2023 Masters in Hospital Medicine

SHM’s outgoing president Rachel Thompson, MD, MPH, SFHM, kicked off SHM Converge 2023 in Austin, Texas in March by honoring the newest members to become Masters in Hospital Medicine. “They join 39 other Masters in Hospital Medicine,” Dr. Thompson said. “For a total of 43 from a universe of tens of thousands worldwide.”

Pictured above, left to right SHM CEO, Dr. Eric Howell with the new MHM members Danielle B. Scheurer, MD, MSCR, MHM, Daniel Payson Hunt, MD, MHM, Margaret C. Fang, MD, MPH, MHM, Alpesh N. Amin, MD, MBA, MACP, MHM, and Dr. Thompson.

Dr. Amin

Dr. Amin

Alpesh N. Amin, MD, MBA, MACP, MHM, was elected to the program in honor of his dedication to the specialty and SHM, along with his research and transformative models of care that have helped advance the field.

“Dr. Amin has been a champion for hospital research in many high-impact publications,” Dr. Thompson said. “He has more than 280 peer-reviewed publications and numerous books relevant to the hospitalist practice.”

Dr. Amin served on the SHM Board of Directors from 2005 to 2009 and helped create and co-author the core competencies curriculum that has defined the skillset for hospitalists. He was also an inaugural member of the National Association of Inpatient Physicians, which is known today as SHM.

Dr. Amin has played an important role in multiple SHM committees and served as the annual conference course director in 2006. He was a key contributor to numerous quality improvement tools generated by SHM, including glycemic control and venous thromboembolism prevention.

“His leadership has benefited SHM, our profession, and our patients’ care,” Dr. Thompson said. “The innovations he has created and partnered with others to develop will have lasting impacts for years to come.”

Dr. Amin completed his internal medicine residency at the University of California, Irvine, where he also served as chief resident in internal medicine. Following residency, he earned his Healthcare MBA from UC Irvine.

He then joined the faculty at UC Irvine and rose through the ranks quickly. He is currently a professor of medicine at the UC Irvine School of Medicine and founder and executive director of its hospital medicine program. Dr. Amin was the first hospitalist to be chair of medicine.

Dr. Fang

Dr. Fang

Margaret C. Fang, MD, MPH, MHM, completed her internal medicine training at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. She obtained her Master’s in Public Health from Harvard and began her career at the University of California, San Francisco, where she remains today as a professor of medicine and division chief of hospital medicine. Dr. Fang was elected to the program in recognition of her leadership, service, and innovations to advance the field of hospital medicine.

“Dr. Fang is among hospital medicine’s most impactful hospitalist researchers,” Dr. Thompson said. “She has published more than 140 peer-reviewed papers and leads an independent research program that has been continuously funded for the past 15 years.”

Dr. Thompson singled out Dr. Fang’s work in mentoring others in her profession.

“Dr. Fang also has an extraordinary track record of mentorship and has directly mentored more than 60 people through her work as a research mentor and director of the USCF Academic Hospital Medicine Fellowship,” she said.

Additionally, she is one of a few hospitalists to have been awarded a K24 Mid-Career Mentoring Grant from the National Institute of Health, an award that recognizes and supports individuals with a history of successfully mentoring others.

She has a legacy of service to SHM and helped grow its academic footprint, including three years as chair of the Research, Innovation, and Vignette program and as a senior deputy editor for the Journal of Hospital Medicine.

During her time on SHM’s annual conference committee, she worked to expand content for early-career hospitalists and to increase the diversity of invited speakers. Her strong leadership, curious mind, and trailblazing research make Dr. Fang a model for clinician-investigators and hospitalist leaders across the country.

Dr. Hunt

Dr. Hunt

Daniel Payson Hunt, MD, MHM, is the director of the division of hospital medicine at Emory University in Atlanta, where he has nurtured a culture of kindness and respect while developing and augmenting the research and scholarship infrastructure within the division. His election as a Master in Hospital Medicine is in honor of his consistent, longstanding citizenship and service to patients, colleagues, and the field of hospital medicine.

“Some of Dr. Hunt’s most innovative changes in the [Emory Division of Hospital Medicine] have been in faculty development,” Dr. Thompson said. “He supported the infrastructure for an associate division director for faculty development role and encouraged a mentoring framework with significant positive impacts on recruitment and retention.”

Dr. Hunt helped lead the Emory Division of hospital medicine’s expansion into Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta—one of the largest public hospitals in the nation—and supported division leadership for the addition of a large two-hospital medical system in addition to a long-term acute care hospital.

He has been an active member of SHM since 2005. During that time, he demonstrated an impressive commitment to scholarship. He has previously served as associate editor and deputy editor of the Journal of Hospital Medicine.

Dr. Thompson also specifically cited Dr. Hunt’s work within SHM at the annual conferences.

“Dr. Hunt has given numerous presentations and workshops at SHM annual conferences since 2011,” she said. “That includes the popular ‘Stump the Professor’ session. He has also served as faculty at the Academic Hospitalist Academy.”

Dr. Hunt operates as a catalyst to help others grow and succeed and has been an advocate for the hospitalist movement since its inception.

Dr. Scheurer

Dr. Scheurer

Danielle B. Scheurer, MD, MSCR, MHM, serves as the chief quality officer at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, S.C., where she continues to practice as a hospitalist. Dr. Thompson said she is recognized for her leadership and commitment to both SHM and the field of hospital medicine.

“Dr. Scheurer’s commitment to SHM has been unwavering, including during her time on the Board of Directors from 2014 to 2022,” Dr. Thompson said. “Her leadership as president during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic was instrumental in guiding SHM’s response to canceling in-person events and pivoting SHM toward the new virtual formats necessary to reach our membership.”

As SHM president, Dr. Scheurer also appointed the SHM Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force, which ultimately led to SHM forming a full-fledged DEI Committee. She also led the Journal of Hospital Medicine editor-in-chief search committee in 2018 and the SHM chief executive officer search committee in 2020.

Outside of her presidency, Dr. Scheurer served as the physician editor of The Hospitalist for nine years and presented at multiple SHM annual conferences. She was also chair of the communications strategy committee and an active member of the education and research committees.

Dr. Danielle Scheurer has been elected a Master in Hospital Medicine in recognition of her leadership and commitment to SHM and the field of hospital medicine.

Dr. Scheurer completed her joint internal medicine-pediatrics residency at Duke University in Durham, N.C., and her Master of Science in Clinical Research from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, S.C.

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