At its annual meeting in Boston, the American College of Emergency Physicians named Angela Gardner, M.D., as the organization's new president and Sandra Schneider, M.D., as president-elect to succeed Gardner after her term ends next year. Gardner is an emergency physician at Parkland Hospital in Dallas, and she is also assistant professor of emergency medicine in the surgery department at the University of Texas Southwestern. She is the third female to lead ACEP, which has 28,000 members. Both Gardner and Schneider's ages were unavailable at deadline.
“It is an exhilarating and humbling honor to lead this important organization at a time when the nation is debating the great questions of national healthcare reform and dealing with the challenges that come with containing the H1N1 flu virus,” Gardner said in a news release about her appointment. “There has likely never been a moment like this in our lifetimes where the public, medical professionals and lawmakers have been more keenly aware of the important role emergency medicine serves in our communities.”
Gardner served on ACEP's board of directors for seven years before she was named president-elect last year. She earned her medical degree at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Lubbock, and she completed her residency at the Texas Tech Regional Academic Health Center in El Paso.