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January 2013 Michael M. Hawkins, MD, FACP, SFHM, ACP Governor

Governor's Corner

Dr. Hawkins

As we enter into 2013, I want to wish each of you a happy and prosperous new year. 2012 was a very busy year for us at ACP, doing our best to represent our patients and our physicians as healthcare reform moves forward. The national office of ACP has been relentless in representing our interests on issues such as repealing the SGR and working toward payment reform, averting the nearly 30% payment reductions by proposing alternative measures to the House of Representatives and Senate in Washington, working on incentives to attract physicians into primary care, and to preserve funding for programs to increase Medicaid and Medicare payments for undervalued primary care services, just to name a few of the many endeavors on our behalf. Marybeth Poston, MD and I again attended Leadership Day in Washington to meet with the S.C. delegation in order to continue education them on the needs here in our state. As we move into the new year, your state chapter and council will continue to speak out on the issues that affect all of us and our patients.

In October, we had a very successful S.C. State ACP Scientific Sessions meeting in Hilton Head. All of the speakers received very high ratings, and I think that we all learned a great deal. As you have heard me say many times, our yearly meeting is the best bang for the buck that you will ever get in terms of CME. It was great seeing everyone again, and we are already planning for our next meeting which will take place October 24-27 at the Charleston Marriott Hotel. Mark your calendars now, and be on the lookout for further information with regards to registration.

One of the highlights of the year was our chapter receiving the 2012 Chapter Excellence Award. Receiving the award signifies that our chapter has met the specific criteria, determined by the Chapters Subcommittee, that defines a successful chapter. To my knowledge, that represents 7 years in a row that we have achieved this honor. I would like to thank all of the members and the Governor’s Executive Council for all of the work done toward this accomplishment.

Finally, but most important, I would like to publically announce that Patsy Sadler, M.D., from Clinton, was elected by our chapter members as the next South Carolina ACP Chapter Governor. Patsy will serve for one year as Governor-elect, and will then take over as Governor at the 2014 national meeting. Patsy has been a very dedicated member of ACP throughout the years, and has served on the Governor’s Executive Council for as long as I can remember. For the past several years she has been the Program Director for our annual meeting, and is one of the key players in our being recognized as a Chapter of Excellence. Thank you, Patsy, for your dedication and hard work, and congratulations on being elected by your peers. I can assure all of you that our chapter will be in good hands going forward.

Michael Hawkins, MD


New Governor-elect

Congratulations to the South Carolina Chapter Governor-Elect, Patricia E. Sadler, MD, FACP. Our new Governor-elect Designee will start her four-year term as Governor in the Spring of 2014. As Governor, Dr. Sadler will serve as the official representative of the College for the South Carolina Chapter, providing a link between members at the local level and leadership at the national level. In the meantime, Dr. Sadler will be working closely with Dr. Hawkins (the current Governor) and College staff to learn about the College and her duties as Governor. To learn more about Dr. Sadler, feel free to read her bio and vision statement below.

Patricia E. Sadler, MD, FACP

EDUCATION: Vanderbilt University, BA 1979, Chemistry and Psychology, Medical University of South Carolina, MD 1984
POST DOCTORAL TRAINING: Medical University of South Carolina, internship in internal medicine, 1984-1985; residency 1985-1987
CERTIFICATION: ABIM 1987, Hospice and Palliative Medicine November 2010
PRESENT POSITION: Medical Director, Hospice of Laurens County, Inc.
ACP ACTIVITIES: FACP July 1, 2001, LEAD 2011
CHAPTER INVOLVEMENT/LEADERSHIP ACTIVITIES: Program Chair October 2010 to present, SC ACP Council 2010 to present
HOSPITAL/COMMUNITY SERVICE: Good Shepherd Free Medical Clinic, Laurens District 56 School Board, Girl Scout Troop 304 and Troop 2093 leader, St. Boniface Catholic Church CCD instructor
AREAS OF PROFESSIONAL INTEREST/EXPERTISE: Hospice and Palliative medicine and its integration in the healthcare arena especially over the next 20 years.

Vision Statement

We, in the field of internal medicine, and, in South Carolina, face ongoing and new challenges in providing high-quality, evidence-based care in the arena of healthcare reform and in the arena of exploding healthcare costs, technology, and healthcare information technology. We also face ongoing issues with healthcare literacy in our disparate locations and populations. We continue to explore the burden of cost of medical training for our newest physicians and how that impacts our profession. While the challenges are complicated and huge, the ACP has consistently provided a platform for local advocacy leading to national agendas that ultimately improve us as doctors and improve the care we give to our patients. I consider the role of governor to solicit, assimilate, and promote the concerns of our internists in all of our diverse occupations, hospitalist and outpatient, primary care and subspecialist, urban and rural, then to advance our local agenda to the national agenda while developing relevant educational opportunities in our state.


A Word from our Governor-Elect, Patsy Sadler, MD

Dr. Sadler

I am thrilled and privileged to assume the position of Governor-elect for the South Carolina chapter of ACP. Internal medicine and its “face”, the American College of Physicians, is a most precious and honorable institution founded in ethics, science, evidence, and compassion. I look forward to garnering all the knowledge I can to bring forward to the national level and ,likewise, bringing that back home. Needless, to say, the landscape of healthcare is changing in huge ways in the coming months to years. I hope to bring your message forward to protect the finest points of our specialty and to protect our patients’ interests while embracing the changes we expect with a plan and confidence.

The quality of our chapter is because of our members. Having worked with so many of you as program chair, I know I can count help from all corners of the state.


New Fellows

Congratulations to our physicians who were awarded Fellowship status (FACP) within the American College of Physicians!

Fellowship is an honor achieved by those recognized by their peers for personal integrity, superior competence in internal medicine, professional accomplishment, and demonstrated scholarship.

The Chapter recognizes and congratulates the following physicians who were elected to Fellowship in the College in the past 6 months:

David M. Brabeck, MD, FACP
Christine L. Bryson, DO, FACP
Alexander R. Carbo, MD, FACP
Elisa I. Choi, MD, FACP
Eric R. Cohen, MD, FACP
Bradley H. Crotty, MD, FACP
Carolyn M. D'Ambrosio, MD, FACP
Henry J. Feldman, MD, FACP
Chi-Cheng Huang, MD, FACP
William Joel Lawton, MD, FACP
Albert M. Loerinc, MD, FACP
Larissa J. Lucas, MD, FACP
Erin L. Malone, MD, FACP
Francisco M. Marty, MD, FACP
John D. Mudrock, MD, FACP
Arun Mukherjee, MD, FACP
Michael F. Murray, MD, FACP
Muthoka L. Mutinga, MD, FACP
Jeffrey E. Silver, MD, FACP
Linda Rebecca Spanagel, MD, FACP
Gitanjali Srivastava, MD, FACP
Helen Stockinger, MD, FACP
Armand Tanase, MD, FACP
Venu Madhav Velagapudi, MD, FACP


Membership Matters

Over the past year, we have had a 4% growth in our state ACP membership, which is good news given that many professional organizations these days are experiencing a decline in membership. Please reach out to internists, residents, and students in your communities and encourage them to become a part of this great organization. The benefits are many, and you can encourage colleagues to visit www.acponline.org in order to learn more about the organization. To join, have them sign up online through the Recruit a Colleague Program. I can tell you that as a member who has gone through the maintenance of certification process a couple of times already, it is really helpful to have that ACP link to click on when doing the ABIM modules, and by doing so get the latest article or guideline that helps you to answer the question correctly. I found this to be a great learning experience, and was much more efficient than thumbing through textbooks or searching online. This is a great selling point to use in recruiting new members.

New Members

We are proud to welcome the following members who have joined the Chapter during the past 6 months:

Bijay Acharya, MD
Neil Ahluwalia, MD
Irma A. Alarcon, MD
Khalid A Alkimawi, MD
Lisa Battaglia, MD
Evan R. Berg, MD
Rebecca A. Berman, MD
Rafael Bloise, MD
Magdalena Boelsterl, MD
Daniel Bohl, MD
Jonathan Z. Bortinger, MD
Andrea B. Braun, MD, PhD
Ari Brettman, MD
O'Neil A Britton, MD
Diane M. Brockmeyer, MD
Peter W. Butler, MBBS
Juan Carlos Cardet, MD
Renata Cardoso, MD

Curtis R. Chong, MD PhD
Stanley D. Crittenden, MD
Imola Daniel, MD
Carole Demosthene, MD
Sourab Dhungel, MBBS
Dimitar Zhelyazkov Dimitrov, MD
Michelle L. Dossett, MD, PhD
Pracha Eamranond, MD
Ann Eapen, MD
Vitaly Ermolin, MD
Ana M. Espila Navarro, MBBS
Grace Farris, MD
Candace H. Feldman, MD, MPH
Arkadiy Finn, MD
Esteban Franco Garcia, MD
Douglas S. Fritz, MD
Dakshin Gangadharamurthy, MD
Miguel A. Giannoni Delgado, MD
Jill Goldman, MD
Jason W. Griffith, MD, PhD
Krishna S. Gunturu, MBBS
Suraj Gupta, MD
Spencer Haller, MD
Julian J. Harris, MD, MBA, MSc
Katie Hawthorne, MD
Alireza Hosseinnezhad, MD
James C. Hudspeth, MD
Iliana S. Hurtado Rendon, MD
Su Hutchinson, MD
Sachin Jain, MD
Sachin H. Jain, MD
Marisa Beth Jupiter, MD
Thomas P. Kaegi, MD
Joseph Edward Kaye, MD
Paymon Kayhani, MD
Kenneth L. Kehl, MD
Laila Khalid, MBBS
Martin Krsak, MD
Gina R. Kruse, MD
Bhavna Lall, MD
Wooseung Lee, MD
Deborah Leong, MD
Amy R. Lo, MD
Alejandra V. Marin Ruiz, MD
Kerry Lynn Massman, MD
Ruth E. Medina Gutierrez, MD
Judith A. Melin, MD
Eli Miloslavsky, MD
Maria C. Monge, MD
Charles A. Morris, MD
Roopashree Muralidhar, MD
Meagan K. Murphy, MD
Nneka A. Onwubueke, MD
Deepak Palakshappa, MD
Virginia H. Palazzo, MD
Rajesh R. Panjabi, MD
Anagha S. Paranjape, MBBS
Sonali Paul, MD
Peter M. Pillitteri, MD
Krishna P. Reddy, MD
Kassem Safa, MD
Yarima S. Santiago, MD
Benjamin L. Schlechter, MD
Andrew M. Schutzbank, MD
Joanna E. Schwartz, MD
Shwetha Sequeira, MD
Saurabh Sethi, MBBS
Akram Shaar, MD
Saif Shafiq, MD
Sonakshi Sharma, MBBS
Biljana Simikic, DO
Sarita Singh, MD
Robert Spencer, MD
Hector Tamez Aguilar, MD, MPH
Mark Benitez Tarantan, MD
Jesse Theisen-Toupal, MD
Harry J. Thomas, MD
Praveen Kumar Tumula, MD
Jenica N. Upshaw, MD
Xiaodan Wang, MD
Diana M. Winston, MD
Martha C. Wu, MD Alysse Gaill Wurcel, MD Qiaoxin Yang, MBBS
Wei Yang, MD
Hanady Zainah
Daniel J Zanchetti, MD


Congratulations to the 2012 S.C. Chapter Awards Winners

The Young Physicians Award: Steve Saunders, MD, Greenville Hospital System
James A. McFarland, MD, FACP Award: Caroline Powell, MD, FACP, MSCR, USC School of Medicine
The Laureate Award: Michael Hawkins, MD, FACP, SFHM, Regional CMO CogentHMG
Overall Student Poster Winner: Xian Qiao, MS, USC School of Medicine
Overall Oral Research Presentation Winner: Maneesh Penkar, MD, Greenville


Save the Date

South Carolina Chapter Scientific Meeting, October 24-27 at the Charleston, SC Marriott Hotel, further information to be sent out to the membership at a later time.


ACP’s Top Priorities on Healthcare Reform (at work for you)

  1. Access for all Americans to an affordable health insurance plan that does not exclude or discriminate against those with pre-existing conditions.
  2. Create incentives to reverse a growing and catastrophic shortage of general internists and other primary care physicians.
  3. End the annual cycle of Medicare doctor payment cuts due to the flawed Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula that will create enormous access problems for beneficiaries.
  4. Reform the medical liability system and the enormous costs associated with frivolous lawsuits and defensive medicine by imposing caps on non-economic damages; and test and fund new models such as health courts, which would have cases heard by an expert panel rather than a lay jury.


What's New

Contact Information

Patricia E Sadler, MD FACP
South Carolina Chapter Governor

Debbie Shealy
Administrative Coordinator-Chapter Meetings