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Pennsylvania Southeastern Region Governors-elect Candidates' Bios and Statements

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 1/1/2014 or earlier) can vote online or mail-in ballot. You would need your mailed ballot 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, 2016 and ends on November 9, 2016 at 11:59 PM Eastern. Please be sure to vote!

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Anuradha S. Paranjape, MD, MPH, FACP

Education: MD, University of Pune, India

Post Doctoral Training: Internal Medicine, University of Rochester

Certification: Internal Medicine, ABIM

Present Position: Professor of Medicine, Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University

ACP Chapter Activities/Leadership Activities: PA Chapter 2013 Clinical Practice Award.
Chair, IMG Interest Group 2014‐2016

ACP National Activities: FACP 2009

Other Appointments/Activities: Section chief, General Internal Medicine, Lewis Katz School of Medicine (LKSOM) since 2011, Vice chair for Faculty Development, Department of Medicine since 2013, Alumna of the Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine® Program (2014), Marks College Director, LKSOM, since 2012, Site PI for two large multi-center projects funded by PCORI (current funding), Temple Center for Population Health, Ambulatory Performance Improvement Platform Leadership Council since 2015

Areas of Professional Interest/Expertise: Women's health, Preventive Medicine, Effective use of EHR data for QI and research

Candidate’s Statement:

The expertise that I have to offer the BOG, if elected, are skills gained in over five years in an academic and administrative leadership role managing strategic growth, collaborative relationship building, fiscal responsibility and thoughtful change management despite scarce resources. One example, providing leadership for practice changes in response to the slow shift in healthcare delivery from volume to value. As the Vice chair of Medicine for Faculty Development and as an educator, I am attuned to the concerns of younger physicians that are often different from those who have been in practice for a while, especially around issues related to balancing work and life well. Finally, my own personal background as an international medical graduate who has lived and practiced in two very different countries gives me a unique lens on healthcare that will be of benefit to the Board and the College.


Lawrence Ward, MD, MPH, FACP

Education: Undergraduate: Emory University; Masters: George Washington University; Medical School: Thomas Jefferson University

Post Doctoral Training: Internship, Residency and GIM Fellowship 1999-2003: University of Pennsylvania

Certification: ABIM, 2002; Recertification, 2012; American Society of Hypertension, 2009

Present Position: Vice Chair for Clinical Practice and Quality, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA

ACP Chapter Activities/Leadership Activities: Involved since medical school in 1998. Attended annual chap. regional meetings since 2005; Associate poster & abstract competition judge on many occasions since 2007 and developed the first the poster competition; Regional Meeting Vignette Comm. Chair 2009; Regional meeting. Chair 2010; Chapter Council of Young Physicians, Founder, Chair and member 2007-2013 (Evergreen Award winning program in 2009), Chapter Council 2016.

ACP National Activities: Attended many Internal Medicine national meetings. and Leadership Days since 2000; National meeting poster reviewer and judge; Fellowship obtained - 2006; Faculty for Internal Medicine national meeting - 2009; Liaison Comm. on Recertification, Representative 2009; Leadership Enhancement and Development (LEAD) Program Certificate Recipient - Inaugural class 2009; Education Comm. 2001-2003 and 2008-2010; Publications Comm. 2007-2008; Annual Meeting Workgroup 2008-2010; Member/Chair of Council of Young Physicians 2007-2012; BOG (ex officio) 2010 - 2011; BOR (ex officio) 2011 - 2012; Reviewer for Annals of IM 2013-present; Walter J. McDonald Award for Young Physicians 2013.

Other Appointments/Activities: Involved with SGIM on a regional and national level including Mid-Atlantic Regional President 2009-2010; ABIM Certification Exam Writing Comm. 2006 – 2009 and Internal Medicine Self-Assessment Product Comm., Member and Chair 2012-present; Associate Residency Program Director, Temple University 2006-2012; AAIM Exec. Leadership Program 2014; Co-Director, Jefferson Hypertension Program (ASH certified) 2015-present; Associate Medical Director, Delaware Valley ACO 2015-present; Dean’s Award for Excellence in Education – Sidney Kimmel Medical College 2016.

Areas of Professional Interest/Expertise: I greatly enjoy my time seeing patients in the office, which I continue to do half-time as a primary care physician. I have a special clinical interest in the management of resistant hypertension. I continue to mentor and educate medical students, residents, and early career physicians. My administrative interests focus on optimizing practice workflows to succeed in a value based reimbursement world, as well as quality improvement and patient safety in the ambulatory environment for both primary care physicians and subspecialists.

Candidate’s Statement:

I am honored to be a candidate for the position of Governor of the PA SE Region Chapter. I have been involved with ACP, at both a regional and national level, since my days as a medical student at Jefferson and I consider it my professional home. My experience has demonstrated to me the breadth of influence that ACP has, and I would support and advocate for ACP's national initiatives, particularly those involving high value care, MOC reform, and the transition to value based payment models. I would foster the College’s role as a valuable resource for practical assistance for members, especially those early in their careers. As Governor, I would look forward to utilizing the many wonderful relationships I have fostered from 20 years of work in Southeast PA to improve the professional lives of all Internists.