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Alpha Omega Alpha Elects New Officers and Directors

Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society is pleased to announce the election of its new officers and directors for the 2016/2017 year.


President–Joseph W. Stubbs MD, MACP
Dr. Stubbs (AΩA, Emory University, 1978) will become the 2016/2017 President of the AΩA Board of Directors. He joined the Board in 2008 as a Member at Large. In 2011, he became the Board Treasurer, and served in that role until being elected President Elect in 2015. 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

President Elect–Eve Higginbotham, SM, MD
Dr. Higginbotham (AΩA, Morehouse School of Medicine, 2011, Faculty) will become the President Elect for the AΩA Board of Directors. She is the inaugural Vice Dean for Inclusion and Diversity at the University of Pennsylvania, and Senior Fellow of the Leonard Davis Institute for Health Economics and Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Pennsylvania. She is a member of the Ascension Board, of which she is the Secretary and a member of the Executive Committee. Dr. Higginbotham is a member of the National Academy of Medicine, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Defense Health Board, Visiting Committee of the Institute of Medical Engineering and Science at MIT. She is an Associate Editor of the American Journal of Ophthalmology, and Vice Chair of the Ocular Hypertension Treatment Study. She is a graduate of MIT with an SB and SM in Chemical Engineering, and of Harvard Medical School. She serves as the AΩA Leadership Committee Chair, and was active in developing the new Fellow in Leadership Award. Her specialty is ophthalmology, and she is a glaucoma specialist. | Penn Medicine Bio

Immediate Past President–Robert G. Atnip, MD, FACS, RPVI
Dr. Atnip (AΩA, University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine, 1976) completes his term as President of the AΩA Board of Directors, and begins this year as Immediate Past President. He has served on the Board since 2006, first as a Councilor Director, and most recently as a Member at Large. He has been the Councilor at the Eta Pennsylvania Chapter at the Pennsylvania State University Milton S. Hershey Medical Center since 2002, and is a Professor of Surgery and Radiology. He is a Test Development consultant for the National Board of Medical Examiners, and a long-standing member of his hospital’s Ethics Committee. He is ABS certified in surgery, vascular surgery, and surgical critical care. His specialties are vascular surgery, vascular ultrasound, wound care, and hyperbaric medicine. | Penn State Bio

Secretary Treasurer–Wiley "Chip" Souba, MD, ScD, MBA
Dr. Souba (AΩA, University of Texas Medical School at Houston, 1978) joined our Board as a Member at Large in 2013. He is taking over the role of Secretary-Treasurer from Dr. Stubbs. Dr. Souba has most recently served as Vice-President for Health Affairs and Dean of the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, where he maintains a faculty appointment as Professor in the Department of Surgery. He is nationally known for his innovative approaches to developing leaders and leadership. His specialty is surgical oncology. | Dartmouth Bio


Councilor Director—Kathleen Ryan, MD
Dr. Ryan (AΩA, Hahnemann University, 1994, Resident) is joining the AΩA Board of Directors as a Councilor Director. She has served as the AΩA Councilor at Drexel University College of Medicine since 2012. Dr. Ryan is currently the Associate Dean for Medical Education-Simulation, and directs the simulation center at the College of Medicine. In January of 2015, she was awarded the EMS Advocate Award in recognition of her role in advocating learning through simulation. In 2011, she was awarded the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation Award for Distinguished Teaching. She was the Associate editor for Postgraduate Medicine from 2008-2015. She has served on many national committees assessing performance at the National Board of Medical examiners and developing curricula through Clerkship Directors of Medicine (CDIM). She has an active medical practice, and has been recognized as a Castle Connolly Top Doctor from 2012-2016. | Drexel Bio

Student Director—Sean Christensen, MSIV
Mr. Christensen (AΩA, University of South Carolina, 2016) joins the AΩA Board of Directors as a Student Director. He is a fourth year medical student at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine, and he intends to enter a psychiatry residency program later this year. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley with a double major in Neurobiology and Mass Communications. He participated in research at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory before moving to Southern California to work at a home medical equipment manufacturing company. In preparation for medical school, he acted as a Kaplan MCAT instructor and volunteered at Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena. As a medical student, he has served as class president, started a company focused on aiding patients with neurocognitive disorders, and became involved in psychiatry interest groups both locally and nationally, serving as the chair of his region for PsychSIGN. In his senior year of medical school, Sean has taken an active role in chairing the Black Tie White Coat Gala, an event to raise funds for the Free Medical Clinic in Columbia, SC, and provide scholarships for medical students.

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Updated on October 6, 2016.