The American College of Osteopathic Emergency Physicians (ACOEP) elected its 21st President and a new President-Elect during its Nov. 5, 2017, meeting. Christine Giesa, DO, FACOEP-D, became the new President, and Robert Suter, DO, MHA, FACOEP-D, FAAEM, FACEP, FIFEM, became the new President-Elect.
Dr. Giesa currently works in the emergency department at Delaware County Memorial Hospital in Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania, where she is the residency program director. She has been a member of ACOEP for 23 years, during which time she has served as the Chair of the Continuing Medical Education Committee and Chair of the Spring Seminar. She is the second woman President of ACOEP and the first mother.
Dr. Suter is a colonel in the United States Army Reserve and recently returned from a Middle East deployment where he served as commander of the medical and health care forces in the 13-nation CENTCOM region. He is a third-term member of the ACOEP Board of Directors, during which time he has mentored osteopathic students, residents, and physicians across the country. He was the first osteopathic physician to serve in an officer position for ACEP, serving as Secretary, Treasurer, and finally President in 2004–2005. While in the United States, he practices emergency medicine in a variety of settings, from small rural hospitals to major academic medical centers as a professor of emergency medicine.
In addition to the appointments of a new President and President-Elect, the ACOEP Board elections also saw Timothy Cheslock, DO, FACOEP-D, appointed Treasurer and Gregory “Joe” Bierne, FACOEP-D, as Secretary. Brandon Lewis, DO, MBA, FACOEP, FACEP; John W. Graneto, DO, M.Ed, FACOEP-D; and Justin Grill, DO, FACOEP, were also elected to the Board.