Meet Our Governor, Laura M. Davisson, MD, MPH, FACP

Our Chapter Governor is Laura M. Davisson, MD, MPH, FACP. She completed a year of training as a Governor-elect and then started her four-year term as Governor in the Spring of 2019. As Governor, Dr. Davisson serves as the official representative of the College for the West Virginia Chapter, providing a link between members at the local level and leadership at the national level. Before taking office, Dr. Davisson worked closely with Dr. Dorsey (the immediate Past Governor) and College staff to learn about the College and his duties as Governor. To learn more our Governor, read her bio below.

Laura M. Davisson, MD, MPH, FACPLaura M. Davisson, MD, MPH, FACP

Education: BA, Northwestern University; MD, West Virginia University; MPH, West Virginia University

Post Doctoral Training: Internal Medicine Residency, West Virginia University; Chief Resident, West Virginia University

Certification: ABIM 2002; American Board of Obesity Medicine 2015

Present Position: Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, West Virginia University

ACP Chapter Involvement and Leadership Activities: Governor’s Advisory Council; Program Planning Committee; Abstract Judge, WV state meetings; Chair, Scientific Program

ACP National Activities: Fellowship 2009; Abstract Judge, National meetings

Other Appointments/Activities: Associate Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency Program; Quality Coordinator, WVU IRB; Outpatient women’s health faculty practice, inpatient medical practice; WVU medical weight management practice; Clinic Director, WVU Center of Excellence in Women’s Health; Faculty Advisory, Internal Medicine Interest Group; Faculty Advisor, American Medical Women’s Association

Areas of Professional Interest and Expertise: Obesity; Prevention and Public Health; Women’s Health

Candidate Statement:

In fifteen years of primary care practice, I have seen how obesity has devastated our state. It is underlying many of the chronic diseases jeopardizing the well-being of West Virginians. I am passionate about fighting this epidemic, and I recently became board certified in obesity medicine so I could more directly address it. My desire to have a broad impact also led me to earn a master’s degree in public health and to work in an academic setting where I have had the opportunity to teach and shape the next generation of internists. As WV ACP Governor, I will use my population health skills to address obesity and other public health problems affecting our state. I also intend to host lively chapter meetings, encourage student and resident involvement, engage hospitalists, and emphasize quality of care in WV and beyond.