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International Council

Reports to:

Board of Regents


Advise the Board of Regents on strategic direction that will enable the College to actively participate in the international medical community and to consolidate and coordinate international leadership, input and direction for the College, and provide a direct link between international leadership and the BOR.

Composition (Minimum 11)

All international Regents, up to five Governors of international chapters, and five at-large members. One international Regent (or other sitting Regent if none are international) serves as Chair; one international Governor serves as Vice Chair.

Note: All International Governors will be asked if they wish to serve on the Council. From the pool of interested Governors, the Chair, Board of Governors, will recommend to the Governance Committee the new Governors to be appointed to the council with an eye toward maintaining geographic and Governor class diversity.


Chair may serve for the duration of his/her term as Regent, up to four years.

Governors serve one, two-year term, with possible reappointment of one year (maximum term 3 years and no longer than term of Governor).

Regent members serve for the duration of their term as Regent (4-year term); at-large members serve two years with possible reappointment one year.

2017-18 Members

Joseph M. Li, SFHM, MD, FACP, Chair
Associate Professor of Medicine
Harvard Medical School
Chief, Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital Med
Boston, MA
Specialty: Hospital Medicine

Nestor Sosa, MD, FACP, Vice Chair
(Governor) Central America
General Director
Gorgas Memorial Institute
Panama, Panama
Specialties: IM, ID

Maha Mishari Abdulaziz Al Saud, MD, FACP
(Governor)  Saudi Arabia
Senior Clinical Scientist/Consultant, Internal Med
Research Centre, MBC-03
King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Centre
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Specialty: IM

Omar T. Atiq, MD, FACP
(Governor) Arkansas
Professor of Medicine
Associate Director, Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Director, Arkansas Cancer Institute
Pine Bluff, AR
Specialties: IM, ON, HEM

Kenneth Leon Connell, MBBS, DM (UWI), PhD, FACP, FRCP (LONDON)
(Governor) Caribbean
Faculty of Medical Sciences
Cave Hill Campus
The University of the West Indies
St. Michael, Barbados

David A Fleming, MD, MA, MACP
Co-Director, Center for Health Ethics
CE724-UM School of Medicine
Columbia, MO
Specialties: IM, GER

Henrique Grunspun, MD, FACP
(Governor) Brazil
General Internal Medicine Practitioner
Chairman of Bioethics Commission
Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein
Sao Paulo, Brazil
Specialties: IM, Urgent Care Practice

Narmin Kassam, BSc, MD, MHPE, FRCPC, FACP
(Governor) Alberta
Professor, Department of Medicine
Interim Deputy Clinical Department Head
Director, Division of General Internal Medicine
University of Alberta
Section Chief, General Internal Medicine
Edmonton, AB, Canada
Specialty: IM

Guillermo J. Ruiz-Arguelles, MD, FRCP (Glasg), MACP
(Governor) Mexico
Director General
Centro de Hematología y Medicina Interna.
Clínica Ruiz
Puebla Pue, México
Specialty: Hematology

Tabassum Salam, MD, FACP
(Governor) Delaware
Senior Physician Advisor, Population Health
Christiana Care Health System
Wilmington, DE
Specialty: IM

Soma Wali, MD, FACP
Chair, Department of Medicine
Director UCLA Olive View Internal Medicine
Residency Program
Olive View UCLA Medical Center
Executive Vice Chair of Medicine
UCLA Affiliated Hospital
Professor of Clinical Medicine
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Sylmar, CA
Specialties: IM, Medical Education

Staff Liaison: Marisa McCarren