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American College of Physicians honors Lane

Jul. 26, 2018, 9:38 AM


Richard Lane, MD, assistant professor of Clinical Medicine and a senior member of Vanderbilt’s Internal Medicine group at Williamson County Medical Center, was recently elected a Master of the American College of Physicians.

Richard Lane, MD

Master is the highest level attainable in the 152,000-member American College of Physicians (ACP), which is the largest medical specialty organization in the United States. According to the ACP, election to Mastership recognizes outstanding and extraordinary career a ccomplishments. Masters must have made a notable contribution to medicine. This includes, but is not limited to teaching, outstanding work in clinical medicine (research or practice), contributions to preventive medicine, improvements in the delivery of health care, and/or contributions to the medical literature.

Lane focuses primarily on internal medicine and primary care and has practiced in Williamson County for more than 40 years. He’s been affiliated with Vanderbilt since 1992, when his previous practice, MedCore Medical Group, joined Vanderbilt Medical Group. He received his medical degree from the University of Tennessee Center for Health Science in Memphis.

Lane joins a select group of Vanderbilt physicians who have been elected ACP Masters: Hugh Jackson Morgan, MD (1954); Harrison Shull, MD (1968); John Youmans, MD (1969); Rudolph Kampmeier, MD (1972); F. Tremaine Billings Jr., MD (1974); Grant Liddle, MD (1981); Gottlieb Friesinger II, MD (1996); John Oates, MD (1998); Alexander Townes, MD (2003); William Schaffner, MD (2004); John Sergent, MD (2007); and Wayne Riley, MD, MBA, MPH (2009).

The ACP is made up of physicians in general internal medicine and related subspecialties, including cardiology, gastroenterology, nephrology, endocrinology, hematology, rheumatology, neurology, pulmonary disease, oncology, infectious disease, allergy and immunology, and geriatrics.

Levels of membership in ACP are Medical Student Member, Associate, Member, Fellow (FACP), Honorary Fellow, and Master (MACP). Throughout the year, highly distinguished Fellows are nominated for Mastership by ACP members and others familiar with their backgrounds.

A select group of these Fellows are then chosen from among the nominees for Mastership by the ACP Awards Committee and approved by the ACP Board of Regents.

ACP honored new Masters at the annual Convocation ceremony during Internal Medicine Meeting 2018, ACP’s annual scientific conference, held April 19-21 in New Orleans.

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