UR Physician Named President of Prestigious Medical Organization

March 20, 2001

William J. Hall, M.D., F.A.C.P., of the University of Rochester Medical Center begins a one-year term March 31 as president of the esteemed American College of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine. He will be inducted at organization's annual meeting in Atlanta.

Hall is chief of the General Medicine/Geriatrics Unit and director of the Division of Geriatrics at Strong Memorial Hospital of the University of Rochester Medical Center. Under his direction, the Division of Geriatrics was voted one of the top 20 geriatric medicine programs in the nation in 1998 by U.S. News and World Report.

Hall's interests in geriatrics include research of the long-term physiologic and functional effects of viral respiratory tract infections in frail older adults, studies that helped develop the Rochester Area Pepper Center. The Center, which is one of only 12 nationally, is now in its 10th year of continuous funding from the National Institute on Aging to study means to improve the functionality of older adults.

A cum laude medical graduate of the University of Michigan School of Medicine, Ann Arbor, he completed internship and residency, including chief residency, at Yale University. He also served two years with the United States Public Health Service in Hiroshima, Japan.

He is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society and a past member of its ethics committee. He also has been active in the American Thoracic Society and the American Medical Association.

Hall has served as an American College of Physicians governor for the Upstate New York Region, chair of the Board of Governors for the American College of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine, and chair of the organization's membership committee.

He also has been a member of the group's task force on aging, its finance committee and its education committee. Hall served a three-year term on the Board of Regents of the American College of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine, beginning in 1996. Re-elected to the Board in 1999, he was voted president-elect for 2000-2001.

The American College of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine is the nation's largest medical specialty society. Its membership is comprised of more than 115,000 internal medicine physicians and medical students. Internists are specialists in the prevention, detection and treatment of illnesses that primarily affect adults.

Editor's note: Dr. Hall resides in Brighton. He is married to Caroline Breese Hall, M.D., professor of Pediatrics at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry.

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