George M. Abraham, MD, MPH, FACP, is Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, President of the Medical Staff and Associate Chief of Medicine at Saint Vincent Hospital, and also Adjunct Professor of Medicine at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. Dr. Abraham has an MPH from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, and is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Medical Specialties in Infectious Disease. Dr. Abraham is the Secretary/Treasurer for the Massachusetts Chapter of the American College of Physicians and also serves as a Trustee of the Massachusetts Medical Society, in addition to serving on several committees and as a delegate. He is a past-president of the Worcester District Medical Society and is also the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Health Foundation of Central Massachusetts, a non-profit committed to the community. Dr. Abraham has numerous publications in peer-reviewed journals, as well as at national and international meetings. He has also written prolifically on issues of public health in the media. He maintains a practice in internal medicine (primary care) as well as infectious disease. In the past, he has volunteered with Mother Teresa and the Missionaries of Charity, and currently, he also leads medical mission trips annually to rural Louisiana and Mexico, with his church.
Iíve been a proud member of ACP since residency. Over the years, I helped organize state and national resident/student programs, and have served on the Annual Scientific Planning Committee. As the current Secretary/Treasurer, the Governor and I led the strategic planning process with input from the Governorís council. I, therefore, feel equipped to assume the role of Governor. Going forward, MA-ACP needs to better engage its constituents, internists and subspecialists. Physicians are increasingly burdened with unreimbursed administrative tasks and subspecialists feel disenfranchised with decreasing reimbursement, both being vital areas that can be addressed, now that global payment models are here to stay, by becoming a voice with government and payors. Reinvigorating the community internist struggling to keep up with new demands on their practice is an important area of focus. Our community internists serve as mentors to residents and students deciding on future careers and to our early career physicians.