New leaders reflect continued growth in the specialty of hospital medicine
by Brendon Shank
SHM has named its 2013-2014 board of directors and three new Masters in Hospital Medicine, the highest designation in the HM specialty.
The Master in Hospital Medicine (MHM) designation is reserved for hospitalists who have distinguished themselves in the specialty through the excellence and significance of their contributions to hospital medicine and health care as a whole. Nominations were reviewed by SHM’s Masters Selection Committee and the board of directors. The MHM designation was introduced in 2010; this year’s designees bring the total number of MHMs to 13.
The 2013 Masters in Hospital Medicine are:
Scott A. Flanders, MD, MHM, professor in the division of general internal medicine at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where he serves as associate division chief of general medicine for inpatient programs and associate director of inpatient programs for the department of internal medicine. He is also the director of the University of Michigan’s hospitalist program.
David O. Meltzer, MD, PhD, MHM, chief of the section of hospital medicine, director of the Center for Health and the Social Sciences, associate professor in the medicine and economics departments and the Harris School of Public Policy Studies, at the University of Chicago.
Jeffrey G. Wiese, MD, MHM, professor of medicine and associate dean for graduate medical education at the Tulane University Health Sciences Center, as well as associate chair of medicine and the chief of the charity medical service. He is also the director of Tulane’s internal-medicine residency program.
The new MHMs will take the stage to officially be inducted, along with more than 200 Fellows and Senior Fellows, on May 18 at HM13, SHM’s annual meeting (www.hospitalmedicine2013.org) at the Gaylord National Resort and Conference Center in National Harbor, Md.
“SHM’s Masters in Hospital Medicine are truly the hall of fame of the hospital medicine specialty,” says SHM President Shaun Frost, MD, SFHM. “It is an honor to recognize their contributions to hospitalists and patients alike.”
Nominations for all three levels of SHM’s Fellows program are accepted throughout the year. For details, visit www.hospitalmedicine.org/fellows.
SHM also announced the election of three new board members; each will serve a three-year term beginning this month. The new board members are:
Howard Epstein, MD, FHM, chief health systems officer at the Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement in Bloomington, Minn.
Bradley Sharpe, MD, FACP, SFHM, professor of medicine at the University of California at San Francisco’s department of medicine, associate program director for UCSF’s internal medicine residency program and associate division chief in the division of hospital medicine.
Patrick J. Torcson, MD, MMM, SFHM, vice president and chief integration officer, and director of hospital medicine for St. Tammany Parish Hospital, Covington, La.
“We welcome these new faces to the SHM board of directors and appreciate the commitment of their time and expertise to the goals of SHM, hospitalists, and hospitalized patients everywhere,” Dr. Frost says.
For more information about SHM’s leadership and nomination process, visit www.hospitalmedicine.org.
Brendon Shank is SHM’s associate vice president of communications.
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