A Pakistani-American physician, Dr Omar T Atiq, has been named chair of the Board of Governors of United States largest medical speciality organisation – American College of Physicians.
A resident of Little Rock, Dr Atiq earned his medical degree from the Khyber Medical College, University of Peshawar in Pakistan.
His term began from ACP’s annual scientific meeting held in Philadelphia between April 11 and 13.
Dr Atiq is a professor of medicine and otolaryngology-head and neck surgery at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.
He most recently served as governor of the Arkansas Chapter of ACP. 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.
He has been a fellow of ACP (FACP) since 1993. FACP is an honorary designation that recognises ongoing individual service and contributions to the practice of medicine.
He is board certified in medical oncology, hematology and internal medicine.