April 23, 2004

Schaffner named Master by American College of Physicians

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William Schaffner, M.D.

Schaffner named Master by American College of Physicians

William Schaffner, M.D., chairman of Preventive Medicine, was elected to a Mastership by the Board of Regents of the American College of Physicians at the ACP’s annual meeting this week in New Orleans.

Master is the highest level achievable in the 115,000-member organization, which is the largest medical specialty society in the United States. According to the ACM, it is bestowed “in recognition of exceedingly stellar career accomplishments and service to the College.”

“It is a well-deserved honor for you to have been selected from among a number of distinguished candidates,” said Isabel V. Hoverman, M.D., the chair of the organization's Awards Committee, in writing to Schaffner about the award.

“I was surprised and humbled by this recognition from my colleagues,” Schaffner said. “I am honored to represent Vanderbilt at the ceremony in New Orleans.”

Schaffner joins other Vanderbilt faculty who are ACP Masters: F. Tremaine Billings Jr., M.D., professor of Medicine, emeritus; Gottlieb C. Friesinger II, M.D., professor of Medicine, emeritus; John A. Oates, M.D., Thomas F. Frist Professor of Medicine; and Alexander S. Townes, M.D., professor of Medicine, emeritus.

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.