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Biographical Sketch and Vision Statement for New Governor-elect Designee

Thomas M. Braithwaite, MD, FACP

Congratulations to the South Dakota Chapter Governor-Elect Designee, Thomas M. Braithwaite, MD, FACP. Our newly elected Governor-elect Designee will start his four-year term as Governor in the Spring of 2011. As Governor, Dr. Braithwaite will serve as the official representative of the College for the South Dakota Chapter, providing a link between members at the local level and leadership at the national level. In the meantime, Dr. Braithwaite will be working closely with Dr. Holm, the current Governor, and College staff to learn about the College and his duties as Governor. To learn more about Dr. Braithwaite, below is his bio and vision statement for the chapter.

Thomas M. Braithwaite

EDUCATION: B.A. Chemistry (summa cum laude), Augustana College (Sioux Falls SD), 1978. M.D. (Magna Cum Laude), University of South Dakota, 1982
POST DOCTORAL TRAINING: Residency, Internal Medicine, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, IA, 1982 -- 1985
PRESENT POSITION: Hospitalist, Sanford Health, Sioux Falls, SD
ACP ACTIVITIES: Treasurer, South Dakota Chapter, Council member, Former chair, Planning committee, Prior program chair, Fall scientific meeting, and frequent presenter/contributor, FACP, 2001
HOSPITAL/COMMUNITY SERVICE: Member, Sanford Health Board of Trustees, 2001 - 2010. Member, physician Board of Governors, 1994 - 2009. Chair, Board of Governors (Sanford Clinic), 1998 - 2003. Chair, Clinical Practice Committee, Sanford Clinic, 2004 - 2010. Member, multiple hospital committees and task forces. Former chair, American Heart Association, Minnehaha Division. Sioux Falls United Way Committee Chair. Former member, South Dakota Symphony Board of Directors. Member, First Presbyterian Church, and former elder and mission committee chair. Member, South Dakota Symphony Chorus, and First Presbyterian Sanctuary Choir

Vision Statement
My goal, as potential Governor of the SD Chapter, ACP, is to bring the substantial resources of our chapter to bear on all areas of concern, both locally and nationally, relative to the practice of Internal Medicine, and the health of all of the patients we are charged to serve. To accomplish this I would utilize the inherent collegiality, professionalism, and spirit of cooperation and volunteerism for which our chapter is known, and help coordinate the energies and ideas of our very active membership. To serve in such a capacity would be an honor, and a privilege.