Dr. Andrew Sama Assumes Presidency of the American College of Emergency Physicians


For Immediate Release:
October 7, 2012

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“We Urge Policymakers To Recognize the Value of Emergency Medicine and the Significant Issues Facing Emergency Patients”

The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) today announced that Andrew E. Sama, MD, FACEP, an emergency physician from Manhasset, N.Y., has assumed the presidency of the organization during its annual meeting in Denver.

Dr. Sama was first elected to ACEP’s Board of Directors in 2007.  He currently serves as president-elect.

“As the  nation implements health care reforms, it is critical that policymakers recognize and address the growing needs of 136 million emergency patients,” said Dr. Sama.  “Emergency physicians are urging policymakers to recognize the pivotal role of emergency medicine in the nation’s health care system.  We need them to support the nation’s emergency care system, which provides incredible value to this country.  We are facing soaring demands, especially as the population ages, but we are essential to every community and must have adequate resources.”

Dr. Sama is chairman of the department of emergency medicine at North Shore University Hospital and Long Island Jewish Medical Center.  He also is the recipient of the endowed Dorothy & Jack Kupferberg Professorship of Emergency Medicine at Hofstra-North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine.

Dr. Sama served as president for the New York State Chapter from 2002 to 2004 and was named “Physician of the Year” by N.Y. ACEP in 2006.  At the national level, Dr. Sama has served as secretary-treasurer of the board of directors.  In addition, he chaired ACEP’s Bylaws Committee from 2002 to 2004 and in October 2007 and has represented ACEP as a member of the Reimbursement Committee, the National Steering Committee and the Quality and Performance Committee.

A graduate of Columbia University, Dr. Sama earned his medical degree from Cornell University Medical College and completed his residency in internal medicine from North Shore University Hospital.  He is certified in emergency medicine and pediatric emergency medicine.

ACEP is the national medical specialty society representing emergency medicine. ACEP is committed to advancing emergency care through continuing education, research and public education. Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, ACEP has 53 chapters representing each state, as well as Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. A Government Services Chapter represents emergency physicians employed by military branches and other government agencies.

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