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UCR Medical School Official to Become Chair-Elect for National Physicians’ Group

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Phyllis A. Guze will lead policy-making body of American College of Physicians in 2012-13

Phyllis A. Guze, the senior executive dean in the UCR medical school, has been elected 2011-12 Chair-elect of the Board of Regents of the American College of Physicians (ACP), the nation’s largest medical specialty organization. Dr. Guze’s term will begin during Internal Medicine 2011, ACP’s annual scientific meeting in San Diego, Calif., from April 7-9.

Guze has been a Fellow of the American College of Physicians (FACP) since 1980. FACP is an honorary designation that recognizes ongoing individual service and contributions to the practice of medicine. She is currently on the ACP Board of Regents and she was Governor of the Southern California Region I Chapter. The Board of Governors advises the ACP Board of Regents, which as the policymaking body manages the business of the organization. Guze will become Chair of the ACP Board of Regents in 2012-13.

Board-certified in internal medicine and infectious diseases, Guze is a graduate of the State University of New York, Cortland, where she earned a bachelor of science degree. Guze earned her master’s degree in anatomy and physiology from Indiana University, Bloomington and her medical degree from the University of Southern California School of Medicine in Los Angeles She also completed an internship and residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in infectious diseases at Harbor UCLA Medical Center in Torrance, Calif.

Guze will continue in her current positions as senior executive dean of the medical school and associate vice chancellor of Health Affairs at the University of California, Riverside.

Additionally, Dr. Guze has been a professor of medicine at the UCLA School of Medicine since 1985. She has previously held the position of acting vice chancellor of medical sciences and dean of the UCR medical school.

She was chair of medicine at the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System from 1986- 2005.

In addition to her involvement with ACP, Guze has served as President of the Association of VA (Veterans Affairs) Chiefs of Medicine and President of the Association of Program Directors in 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 130,000 internal medicine physicians (internists), related subspecialists, and medical students. Internists specialize in the prevention, detection, and treatment of illness in adults.

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