Omar T. Atiq, M.D., Named Chair-elect of the Board of Governors of National Doctors Group

By Susan Van Dusen

Atiq is a professor of medicine and otolaryngology-head and neck surgery at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). He also serves as director of the Cancer Service Line at UAMS Medical Center and associate director of the UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute.

He most recently served as governor of the Arkansas Chapter of ACP. 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. He 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 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 main areas of professional interest for Atiq include national health reform, Arkansas health care access, scope of practice, private and community practice, and payment reform.

The American College of Physicians is the largest medical specialty organization in the United States with members in more than 145 countries worldwide. ACP membership includes 152,000 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. Follow ACP on Twitter and Facebook.


UAMS is the state's only health sciences university, with colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Health Professions and Public Health; a graduate school; hospital; a main campus in Little Rock; a Northwest Arkansas regional campus in Fayetteville; a statewide network of regional campuses; and seven institutes: the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute, Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute, Psychiatric Research Institute, Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging, Translational Research Institute and Institute for Digital Health & Innovation. It is the only adult Level 1 trauma center in the state. U.S. News & World Report named UAMS Medical Center the state's Best Hospital; ranked its ear, nose and throat program among the top 50 nationwide; and named six areas as high performing — cancer, colon cancer surgery, heart failure, hip replacement, knee replacement and lung cancer surgery. UAMS has 2,727 students, 870 medical residents and five dental residents. It is the state's largest public employer with more than 10,000 employees, including 1,200 physicians who provide care to patients at UAMS, its regional campuses, Arkansas Childrens Hospital, the VA Medical Center and Baptist Health. Visit www.uams.edu or www.uamshealth.com. Find us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or Instagram.

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