LITTLE ROCK – Omar T. Atiq, M.D., of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) has been named governor of the Arkansas Chapter of the American College of Physicians (ACP), the national organization of internists. His term began during the ACP annual scientific meeting, Internal Medicine 2015, in Boston on April 30-May 2.
Atiq is professor of medicine and director of Bone Marrow Service at the UAMS Myeloma Institute. He also is director of the Head and Neck Medical Oncology Service and associate director of the UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Center Institute.
Atiq has been a fellow of ACP (FACP) since 1993. FACP is an honorary designation that recognizes ongoing individual service and contributions to the practice of medicine. Atiq’ focus has been on national health reform, Arkansas health care access, scope of practice, private and community practice, and payment reform.
Governors are elected by local ACP members and serve four-year terms. Working with a local council, they supervise ACP chapter activities, appoint members to local committees and preside at regional meetings. They also represent members by serving on the ACP Board of Governors.
Atiq earned his medical degree from the Khyber Medical College, University of Peshawar, Pakistan. He is board certified in medical oncology, hematology and internal medicine.
The American College of Physicians is the largest medical specialty organization and the second-largest physician group in the United States. ACP members include 141,000 internal medicine physicians (internists), related subspecialists and medical students. Internal medicine physicians are specialists who apply scientific knowledge and clinical expertise to the diagnosis, treatment and compassionate care of adults across the spectrum from health to complex illness.
UAMS is the state’s only comprehensive academic health center, with colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Health Professions and Public Health; a graduate school; a hospital; a northwest Arkansas regional campus; a statewide network of regional centers; and seven institutes: the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, the Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute, the Myeloma Institute, the Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute, the Psychiatric Research Institute, the Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging and the Translational Research Institute. It is the only adult Level 1 trauma center in the state. UAMS has 3,021 students, 789 medical residents and two dental residents. It is the state’s largest public employer with more than 10,000 employees, including about 1,000 physicians and other professionals who provide care to patients at UAMS, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, the VA Medical Center and UAMS regional centers throughout the state. Visit www.uams.edu or www.uamshealth.com. Find us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or Instagram.