BLYTHEWOOD, Calif. (PRWEB) December 01, 2017
The Southern Medical Association (SMA) is proud to announce the installation of Donald J. DiPette, MD, FACP, FAHA as President for 2017-2018.
In his acceptance speech at SMA’s Annual Scientific Assembly on November 4, 2017, in St. Petersburg, Florida, Dr. DiPette said, “We are a special organization whose mission is to improve the quality of patient care through multidisciplinary, interprofessional education. Three key elements in our mission statement resonate with me and they are Quality, Patient Care, and Education.”
Dr. Donald DiPette is currently Health Sciences Distinguished Professor at the University of South Carolina (USC) and the USC School of Medicine in Columbia, S.C where he previously also served as the Vice President for Medical Affairs, Dean of the USC School of Medicine, and President of University Specialty Clinics. Before joining USC, he was Professor of Medicine, Interim Senior Executive Associate Dean and Chairman of Medicine at Texas A&M Health Sciences Center College of Medicine and Scott and White Clinic.
Dr. DiPette is board certified in internal medicine and clinical pharmacology and has a specialist certification in hypertension. His major areas of research, which have been funded consistently by the American Heart Association and the National Institutes of Health, include the pharmacologic treatment of hypertension, the role of novel neuropeptides in the pathophysiology of hypertension, and the global treatment and control of hypertension and cardiovascular risk. He has published more than 130 manuscripts in leading peer-reviewed clinical and basic science journals.
Dr. DiPette earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Seton Hall University and his medical degree from Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine. After completing his training in internal medicine and hypertension at Boston University School of Medicine, he joined Allegheny General Hospital and the University of Pittsburgh, where he held joint appointments in the School of Medicine and the School of Public Health. He was the Associate Program Director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program and Director of the Hypertension Research Program at Allegheny General Hospital during his tenure at Pittsburgh. Dr. DiPette has also held leadership roles at the University of Texas Medical Branch including Director of the Division of General Medicine and Vice-chairman for Educational Affairs and In-patient Affairs and Michigan State University College of Human Medicine where he was the Chairman of the Department of Medicine.
Dr. DiPette has been a member of SMA since 2010 and has served in several leadership roles for SMA, including as Councilor for South Carolina, and as a member of SMA Executive Committee, Budget and Administration Committee, Bylaws Committee and Strategic Planning Committee. Dr. DiPette has also been an active member of the South Carolina Medical Association and a Past President of the Columbia Medical Society in Columbia, S.C.
Dr. DiPette and his wife Laura, reside in Blythewood, South Carolina.
Established in 1906, SMA is a multidisciplinary, interprofessional medical association committed to providing physicians with education and information in order to provide quality patient care and lead the discussion on healthcare reform.