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2014 Governors-elect Candidates' Bios and Vision Statements

Nebraska 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 ( 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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Marvin J. Bittner, MD, FACP

Dr. Bittner

EDUCATION: University of Chicago, S.B. in Chemistry, Harvard Medical School, M.D., Harvard School of Public Health, M.Sc. in Clinical Epidemiology

POST DOCTORAL TRAINING: University of Michigan, internal medicine residency, University of Minnesota, infectious diseases, fellowship

CERTIFICATION: Internal Medicine Infectious Diseases, Clinical Tropical Medicine and Travelers' Health (American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene Certificate of Knowledge)

PRESENT POSITION: Chief, Infectious Diseases, Veterans Affairs Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System, Associate Professor, Creighton University School of Medicine, Adjunct Associate Professor, University of Nebraska Medical Center


OTHER APPOINTMENTS/ACTIVITIES: Fellow, 1985, Lecturer, Midwest Internal Medicine Board Review Course, 2000-14

AREAS OF PROFESSIONAL INTEREST/EXPERTISE: Infection Prevention, especially hand hygiene, Clinical Epidemiology, Travel Medicine

CANDIDATE STATEMENT: ABIM is promoting maintenance of certification. CMS is promoting meaningful use. ACGME is promoting the Clinical Learning Environment Review. All of these have something in common. They impose costs on physicians and they impose on our time. Also, it's not very clear that their costs are justified by any improvement in the health of the public. What is the American College of Physicians promoting? The ACP is promoting something we always have promoted and which is very different: Knowledge. Our Choosing Wisely campaign shares knowledge with the public. Annals of Internal Medicine is but one of many ways that we share knowledge among ourselves. The ACP's commitment to knowledge is the bedrock of my commitment to the ACP. I'm honored by the opportunity to promote knowledge, using the communication skills I've honed as a clinical teacher and the leadership skills I've developed in my medical society and hospital staff.

Devin J. Fox, MD, FACP

Dr. Fox

EDUCATION: MD - University of Nebraska Medical Center 1998

POST DOCTORAL TRAINING: Resident, Internal Medicine; Creighton University Medical Center. July 1998-June 2001, Chief Resident, Internal Medicine, Creighton University Medical Center. July 2001-June 2002.

CERTIFICATION: ABIM, Internal Medicine. Valid through 2021.

PRESENT POSITION: Chief Medical Officer, Creighton University Medical Center, Omaha, NE. Assistant Dean, Education, Patient Safety and Quality. Creighton University School of Medicine, Omaha, NE. Hospital Medicine Staff Physician, Creighton University Medical Center, Omaha, NE.

ACP CHAPTER INVOLVEMENT AND LEADERSHIP ACTIVITIES: Nebraska ACP Governor's Advisory Council. Chairman, Nebraska Chapter ACP Awards Committee. Presenter, Doctor's Dilemma, NACP Annual Session 2013, 2012. Presenter, Alaska Chapter ACP Annual Session, SEP Update in Hospital-Based Medicine, Alyeska, Alaska, May, 2011. Presenter, Nebraska Chapter ACP Annual Session 2010, SEP Update in Hospital-Based Medicine, Omaha, NE, October 2010.

ACP NATIONAL ACTIVITIES: Fellowship, July, 2005.

OTHER APPOINTMENTS/ACTIVITIES: Chairman, CUMC Quality Council, July 2012 - May 2013. Chairman, CUMC Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee, March 2009 - May 2013. President, Board of Directors, BLUEBARN Theater, Omaha, NE September 2013 - present. Director, Nebraska AIDS Project Board of Directors, June 2008 - March 2013. Medical Executive Committee, CUMC, 2009 - present. Volunteer Physician, Magis Clinic. Executive Sponsor, Care Redesign in Palliative and End-of-Life Care, Alegent-Creighton Health, Omaha, NE. Alegent-Creighton Health (ACH) Patient Safety and Quality Committee. ACH Clinical Practice Committee. ACH Pharmacy, Technology, and Therapeutics Committee. Campus Leadership Council, CUMC.

AREAS OF PROFESSIONAL INTEREST AND EXPERTISE: Quality Improvement - including process improvement, systems design, patient safety and error science, risk assessment and management. Outpatient and Hospital-based General Internal Medicine - clinical practice, practice-based education at the UME and GME level, and practice management. Fiscal Management - Hospital and Clinical.

CANDIDATE'S STATEMENT: It is a tremendous honor to have been nominated to the candidacy for Governor-elect. I have tremendous respect for the work the NACP does, crossing so many elements, from education to advocacy, physician engagement to community involvement. Having been exposed to the workings of various state chapters within the ACP, I find we have a particularly robust and active chapter. If elected, I would love to take the opportunity to really invigorate our younger physicians, reaching out to members and potential members from across the state, to try to strengthen not only our numbers, but also our strength of variety and heterogeneity. I would like to also focus on our learners, hoping to foster involvement at the early stages of their medical education, and would love to see some of our students and residents attain leadership at the regional and national levels. Among our many strengths is heavy and knowledgeable involvement with our legislators, leading to true advocacy for our patients, our communities, and our learners. I would seek to continue and bolster support for these initiatives. I would also love to enhance our learning opportunities in the areas of medical practice in the era of the Affordable Care Act, support quality improvement at the local, system, state, and national levels in order to maximize our opportunities for success, and also to begin to engage our fellow professional societies in the state to share best practices and develop a broader network for our platforms. Thank you again for the nomination, it would indeed be a great pleasure to serve as Governor!