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TNAAEM Candidate Statements 2016

Andy WalkerAndy Walker, MD FAAEM
Candidate for President
Self Nomination

Candidate Statement: In terms of the outside forces that affect the practice of emergency medicine and the doctor-patient relationship, what happens at the state level is just as important as what happens in Washington, D.C. I believe I have proven my effectiveness at protecting our specialty and those we care for over the years since helping to found TNAAEM, and over the past year while serving as its president. Most recently, TNAAEM helped fend off an attempt by the insurance industry to restrict the right of physicians to refuse unfair contracts from insurers and stay out-of-network. If elected to a full term as president of TNAAEM, I will continue to do everything possible to protect the professional autonomy of board certified emergency physicians in Tennessee and to make sure we are treated fairly in the work place.

 

Geoffrey D. Lifferth, MD FAAEM
Candidate for Vice President
Self Nomination

Candidate Statement: I completed my training at the Brigham and Women’s/Massachusetts General Hospital Harvard-Affiliated EM residency in 2002, then moved to Tennessee and was a founding partner in a private, democratic, single-hospital group, and I currently serve as the Business Director for my group. I’ve been the Chair of my Hospital's Ethics Committee for the past three years, and am currently my hospital’s Chief of Staff. I am involved in teaching EM residents and medical students when they come to my community hospital near Nashville.

In Tennessee we have seen many private groups destroyed by contract management groups over the last several years, which has increased my support for AAEM and its mission. I passionately support the fair and equitable practice of emergency medicine, and want to fight for it. I have benefited from TN-AAEM’s leadership and support, and I hope to give back by continuing to serve as the TN-AAEM vice president and furthering AAEM’s mission.

 

Marc MickiewiczMarc Mickiewicz, MD FAAEM
Candidate for Secretary/Treasurer
Self Nomination

Candidate Statement: I love emergency medicine and strongly believe in AAEM/TNAAEM. If elected I will serve to the best of my ability and do whatever I can to aid our members.

 

Nabil Boutros, MD FAAEM
Candidate for Director
Self Nomination

Candidate Statement: I have been practicing EM in Murfreesboro for 10 years, and for a total of 16 years. I've worked in several different environments and one theme holds true to all; The EM doc is the one true patient advocate. Through obstacles with hospital administrations, difficult/intransigent consultants, the use of and dependence on EHRs, private and government payors, and even patients themselves, it is the EM physician that ensures patients consistently receive the best available medical attention. The importance of the health and well-being of emergency physicians is greatly understated, yet paramount to the ongoing delivery of this high quality emergency care. My past and, hopefully, continued involvement with TNAAEM will provide an opportunity to continue to support the individual EM doc, as well as the overall practice of emergency medicine.

 

Mary Jane BrownMary Jane Brown, MD FAAEM
Candidate for Director
Self Nomination

Candidate Statement: I have enjoyed serving on this board and would like to continue serving in this capacity.

 

Eric C. BrunoEric C. Bruno, MD FAAEM
Candidate for Director
Self Nomination

Candidate Statement: I hope to continue on as a member of the TN AAEM Board of Directors to (1.) continue to advocate for the independent practice of emergency medicine, (2.) limit the corporate practice of medicine, and (3.) work against limits or a ban on balanced billing. As a member of the Board of Directors, I also worked to bring the TN AAEM Educational Conference to fruition.

 

Ralf Joffe, DO FAAEM
Candidate for Director
Self Nomination

Candidate Statement: I strongly believe that AAEM has a unique role as an advocate for emergency medicine. Our profession remains under growing pressures from outside business forces and governmental structures which seek to control our care of the patient. Yet the need in our services is increasing and the needs of our patients do too. We are asked to do more for less. Yet we are that "medical home" for so many and we must continue to grow our advocacy and our voice to be there for the patient.

I have spent 25 years in the service to our profession and the patients, who are now referred to as customers. I have been a clinician and administrator and an academic. I have seen the private sector and government medical care. Yes, and I have worked directly with our colleagues at ACEP. As such I believe I bring a unique view of our role in the care we deliver 24/7 and what our role should be in a society that needs us. I pledge my service to TNAAEM and AAEM to give all I can to keep us as the leaders we always have and will be.

 

William LummusWilliam Lummus, MD FAAEM
Candidate for Director
Self Nomination

Candidate Statement: I completed residency in emergency medicine at Vanderbilt in 1998. Since that time I’ve had a fairly unique job. I’ve remained at Vanderbilt as full time academic faculty but also been a partner in a group staffing a roughly 36,000 volume community ED.

As a community practice emergency physician I’ve seen contracts change hands, hospital ownership and administration turnover, and the marketplace evolve- sometimes in a positive way and sometimes in a negative. I’ve been exposed to the frustrations within groups, seen interpersonal and professional difficulties between group members, and how hospitals sometimes lose patience with physicians and physician groups.

As faculty at Vanderbilt I’ve been involved in emergency medicine education for the last 20 years. I’ve seen a lot of residents come and go. All of them individuals with different needs, abilities, and desires for their future. One of the ways I’ve tried to help them is match what they are looking for with what is available in their chosen location so they get a good fit. I’ve seen many who end up with a good fit, and many more who didn’t and started looking again. I’ve also seen some who quit patient care and emergency medicine altogether and have spent time with them discussing how and why a very promising career improving the health and lives of patient came off track.

Probably more than any other major field in medicine, emergency medicine is fragmented and individualistic. I believe we as emergency physicians need to work together and in doing so can improve our service to hospitals, our service to patients, and in turn our personal satisfaction. As a TN AAEM board member I will work toward these goals.

 

Kimberly PruettKimberly Pruett, MD
Candidate for Resident Representative
Nominated by: Brittany Mayfield, MD

Nomination Statement: Kim is one of my fellow residents at Vanderbilt University. She is highly motivated, compassionate, hard-working and an overall wonderful person to know and work alongside. I have served as the Resident Representative for the past two years and can think of no one better to replace me in the coming year. I know that Kim will work hard alongside the other board members to uphold the ideals of AAEM, fight for fair and equal patient care for all, and protect ourselves from management groups who put the bottomline above their patients and physicians. Please consider her as the new Resident Representative.
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Brittany Mayfield

Candidate Statement: I am a senior emergency medicine resident at Vanderbilt. I grew up in New Mexico, served six years in the Air Force as an intelligence officer and after several deployments overseas, received honorable discharge from the military in order to pursue a career in medicine. I love emergency medicine because we treat patients from all walks of life without any regard to their social status. I also believe in the AAEM core principles of fairness, transparency and physician wellness and autonomy. I look forward to serving in this position and contributing to the protection of our calling as emergency physicians in order to continue to provide excellent care for our patients.

 

Karan Shah, MD
Candidate for Resident Representative
Self Nomination

Candidate Statement: : I have served as a resident representative this past year and loved my time on the board. I would like to do it again and continue being involved and helping it become better.