Richard Dart, MD, and Cyril “Kim” Hetsko, MD, were awarded ACP masterships in a convocation ceremony May 5. Past Wisconsin Medical Society presidents Richard A. Dart, MD, MACP, and Cyril M. “Kim” Hetsko, MD, MACP, were among 54 physicians—and the only two from Wisconsin for 2016—awarded masterships at a Convocation of the American College of Physicians (ACP) May 5 in Washington, D.C.
ACP describes masters as “a small group of highly accomplished physicians who have been selected because of personal character, positions of honor, contributions toward furthering the purposes of the ACP, eminence in practice or in medical research, or attainments in science or the art of medicine.
“Evidence of their achievements can come from many types of endeavors, such as research, education, health care initiatives, volunteerism, and administrative positions. The master must be distinguished by the excellence and significance of his or her contributions to the fields of medicine.”
Doctor Dart, of Marshfield, spent 34 years as a nephrologist at Marshfield Clinic and active staff at St. Joseph Hospital before retiring in 2007. He is an emeritus research clinician with the Center for Human Genetics of the Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation, and is adjunct clinical professor of medicine at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health’s Marshfield Campus. He also is an attending physician at the St. Vincent Free Clinic in Marshfield. In addition to serving as Society president from 2014 to 2015 as well as a member of its Board of Directors, he was president of the Wisconsin Society of Internal Medicine from 1991 to 1992. He also has served as a site principal investigator for numerous clinical trials and has been an author, coauthor or contributing author on 70 publications and abstracts.
Doctor Hetsko, of Madison, specialized in internal medicine and infectious diseases for 30 years at the Dean Medical Center. He continues as an adjunct clinical professor at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, and has expertise in health care policy, infectious diseases and lab medicine. In the past 10 years, he served on several advisory panels at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and for the U.S. Department of Health. He also has served as an ACP regent and treasurer, as well as a trustee and treasurer of the American Society of Internal Medicine, and helped lead the ACP-ASIM merger. He served on the Board of Trustees of the American Medical Association (AMA) from 2003 to 2011, in addition to several other leadership posts in the AMA. He is a past Society president and board member, and he was chief medical officer of the Commission on Lab Accreditation in Columbia, MD.
The first ACP mastership was awarded in 1923. A list complete list of all recipients from 1923 to 2015 is available on ACP’s website. Besides Drs. Dart and Hetsko, 16 Wisconsin physicians have been awarded masterships, including William S. Middleton, MD, of Madison who, in 1952, was the first Wisconsin physician to be honored.
The ACP is the largest medical specialty organization in the United States and has over 143,000 members in 86 chapters across the nation and Canada, as well as 12 international chapters.
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