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2013 Governors-elect Candidates' Bios and Vision Statements

Pennsylvania Eastern Region

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 8/1/2011 or earlier) can vote via telephone 1 877 471 9647 (US only), online ( or mail-in ballot. You will need your mailed ballot with your ACP Member Number and Election Passcode in order to make a vote. Below are the bios and vision statements of the candidates that are running in this election. Online voting began on August 26, 2013 and ends on October 25, 2013 at 11:59 PM Eastern. Please be sure to vote!

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David L. George, MD, FACP

Dr. George

PLACE OF BIRTH: Wilkes-Barre, PA

EDUCATION: 1974 BA, Summa Cum Laude, Princeton University, 1978 MD, Harvard Medical School

POST DOCTORAL TRAINING: 1978-1981 Internal Medicine Residency, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, 1981-1983 Rheumatology Fellowship, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston

CERTIFICATION: 1981 ABIM, Internal Medicine, 1983 ABIM, Rheumatology

PRESENT POSITION: Vice President and Chief Academic Officer, Reading Hospital, Reading Health System

ACP ACTIVITIES: 1990-present Fellow ACP 2003 - 2005 Councilor, PCIM, 2007, 2008, 2009 Chairperson, Pennsylvania ACP Eastern Region Resident Competition, 2009 Chairperson, Nominating Committee, ACP Eastern Pennsylvania Governor, 2011 Laureate Award; Eastern Region, PA Chapter American College of Physicians


HOSPITAL/COMMUNITY SERVICE: 2010 - present VP and Chief Academic Officer, Reading Hospital, 2010 - present Assistant Dean, Jefferson Medical College, 2009 - present Executive Council Member, Berks County Medical Society, 1983 - present Rheumatologist, Reading Health System, 1983 - present Member, Arthritis Foundation

OTHER APPOINTMENTS: 2012 - present Member, Johns Hopkins Clinical Research Executive Committee

AREAS OF PROFESSIONAL INTEREST/EXPERTISE: Medical Education for students, residents and practitioners

Vision Statement

"As I reflect upon 30 years in medical practice as an internist/rheumatologist and an educator, I have come to place less hope in "grand plans" and more hope in the minute to minute efforts of people with a fundamental desire to use science and compassion to do good. We should not be distracted from two major goals: improving the health and quality of life of the population we serve and supporting a work environment that offers personal reward for physicians, by allowing them to effectively use and continuously develop their clinical skills and participate in "therapeutic" doctor-patient relationships. I would hope to use my experience as clinician, educator, and administrator to support the ACP in its mission of education and advocacy."

Mary E. Harris, MD, FACP

Dr. Harris

PLACE OF BIRTH: Aurora Colorado

EDUCATION: Swarthmore College 1980, Miller School of Medicine- University of Miami 1986

POST DOCTORAL TRAINING: Geisinger Medical Center Internal Medicine Residency 1989

CERTIFICATION: ABIM 1989 time unlimited

PRESENT POSITION: Internal Medicine Residency Director Geisinger Medical Center 2001-present

ACP ACTIVITIES: Ran PA ACP Eastern Regional Resident and Student Meeting (at Geisinger Medical Center) 2004, 2005, 2006, Abstract reviewer and judge multiple occasions since 2001 for above meeting, Pennsylvania Governor's Council Member 2005 to present, Pennsylvania Eastern Region Awards Committee Chair 3 years, Pennsylvania Laureate award 12/12, Fellowship 2004


HOSPITAL/COMMUNITY SERVICE: Geisinger Medical Center; multiple education committees, Outstanding Social Service Award, The Women's Center of Columbia/Montour, Inc., 11/1/2007 (related to teaching housestaff about domestic violence), Lead and participate in free Clinic for Migrant workers each summer 2001-present, in collaboration with Pa Dept of Health

AREAS OF PROFESSIONAL INTEREST/EXPERTISE: Postgraduate Medical Education, Physician Patient Communication, Primary Care

Vision Statement

I have been a primary care internist and medical educator for 24 years. I have been a member of the Pennsylvania ACP Governor's Council for 8 years. I ran the regional Pennsylvania ACP Associates' meeting 4 times and have acted as reviewer and judge many times. I am also an active member of the Association of Program Directors in Internal Medicine. All of these experiences have helped me develop connections with many local internists, which would be helpful in the Governor's role as liaison between membership and the Board of Regents. These experiences also have prepared me to provide insight into issues of patient care and medical education. I am an enthusiastic, organized and dedicated advocate for the patients, practice and practitioners of Internal Medicine.