Dr. David C. Seaberg, an emergency physician from Chattanooga, on Saturday became president of the American College of Emergency Physicians during its annual meeting in San Francisco.
"The nation is focused on controlling health care costs, and emergency departments provide value," Seaberg said.
"However, there can be no meaningful health care reform without medical liability reform," he said. "It is key to controlling costs. Emergency physicians have a key role to play in health care reform -- we touch all parts of society and the health care system."
Seaberg first was elected to the ACEP board in 2005. He is a professor and dean of the University of Tennessee, College of Medicine, Chattanooga.
He previously served as a leader in Florida on medical and hospital aspects of domestic security.
He founded the University Alliance for Weapons of Mass Destruction Education and served as co-chairman of the Health/Medical/Hospital/EMS Committee of the State Work Group for Domestic Security.
He has given testimony before the House Committee on Homeland Security on fighting pandemic flu.
Seaberg earned his medical degree from the University of Minnesota and completed his emergency medicine residency training at the University of Pittsburgh.
He has written more than 140 publications, book chapters and abstracts and has received numerous teaching and research awards.
Seaberg will serve a one-year term as president.