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2018 Governor-elect Election Biographical Sketch and Candidate Statement - Pennsylvania Western

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 9/1/2016 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 21, 2018 and will end on November 9, 2018 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.


Ibrahim Isaac Ghobrial, MBBCh, FACP

Ibrahim Isaac Ghobrial, MBBCh, FACP

Medical School Education: Cairo University, 1973-1979

Post-Doctoral Training: St. Francis Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA

Certification: ABIM

Present Position: Internist, UPMC-Mercy

ACP Chapter and Leadership Activities:
Participant, Annual Meetings since 2003; Mentor (case reports, research, quality improvement, and patient safety abstracts and posters), Internal Medicine Residents, Annual Meeting; Host, Annual Meeting 2015, 2016; Faculty, Doctor’s Dilemma, Annual Meeting; Recipient, Laureate Award 2016

ACP National Activities:
Fellowship 1994

Other Appointments/Activities:
I have served on several local hospital committees: Continuous Medical Education, Faculty Development, Patient Safety, Medication Safety, Pharmacy and Therapeutics, and Quality. Mentor (case reports, research, quality improvement, and patient safety abstracts and posters), Internal Medicine Residents, Internal Medicine Meeting; Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency, UPMC McKeesport since 2012; Recipient, Patient Safety Award, UPMC 2016

Areas of Professional Interest and Expertise:
Patient Care/Physical Diagnosis; Patient Safety; Teaching

Candidate Statement:
I believe in the values the ACP endorses: teaching, practicing evidence-based and cost-effective medicine, promoting patient advocacy, and giving back to our profession and to our communities. Additionally, my area of interest is patient safety. I look forward to working with the ACP in that particular area.


Melissa A. McNeil, MD, MPH, MACP

Melissa A. McNeil, MD, MPH, MACP

Medical School Education: University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Post-Doctoral Training: UPMC Internal Medicine, Presbyterian Hospital

Certification: Internal Medicine

Present Position: Professor of Medicine and Vice Chair of Education, Department of Medicine

ACP Chapter and Leadership Activities:
Faculty, Clinical Update 2017

ACP National Activities:
Mastership 1989; Invited Faculty, Clinical Reasoning Workshop and Women's Health Update, Internal Medicine Meeting 2019; Faculty, Women's Health Update, Internal Medicine Meeting 2014-2017; Faculty, Clinical Reasoning Update, Internal Medicine Meeting 2017; Faculty, Contraception Update, Internal Medicine Meeting 2013

Other Appointments/Activities:
Professor of Medicine, Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences; Section Chief, Women's Health, Division of General Internal Medicine; Associate Chief, Division of General Internal Medicine; Vice Chair, Education, Department of Medicine

Areas of Professional Interest and Expertise:
Women's Health; Medical Education; Substance Abuse

Candidate Statement:
It is with great enthusiasm that I accept the nomination to run for the ACP Governor of Western Pennsylvania. The ACP has had a longstanding influence both on my personal career and an impact on the practice environment of countless generations of physicians and it is an honor to be asked to run for regional governor. If elected, my hope would be to continue to develop the relationship of the next generation of internists with the organization. As the Vice Chair of Education for the Department of Medicine at UPMC, I am well situated to facilitate and encourage residents and junior faculty in supporting the organization. I would also work to support the issues that dominate the lives of internists—work-life balance, burnout, the electronic medical record. Working to increase membership in the organization and to enhance the lives of members would be the tenets that would guide my work.