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Meet Our New Governor-elect, Craig D. Nielsen, MD, FACP

Meet Our New Governor-elect 

Congratulations to the Ohio Chapter Governor-Elect, Craig D. Nielsen, MD, FACP. He will do a year of training as a Governor-elect and then will start his four-year term as Governor in the Spring of 2019. As Governor, Dr. Nielson will serve as the official representative of the College for the Ohio Chapter, providing a link between members at the local level and leadership at the national level. In the meantime, Dr. Nielson will be working closely with Dr. Tan (the current Governor) and College staff to learn about the College and his duties as Governor. To learn more about the new GE, read his bio below.


Craig D. Nielsen, MD, FACPCraig D. Nielsen, MD, FACP

Post Doctoral Training: Cleveland Clinic

Certification: ABIM - Internal Medicine

Present Position: Vice Chairman of Internal Medicine, Main Campus, Cleveland Clinic

ACP Chapter Involvement and Leadership Activities: Governor’s Advisor Council since 2006; Scientific Meeting Planning Committee since 2008; Advisor Associate Council 2010-2015; Director, Doctor’s Dilemma 2011-2014; Evelyn V. Hess, MD, MACP Master Teacher Award 2014; LEAD Professional Development Seminar: Innovations in Resident Education, Annual Meeting 2013; Medical Student Committee 2004-2012

ACP National Activities: Fellowship 2002; Speaker, Internal Medicine 2011 Highlights, Closing Session of the Annual ACP Meeting 2011; Speaker, Internal Medicine 2012: Highlights, Closing Session of the Annual ACP Meeting 2012; ACP Representative, ASTRO Practice Guideline Committee, Radiation Therapy in Endometrial Cancer 2013; Doctor’s Dilemma Judge, Internal Medicine 2014

Other Appointments/Activities: Associate Professor of Medicine, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine (CCLCM) of Case Western Reserve School of Medicine; Associate Director of Clinical Education, CCLCM since 2014; Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine (AAIM) Advocacy Committee 2011-2015; Section Head, Internal Medicine, Stephanie Tubbs Jones Family Health Center since 2014; Medical Director, H18 Main Campus Employee Walk-in Clinic since 2014; Deputy Editor, Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine since 2016

Areas of Professional Interest and Expertise: Preventive Medicine; Chronic Disease Management; Undergraduate and Graduate Medical Education

Candidate Statement:

It is an honor to be considered an ACP Governor Candidate. I believe my 20 years experience in ambulatory and hospital medicine (outpatient practice at main campus, Cleveland Clinic and in an underserved community of East Cleveland along with quarterly hospital service) provides me with a strong practical foundation from which to understand some of the challenges that today’s internist/hospitalist face. I have always regarded the ACP as my ‘Home Organization’ and I have tried to stay active with my local Chapter. As Governor, I would hope to continue the strong work the chapter does in regards to its Annual Meeting, its Membership and FACP outreach, its sound financial stewardship and advocacy work. As Governor, I would work to expand our local state level advocacy work, enhance outreach to our medical students/residents, increase focus on work stressors we face in practice and expand our social media presence.