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George M. Lange, MD, FACP, inaugurated as Wisconsin Medical Society president

Release Date: April 9, 2011
Contact: Lisa Hildebrand - 608.442.3765 lisa.hildebrand@wismed.org

Madison, Wis. (April 9, 2011) – George M. Lange, MD, FACP, of River Hills was inaugurated as the 158th President of the Wisconsin Medical Society during the Society’s Annual Meeting at the Monona Terrace Convention Center on April 8. The president of the Wisconsin Medical Society serves a one-year term. Doctor Lange succeeds Thomas Luetzow, MD, Watertown.

In his inaugural speech, Doctor Lange encouraged physicians across Wisconsin to complete a Power of Attorney (POA) for Health Care document and talk with their family members about their health care wishes in the event that they are unable to make those decisions themselves.

“After you have done this, you will have the peace of mind that should a POA for Health Care be needed, you’ll have chosen the person for this responsibility and he or she will know what you want or don’t want,” said Dr. Lange, who gave each physician in attendance a copy of the five-page state Department of Health Services form . “As a physician, if you ask one of your patients to do this, you’ll truly know what is required and how to do it.”

An internal medicine physician and geriatrician, Dr. Lange cares for patients at Columbia St. Mary’s Westgate Medical Group in Milwaukee and is on the medical staffs at Columbia St. Mary’s Health System and Froedtert Memorial Lutheran Hospitals.

Throughout his 30-plus years as a Society member, Doctor Lange has served many roles, including chair of the Board of Directors, chair of the Board of Directors Finance Committee, chair of the Board of Directors Executive Committee and Society treasurer. He also serves on the Board of the Wisconsin Hospital Association, is an associate clinical professor at the Medical College of Wisconsin and volunteers at the Greater Milwaukee Free Clinic. A native of Milwaukee and graduate of Marquette University and the Medical College of Milwaukee, Doctor Lange is a past president of the Medical Society of Milwaukee County.

With nearly 12,500 members dedicated to the best interests of their patients, the Wisconsin Medical Society is the largest association of medical doctors in the state and a trusted source for health policy leadership since 1841.