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Meet the New Mexico Governor-elect

Congratulations to the New Mexico Chapter Governor-elect, Heather C. Brislen, MD, FACP. Our Governor-elect (GE) will complete a year of training as a Governor-elect and then will start her four-year term as Governor in the Spring of 2020. As Governor, Dr. Brislen will serve as the official representative of the College for the New Mexico Chapter, providing a link between members at the local level and leadership at the national level. In the meantime, Dr. Brislen will be working closely with Dr. Chang (the current Governor) and College staff to learn about the College and her duties as Governor. To learn more about the new GE, read her bio below.

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