AMS Past President Omar T. Atiq, MD, FACP, has been named Chair of the Board of Governors of the American College of Physicians (ACP), the national organization of internists. His term began during the ACP’s annual scientific meeting held in Philadelphia this month. Dr. Atiq is the first Arkansas physician to serve in this distinguished role.
A resident of Little Rock, Dr. Atiq is a professor of medicine and otolaryngology-head and neck surgery at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). He has been in community oncology practice in Pine Bluff since 1991. Dr. Atiq serves on the Arkansas State Medical Board and has been a member of the Arkansas Medical Society since 1992.
The American College of Physicians is the largest medical specialty organization in the United States with members in more than 145 countries worldwide. ACP membership includes 154,000 internal medicine physicians (internists), related sub-specialists, and medical students. 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 recognizes ongoing individual service and contributions to the practice of medicine.
Dr. Atiq earned his medical degree from the Khyber Medical College, University of Peshawar, Pakistan. He is board certified in medical oncology, hematology and internal medicine. The main areas of professional interest for Dr. Atiq include national health reform, Arkansas health care access, scope of practice, private and community practice, and payment reform.