Photograph: Gerald E. Thomson. Photo Credit: Joseph Piniero.
Gerald E. Thomson, Samuel Lambert Professor of Medicine, assistant vice president in the Faculty of Medicine and an associate dean in the College of Physicians and Surgeons, became president of the American College of Physicians (ACP) at the society's 76th annual session Mar. 16-19 in Atlanta.
Thomson is the first African American elected to the ACP presidency in its 80-year history.
ACP is the nation's largest medical specialty society, composed of more than 83,000 physicians trained in internal medicine and related subspecialties.
As president, Thomson is the senior elected officer of ACP and will represent the group in regional, national and international matters and at chapter meetings and public functions.
He also will preside at the 1996 annual session of the ACP and will serve ex officio on its five policy committees.
Elected to ACP fellowship in 1972, Thomson has been a member of the Board of Regents since 1990. He has served on several ACP committees, including health and public policy (of which he is immediate past chairman), ethics, nominations and health care professions.
He also is past chairman of the ACP New York chapter's health and public policy committee.
After time in private practice, he returned there for a fellowship in nephrology, after which he became clinical director of dialysis facilities.
In 1970 Thomson joined the Columbia faculty, directing the department of medicine at the affiliated Harlem Hospital Center from 1971 to 1985 and serving as chief medical officer and executive vice president of the Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center from 1985 to 1990. He also directed a CDC regional prevention center at Columbia from 1993 to 1994.
He is the recipient of an Outstanding Teacher Award from Columbia and a Laureate Award from the ACP.
Thomson has served on numerous NIH advisory committees, including the clinical trials review committee and several panels on hypertension.
From 1991 to 1992, Thomson served as chairman of both the American Board of Internal Medicine and the Federated Council for Internal Medicine.