NYACP Announces the Steven Walerstein, MD, MACP Advocacy Internship

The Chapter will be honoring the memory of Steven Walerstein, MD, MACP, former Governor and leader of NYACP who passed earlier this month by changing the very popular and educational Advocacy Internship to the “Steven Walerstein, MD, MACP, Advocacy Internship.”

This internship, which began almost 16 years ago, allows between 4 and 6 medical student students and residents to spend a month rotating in Albany with our Executive Director researching policy, reviewing proposed legislation, meeting with regulators and legislators and understanding how to best represent patient interests as healthcare policy is formulated. To date we have had 45 students and residents rotate through this program.  With Steve’s passion for education and advocacy and his years mentoring students and residents, our Executive Committee felt this would be an appropriate tribute.

We would like to offer any member of leader the opportunity to contribute to a fund that has been established to support the “Steven Walerstein, MD, MACP, Advocacy Internship.” You can send a check, payable to New York ACP Services Inc. to 744 Broadway, Albany, NY 12207, attention Linda Lambert with a notation that it is for the Walerstein Advocacy Internship or use this link to make an online contribution with your credit card. Names of all who make a donation in any amount will be listed as supporters of the Steven Walerstein Advocacy Internship, and his family will be notified of your generosity.

All who knew Steve will remember his tireless efforts on behalf of our profession and his passion for medicine and teaching.  We appreciate your contributions to the Chapter to allow Steve’s spirit to live on.


NYACP Hudson Valley Region Governor Election Results

Daniel Pomerantz, MD, FACP has been elected by the members of the Hudson Valley Region to serve as NYACP Hudson Valley Governor in 2020.

Daniel Pomerantz, MD, FACP, is the Director of Ambulatory Care and Palliative Care, as well as the Associate Program Director of Internal Medicine for Montefiore New Rochelle Hospital (MNR). He has been an active participant in ACP and the New York Chapter for over a decade, serving as the Hudson Valley South District Councilor, a judge for several Poster Competitions, as well as being a member of the Pain Management Task Force. In addition, he was awarded the NY Chapter Laureate Award in 2017 for outstanding commitment to excellence in medical care, education, and service to the community and the College. Dr. Pomerantz will start his term as Governor-elect after the Annual Business Meeting in Philadelphia, PA on April 10, 2019. Dr. Pomerantz will take office as Governor in April of 2020.

We want to acknowledge Kelly Ramsey, MD, FACP, for her leadership and willingness to be nominated, and to run for this role. We applaud her for her past and continuing service to the Chapter. She is the Medical Director for Substance Use Disorders at HRHCare. As a leader in ACP and NYACP, she has been a member of the Health and Public Policy Committee, the Pain Management Task Force, and received the NY Chapter Laureate Award in 2017. She currently serves as the Councilor for the Hudson Valley Region-at-Large, and will be leading the buprenorphine training course for the Chpater in February 2019. 

Please join us in congratulating both Dr. Pomerantz and Dr. Ramsey for their dedication and continuing commitment to their colleagues.

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