Dr. Omar T. Atiq, M.D., founder of the Arkansas Cancer Institute at Pine Bluff, is the newly elected chairman of the Board of Governors of the American College of Physicians (ACP).

ACP is the national organization of internists. Atiq’s term began during the Internal Medicine Meeting 2019, ACP’s annual scientific meeting April 11-13 in Philadelphia, according to a news release.

A resident of Little Rock, Atiq is a professor of medicine and otolaryngology-head and neck surgery at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). Atiq serves on the Arkansas State Medical Board and has been president of the Arkansas Medical Society.

“Dr. Atiq is a devoted husband, father, and physician,” according to the release. “He is president and founder of Arkansas Cancer Clinic, PA (dba Arkansas Cancer Institute.) Since 1991, he has provided life-saving quality care to thousands of residents of Jefferson County, and of Southeast Arkansas.”

Atiq has been elected to many positions throughout his nearly 30 year career in medicine. He has served as director of Cancer Services at UAMS and was recently governor of the Arkansas Chapter of ACP.

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

Atiq’s main areas of interest include national health reform, Arkansas health care access, scope of practice, private and community practice, and payment reform, according to the release.

The American College of Physicians is the largest medical specialty organization in the United States with members in more than 145 countries worldwide, according to the release.