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Curtis awarded mastership in American College of Physicians

By ELLEN GOLDBAUM

Published April 4, 2017

Anne B. Curtis

Anne B. Curtis, SUNY Distinguished Professor and Charles and Mary Bauer Professor and Chair of the Department of Medicine in the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at UB, has been awarded mastership in the American College of Physicians (ACP), the national organization of internists.

She was honored in San Diego with other new masters last week during Internal Medicine Meeting 2017, ACP’s annual scientific conference.

“Dr. Curtis’ election as a master of the American College of Physicians is a well-deserved honor and is a testament to her impressive leadership role in academic medicine,” says Michael E. Cain, vice president for health sciences and dean of the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

One of the highest honors that can be granted to internal medicine practitioners, mastership recognizes outstanding and extraordinary career accomplishments. Masters must have made a notable contribution including but not limited to teaching, outstanding work in clinical medicine (research or practice), contributions to preventive medicine, improvements in the delivery of health care and/or contributions to medical literature.

According to ACP bylaws, masters are elected “on account of personal character, positions of honor, contributions toward furthering the purposes of the ACP, eminence in practice or in medical research, or other attainments in science or in the art of medicine.” ACP activities also are taken into consideration for all candidates.

President and chief executive officer of UBMD Internal Medicine of UBMD Physicians Group, the practice plan of the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Curtis is among the world’s leading clinical cardiac electrophysiologists. Her pioneering research has helped transform the evaluation and treatment of heart disease, especially cardiac arrhythmias, worldwide and has significantly advanced knowledge of human cardiac electrophysiology and heart-rhythm abnormalities. She has been a key contributor to guidelines on atrial fibrillation issued by the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association Task Force on Practice Guidelines.

Prior to coming to UB in 2010, Curtis was professor of medicine and director, clinical electrophysiology, at the University of Florida, Gainesville, establishing an internationally recognized Cardiac Electrophysiology Laboratory. She also was director of clinical cardiac electrophysiology, training program director for the cardiovascular disease fellowship, chief of the division of cardiology and director of cardiovascular services at the University of South Florida in Tampa.

Curtis is board certified in internal medicine with additional certification in cardiovascular diseases and clinical cardiac electrophysiology. She is widely published with almost 300 peer-reviewed manuscripts, book chapters, abstracts, reviews and editorials, as well as a treatise on cardiac pacing. Since her arrival in Buffalo in 2010, she has contributed to the mission and activities of ACP in many ways, including co-sponsoring a reception for the New York State chapter at the national convention annually and enhancing the experience of resident physicians. She also is a reviewer for Annals of Internal Medicine, the journal published by the ACP.

Earlier this year, Curtis was installed as the president of the Association of University Cardiologists.

Her honors and awards include the Distinguished Fellowship Award from the International Academy of Cardiology, the Distinguished Service Award from the Heart Rhythm Society and the Walter Bleifeld Memorial Award for Distinguished Contribution in Clinical Research in Cardiology from the International Academy of Cardiology. For more than a decade, she has been cited as one of America’s Top Doctors. In 2013, Expertscape named Curtis one of the world’s top 10 experts doing research on implantable defibrillators.

Curtis earned her MD from Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons. She did her residency at Presbyterian Hospital in New York City and two fellowships at Duke University Medical Center.