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Alpha Omega Alpha Elects New Officers and Directors for 2014/2015

New Officers

Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society is pleased to announce the election of its officers for the 2014/2015 year:

President–Douglas S. Paauw, MD, MACP
Dr. Paauw (AΩA, University of Michigan, 1983) is the President of the Board. He joined the Board in 2005 as a Councilor Director for the University of Washington. Dr. Paauw has been Councilor at the Alpha Washington Chapter at the University of Washington since the early 1990s. He is Director of Medicine Student Programs, a Professor of Medicine, and the Rathmann Family Foundation Endowed Chair in Patient-Centered Clinical Education. Dr. Paauw has received many distinguished teaching awards, including the AΩA Robert J. Glaser Distinguished Teacher Award in 2001. Dr. Paauw is also co-chair on the AΩA professionalism committee.His specialty is internal medicine.
UW Medicine Bio

Immediate Past President–John Tooker, MD, MBA, MACP
Dr. Tooker (AΩA, University of Colorado, 1970) is beginning his second Member at Large term as the Immediate Past President. He joined the Board in 2009 as the Medical Organization Director, representing the American College of Physicians (ACP). Dr. Tooker is the Emeritus Executive Vice President and CEO of the ACP. He served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of ACP from 2002 through July 2010 and is still active in supporting ACP’s mission of excellence and professionalism by representing ACP to external organizations. Currently, Dr. Tooker also serves on the boards of NCQA, the National Quality Forum and the Advisory Committee of Health Level 7 (HL7). His specialty is internal medicine with a subspecialty in pulmonology and critical care.

President-Elect–Robert G. Atnip, MD, FACS, RPVI
Dr. Atnip (AΩA, University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine, 1976) has been elected the President Elect and is beginning his third term on the Board. He has served on the Board since 2006, first as a Councilor Director and now as a Member at Large. Dr. Atnip has been the Councilor at the Eta, Pennsylvania Chapter at the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine since 2002 and is a Professor of Surgery and Radiology. He is ABS certified in surgery, vascular surgery, and surgical critical care. His specialty is vascular surgery, vascular ultrasound, wound care, and hyperbaric medicine.
Penn State Bio

Continuing Officers

Secretary Treasurer–Joseph W. Stubbs MD, MACP
Dr. Stubbs (AΩA, Emory University, 1978) joined the Board in 2008 as a member at large. He is entering his third term. In 2011, he became the Board Treasurer, an office he still holds. Dr. Stubbs is a private physician in Albany, GA. He is past president of the ACP (2009-2010) and currently the medical director of South Georgia ACO. His specialty is internal medicine/geriatrics.
Albany Internal Medicine Bio

New Directors

Councilor Director–Charles Griffith III, MD, MSPH, FACP
Dr. Griffith (AΩA, University of Kentucky, 2000, Faculty) is joining the Board as a Councilor Director. He currently serves as the Councilor to the Beta Kentucky Chapter at the University of Kentucky, a position he has held since 2004. Dr. Griffith is the Senior Associate Dean of Medical Education. He received the AΩA Robert J. Glaser Distinguished Teacher Award, recognizing outstanding contributions to education, in 2004. His specialties are internal medicine and pediatrics.
UK HealthCare Bio

Member at Large—Holly J. Humphrey MD
Dr. Humphrey (AΩA, University of Chicago, 1983) has just been elected as a Member at Large. She is currently the Dean for Medical Education at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, and the Ralph W. Gerard Professor in Medicine. From 2001-2011, she served as AΩA Councilor to the Beta Illinois Chapter at the University of Chicago. She also attended the AΩA Professionalism think tank held in NYC in July 2013. Her specialty is internal medicine.
University of Chicago Bio

Student Director—Richard Latuska, MSIV
Mr. Latuska (AΩA, Vanderbilt University, 2014) has been elected as a Student Director. He is a fourth year medical student at Vanderbilt University. He received his undergraduate degree at the University of Notre Dame, where he graduated magna cum laude and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa in 2011. Mr. Latuska hails from Pittsburgh and is the son of a nurse and a gastroenterologist. He is thinking of returning to Pennsylvania to complete his residency in Philadelphia. However, since the interview process isn’t too far along, he is also looking at programs in Boston and Chicago. He plans to go into a subspecialty of pediatrics.

Medical Organization Member—Griffin P. Rodgers MD, MBA, MACP
Dr. Rodgers (AΩA, Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, 2008, Alumnus) has just been elected to the Board as the Medical Organization Director, representing the National Institute of Health. Dr. Rodgers has served as the Director of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) since 2007. He is widely recognized for his contributions to the development of the first effective (FDA-approved) therapy for sickle cell anemia. He performed basic research that focused on understanding the molecular basis of how certain drugs induce fetal hemoglobin gene expression. He was also a major collaborator in developing a modified blood stem-cell transplant regimen that is highly effective in reversing sickle disease in adults with relatively low toxicity. His specialty is hematology.

Last updated: 10/31/2014

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Updated on February 3, 2015.