May 6, 2015

UAMS’ Omar T. Atiq, M.D., Named Governor of Arkansas Chapter of American College of Physicians

LITTLE ROCK – Omar T. Atiq, M.D., of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) has been named governor of the Arkansas Chapter of the American College of Physicians (ACP), the national organization of internists. His term began during the ACP annual scientific meeting, Internal Medicine 2015, in Boston on April 30-May 2.

Atiq is professor of medicine and director of Bone Marrow Service at the UAMS Myeloma Institute. He also is director of the Head and Neck Medical Oncology Service and associate director of the UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Center Institute. 

Atiq has been a fellow of ACP (FACP) since 1993.  FACP is an honorary designation that recognizes ongoing individual service and contributions to the practice of medicine. Atiq’ focus has been on national health reform, Arkansas health care access, scope of practice, private and community practice, and payment reform.

Governors are elected by local ACP members and serve four-year terms. Working with a local council, they supervise ACP chapter activities, appoint members to local committees and preside at regional meetings. They also represent members by serving on the ACP Board of Governors.

Atiq earned his medical degree from the Khyber Medical College, University of Peshawar, Pakistan.  He is board certified in medical oncology, hematology and internal medicine. 

The American College of Physicians is the largest medical specialty organization and the second-largest physician group in the United States. ACP members include 141,000 internal medicine physicians (internists), related subspecialists and medical students. Internal medicine physicians are specialists who apply scientific knowledge and clinical expertise to the diagnosis, treatment and compassionate care of adults across the spectrum from health to complex illness.