Dr. Omar T. Atiq, M.D., founder of the Arkansas Cancer Institute at Pine Bluff, was named chair-elect of the board of governors of the American College of Physicians.

ACP is the national organization of internists, according to a news release. His term began during the Internal Medicine Meeting 2018, ACP’s annual scientific gathering at New Orleans April 19-21.

He is a professor of medicine and otolaryngology-head and neck surgery at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.

Atiq established the Cancer Institute at Pine Bluff in 1991, according to the agency’s website.

He also serves as director of the Cancer Service Line at UAMS Medical Center and associate director of the UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute.

He most recently served as governor of the Arkansas Chapter of ACP. Governors are elected by local ACP members and serve four-year terms. Working with a local council, they supervise ACP chapter activities, appoint members to local committees, and preside at regional meetings, according to the release.

They also represent members by serving on the ACP board of governors. He has been a fellow of ACP (FACP) since 1993. FACP is an honorary designation that recognizes ongoing individual service and contributions to the practice of medicine.

Atiq earned his medical degree from the Khyber Medical College, University of Peshawar, Pakistan. He is board certified in medical oncology, hematology and internal medicine.

The main areas of professional interest for Atiq include national health reform, Arkansas health care access, scope of practice, private and community practice, and payment reform.