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SGIM Newly Elected Officers and Council Members

Congratulations to the newly elected Council officers and members-at-large who will begin their three-year terms (2021-2024) as of April 23, 2021. They are:

LeRoi S. Hicks, MD, MPH, FACP

CMO, Wilmington Campus and Physician Leader of Value Institute at ChristianaCare, Professor of Medicine at Sidney Kimmel Medical College/Thomas Jefferson University

Dr. Hicks is ChristianaCare’s Chief Medical Officer for Wilmington Hospital and the physician leader of the ChristianaCare’s Value Institute. Dr. Hicks graduated from Howard University with a bachelor’s degree in 1991 and then completed his Doctor of Medicine Degree at the Indiana University School of Medicine in 1995. After completing his residency and chief residency at Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Dr. Hicks completed a fellowship in general medicine and faculty development at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and earned a Master of Public Health Degree from the Harvard School of Public Health in 2001. Dr. Hicks is the recipient of numerous clinical and research awards and is nationally known for his research on health care disparities. His research has been related to three areas: (1) The effects of patients’ racial and cultural background on the treatment and clinical outcomes of chronic disease; (2) the development and assessment of interventions aimed at improving quality of medical care and the reduction of disparities in care; and (3) community-based participatory research to identify and address healthcare disparities.


Treasurer-Elect: Patrick G. O'Connor, MD, MPH, MACP

Dan Adams and Amanda Adams Professor of General Medicine, Chief of General Internal Medicine, Yale University School of Medicine

Dr. O’Connor is the Dan Adams and Amanda Adams Professor of General Medicine and Chief of General Internal Medicine at Yale University School of Medicine. He is a graduate of the Yale Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars program and his work has examined the interface between general internal medicine and addiction medicine, with a particular focus on enhancing access to addiction treatment in general medical settings. He has had numerous roles at SGIM, including most recently serving as the Chair of the JGIM Editorial Board. Dr. O’Connor is Past President of both the Association for Medical Education in Substance Abuse (AMERSA) and the American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM). He currently serves as the Chair of the National Program Board of the National Clinician Scholars Program.


Council Members at Large

Vineet Chopra, MD, MSc

Associate Professor of Medicine, Chief of the Division of Hospital Medicine and Research Scientist at the University of Michigan and VA Ann Arbor Health System

A career hospitalist, Dr. Chopra’s research and clinical interests are dedicated to improving the safety of hospitalized patients through prevention of hospital-acquired complications. His work focuses on identifying and preventing complications associated with central venous catheters, with a particular emphasis on peripherally inserted central catheters (PICC). He is first author of the Michigan Appropriateness Guide for Intravenous Catheters (MAGIC), criteria that establish the appropriateness of IV device use and are in use in hundreds of hospitals across the US and the world. Dr. Chopra has also focused much of his research interest on the art and science of mentoring and has published several papers in Harvard Business Review, Annals of Internal Medicine, JAMA, BMJ among others on this topic. He has received grant support and research funding from the National Institute of Health, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Michigan, Veterans Health Administration, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention among others.


Cristina M. Gonzalez, MD, MEd

Professor of Medicine, Division of Hospital Medicine, Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Montefiore Medical Center

Dr. Gonzalez is Professor of Medicine in the Division of Hospital Medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Montefiore Medical Center. She conducts medical education research to design, implement, and evaluate interventions focused on implicit bias recognition and management (IBRM). Her roles at Einstein/Montefiore include conducting her NIH-funded research, caring for patients and teaching on the wards as a hospitalist, teaching about IBRM, and mentoring and collaborating with other health equity scholars in areas of structural competency, IBRM, and health disparities education more broadly. She collaborates locally, nationally, and internationally striving toward ultimately achieving health equity.