Texas Chapter ACP Governor Election

A Governor of the ACP serves as the official representative of the College in a specific College jurisdiction, providing a link between members at the local level and leadership at the national level. The Governor has a variety of responsibilities at both levels. Through a series of task forces, Governors have collaborated to define the role of an ACP Governor and categorize Governors’ responsibilities into three major areas: governance, chapter management, and expertise in internal medicine. In Texas, your Texas Northern and Texas Southern Governors serve on the Texas Chapter of the ACP Board of Directors as liaisons between national ACP and the chapter.  Your current Texas Chapter ACP Governors are Cynthia Peacock, MD, FAAP, FACP, Texas Southern Region and Jack Myers, MD, FACP, Texas Northern Region.

Texas Chapter Northern Region Election (Voting Open: September 20 - November 8, 2019)

It’s already time to vote for your next Chapter Governor. Those eligible to vote include Masters, Fellows, Members, and Resident/Fellow Members with an election date of 9/1/2017 or earlier. The Governor serves as the official representative of the College for the chapter, providing a link between members at the local level and leadership at the national level. This year, we have two superb candidates who are running for Governor-elect, Dr. Maureen Francis and Dr. Roger Khetan. The chapter would like to acknowledge and thank them both for their enthusiastic work on behalf of our Chapter over the years.

The election is taking place between September 20 and November 8. Members can vote online or by mail-in ballot. The ballot will be mailed to you with your ACP Member Number and Election Passcode and is required in order to cast a vote. For replacement ballots and election customer service, e-mail support@directvote.net or call  866-909-3549, Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Central. For general election information, contact Julie Sinkoff, Coordintor, BOG Relations, via email or telephone at 215-351-2699.

Maureen D. Francis, MD, MS-HPEd, FACP

Medical School Education: Jefferson Medical College

Post-Doctoral Training: William Beaumont Army Medical Center

Certification: ABIM

Present Position: Professor and Assistant Dean for Medical Education, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine

ACP Chapter and Leadership Activities: President-elect 2014-2015; President 2015-2016; Immediate Past President 2016-2017; Co-Chair, Medical Student Committee; Co-Chair, Bylaws Committee

ACP National Activities: Fellowship 2009; Participant, Leadership Day 2014

Other Appointments/Activities: Medical Director, Medical Student Run Clinic, El Paso County (providing care to under-served patients); Breast Cancer Screening Drives, Medical Student Run Clinic (providing mammography for under-served women, received over $80,000 in grant funding) since 2014; Clinical Appointments, University Medical Center; Clinical Appointments, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, El Paso; HCV Statewide Leadership Board, UT Health San Antonio Reach Center; Texas Interprofessional Education Consortium and TeamSTEPPS Master Trainer

Areas of Professional Interest and Expertise: Teaching - Students and residents represent the future. It is a pleasure to work with them on their journey of professional development; Community service - It is important to me to give back to the community, particularly to the most vulnerable members. Preventive care and patient education are vitally important to maintain health and yet may be out of reach for some members of our communities; Quality Improvement and Patient Safety - I have been involved in QI activities since the IOM report "To Err Is Human" was published, working on issues related to access and efficiency, improving quality indicators for diabetes in resident clinics, and teaching QI principles to different audiences

Candidate Statement:
Texas is large and diverse. My goal is to work with physicians across the state to connect Texas. Standing together, we can do what we cannot accomplish alone, tackling the most difficult issues,
bringing joy to the practice of medicine, and improving the health of all of our communities—large and small, rural and urban, east and west, north and south. I came to Texas through the military, and in my travels I have had the good fortune to work in various settings, including a VA outpatient clinic, a rural practice, a clinic for the under-served, and academic medical centers. While this gives me a start in understanding the issues important to you, I would like to reach out to you to learn more about your priorities and concerns, your ideas for improvement. Let’s work together and connect Texas.

Roger S. Khetan, MD, FACP

Medical School Education: University of Texas Medical School at Houston

Post-Doctoral Training: Internal Medicine and Chief Resident, University of Texas Medical School at Houston

Certification: Internal Medicine

Present Position: Physician, HealthTexas Provider Network, Baylor Scott and White Affiliate

ACP Chapter and Leadership Activities: President, ACP Services 2012 & 2018; Past President, ACP Services 2013 & 2019; President-elect 2014; President 2015; Past President 2016; Chair, Health and Public Policy Committee until 2018; Member, Health and Public Policy Committee; Chair, Membership Committee; Poster Judge, Residents and Medical Students

ACP National Activities: Fellowship 2009; PAC Board 2014-2017: Judge, Internal Medicine Meetings 2011-2019; Awardee, Advocate of the Year, ACP PAC 2017; Poster Judge, Residents and Medical Students

Other Appointments/Activities: Communication Committee, Dallas County Medical Society; House of Delegates, Texas Medical Association; Member, P & T Committee, Baylor Scott White/Baylor Quality Alliance; Meals on Wheels; QA Chairman, BHVH (Heart Hospital); Member, Best Care Committee, Health Texas Provider Network (HTPN); Member, Service Excellence Committee, HTPN; Member, Provider Wellness Committee, HTPN; Member, Compensation Committee, HTPN; Member, Advisory Board, Tom Landry Fitness Center; Monthly Guest (with 4 other physicians), WFAA Channel 8 ABC

Areas of Professional Interest and Expertise: Geriatric Care; Wellness and Preventive Health; General Internal Medicine and Hospital Care

Candidate Statement: I am excited to be asked to be a nominee for Governor of the northern region. I have enjoyed the leadership experience at the Texas Chapter of ACP for several years watching our organization grow into a stronger voice for our patients at the local and national level with our voice being strong in DC and Austin. I always want to practice medicine and have enjoyed the opportunity of being a hospitalist, an administrator, and a clinical physician who now does both inpatient and outpatient care as well as house calls. The changes facing us as individual physicians are daunting, and I look forward to being the voice of Texas at a national level to insure ACP can help us in our joys and struggles in providing care here. I know many of the faces at national and state ACP and enjoy working with them on policy and strategy to help us all in our practice, our wellness, our advocacy, and educating our successors from medical students to early career physicians. Thanks for your consideration.