CARLOS A. GONZALEZ-OPPENHEIMER, MD TO BECOME LOCAL GOVERNOR OF NATIONAL DOCTORS’ GROUP Term to Begin in May During American College of Physicians Annual Meeting SAN JUAN, PR
May 8, 2008
Carlos A. Gonzalez-Oppenheimer, MD, FACP, a local internist, will become Governor of the Puerto Rico Chapter of the American College of Physicians (ACP), the international organization of internists. His term will begin during Internal Medicine 2008 — the ACP annual scientific meeting in Washington, DC, May 15-17.
A resident of San Juan, Dr. Gonzalez-Oppenheimer is the Program Director of Internal Medicine Residency at the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine and an active faculty member at the University Hospital and the Puerto Rico Cardiovascular Center. He serves as a counselor for Fondita de Jesus, a community-based organization that provides health services to the homeless population, and for Proyecto Capetillo, a student initiative that offers medical services to a poor community in San Juan.
Dr. Gonzalez-Oppenheimer is currently serving as Governor-elect in transition to the ACP Governor position. 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.
A graduate of the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine, Dr. Gonzalez-Oppenheimer completed post-doctoral training in general internal medicine at the University District Hospital. Board-certified in internal medicine, he has been a Fellow of the American College of Physicians (FACP) since 1995. FACP is an honorary designation that recognizes ongoing individual service and contributions to the practice of medicine.
The American College of Physicians (www.acponline.org) is the largest medical specialty organization and the second-largest physician group in the United States. ACP members include 125,000 internal medicine physicians (internists), related subspecialists and medical students. Internists specialize in the prevention, detection and treatment of illness in adults.
The American College of Physicians was founded in 1915 to promote the science and practice of medicine. In 1998 it merged with the American Society of Internal Medicine, which was established in 1956 to study economic aspects of medicine. ACP works to enhance the quality and effectiveness of health care by fostering excellence and professionalism in the practice of medicine.