Indian American leads top U.S.-based global medical organization

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Dr. George M. Abraham. Photo: courtesy umassmed.edu

Dr. George M. Abraham, MD, MPH, FACP, FIDSA, has been named President of the American College of Physicians (ACP) representing internal medicine physicians (internists), related subspecialists, and medical students, a press release from ACP said.

According to an Aug. 13, 2021 press release from University of Massachusetts Medical School, where Dr. Abraham is professor of medicine, his term at ACP began on April 25, at the conclusion of the APC’s annual business meeting, prior to which he was president-elect of the organization.

He is the first physician of Indian origin to secure this coveted position, noted the Association of Kerala Medical Graduates.

The American College of Physicians (ACP) is a diverse community of internal medicine specialists and subspecialists and with 161,000 members in countries across the globe, ACP is the largest medical-specialty society in the world, according to the website of the organization.

At the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Dr. Abraham serves as Chief of Medicine and Emeritus President of the Medical staff at Saint Vincent Hospital, and Adjunct Professor of Medicine at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Services.

Dr. Abraham has served ACP in many capacities including his time on the Board of Governors as Governor of the Massachusetts Chapter, followed by election as Chair of the Board of Governors.

The Board of Governors is an advisory board to the Board of Regents and implements national projects in addition to representing members at the national level. He continued on the Board of Regents where he was elected as President-elect for a one-year term prior to becoming President.

Dr. Abraham is a Fellow of ACP (FACP), an honorary designation that recognizes ongoing individual service and contributions to the practice of medicine.

He earned his medical degree from Christian Medical College in India and a Masters in Public Health from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.

Dr. Abraham’s areas of professional interest and expertise include internal medicine and infectious disease.

The American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin congratulated Dr. Abraham Aug. 21, noting that this was the first time in its 105-year history that the ACP selected a physician of Indian origin as its leader.

 

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