Inaugural President of the Society for Acute Medicine is elected as President of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh

For immediate release

29th of November 2013

The Society for Acute Medicine (SAM) warmly congratulates Professor Derek Bell as the incoming President of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh (RCPE). Professor Bell was the founding President of SAM in 2000, and was a key figure in the development of the speciality over the past decade.  He was the first Professor of Acute Medicine and has continued to promote the vital role of the speciality in ensuring patient safety and high quality care.

Dr Alistair Douglas, SAM President said: “I would firstly like to congratulate Derek on his well-deserved appointment. This is an important time for Acute Medicine and we are fortunate to have a member of SAM in such an influential role.

“I have no doubt that Professor Derek Bell will be an excellent President for the RCPE and we look forward to continued collaboration between RCPE and SAM.”

Professor Bell was awarded an honorary life fellowship by the Society for Acute Medicine in October 2013 in recognition of the pivotal role that he played in securing Acute Medicine’s speciality status.


Notes to the editors:

  • Acute medicine (also known as acute internal medicine) is the specialty which deals with the immediate and early treatment of adult patients with a variety of medical conditions who present in hospital as emergencies.
  • The Society for Acute Medicine is the national representative body for the speciality of acute medicine and represents around a thousand members.
  • Dr Alistair Douglas is a consultant in acute medicine and nephrology at Ninewells Hospital and Medical School in Dundee and is available for interview.
  • Professor Derek Bell was President of the Society for Acute Medicine from 2000-2003.
  • The RCPE’s full press release may be accessed here.

Claire Charras
Society for Acute Medicine, Marketing and Communications Executive
07 985 494 965
0117 983 0542

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