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July 2012 Richard M. Dupee, MD, FACP, AGSF, Governor

Governor’s Message

Richard M. Dupee, MD, FACP, Governor

Dr. Dupee

From the Trenches

The ACP annual meeting was held this year in New Orleans. The turnout was one of the highest ever, a sign that our membership is committed to excellence in medicine, with continued passion for providing the best care possible. I was proud to be a fellow in the premier organization representing the specialty of internal medicine.

I now sit on the ACP Health and Public Policy Committee, so am honored and privileged to have first- hand and up to date knowledge of what is happening in Washington, and as you know, much is happening. By the time this newsletter reached you, the Supreme Court will have rendered its decision regarding the Affordable Care Act. Regardless of the final decision, ACP will continue to stand for insurance coverage for all citizens, but at less cost.

We as specialists in internal medicine must lead in providing excellent care, with the knowledge that care has become too expensive. We thus must lead in finding ways to reduce the cost of care, while still providing good care and good outcomes, and utilizing evidence-based medicine. If we do not lead in reducing costs, by avoiding unnecessary services, the mandate will come from outside our college.

The annual Governor’s Council Retreat, held last month, was again very successful. This year we were pleased to have several members of the Early Career Physicians council, as well as two of our student representatives join us, and their input was extremely helpful and productive. Our 2-day discussion resulted in the formation of a number of subcommittees designed to formulate positions on a variety of important issues that affect all of us in practice. Please contact our Chapter Coordinator, Lynda Layer at llayer@mms.org or 781-434-7317 if you would like to get involved in any of the initiatives listed below.

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MA ACP Governor’s Council and Early Career Physician Council Members

Don’t forget our annual scientific meeting on November 3, a Saturday. This year’s program is very exciting, and covers a broad variety of subjects, both academic and political, with some great speakers. More to come….

MA ACP Working Groups

Volunteerism Working Group
Mission: To foster awareness, engagement and committed participation to impact local and state issues related to access to high quality healthcare, socioeconomic inequality and community health.
Chair: Gene Lambert, MD, MBA

High Value Cost Conscious Care Working Group
Mission: To support the national ACP initiative “High Value Cost Conscious Care” on the local level.
Chair: Larissa Lucas, MD

Committee on Women in Medicine
Mission Statement: To support the professional development of women physicians as leaders in medicine
Chair: Geneve Allison, MD

Professional Development Working Group – Cape Cod
Mission: Delivery of Professional Development to a local MA healthcare community (starting with the Cape Cod area with hope of expanding to other regions of the Commonwealth)
Chair: Linda Habeeb, MD

Resident Education Working Group
Mission: To examine current resident education in terms of the changing health care delivery system and the new set of skills needed to address the changing landscape.
Chair: Stuart Mushlin, MD and Elisa Choi, MD

Patient Centered Medical Home or Internal Medicine Medical Neighborhood and the role of subspecialists
Mission: To explore the role of subspecialists as part of a Patient Centered Medical Home model and other payment models and to provide guidance to interested members in Massachusetts. (draft)
Chair: Harriet Bering, MD and James Hennessey, MD

IMIG Groups and Council of Associates Working Group
Mission: To support and encourage the activities of the IMIG groups and the Council of Associates.
Chair: George Abraham, MD


Meet the Newest Governor’s Council Members

The Massachusetts Chapter would like to welcome the following new member to the Governor’s Council:

Dr. Lambert

Gene O. Lambert MD, MBA is the Director of the Hospital Medicine Group at Massachusetts General Hospital which employs 35+ physicians, 2 NPs and operates three patient service lines within the Department of Medicine. He has been an inpatient clinician since 2002 providing direct patient care, attending on the medical teaching services and teaching the Patient-Doctor II course at Harvard Medical School. He is an Assistant Physician at Massachusetts General Hospital and a Clinical Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He earned a MBA with certification in Healthcare Management from the Boston University School of Management.

He completed a Massachusetts General Physician Organization Physician Administrative Fellowship. He did his Internal Medicine residency at Temple Hospital in Philadelphia and earned his Doctorate of Medicine from the Tufts University School of Medicine. He graduated with a BA in Biology from Brown University. He currently serves on the Clinical Business Development Committee, the Information Systems Steering Committee, the Medical Service Operations Oversight Committee, the Emergency Department/Department of Medicine Committee and the Medical Procedure Service Committee. He previously served as a Physician Lead on the Partners Acute Care Documentation project, an inpatient electronic health record system for Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He is an active member of the Society of Hospital Medicine’s Performance and Standards Committee, a member of the Massachusetts Medical Society, the MA ACP Council of Early Career Physicians and the American College of Physician Executives. His areas of interest include physician performance, patient safety and quality, process improvement, healthcare IT and strategy.


MA Chapter Annual Scientific Meeting

Save the Date!

Massachusetts Chapter Annual Scientific Meeting
Saturday, November 3, 2012
Massachusetts Medical Society, Waltham, MA

Meeting Highlights:

  • Updates on Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis, Cardiology and Women’s Health Issues
  • Medicine in the Media
  • Town Hall Meeting on Health Care Payment Reform with Health and Human Services Secretary Judy Ann Bigby, MD, and Bob Doherty from ACP
  • Panel discussion on Non-traditional Careers in Medicine aimed at early career physicians, residents, and medical students
  • Associates and Medical Students Poster

We invite you to join your colleagues in internal medicine for this annual event. The program and registration brochure will be available in late August.


Early Career Physicians’ Corner*

MA ACP Council of Early Career Physicians

The purpose of Massachusetts ACP’s new Council of Early Career Physicians is to develop programs and networking opportunities for early career physicians in the Commonwealth, ensure that the views of early career physicians are reflected in all chapter deliberations and discussions, and stimulate advocacy for early career physicians. One of our primary goals is to provide mentorship for physicians at the start of their careers in Primary Care and Hospitalist Medicine.

*According to ACP, a “young physician” or “early career physician” is defined as a physician member of ACP who is within sixteen years of graduating medical school and who is not currently in residency or fellowship.

In June the Early Career Physicians Council hosted a picnic at Auburndale Cove. There were over 25 physicians and their families that took advantage of the opportunity to meet and network with their fellow members.

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Picnic Organizer and ECP Council Secretary Natalie Pauli, MD, FACP and ECP Council Chair Phoebe Cushman, MD

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Members and their families enjoying the beautiful weather and wonderful food

SAVE THE DATE! On September 13, 2012, the Early Career Physician Council will be hosting a CME/Risk Management program entitled “A Medical Malpractice Primer, What You Should Know” at the Massachusetts Medical Society, 860 Winter Street, Waltham MA 02451 From 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm.

Join your fellow early career physicians for a risk management program featuring Richard Corder from Crico presenting “From Malpractice to Best Practice” and Luis Sanchez, MD presenting “Emotional Impact of a Lawsuit on a Physician.”

Visit the MA Chapter website to register for the program.


Strengthen Our Chapter: Participate in ACP’s Recruit-a-Colleague Program!

The American College of Physicians and the Massachusetts Chapter encourages all members to help strengthen the voice of internal medicine by recommending ACP Membership to colleagues. By joining the College, your colleagues will enrich their clinical knowledge and skills and have access to all of the ACP member benefits that you enjoy.

To thank you for your dedication to our organization, ACP offers dues incentives to members that recruit new members through the Recruit-a-Colleague Program. In addition, successful recruiters have the chance to win a trip to the annual Internal Medicine meeting that includes registration, airfare (up to $500), and hotel accommodations. The Recruit-a-Colleague Program runs annually from April 1 through March 15.

The Massachusetts Chapter would like to recognize the following members for participating in this program and strengthening our chapter: Thos Patrick Cunningham, MD, FACP, Robert M. Fishman, DO FACP, Andrew C. Jorgensen, MD, Vladimir Koren, MD, Jennifer Parent, MD, Taya Parnas, MD, Lydia Siegel, MD, Mengtao Zhang, MD


To learn more about the Recruit-a-Colleague Program, please visit www.acponline.org/recruitacolleague.


Why I joined ACP

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Geneve Allison, MD

Infectious Diseases Division, Tufts Medical Center, staff physician, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Tufts University School of Medicine. Director, OutPatient Intravenous Antibiotic Therapy (OPAT) Service

Medicine is changing rapidly and for me being a member of ACP helps me learn about the changes and get involved. My membership provides me opportunities to network with and learn from a wide spectrum of internists – private practice, academic, community, specialists, PCPs, and hospitalists. As a member of the MA Chapter I have a voice at the grassroots level of medicine about issues I care about.”


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Stuart Mushlin MD, FACP, FACR

Master Clinician in Internal Medicine and Primary Care, Brigham and Women's Hospital I'm very proud to be an internist and a primary care doctor. I am stimulated both intellectually and emotionally in this, the most rewarding of medical specialties. Knowing that "I own" the patient's welfare, and am the touchstone for all their medical needs is a great privilege. The ACP fully understands the value of broad based medical knowledge and compassionate care.


Leadership Day

Washington DC ~ June 6-7, 2012
Tejas Patel, MD

The American College of Physicians (ACP) hosted its annual Leadership Day on Capitol Hill on June 6 and 7, 2012. Eight delegates from Massachusetts with varying levels of experience engaging on Capitol Hill joined physicians from around the country to meet with legislators to advocate for a bipartisan bill, H.R. 5707, focused on eliminating Medicare’s sustainable growth rate (SGR) in favor of a fairer payment system. This bill is currently introduced in the House of Representatives. ACP leaders also advocated for continuing full funding of the NIH, CDC, AHRQ and GME as well as medical liability reform.

The first day was devoted to a series of lectures to refine understanding of the legislative process in the context of the changing Washington landscape. This was followed by an engaging panel discussion about the challenges of physician payment reform during an election year dominated by talks of austerity. Finally, various ACP members received awards for their distinguished ACP service.

June 7 was the day we created thunder in the halls of Congress. This second day began with talks by Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Rep. Allyson Schwartz (D-PA) and the Surgeon General of the United States Dr. Regina Benjamin. We were briefed on how to best deliver the message to legislators we were going to meet. In speaking with others during the day they felt prepared to introduce and speak from experience regarding payment, workforce, and primary care reform.

The Massachusetts delegation consisted of physicians representing private practice as well as academia, and physicians at all stages of their careers from trainees to 25 year veterans. Four of the physicians were physicians-in-training with special interest in advocacy for internal medicine as well as legislative processes. The Massachusetts physicians visited 10 Massachusetts house member offices and offices of both the senators. We thank ACP staff for coordinating this wonderful experience.

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Picture: from left to right: Tejas Patel, FACP, Joshua Allen-Dicker, Associate, James Yeh, Associate, Bhavana Lall, Member, Elisa Choi, FACP, Robert Lebow, FACP, Jay Bhatt, Associate


Congratulations to the New Fellows of the MA Chapter

New Fellows (past 6 months through July 1)

Chakra P. Chaulagain, MD FACP
Renee M. Goetzler, MD FACP
Terrence Charles Hack, MD FACP
Janet Larson, MD FACP
Albert M. Loerinc, MD, FACP
Larissa J. Lucas, MD, FACP
Gina L. Luciano, MD FACP
Katherine L. Lupton, MD FACP
Milan C. Mathew, MD MPH FACP
Kerri L. Palamara, MD FACP
Natalie P. Pauli, MD FACP
Jeffrey E. Silver, MD, FACP
Linda Rebecca Spanagel, MD, FACP
Armand Tanase, MD, FACP


Welcome to the New Members and Associates of the MA Chapter

New Members (past 6 months)

Maysabel Aponte, MD
Noelle Barrera, DO
Uma D. Chaganti, MD
Warren Chuang, MD
Mark B. Davidson, MD
Ioana Fat, MD
George M. Feltin, MD
Patrick L. Gordan, MD
Richard M. Gottlieb, MD
Scot J. Groteguth, MD
Meenakshi Gupta, MBBS
Maria A. Gutium, MD
Camille Henry, MD
Angela Hsu, MD
Mark Jankowske, DO
Kevin Dev Kapila
Stephen C. Kaplan, MD
Anitha Krishnasamy, MD
Dmitry V. Levenson, MD
Leslie Alberto Linares, MD
Nicole Anne Malouf, MD
Huma Masood, MD
Irina Merport, MD
Riad K. Mortada, MD
Anna Rae B. Ong, MD
Jung Hyun Park, MD
Mamatha Prabhakara, MD
Afroz S. Saquib, MD
Andrew David Schwartzman, MD
Chi Chang D. Siao, MD
Alex Sica, MD
Carl Singletary, MD
Sarah Workman, MD
Wendy W. Yeh, MD

New Associates (past 6 months)

Anam Akmal, MD
Mohamed Alseiari, MD
Katherine R Baldwin, MD
Taison D. Bell, MD
Natalia C. Berry, MD MBA
Christopher P. Blomberg, DO
Kimberly G. Blumenthal, MD
Sean Callahan, MD
Laura K. Certain, MD PhD
Peter G. Chan, MD
Aditya Chandrasekhar, MD
Allen Chang, MD
Fouad Chebib, MD
Wendy M. Chiang, MD
H Matthew Cohn, MD
Rebecca Cook, MD
Shilpa Desai, MD
Kunal V. Domakonda, MD
Ali Duarte-Garcia
Areej El-Jawahri, MD
Teresa M. Gallo Thys, DO
Hong Jenny Gao, MD
Tian Gao, MD
Katharine A. Germansky, MD
Sorina Ghiran, MD
Suzanne M. Gilman
Carlos J. Gonzalez Quesada, MD
Ashil J. Gosalia, MD
Kathryn Green, MD
Samson H. Hanka, MD
Nidhi Hans, MBBS
Pallavi Heda
William J. Hucker, MD, PhD
Layli Jamali, MD
Sumbal A. Janjua
Anupam B. Jena, MD
Brandon M. Jones, MD
Joseph Joyner, MD
Boris D. Juelg, MD
Amudhan Jyothidasasn, MD, MBBS
Sucharitha Kankanala
Noreen Kelly, MD
Ila Khanna, MD
Shiv Khosla, MD
Meghan M. Kiefer, MD
Clayton D. Knox, MD
Bibek Koirala, MBBS
Andrew S. Korson, MD
Soowhan Lah, MD
Anica Law, MD
Annie A. Lee, MD
Robert B. Legler, MD
Diana C. Lemly, MD
Alison Lennox, MD
Jennifer Lewey, MD
Alina G. Livshits, MD
Michelle Long, MD
Aparna Mani, MD PhD
Ariela Marshall, MD
Susan K. Mathai, MD
Lena Mathews, MD
Jonathan C. Min, MD
Eman Mohammad N, MD
Ayana Morales, MD
Shweta R. Motiwala, MD
David Munson, MD
Sangeetha Muppavarapu, MD
Ankur K. Nagaraja, MD, PhD
Krishna C. Nimmagadda, MD
Cynthia A. Norton, DO
Iheanyichukwu Ogu, MD, MBBS
Oluseyi Ojeifo, MD
Opeyemi A. Olabisi, MD, PhD
Ram Padmanabhan, MD
Srivatsan Padmanabhan, MBBS
Vikram A. Padmanabhan, MD
Mihir Parikh, MD
Tejal Patel, MDCM
William F Pendergraft III, MD, PhD
Jessica E Ravikoff, MD
Raquel Reyes, MD
Cristian Riella II, MD
Eric Ritchie, MD
Nina M. Ritchie, MD
Matthew B. Rivara, MD
Zachary J. Roberts, MD, PhD
Ama Sadaka, MD
David Sallman, MD
Sarah V. Scarselletta, MD
Daniel M. Shivapour, MD
Daniel Shue
John Sloan, MD
Kyle D. Staller, MD
Daniel A. Steinhaus, MD
Jeremy D. Sylvan, MD
Sara R. Tabtabai, MD
Jaclyn Therrien, DO
Renuka Tipirneni, MD
Khue Ton, MD
Katrina E. Traber, MD
Magali Nyemba Tshiamala, MD
Anu Vellanki, MD
Anjali Anne Verghese, MD
Sarah E. Wakeman, MD
Xiaodan Wang, MD
Katherine C. Wrenn, MD
Jessica Zeidman, MD
Florencia Ziemke, MD


Contact Information

George M. Abraham, MD, MPH, FACP,
Governor, Massachusetts Chapter

Lynda Layer, CAE
Executive Director
Ph: 781-434-7317
E-mail: llayer@mms.org