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Biographical Sketches

Richard A. Hranac

Date/Place of Birth: 12/15/46, Grand Island, NE

Education: 1965-69 Stanford University, 1969-73 University of Nebraska College of Medicine

Post Doctoral Training: 1973-74 University of Nebraska Medical Center, Straight Medicine Internship, 1974-76 University of Nebraska Medical Center, Medicine Residency, Associate Chief Resident

Certification: 1973 Medical License Nebraska, FLEX 1973, NBME 1974, ABIM 1976, ASIM Advanced Achievement Internal Medicine 1987

Present Position: Physician, Internal Medicine and Nephrology, Platte Valley Medical Group, Kearney, NE, Active Medical Staff, Good Samaritan Hospital, Richard Young Hospital, Kearney, NE

ACP-ASIM Activities: Member 1978, NE Society of Int. Med. President 1995-99, Advisory Committee 1995-00, FACP 1998, Nebraska Laureate Award 2000

Hospital/Community Service: Attend St. James Catholic Church, Board of Directors Nebraska Organ Retrieval System 1980-Present, GSH Medical Staff President 1983-84, Board of Directors, Good Samaritan Hospital 1990-98, President, Nebraska Affiliate, American Heart Association 1987-88, Board of Directors, Nebraska Medical Association 1997-00, Board of Directors, Platte Valley Medical Group

Other Appointments: Clinical Assistant Professor, Univ. of NE Coll. Of Med., 1976-Present, Clinical Instructor Internal Medicine, Creighton Univ. 2000-Present, Medical Director Transitional Care Unit, GSH, 1999-Present

Areas of Professional Interest/Expertise: General Internal Medicine, Diabetes, Hypertension, and Renal Disease

Vision Statement

My "vision" includes five issues: We must work to raise the profile of internists as providers of the highest quality, thoughtful, and compassionate care for adults. We owe this to our patients, and it should be a part of our identity as internists. We should strive to involve sub-specialists of internal medicine in the political and socioeconomic issues common to us all. We must maintain our annual meeting as an outstanding intellectual exercise for residents and practicing internists alike. Our gathering traditionally has been of high quality but low profile, therefore, we need to encourage greater attendance. We must encourage medical student and medical resident interest in the overall specialty of internal medicine. Finally, we must encourage all eligible members to become Fellows. Participation and governance occur primarily at the Fellowship level. Internists Rule!

James R. O'Dell

Date/place Of Birth: December 8, 1951, Omaha, NE

Education: Univ. of Nebraska Lincoln, 1970-74, B.S., Electrical Engineering: Univ. of Nebraska College of Medicine, 1974-77, M.D.

Post Doctoral Training: Internal Medicine, UNMC, 1977-80, Chief Resident, Internal Medicine, UNMC, 1980-81, Rheumatology Fellowship, Univ. of Colorado Health Sci. Ctr. 1981-84

Certification: FLEX 1977, ABIM September 9, 1980, Subspecialty Rheumatology, November 13, 1984

Present Position: Professor and Vice Chairman, Internal Medicine, UNMC, Chief of Rheumatology, UNMC, Director of Internal Medicine Residency Program, UNMC

ACP-ASIM Activities: FACP 1992, Governor's Advisory Council, Nebraska Chapter, 1995-Present, Chair, Associates and Medical Students Subcommittee, 1995-98 & 2001-Present, Invited Speaker at Regional Meeting, 1994 & 2001

Hospital/Community Service: Chair, Education Committee, Department of Internal Medicine, UNMC, 1985-Present, President, AOA 1994-95, Faculty Senate, UNMC, 1993-99, Board of Directors, Arthritis Foundation 1986-92 & 1999-Present, Chair, Staff and Parish Relations Committee, St. Paul United Methodist 1990-93

Other Appointments: Chair, American College of Rheumatology Subcommittee for Clinical Research, 1999-2002, Director of Rheumatoid Arthritis Investigational Network (RAIN) 1989-Present

Areas of Professional Interest/Expertise: Student and resident education, clinical research in rheumatoid arthritis

Vision Statement

The ACP-ASIM Nebraska Chapter has continued to grow in strength and influence, both locally and nationally, under the direction of Rowen Zetterman and Laurel Preheim. Despite this success, I am concerned that many internist in Nebraska, particularly young internists, are not active in the ACP-ASIM. Further, I believe that recertification is becoming a major concern of internists; therefore, an expansion of the Nebraska annual meeting to provide more quality CME relevant to recertification could be very attractive to our membership. Thus, I would have two major goals as Governor: to significantly expand our membership and to increase the length and size of our annual Nebraska Chapter meeting. I believe with my ties to many of the young internists of the state and my access to academic physicians/teachers, I am in a unique position to facilitate the Nebraska Chapter's pursuit of both of these goals.