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2017 Pennsylvania Eastern Governor-elect Election Biographical Sketch and Candidate Statement

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 1/1/2015 or earlier) can vote online or mail-in ballot. You would need your mailed ballot or election email with your ACP Member Number and Election Passcode in order to make a vote. Below are the bios and statements of the candidates that are running in this election. Online voting began on September 21, 2017 and ends on November 9, 2017 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.


John B. Bulger, DO, MACPJohn B. Bulger, DO, MACP

Education: BS, Juniata College 1991; DO, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine 1995; MBA, Pennsylvania State University 2012

Post Doctoral Training: Internal Medicine, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine 1995-1998

Certification: American Board of Osteopathic Internal Medicine, Internal Medicine 1998, recertified 2008, participating in OCC

Present Position: Chief Medical Officer, Geisinger Health Plan; Chief Medical Officer Population Health, Geisinger Health System

ACP Chapter Involvement and Leadership Activities: Member, Governing Council; Member, Pennsylvania Chapter since 2016

ACP National Activities: Master 2016; Fellowship 2004; Scientific Program Committee for Internal Medicine Meeting 2018; Scientific Program Committee for Internal Medicine Meeting 2016; Faculty, Internal Medicine Meeting 2016, 2017; Key Congressional Contact 2002-2011

Other Appointments/Activities: Secretary, Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority since 2013; Pennsylvania State Board of Osteopathic Medicine since 2016; NQF All-Cause Admissions and Readmissions Steering Committee since 2014, Chair, since 2016; Lecturer, Bucknell University Core Curriculum since 2016; President, American College of Osteopathic Internists 2015-2016; Member, AOA Commission on College Accreditation 2013-2016, Vice-chair 2015-2016; Chair, Society of Hospital Medicine Hospital Quality and Patient Safety Committee 2015-2017

Areas of Professional Interest and Expertise: Population Health; Quality and Safety; Medical Education

Candidate Statement:

It is a great honor to be considered for the position of Governor of the ACP. The potential to help lead a patient focused organization furthers my goal of giving back to those who have impacted my life. Experiences in the exam room, the hospital, and in progressive leadership roles in practice management, education, quality and safety, population health, and value afford me the ability to impact the health of increasingly larger communities. It my privilege to serve my peers in internal medicine and the larger house of medicine on many elected and appointed boards and committees. I will champion policies that impact access and affordability of quality healthcare. Being cognizant that we cannot improve health without being mindful of our well-being, I will advocate for balance in our profession. I humbly ask for your support to work together improving the health of people and communities in Pennsylvania.


Lawrence H. Jones, MD, FACPLawrence H. Jones, MD, FACP

Education: BA, Princeton University; MD, Medical College of Pennsylvania

Post Doctoral Training: Internship/residency, Fitzsimons Army Medical Center

Certification: American Board of Internal Medicine, 1992, recertified 2002, 2012

Present Position: Staff internist, Hershey Med Center; Assistant Professor of Medicine, Penn State College of Med; Resident Clinic Medical Director

ACP Chapter Involvement and Leadership Activities: Governor's Council; Co-Chair, PA delegation for Leadership Day; Health and Public Policy Committee

ACP National Activities: Fellowship 2007; Leadership Day since 2009

Other Appointments/Activities: Medical Director, Resident's Clinic, Hershey Medical Center 2017; Medical Director, Internal Medicine East clinic 2016-2017; Chair, Unified Accountable Care Team, Internal Medicine East clinic; Patient Advisory Board, Internal Medicine East Clinic; Advisor, Internal Medicine Interest Group, Penn State College of Medicine; Academic Advisor, 5 students per class, Penn State College of Medicine; Clinic attending, Lion Care, student run free clinic for homeless, Harrisburg, PA

Areas of Professional Interest and Expertise: General Internal Medicine; Advocacy; Medical Education

Candidate Statement:

With impending, potentially seismic shifts in health care, protecting patient care, safety and access is more important than ever, and the ACP will need a strong voice both locally and in Washington. As a long-time participant, and lately co-chair of the PA delegation to Leadership Day, I hope to bring this spirit of advocacy to the chapter. I would also like to encourage more student and resident involvement. My position as a medical educator, advisor to the Internal Medicine Interest Group, Residency Clinic Medical Director and participation in patient safety initiatives provides me access to many groups. Positive change, with an emphasis on a safer, more efficient system, can translate into increased optimism and interest in primary care, and help build a younger base for our critical role in health care. The ACP’s reputation and unique makeup of internists and specialists is the perfect organization to lead this change.