare quality topics; 3) health policy and advocacy

Candidate's Statement:

I am honored to be nominated for consideration to be the next MA ACP Chapter Governor. As a physician with an active clinical practice in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases, with a particular interest and expertise in clinical education, healthcare quality, and health policy and advocacy, I am passionate about the important role the MA ACP can play in supporting our Commonwealth’s Internists and Internal Medicine subspecialists. I believe the MA ACP can play a crucial role in fostering both professional satisfaction and excellence in patient care. I have been deeply involved in the ACP’s work, both at a state and a national level, in various capacities (advocacy, education, governance) for a number of years. If I am elected Governor, I will utilize my past experiences within the ACP to ensure that the voice of the practicing and clinically active physician will remain well-represented.


Thomas L. Higgins, MD, FACP

Education: MD Boston University School of Medicine

Post Doctoral Training: Cleveland Clinic and MA General Hospital

Certification: ABIM, Anesthesiology, Critical Care

Present Position: Chief Medical Officer, Baystate Franklin Medical Center and Baystate Noble Hospital

ACP Chapter Activities/ Leadership Activities: Governor's Council, MA Chapter, 2012-present

ACP National Activities: Member since 1982, FACP 1987, Attended most recent annual meeting in Boston, 2015, Published in Annals of Internal Medicine 1983 (98:47-48) and 2008 (149:7767) plus ad-hoc reviews

Other Appointments/Activities: Faculty, Internal Medicine and Critical Care programs at Baystate Medical Center, Professor of Medicine, Anesthesia and Surgery at Tufts University School of Medicine, Inaugurated critical care fellowships at Cleveland Clinic and Baystate, Clinical researcher with 118 peer-reviewed journal publications, 4 books, 45 book chapters. Interim Chair of Medicine, Baystate Medical Center 2011-12, Interim President/CEO Baystate Franklin Medical Center, 2015-16, Co-chair, Medical Solutions Subcommittee, Opioid Task Force, Franklin County. Volunteer with Himalayan Health Exchange 2010-present

Areas of Professional Interest/Expertise: Benchmarking clinical outcomes with Severity of Illness Scoring (APACHE, Mortality Probability Models), Sepsis, septic shock and resuscitation, Business and ethical aspects of practicing medicine

Candidate’s Statement

The skill set needed to practice medicine has changed. While technology and pharmacology have evolved, it is arguably communication and collaboration that are now critical success factors. I have been fortunate to practice in many environments: rural primary care, academic critical care and as CMO at two community hospitals. I’ve learned the business of medicine with lengthy interim stints as a Chairman and a hospital President. Each position has had its own set of challenges, and each has prepared me to understand the different tactical, strategic, communication and ethical demands of running a division, department or business. As a long-standing ACP member, I’ve watched our organization successfully influence legislation and public policy. I hope my experience, enthusiasm and strategic skills may be of use to the Massachusetts Chapter of the American College of Physicians to ensure physicians can continue to deliver high quality, high-value patient-centered care.