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2018 Governor-elect Election Biographical Sketch and Candidate Statement - New Mexico

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 9/1/2016 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 that are running in this election. Online voting begins on September 21, 2018 and will end on November 9, 2018 at 11:59 PM Eastern. 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 Kelley Gordon, Supervisor, Board of Governor Relations, or call her at 215-351-2559.


Heather C. Brislen, MD, FACP

Heather C. Brislen, MD, FACP

Medical School Education: MD, University of New Mexico 2007

Post-Doctoral Training: Internal Medicine Residency, University of New Mexico; Health Policy Fellowship, RWJ Center for Health Policy and New Mexico Medical Society (NMMS)

Certification: Internal Medicine, ABIM; Clinical Informatics, ABPM

Present Position: Founder and CEO, Lagom Homes, housing co-op for aging in place; Lagom Health, private practice direct primary care

ACP Chapter and Leadership Activities:
Councilor since 2012; Secretary since 2017; Chair, Public Policy and Advocacy Committee (currently reestablishing) 2018; Co-Chair, Early Career Physicians Committee 2011-2015; Founder and Chair, Women in Medicine Subcommittee 2015-2016; Annual Scientific Meeting Planning Committee 2015, 2018; Judge, Poster Competition, Annual Scientific Meeting since 2012; Recent advocacy work: Advanced resolution regarding access to abortion as an essential component of women’s health care from NM chapter to national ACP; passed by both Board of Governors and Regents, is now official ACP policy. Leading stakeholder coalition including New Mexico ACP to work with state medical board towards improving language in medical licensing application regarding health history of applicants. Chair of a neutral forum on policy and ethical issues related to physician aid in dying co-sponsored by NMACP and the GAMA.

ACP National Activities:
Fellowship 2015; Attendee, Leadership Day 2015, 2017; Attendee, Internal Medicine Meeting 2016, 2018

Other Appointments/Activities:
Trustee, Greater Albuquerque Medical Association (GAMA) since 2017; Vice-president, GAMA 2016-2017; Foundation Board, GAMA since 2017; Councilor, New Mexico Medical Society (NMMS) 2004-2005, since 2011; Bylaws Committee, NMMS 2017; NM Delegate, Medical Student, Resident/Fellow, and Young Physician Sections, American Medical Association (AMA) since 2004; Credentialing and Reference Committees, AMA since 2011; Board Advisory Committee, NM Health Information Collaborative (NMHIC) since 2015; Chair, Board Advisory Committee, NMHIC 2016-2017; Meeting Chair, Health Information Exchange Users Conference, NMHIC 2016; Conference Committee, NMHIC 2017-2018

Areas of Professional Interest and Expertise:
Geriatrics and Empowerment-based Residential Care for the Elderly; Informatics and Health Information Exchange for Community Health Improvement; Physician Advocacy for Health Care System Reform

Candidate Statement:
Coordinated advocacy is my personal burnout antidote. I have been active in physician organizations since I was a medical student, and have become adept at advocating for policies to improve both health and health care. Organizations like ACP represent the best potential of what we as a physician community can accomplish for our patients and for our profession. I recently heard the US Surgeon General say, “Look upstream to improve the health of our nation.” These words hint at why I find work for ACP and NMACP so enriching. Work like ours holds real promise to improve the health system and also our professional satisfaction. I am continually inspired by my NMACP colleagues, by your work and dedication and also your creativity and resilience. I would be honored to serve as your NMACP governor, to carry our vision forward, and to nurture our chapter by bringing ACP resources back home.


Alisha Parada, MD, FACP

Alisha Parada, MD, FACP

Medical School Education: University of New Mexico School of Medicine

Post-Doctoral Training: Internal Medicine, University of New Mexico

Certification: Internal Medicine

Present Position: Medical Director, SW Mesa Center for Family and Community Medicine, Vice Chair of Diversity and Inclusion for the Department of Internal Medicine, Assistant Chief of Special projects for the Division of General Internal Medicine, and Associate Professor, University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center

ACP Chapter and Leadership Activities:
Annual Poster Competition (reorganized and promoted growth in submissions from Medical Students, Residents, and Fellows to an average of 65 per year) 5 years; Jeopardy Competition (reenergized interest with multiple teams now competing); Secretary 2014-2015; President since 2015; Chair, Scientific Meeting; Chair, various committees; Co-chair, various committees

ACP National Activities:
Fellowship 2015

Other Appointments/Activities:
Curriculum Committee for the Leading to Excellence, Quarterly Meetings, New Mexico Health Sciences Center (UNMHSC); Wellness Steering Committee, UNMHSC; Diversity and Inclusion Steering Committee, UNMHSC; Various Committees, Department of Internal Medicine, UNMHSC; Chair, Medical Committee, St. Martin's Hope Works; Community Board, Con Alma Health Foundation

Areas of Professional Interest and Expertise:
Health Care for the underserved; Diversity and Inclusion; Leadership Development

Candidate Statement:
I would like to be elected to the board of Governors to move to the next level of leadership within ACP. I have been very active with my local chapter for the past 6 years and I would like to be able to represent my chapter at the National level. I can bring a fresh perspective as a native New Mexican and an outpatient physician invested in the care for the underserved in the state. I am passionate about diversity and inclusion, physician wellness/resiliency, leadership development and practice improvement. I am excited for the opportunity to be a part of a group of diverse individuals. I will be actively engaged in board and bring the voice of New Mexico and will learn about and consider all perspectives when tasked with making decisions. I am also invested in bringing back the knowledge to my chapter and helping others to advance in leadership within ACP.