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2019 Governor-elect Election Biographical Sketch and Candidate Statement - Oregon

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 9/1/2017 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 20, 2019 and will end on November 8, 2019 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 Julie Sinkoff, Coordinator, Board of Governor Relations, or call her at 215-351-2699.


Melinda J. Muller, MD, FACPMelinda J. Muller, MD, FACP

Medical School Education: Oregon Health and Science University

Post-Doctoral Training: Legacy Health

Certification: Internal Medicine

Present Position: Clinical VP, Care Transformation

ACP Chapter and Leadership Activities:
Transgender Health, Annual Conference 2015; Management of Transgender Patients, Annual Conference 2018

ACP National Activities:
Fellowship 2004; Abstract Judge, Medical Student Quality Improvement 2018

Other Appointments/Activities:
Evidence Based Practice Committee, OR Health Leadership Council; Waste and Opioid Committee, OR Health Leadership Council; Board Chair, OR Patient Safety Committee; Regional Board Member, Comagine; Member, Health Plan Quality Metrics Taskforce

Areas of Professional Interest and Expertise:
Health Care Quality; Population Health; Social Determinants of Health

Candidate Statement:
As a third generation Oregonian who has practiced primary care for the last 20 years in a safety net clinic, I care deeply about our vulnerable populations and their care. My experience has led to participation at the state and the College in areas including in the areas of measurement and social determinants of health. In each of these venues, my identity as an internist has been key to shaping my perspective. As healthcare continues to change, the role of internists and ACP will become even more important. That recognition fuels my desire to take a larger role in our Chapter and build on the excellent leadership of our current and past Governors. I am honored to be considered for the position of Governor of the Oregon Chapter and will bring my experience and love of medicine and Oregon to the role to further our success.


Jenny R. Silberger, MD, FACPJenny R. Silberger, MD, FACP

Medical School Education: Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU)

Post-Doctoral Training: Internal Medicine Internship, Residency, and PGY4 Chief Residency, Providence Portland Medical Center 1999-2003

Certification: ABIM 2002, Recertified 2012; Enrolled in MOC

Present Position: SNF Program, NW Permanente P.C.

ACP Chapter and Leadership Activities:
Co-chair, Health Policy Committee 2012-2014; Co-founder/Chair, Council of Women Physicians 2007-2011 (with continued support/participation thereafter); Judge, Resident Poster Competition, Scientific Meetings multiple years

ACP National Activities:
Fellowship 2012; Supporter, ACP-PAC since 2009; Representative, Board of Trustees, Oregon Medical Association since 2014; Awardee, Joseph E. Johnson Leadership Day Grant 2009; OR Delegation, Leadership Day, 2009, 2010, 2012

Other Appointments/Activities:
Member, Founding Medical Staff, Kaiser Westside Medical Center (KWMC) 2013; Hospitalist, KWMC 2013-2016; Chair, Sepsis Committee, KWMC 2013-2016; Member, Blood Management Committee, KWMC 2013-2016; Hospital Medicine Education Lead 2011-2016; Transitioned to post-acute care, SNF Program, Continuing Care Services (CCS), NW Permanente P.C. since 2016; Westside Lead, SNF Program and Care Without Delay - SNF Lead, CCS, current; Founder/Director, Inpatient IM Rotation, OHSU-FP KP 2016

Areas of Professional Interest and Expertise:
Gender Differences in the Practice of Medicine; Education, Mentorship, and Team Collaboration;Care of the Medically Complex Adult Patient Across the Continuum with a Focus on Systems and High Quality Care

Candidate Statement:
As a mid-career general internist, I have borne witness to tremendous changes in the way we practice medicine and I continue to see an intense pace of change. I have worked in office-based primary care, as a hospitalist, and in post-acute care, and I understand the spectrum of work-related issues internists face. One of our quandaries is caring for the medically fragile (often with socio-economic challenges) in a system with limited resources while trying to achieve the best outcomes for our patients. Our practice environment has been putting physicians under intense personal and professional stress. The backbone of any healthy medical system is our skilled physicians who must have autonomy to decide the best use of our most valuable and increasingly limited medical resource (physician time and energy). The ACP, as internists' advocate and partner in helping navigate the current realities of practice, has upheld the altruistic principles which drew us all to medicine. To that effort, as governor, I will bring a commitment to listen and collaborate, as well as clinical and leadership experience from across the spectrum.