New Hampshire 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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Oliver P. Herfort, MD, FACP

Education: MD Ludwig-Maximilian-University 1996, Munich, Germany

Post Doctoral Training: Dartmouth-Hitchcock-Medical-Center, Lebanon, NH

Certification: Internal Medicine recertification 2011

Present Position: Chief Medical Officer, Medical Director of Quality, Valley Regional Health Care, Claremont, NH

ACP Chapter Activities/Leadership Activities: 2010 New Hampshire Chapter Executive Council, 2010 became chairman of the Education Committee, Planned and prepared the annual New Hampshire Scientific Chapter Meetings since 2011, 2012 FACP, 2014 Awarded the ACP LEAD (leadership) Certificate.

ACP National Activities: 2011 Attended Leadership Day, 2011-present, have organized the participation of our NH delegation, As participants we advocate ACP priorities with the New Hampshire congressional delegation.

Other Appointments/Activities: Staff member at Valley Regional Hospital in Claremont and serve on the board. As a general internist I care for outpatients and do per diem hospitalist work. In addition to my clinical responsibilities I serve as part time CMO for the hospital. The majority of my administrative duties are devoted to improving quality of care and safety of patients. As CMO I serve on the medical executive, credentials and peer review comm.

Areas of Professional Interest/Expertise: Fellowship trained infectious disease specialist providing consulting care in the hospital. Teaching Dartmouth medical students, and residents for 10+ years. Implementing meaningful quality programs beyond the regulatory mandates

Candidate’s Statement

Because of my multiple roles as a practitioner, teacher and administrator I find myself uniquely suited to represent and understand our diverse chapter members. We all have a busy work life to balance, but we all need to continuously improve our skills. The college has been a fantastic source and support for me over the years. My priority will be to communicate all the ACP resources effectively to all members and at the same time reach out to groups and individuals to represent their interests and ideas with the national ACP but also with our government in Concord. The annual meeting will remain the center piece of our chapter outreach and education. In addition I envision the smart use of social media for effective mutual communication. This exchange of ideas and solutions will be essential for furthering what we all strive for: improving the lives of our patients.


William S. Palmer, MD, FACP

Education: MD Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons 1987

Post Doctoral Training: Mount Sinai Medical Center

Certification: Internal Medicine

Present Position: Hospitalist/Hospice Medical Director, Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center

ACP Chapter Activities/Leadership Activities: New Hampshire ACP Council 2003- Present, Treasurer New Hampshire ACP Council 2008-Present

ACP National Activities: Attended Annual Scientific Session from 2011 to 2016, Leadership Day 2015

Other Appointments/Activities: Hospice Medical Director Connecticut Valley Homecare 1992-2016, Bayada Hospice Assistant Medical Director 2014-Present

Areas of Professional Interest/Expertise: Hospice Medicine, Hospice and Palliative Care, Medical Student and Resident Teaching

Candidate's Statement:

The ACP has fought for patient's access to high quality health care for years. I believe that a significant barrier to patient care is the increasing level of physician burnout and dissatisfaction and that this has a number of correctable causes. This affects the specialties as well as primary care so working to reduce the causes should be of importance to all internists. Cumbersome electronic medical records, burdensome paperwork, and perverse incentives are major issues that get in the way of better patient access and care. The ACP has begun to address these problem areas but we can do more, beginning in our own workplaces, at the state and the national levels, to improve patient care by making our work more efficient and reducing burnout and dissatisfaction. I want to be sure there will be enough internists around to take care of the next generation.