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ETSU professor elected to Mastership by American College of Physicians

Contributed • Oct 18, 2019 at 4:03 PM

The American College of Physicians announced the award of Mastership in the College to Dr. Robert T. Means Jr., professor of Internal Medicine at East Tennessee State University’s Quillen College of Medicine.

Masters must be highly accomplished individuals distinguished by the excellence and significance of their contributions to the field of internal medicine. They are nominated by their peers, mentors or others.

“I’m honored to receive this recognition from my peers in the broad discipline of internal medicine, and humbled to realize that there are about 150,000 physicians in ACP but only about a thousand Masters,” said Means. “Most of all, I am grateful to the Tennessee ACP Chapter for nominating me and to the colleagues from different phases of my career who wrote letters seconding the nomination.”

A widely recognized expert in nonmalignant hematology, Means has a long track record of excellence in research and is an expert in iron and red cell disorders, particularly the anemia of chronic disease and pure red cell aplasia. He has been a scientific peer reviewer for the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and other private and public funders worldwide.

Means has been active in the American Federation for Medical Research and in the Southern Society of Clinical Investigation, serving in various leadership roles with both organizations. He is a member of the Hematology Examination Committee for the American Board of Internal Medicine and an editor of Wintrobe’s Clinical Hematology, a leading textbook in the field.

His commitment to academic internal medicine is longstanding and he has also been a faculty member at Vanderbilt University, University of Cincinnati, the Medical University of South Carolina and the University of Kentucky.

He served as dean of Quillen College of Medicine from 2014-18 and previously served as associate dean for Veterans Affairs, executive vice dean and executive dean at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine.

“I met Dr. Means when he was a fellow in hematology and I was a resident-in-training,” said Dr. Tracey Doering, governor of the Tennessee ACP Chapter. “I loved sharing cases with him, and have enormous respect for his clinical acumen and knowledge.”

Means plans to attend a ceremony at the ACP national meeting in Los Angeles in April 2020, where he will formally be conferred his Master’s hood and certificate.