Donald J. DiPette, MD, FACP, FAHA, Installed as President of the Southern Medical Association

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…

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