LAS VEGAS—Paul Kivela, MD, MBA, FACEP, was elected as President-elect of ACEP at the ACEP16 Council meeting on Saturday, Oct. 15. Dr. Kivela will serve as President-Elect for 2016-17 and will assume the Presidency at next year’s meeting in Washington, D.C.
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Dr. Kivela, managing partner of Napa Valley Emergency Medical Group and medical director of Medic Ambulance in Vallejo, California, asserts that this is a time of challenge in emergency medicine.
“The only thing that is sure is that the practice of emergency medicine will look different in the future,” said Dr. Kivela. “To meet the challenges, ACEP needs a strong leader who understands business models, the practice challenges, the political environment and has the ability to advocate, consensus build, and communicate the value of emergency medicine.”
Dr. Kivela has enjoyed a long career with ACEP, having been actively involved with national ACEP service for more than 20 years. Dr. Kivela worked with the Reimbursement Committee on fair payment issues, and has served as a councilor or alternate since 1994. He has also served as Chair of ACEP’s State Legislation and Regulatory Committee and has served as President of the California Chapter of ACEP.
Dr. Kivela earned his medical degree at the University of Illinois College of Medicine and completed his internship and residency at the Los Angeles County-Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. He received his MBA at the University of Tennessee.