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Special Election Candidates' Bios and Vision Statements

Puerto Rico Chapter

The ballots for the Governors election are being sent by email and by postage mail to those without good email address on January 27. 2014.

The voting membership (Masters, Fellows, Members, and Resident/Fellow Members with an electdate of 2/1/2011 or earlier) will be 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!


Carmen M. Cortés, MD, FACP

EDUCATION: Ponce School of Medicine 1979-1983 - MD Degree

POST DOCTORAL TRAINING: Damas Hospital Ponce, Puerto Rico Internal Medicine 1983-86

PRESENT POSITION: Director Of Medical Education HIMA San Pablo Caguas - 2002 to present; Program Director Medical Internship HIMA San Pablo Caguas, PR -2002 to present; Director Intensive Care Unit HIMA San Pablo Caguas - 4/2008 to present; Medical Sub director HIMA San Pablo Caguas, Puerto Rico -April 2010 to present; Private practice

AMERICAN COLLEGE OF PHYSICIANS ACTIVITIES: Member 1987-1996; Fellow 1996 to present. Board member PR- ACP Chapter 1994-2004; 2008 to present; Judge Clinical Vignettes -Competition Annual Meeting 2006 and 2009. Judge for Annual Abstracts Competition ACP 2006, 2008 and 2009.

HOSPITAL/COMMUNITY SERVICE: President Donation Advisory Committee March 2010 to present; Coordination Cyclist Tour Lifelink PR. 2010

OTHER APPOINTMENTS: Assistant Professor Universidad del Caribe Medical School 2004 to present; Educational Resources Committee for Accreditation of Universidad del Caribe Medical School; March 2010

AREAS OF PROFESSIONAL INTEREST AND EXPERTISE: Critical Care; Medical Education

Vision Statement

Our objective in the Puerto Rico Chapter of the ACP is to continue to improve healthcare by promoting excellence and professionalism in the practice of Internal Medicine in Puerto Rico. Our meetings have been recognized for their academic excellence. These meetings will be expanded to the various regions in Puerto Rico which will allow us to identify the reality and difficulties in the practice of Internal Medicine. These meetings will also help us recruit new members for our chapter. The practice of Internal Medicine in Puerto Rico has its unique challenges. We can utilize ACP resources and create new tools to face these challenges. We need to educate ourselves and our medical students, residents and fellows to work with the present health issues and reality of the practice of Internal Medicine in Puerto Rico. Our chapter will become a leader facing these challenges.

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Jose A. Lozada-Costas, MD, FACP

EDUCATION: B.S., General Chemistry M.I.T. 1991, M.D., University of Puerto Rico 1995

POST DOCTORAL TRAINING: Internal Medicine, Baylor College, Houston, TX 1995-98; Hematology/Oncology, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, (Oncology)(Hematology) 1998-01 Baylor College, Houston, TX

CERTIFICATION: Internal Medicine 1998, Renewed 2010-20; Hematology 2001, Renewed 2010-21; Oncology 2001, Renewed 2010-21

PRESENT POSITION: Private Practice, Director, Hematology Section, Auxilio Mutuo Hospital, San Juan, PR, Assistant Professor of Medicine, U.P.R. Medical School

ACP ACTIVITIES: Fellow 2011

CHAPTER INVOLVEMENT AND LEADERSHIP ACTIVITIES: Yearly participation in chapter meetings. Currently member of Membership Committee

HOSPITAL/COMMUNITY SERVICE: Teaching of Medical Students and Fellows is Ad Honorem. 3rd year hematology fellow comes every week to my office.

AREAS OF PROFESSIONAL INTEREST AND EXPERTISE: Training house staff, Coagulation Disorder, Thrombophilia, Lymphoma, Leukemia, Lung Cancer, Breast Cancer, Morphology

Vision Statement

It is a great honor for me to have been nominated by my colleagues for the governorship of our chapter of the College. There will be many challenges to face in the coming years, for both physicians and patients. Health reform, both at the state and national levels, will change the way in which our patients obtain access to the care they need. The ACP offers us an opportunity to meet these challenges together and thus more effectively. I would like to see increased membership to our chapter, particularly from physicians in private practice. I would also like to continue our tradition of education, to provide the best evidence-based care to our patients. And of course, we must make sure that internists have voice and participation in any changes to our healthcare system.