October 14, 2011
SAN FRANCISCO–The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) today announced that David C. Seaberg, MD, CPE, FACEP, an emergency physician from Chattanooga, Tenn., has assumed the presidency of the organization during its annual meeting in San Francisco. Thousands of emergency physicians gathered for this year's crucial event to look to the future of emergency medicine with an eye on the Affordable Care Act.
Dr. Seaberg was first elected to the ACEP Board in 2005. He is a professor and dean of the University of Tennessee, College of Medicine, Chattanooga. He previously served as a leader in the state of Florida on medical and hospital aspects of domestic security. He founded the University Alliance for Weapons of Mass Destruction Education and served as co-chair of the Health/Medical/Hospital/EMS Committee of the State Work Group for Domestic Security. He has given testimony before the House Committee on Homeland Security on fighting pandemic flu.
"Emergency visits increased to 136 million in 2009," said Dr. Seaberg. "The nation is focused on controlling health care costs, and emergency departments provide value. However, there can be no meaningful health care reform without medical liability reform. It is key to controlling costs. Emergency physicians have a key role to play in health care reform–we touch all parts of society and the health care system."
Dr. Seaberg previously served as residency director and chairman of the department of emergency medicine at the University of Florida, where he was on faculty for 13 years. He served as president of the Florida College of Emergency Physicians.
Dr. Seaberg earned his medical degree from the University of Minnesota and completed his emergency medicine residency training at the University of Pittsburgh. He is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine and the Certifying Commission in Medical Management. He has written more than 140 publications, book chapters and abstracts and has received numerous teaching and research awards.
Dr. Seaberg will serve a one-year term as president.
ACEP is a 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.