Local doctor to lead internal medicine board


Dr. Douglas M. DeLong has been named chair of the Board of Regents of the American College of Physicians, the national organization of internists. His term began during Internal Medicine Meeting 2019, ACP’s annual scientific meeting held in Philadelphia from April 11 to 13. The Board of Regents is the main policy-making body of the college, according to a media release.

A resident of Cherry Valley, DeLong is the chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown and an associate clinical professor of medicine in the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University.

Prior to his term on ACP’s Board of Regents, he served as chair of ACP’s Board of Governors after his term as governor of New York’s Hudson Valley chapter. He has been a member of various committees and councils within ACP, including the New York chapter Public Health and Policy Committee. He participated in the New York chapter’s Leadership Day and ACP’s Leadership Day on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

Board-certified in internal medicine, DeLong received his medical degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Duke University, the release said. He completed an internship and residency at the Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown and was named chief medical resident.

He has been a Fellow of the American College of Physicians since 1994. FACP is an honorary designation that recognizes ongoing individual service and contributions to the practice of medicine.

The American College of Physicians is the largest medical specialty organization in the United States with members in more than 145 countries worldwide, the release said. ACP membership includes 154,000 internal medicine physicians, 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.

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