2014 Special Election Candidates' Bios and Vision Statements

Puerto Rico Chapter

The ballots for the special election for the Governors election are being sent by email and to those without good email address on January 27. 2014. The voting membership (Masters, Fellows, Members, and Associates with an electdate of 2/1/2012 or earlier) are able to vote. Below are the bios and vision statements of the candidates that are running in this election. The deadline for submitting ballots is March 3, 2014 at 12 midnight EST. Please be sure to vote!

Ronald B. Barg, MD, FACP

PLACE OF BIRTH: Philadelphia, PA

EDUCATION: University of Pennsylvania BA Mathematics-1976; University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine MD-1980

POST DOCTORAL TRAINING: Internal Medicine Internship and Residency-Hahnemann University Hospital, Philadelphia, PA 1980-1983

CERTIFICATION: Internal Medicine-1983

PRESENT POSITION: Executive Director, Clinical Care Associates of the University of Pennsylvania

ACP ACTIVITIES: Fellowship-2007

CHAPTER INVOLVEMENT/LEADERSHIP ACTIVITIES: Member of the Pennsylvania Chapter Advisory Council 2007-Present, Hosted ACP Fellowship Advancement Dinner - Nov, 2011, Annual faculty participant at ACP-Penn Medical School Internal Medicine Interest Group Dinner

HOSPITAL/COMMUNITY SERVICE: Pennsylvania Medical Society Task Force on Physician Leadership in Quality and Value, Aetna Better Health & Aetna Better Health Kids Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee, Pennsylvania Medical Society CEO Advisory Panel, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine Medical Alumni Advisory Council, Your Virtual Doctor Advisory Board, Volunteer physician UCC free clinic, Preceptor University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine - Clerkship in Internal Medicine

OTHER APPOINTMENTS: Fellow, Philadelphia College of Physicians, Small group leader - Healthcare Systems Course-University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

AREAS OF PROFESSIONAL INTEREST/EXPERTISE: Medical Practice Management; Healthcare Quality; Business of Medicine

Vision Statement

ACP has been a valuable element of my professional career. When I first joined during my Internal Medicine Residency and my early career the resources within it were of great value in developing and maintaining my clinical skills. As my career evolved I increasingly saw value in the Advocacy efforts and practice management support available through ACP. Having advanced to Fellowship and serving on the Advisory Council of the Pennsylvania Chapter for the last five years I now have a better recognition of the value that ACP can bring to the membership of the organization. The pace of change in medicine continues to accelerate. The pressure to change allowing us to meet the needs of both our patients and the numerous stakeholders in healthcare can make our lives as both clinicians and leaders increasingly uncomfortable. ACP has evolved to balance a tripartite goal of advocacy, education and practice management support. ACP has been able to do this while maintaining a patient centric view that frequently gets lost in the healthcare discussion. Looking forward, change in healthcare delivery is accompanied by change in the needs of the membership. There is a trend towards employment as opposed to private practice and the personal and professional goals of the membership have transitioned as well. ACP will need to evolve, to grow and engage the membership that includes new physicians coming into the field, the increasing segment of internal medicine that is devoted exclusively to hospital care and the growing number of physicians in an employment model. My experience in private practice, in an employment model and in various administrative roles has allowed me to develop my leadership skills and a broad perspective of healthcare delivery. I believe that in bringing this experience to the role of Governor I'll be able to have a positive impact on the Chapter and ACP nationally and that I'll both enjoy and benefit from the experience.


Gregory C. Kane, MD, FACP


EDUCATION: BS University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN 1983, MD Jefferson Medical College 1987

POST DOCTORAL TRAINING: Internal Medicine, Lankenau Hospital, Wynnewood, PA 1990, Pulmonary and Critical Care, Thomas Jefferson University, 1993

CERTIFICATION: Internal Medicine, 1990-2005, Pulmonary Disease, 1992-2005, Critical Care, 1993-2005, Recertified Internal Medicine, 2005-2015, Recertified, Pulmonary Disease, 2005-2015, Recertified, Critical Care, 2005-2015, Passed Hospital Medicine Exam 2010, Passed Critical Care Secure Exam, 2011, Passed Pulmonary Disease Secure Exam 2012, Enrolled in MOC

PRESENT POSITION: Interim Chairman and Professor of Medicine, Jefferson Medical College

ACP ACTIVITIES: Fellow, American College of Physicians, 1996, Reviewer, Annals of Internal Medicine, ACP National Assoc. Clinical Vignette Poster On-Site Judge, 2012, ACP- Reviewer for MKSAP 13th Edition (2003) , ACP-ASIM Reviewer for MKSAP 12th Edition (1999), ACP-ASIM National Associates Competition Review Board (1998- current), ACP National Associates. Clinical Vignette Poster On-Site Judge (2000-05), ACP-ASIM Physician Information and Education Resource Question Author ('99)

CHAPTER INVOLVEMENT/LEADERSHIP ACTIVITIES: PCIM- Eastern Region ACP, Council Member, 2011-, PCIM- Eastern Region ACP, Chair, Nominating Committee (2009-2010), Pennsylvania Chapter of the ACP, Recognition Award 2008, Pennsylvania Chapter of the ACP, Recognition Award 2009, PCIM- Eastern Region ACP, Chair (Host) Doctors Dilemma Tournament (2008), PCIM- Eastern Region ACP, Chair (Host) Doctors Dilemma Tournament (2007)

HOSPITAL/COMMUNITY SERVICE: Jefferson Hospital: Medical Executive Committee (2007-current), Patient Safety Committee (2003-2007), Graduate Medical Education Committee (2000-2011), Ethics Committee (1994-current), Volunteer Medical Care Provider/Teaching Attending - Jeff H.O.P.E. Homeless Shelter, (1993-2004); Community: Coach, Devon Strafford Little League (T-ball) (1995-1996, 1998-1999, 2005), Coach, Tredyffrin -Easttown Youth Soccer Assoc (1995-2000,2001-02, 2005-08),Coach, Paoli Wildcats Basketball, Senior Boys Division (2006-2007)

AREAS OF PROFESSIONAL INTEREST/EXPERTISE: Physician Workforce, Graduate Medical Education, Physiology

Vision Statement

There is no higher calling in Medicine than being an Internist; a specialist in the care of adults who uses their depth and breadth of knowledge of disease, skills at the bedside or exam table, and commitment to professionalism to provide the highest quality of care for patients from every walk of life with every imaginable type of health problem. My goal is to advance the mission of the College in order to promote the values of the ACP as we work to improve the healthcare system for patients and their doctors, improve the health of the public, and recruit and the train the next generation of Internists. Whether elected Governor, or as a rank and file member of the Pennsylvania ACP, I look forward to fighting for our patients, and fighting for Internists and sub-specialists who treat the sick and suffering.