ACEP Elects New Officers

Oct 18, 2013

WASHINGTON — The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) today announced the election of new officers to its board of directors during ACEP 13-Scientific Assembly in Seattle, the largest annual gathering of emergency physicians in the country, which ended yesterday.  Board officers are elected to serve a 1-year term.

Chairman of the Board:  Andrew E. Sama, MD, FACEP

Dr. Sama, an emergency physician from Manhasset, N.Y., is chairman of the department of emergency medicine at North Shore University Hospital and Long Island Jewish Medical Center. 

He is the immediate past president of ACEP, having previously served as vice president and secretary-treasurer of the organization’s board of directors.  At the national level, he also has served as chair of ACEP’s Bylaws Committee and as a member of the Reimbursement Committee, National Steering Committee and Quality and Performance Committee.

At the state level, he has served as president of the New York State Chapter and was named “Physician of the Year” by New York ACEP in 2006

A graduate of Columbia University, Dr. Sama earned his medical degree from Cornell University Medical College and completed his residency in internal medicine from North Shore University Hospital.  He is certified in emergency medicine and pediatric emergency medicine.  He also is the recipient of the endowed Dorothy & Jack Kupferberg Professorship of Emergency Medicine at Hofstra-North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine.

Vice-President:  Robert O’Connor, MD, MPH, FACEP

Dr. O’Connor is professor and chair and physician-in-chief of the department of emergency medicine at the University of Virginia Health System in Charlottesville, Va.  Elected to the ACEP Board in 2010, Dr. O’Connor is also an emergency physician at the Culpeper Regional Hospital in Culpeper, Va.  He is formerly the department of emergency medicine research director at Christiana Care Health System where he established a research enterprise that conducted scores of clinical trials, which resulted in several hundred published abstracts and papers.  He has held a variety of leadership positions within the American Heart Association since 2001.

Dr. O’Connor has served as councilor or alternate for two ACEP state chapters and one ACEP section, and has served on ACEP’s Council Steering Committee, Candidate Forum Subcommittee, several reference committees and the Tellers, Credentials and Elections Committee.  He is a reviewer for Annals of Emergency Medicine and has served as an editor for Foresight, Critical Decisions in Emergency Medicine and the ACEP/AHA textbook, Emergency Cardiovascular Care and CPR.  

Dr. O’Connor, a graduate of Haverford College, earned his medical degree from the Medical College of Pennsylvania.  He completed his residency in emergency medicine at the Medical Center of Delaware.  He received his master’s degree in public health at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Secretary-Treasurer:  Paul Kivela, MD, MBA, FACEP

Dr. Kivela, of Napa, Calif., is managing partner at Napa Valley Emergency Medical Group.  He is also medical director of Medic Ambulance and part-owner of Elan Medical Corporation.  Dr. Kivela has been actively involved in ACEP’s Council for more than 15 years and has worked with the Reimbursement Committee on fair payment issues.  On the state level, he has served as president of the California Chapter of ACEP, CalACEP.  On the national level, he served as chair of the ACEP State Legislation and Regulatory Committee and on ACEP’s Board of Directors for the past 3 years.  Dr. Kivela earned his medical degree at the University of Illinois, and completed his emergency medicine residency at the University of California, Los Angeles.  He received his MBA at the University of Tennessee.

ACEP is the national medical specialty society representing emergency medicine.  ACEP is committed to advancing emergency care through continuing education, research and public education.  Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, ACEP has 53 chapters representing each state, as well as Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia.  A Government Services Chapter represents emergency physicians employed by military branches and other government agencies.

For further information: Julie Lloyd | 202-370-9292 | jlloyd@acep.org