LAS VEGAS, Oct. 16, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) today announced that Paul Kivela, MD, MBA, FACEP, of Napa, Calif., was elected President-elect during the organization's annual meeting in Las Vegas. He was elected by ACEP's Council to serve a 1-year term and will assume ACEP's presidency at next year's meeting in Washington, DC.
"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 is managing partner of Napa Valley Emergency Medical Group, and medical director of Medic Ambulance in Vallejo, Calif. Dr. Kivela was voted to ACEP's Board in 2010 and 2013. He has been actively involved with ACEP for more than 20 years and has worked with the Reimbursement Committee on fair payment issues, and served as an ACEP councilor or alternate since 1994. Dr. Kivela has also served as chair of ACEP's State Legislation and Regulatory Committee. On the state level, he 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 in emergency medicine at the Los Angeles County-Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. He received his MBA at the University of Tennessee.
ACEP is the national medical specialty society representing emergency medicine. ACEP is committed to advancing emergency care through continuing education, research and public education. Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, ACEP has 53 chapters representing each state, as well as Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. A Government Services Chapter represents emergency physicians employed by military branches and other government agencies.