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US Army internal medicine Masters, Fellows honored by American College of Physicians

FORT KNOX, Ky., May 15, 2012 The U.S. Army Medical Department announced today the election of two of its own to Mastership in the American College of Physicians (MACP). Only 43 medical leaders from around the world who have achieved eminence through their contributions to the field of internal medicine in at least one area, such as practice, teaching, research or volunteerism, were awarded a Mastership in 2012. One of the Masters, Col. Gregory J. Argyros, M.D., MACP, who is board-certified in critical care medicine, pulmonology and internal medicine, is director of education, training and research for the Joint Task Force National Capital Region Medical, and professor of medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. He previously served as chief of medicine and director of the internal medicine residency program at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, and as the ACP Army Chapter Governor from 2005-2009. In addition, Dr. Argyros has received numerous teaching awards over the years.

Recently retired as an Army colonel after a 27-year career, Alan J. Magill, M.D., MACP, was also honored as a Master by the College. Dr. Magill is currently a program manager at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, where he develops effective interventions in the event of an influenza epidemic. He previously served as director of the Division of Experimental Therapeutics at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, and is an attending physician with the Infectious Disease Service at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. He also teaches at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. Dr. Magill has held leadership positions in infectious disease at the National Institute of Health, International Society of Travel Medicine, American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, and other organizations.

"That two Army physicians were inducted as Masters by the American College of Physicians speaks to the high quality of physicians who choose to make the Army their career and the extraordinary opportunities Army medicine offers them," said Col. Jeanne Tofferi, M.D., MPH, FACP, internal medicine consultant to the Army Surgeon General. "Both of them have made tremendous contributions to our nation through teaching, medical practice and research."

On April 19, during the ACP annual meeting in New Orleans, six Army internal medicine physicians and subspecialists joined their Army ACP Chapter Governor, Col. Lisa Zacher, M.D., FACP, for a convocation ceremony during which they were inducted as Fellows of the American College of Physicians (FACP). These physicians included: Lt. Col. Michael G. Rossman, M.D. (Rheumatology), Daniel W. Franks, D.O. (Internal Medicine), Maj. Kimberly C. Salazar (Allergy/Immunology), Maj. Paige E. Waterman, M.D. (Infectious Disease), Anne B. Rossignol, M.D. (Hospice Care & Palliative Medicine) and Mark Garfinkle, M.D. (Internal Medicine).

Criteria for Fellowship include board certification by the American Board of Internal Medicine, recognition by other internists for excellence and skill in medical practice, teaching or research, and commitment to continued education and advanced training. Fellows of ACP are recommended by their peers based on character, ethics and excellence in medical practice, and undergo the review by ACP's Credentials Subcommittee.

"The Army makes board certification and continuing medical education a top priority," said Col. Zacher, who is also the pulmonary consultant to the Army surgeon general and chief, Department of Medicine, Brooke Army Medical Center. "The fact that so many Army physicians have become Fellows of the ACP speaks to their professional excellence in internal medicine and dedication to the highest quality of patient care."

The following Army internists and subspecialists were elected as Fellows in 2012 (listed by Army medical center or affiliation):

Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (Washington, D.C.)
Col. Ronald D. DeGuzman, M.D. (Allergy/Immunology); Maj. Fouad J. Moawad, M.D. (Gastroenterology); Maj. James E. Moon, M.D. (Internal Medicine); Maj. Kristopher M. Paolino, M.D. (Infectious Disease); Maj. Sheri K. Dennison, M.D. (Hematology/Oncology); Maj. Aaron B. Holley, M.D. (Pulmonology/Critical Care Medicine); Maj. Jeffrey S. Kunz, M.D. (Cardiology); Maj. Kevin M. Woods, M.D. (Cardiology); Maj. Ganesh Veerappan, M.D. (Gastroenterology); Lt. Col. Paige E. Waterman, M.D. (Infectious Disease ); Maj. Jason A. Regules, M.D. (Infectious Disease)

Madigan Healthcare System (Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.)
Col. Michael J. Wilson, M.D. (Cardiology); Richard K. Ling, M.D. (Internal Medicine); Anne B. Rossignol, M.D. (Hospice Care & Palliative Medicine); Maj. Rodd E. Marcum, MD (Internal Medicine); Maj. David Owshalimpur, M.D. (Nephrology)

Brooke Army Medical Center (Fort Sam Houston, Texas)
Lt. Col. Andrew P. Cap, M.D. (Hematology/Oncology); Lt. Col. Robert F. Setlik, M.D. (Hematology/Oncology); Mai T. Nguyen, M.D. (Pediatrics & Nephrology); Maj. Kimberly C. Salazar, M.D. (Allergy/Immunology)

William Beaumont Army Medical Center (El Paso, Texas)
Maj. Laudino M. Castillo Rojas, M.D. (Cardiology)

Tripler Army Medical Center (Honolulu, Hawaii)
Maj. Sean N. Dooley, M.D. (Pulmonology/Critical Care Medicine/Sleep Medicine); Maj. Rajat R. Fofaria, M.D. (Cardiology)

Kimbrough Ambulatory Care Center (Fort Meade, Md.)
Col. Mammen P. Mammen, Jr., M.D. (Infectious Disease)

Winn Army Community Hospital (Fort Stewart, Ga.)
Lt. Col. Richard G. Malish, M.D. (Cardiology)

Womack Army Medical Center (Fort Bragg, N.C.)
Maj. Ramey L. Wilson, M.D. (Internal Medicine)

Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center (Fort Hood, Texas)
John Richard Barrett, M.D. (Internal Medicine); Maj. Kyra P. Clark, M.D. (Internal Medicine/Sleep Medicine)

Landstuhl Regional Medical Center (Landstuhl, Germany)
Lt. Col. Michael G. Rossman, M.D. (Rheumatology)

Fort Belvoir Community Hospital (Fort Belvoir, Va.)
Maj. Suzette W. Peng, M.D. (Rheumatology); Maj. Christopher S. King, M.D. (Pulmonary/Critical Care)

In addition to the active duty officers listed above, a number of retired and former Army physicians were also inducted as Fellows, including: Louis F. Diehl, M.D. (Hematology/Oncology ); Randy L. Eccles, M.D. (Internal Medicine); Thomas G. Goldschmidt, M.D., M.P.H. (Internal Medicine); Edward C. Horwitz, M.D. (Cardiology); David E. Katz, M.D. (Internal Medicine and Epidemiology); Daniel W. Franks, D.O. (Internal Medicine); Jiun Yoon, M.D. (Allergy/Immunology); Michael L. Titzer, M.D. (Hematology/Oncology); Jose A. Stoute, M.D. (Infectious Disease); Timothy Lee, M.D. (Cardiology)


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