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Goldsboro physician earns post as treasurer of national group

By Phyllis Moore
Published in News on April 11, 2007 1:45 PM

Dr. James Stackhouse, an internist with Goldsboro Medical Specialists, will begin a three-year term as treasurer of the American College of Physicians when the annual meeting is held in San Diego April 19-21.

As part of his duties, he will chair the group's finance committee and serve ex officio on the ACP Board of Regents.

Dr. Stackhouse first came to Goldsboro while in the U.S. Air Force, stationed at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, where he was an internist from 1979 to 1981. Internists specialize in the prevention, detection and treatment of illness in adults.

In addition to his private practice, which he began in the fall of 1981, he has been extensively involved with the N.C. Medical Society and the Wayne County Medical Society. He was on the board of directors of the Wayne Memorial Hospital medical staff, serving as its president in 1987, after having served as vice president and secretary.

He was also the governor's appointee to the N.C. Legislative Task Force on Stroke and Heart Attack Prevention for the past nine years. In 2000, the N.C. Chapter of the ACP presented him with its Laureate Award.

A native of Raleigh, Dr. Stackhouse is board certified in internal medicine. A clinical assistant professor of medicine at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, he was named a master of the American College of Physicians in 2006, an honor held by fewer than 600 internists worldwide. The honor recognizes those with outstanding career accomplishments and notable contributions to medicine.

From 1998-2001, Dr. Stackhouse was a member of the ACP Board of Regents and was re-elected to the board in 2002. The American College of Physicians is the largest medical specialty organization and the second-largest physician group in the country. Its membership includes 12,000 internal medicine physicians, related subspecialists and medical students.

Dr. Stackhouse said he looks forward to serving on the executive committee and helping represent practicing internists.

"It's an honor for me to be connected to that type of position," he said. "I spent my career in medical politics trying to represent practicing doctors and really look forward to the chance to keep doing that."

The American College of Physicians is a great organization, he said, and is unique for a very important reason.

"It has really put the interest of patients first and I think that's distinguished it from other organizations that are more political or more practice-oriented," he said.

"With the latest attention to technology and procedures, we have lost a little bit of the personal physician and the place where people feel comfortable discussing and handling multiple problems. A person needs a place that he feels he belongs to get medical care or advice regarding a consultation and other services."