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My term as Governor of the Tennessee Chapter ended at the close
of the business meeting at Internal Medicine 2013. It has been an
extraordinary privilege to serve in this capacity for the past four
years. After my election, four past governors (Drs. Bertram, Land,
Ralston, and Miller) separately commented to me that having served
as Governor was the highlight of their professional careers. Prior
to beginning the term of office, it was difficult to appreciate
what they meant - but now I do. Having the confidence of the
members of the Tennessee chapter in electing me is a high honor.
Being in a position to work with physicians from across our state
and to hear their concerns for both their patients and the
profession was meaningful. Being involved nationally in the largest
medical specialty organization at a time of major transition in the
delivery of health care in this country has been very eye-opening.
The opportunity to know the other governors in the class of 2013
(those who began their terms as Governors in their own chapters in
2009) was a rare opportunity. Our class included solo
practitioners, academicians, generalists and subspecialists, HMO
employees, hospital CMOs, VA physicians, an Iditarod participant,
and a Hawaiian chanter who cared for the elderly residents of a
leprosy colony. I would never have encountered, much less
befriended, this diverse group of people without having served as
Governor. Serving on the Board of Governors and helping influence
College policy was fulfilling. Our College is a well-run,
principled organization which believes strongly in setting its
course based on evidence that places a high priority on patient
The Tennessee Chapter has a bright future. Our new Governor
Richard Lane, MD, FACP has a wealth of experience
as a physician leader both in his local medical community and in
organized medicine. He has extensive experience working with the
Tennessee Society of Internal Medicine and the Tennessee Medical
Association. His vision for our chapter is excellent. He has
organized a strategic planning retreat at the beginning of his term
of office to help chart the course of the chapter for the next four
years. Give him your support as you have given it to me.
Thank you for having given me the opportunity to serve as your
Governor. Thank you for the personal support you have extended to
me as I weathered life's challenges during this time. Thanks for
your friendship. I also wish to thank my family and colleagues who
have been willing to share my time with the ACP over the past four
Ken Olive, MD, FACP
Governor, TN Chapter ACP 2009-2013
My wife Janine and I enjoying a visit to the Japanese Tea Garden
in Golden Gate Park during Internal Medicine 2013
Over 120 members of the Tennessee Chapter joined 6300 other
internists in attending Internal Medicine 2013 in San Francisco
April 11-13. Internal Medicine 2013 is the premier internal
medicine education meeting of the year. With hundreds of
presentations by leading experts in the field it offered
unparalleled learning opportunities for internists. Many of these
are hands on sessions in smaller groups. In addition it presented
an excellent opportunity for networking with colleagues from around
the country. Several members of the Tennessee Chapter participated
as faculty members: Randy Curnow, MD FACP,
Knoxville, Ryan Mire, MD FACP, Brentwood, and
Cecelia Theobald, MD, ACP Member, Nashville.
Practicing clinical skills in the Henry Waxman Clinical Skills
Thursday evening, 10 chapter members participated in the
convocation as new Fellows:
Richmond Akatue, MD FACP, La VergneNadir Barhi, MD FACP, BrentwoodJohn Chauvin, MD FACP, NashvilleMelissa Cooley, MD FACP, MorristownOlumuyiwa Esuruoso, MD FACP, NashvilleLee Fentriss, MD FACP, NashvilleGwen Howard, MD FACP, FranklinJim Jurgiss, MD FACP, NashvilleWilliam Maynard, MD FACP, NashvilleOlesegun Ategbole, MBBS FACP, Jackson
TN Chapter new Fellows at Convocation
The Tennessee Chapter was represented by a resident team from
Vanderbilt University in the Doctor's Dilemma competition. This
team represented our chapter well but despite a valiant effort fell
to intense competition before the semifinal round.
Friday evening the Tennessee Chapter was joined by Kentucky and
North Carolina for a reception for our members at Marriott Marquis
Hotel. Wilma Cooley the TN Chapter Executive
Director coordinated the event. About 100 people participated in
this event which was a great time to meet and visit with chapter
Drs. Bill Bennett, Fred Ralston, and Waldon Garriss.
Drs. Bob Vegors and Steve Geraci (Dr. Geraci becomes the Chair
of Medicine at ETSU Quillen College of Medicine in June.)
Medical student members enjoying reception
Seven associate members from the Tennessee Chapter participated
in the Associates Poster Presentations at Internal Medicine
Brian C Reed, MD. An Assessment of Coliform
Bacteria in Water Sources near Appalachian Trail Shelters within
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Jeremy S Pollock, MD. Implementation of a
Standardized Pathway for the Treatment of Survivors of Cardiac
Arrest using Therapeutic Hypothermia: "Code ICE".
Swara Afiniwala, MD. Risk factors,
Complications, and Mortality among Infective Endocarditis Patients
at a Tertiary Care Medical Center.
Matthew D Stone, MD. A Novel Approach with
A Novel Product: Aerosolizing Phytobacteria for
Scott Duncan, MD. A 41 year old female with
a lung mass and multiple lung nodules.
Sister Mary Gretchen Hoffman. A Common
Problem with an Unlikely Suspect.
Stanley Pace, MD. Psoas Abscess as the
Initial Presentation of Crohn's Disease: An Unusual Case.
Congratulations to Dr. Scott Duncan who was
selected as one of ten national poster winners.
Dr. Swara Afiniwala with her mentor Dr. Mark Rasnake (UT
Knoxville residency program director)
Dr. Jeremy Pollock's poster won the TN chapter competition
Dr. Brian Reed combined his love of the outdoors with a research
Dr. Matthew Stone
The 26th meeting of the Tennessee ACP Literature and Medicine
Reading Retreat occurred March 1-3, 2013 at Fall Creek Falls State
Park. The retreat was full as have been all past retreats. The
discussion this year was one of the best ever which should not be
surprising since the topic was food. The title of Retreat 26 was
Food Matters and we read Babette's Feast, The Road to Wellville, In
Defense of Food, An Everlasting Meal, and We Are What We Ate: 24
Memories of Food.
Among many topics discussed were the woeful lack of good
nutrition advice that many patients receive and the often
conflicting or just wrong information about food that exists
everywhere - including in the medical literature. The ill effects
of ignoring the pleasure of eating good, healthy nutritious food
was expounded on along with ways to help our patients eat well but
healthily. This remains an area about which physicians still have
much to learn - including better ways to present appropriate
information to patients. This retreat helped all present on this
Please contact Dr.
Mark Anderson if you would like to be placed on the contact
list for future retreats.
Burgin E. Dossett, Jr, MD, one of our long-time
members died on March 14, 2013 in Johnson City. A founder of
Johnson City Internal Medicine Associates, Dr. Dossett practiced
medicine in Johnson City for over 50 years and was still active in
the practice at the time of his death. He was born in Knoxville on
September 15, 1930 and was graduated from Vanderbilt University and
University of Tennessee College of Medicine in Memphis. Upon
completion of medical school, he joined the armed forces and
commenced his medical internship at Brook Army Hospital at Fort Sam
Houston, Texas followed by an assignment to Germany. Dr. Dossett
returned to the US in 1957 for his residency in internal medicine
at Memorial Hospital in Harlan, Kentucky and in 1960 began his
professional practice in Johnson City. Dr. Dossett was a Colonel in
the US Army Reserve where he last served as Deputy Commander of the
322nd Medical Brigade of Nashville. He was deployed to Saudi Arabia
and Iraq in late 1990 with Operation Desert Storm. Academic and
Professional appointments include Clinical Professor of Internal
Medicine at East Tennessee State University, College of Medicine;
Chairman of the Board of North Side Hospital; and Chairman of Staff
at Northeast TN Rehabilitation Hospital. In addition, Dr. Dossett
acted as a medical advisor for both the Bureau of Hearings and
Appeals, Social Security Administration; and the Division of
Vocational Rehabilitation, State of Tennessee. Dr. Dossett was an
active member of the Tennessee Society of Internal Medicine where
he played several leadership roles. One of Dr. Dossett's greatest
joys was service to the ETSU community as medical director of the
student health clinic and team physician for the football
Burgin E. Dossett, Jr. MD
Congratulations to Douglas J. Springer, MD, FACP,
FACG, of Kingsport, on his election as president-elect of
the Tennessee Medical Association. He is a member of the Tennessee
Chapter ACP, and will serve as president of the TMA for
Practicing with Gastroenterology Associates in Kingsport, Dr.
Springer is board-certified in internal medicine. A native of
Canada, he is a graduate of University of Calgary Faculty of
Medicine. He is a member of the Sullivan County Medical Society and
a longtime leader with the TMA.
Doug Springer, MD, FACP, FACG
In 1993, the Evergreen Awards Program was started as a way to
recognize outstanding chapter efforts and innovation. The program
was instituted under the leadership of John
Tooker, who was the Chair of the Chapters Subcommittee.
Upon Dr. Tooker's retirement from the College, the program was
renamed in his honor. During the past twenty years, there have been
almost 600 Evergreen nominations submitted.
As a way to celebrate the 20th anniversary, the Chapters
Subcommittee and staff looked for a way to recognize chapters who
have demonstrated a long-term engagement with the program. These
chapters will be recognized as "Evergreen All-Stars". The Chapters
Subcommittee developed criterion that includes the following
As a chapter which has been active at the local level and in the
Evergreen program, the Tennessee Chapter was one of 30 chapters
recognized. These chapters received a certificate of merit (to be
displayed at the 2013 chapter meeting) and will have a special
graphic placed on their chapter web site.
It is with a combination of pride and humility that I take over
as Governor of the Tennessee Chapter of ACP from my very capable
predecessors - not to mention with a great deal of trepidation. One
of my goals as your Governor is to be more communicative with the
membership as well as to serve as a two way conduit of
communication between national ACP and our state chapter. The first
step will occur the weekend of April 26-28, 2013 with a formal
Strategic Planning session of your Council to establish what goals
the membership thinks are important for our chapter to focus on
during my four year term as Governor and to hold me accountable to
try to achieve those goals during my term. Unless being a member of
ACP is perceived to have value we cannot grow as an organization
nor hope to maintain a strong membership. As a practicing internist
you need ACP but we are only as strong as our numbers. You deserve
a return on your investment and hopefully the strategic plan will
serve as a roadmap to achieve this objective. You may have been one
of the physicians contacted during a preliminary survey of the
membership for this planning session and if so I hope you took the
time to provide your input. I am looking forward to serving as your
Governor and seeing you at the fall meeting. Save the dates
of October 18-19, 2013 to meet at the Marriott in Franklin,
Richard G. Lane, MD FACP
Governor, Tennessee Chapter ACP