June 2013

New ACSM president speaks at May event

William W. Dexter, MD, FACSM, new president of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), officially took the reins of the organization at the 60th ACSM Annual Meeting and the Fourth World Congress on Exercise is Medicine, which drew more than 5000 participants to Indianapolis May 28-June 1.

At the conference, Dexter, who is director of sports medicine at Maine Medical Center in Portland and professor of family medicine at the Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, introduced his agenda for the coming year and said it would emphasize engagement of ACSM members.

He also noted that ACSM’s signature programs, Exercise is Medicine and the ACSM American Fitness Index, exemplify the college’s mission to advance and integrate scientific research to provide educational and practical applications of exercise science and sports medicine.

Dexter, who served as program chair for the 2013 conference, succeeds Janet Walberg Rankin, PhD, FACSM, professor in the Department of Human Nutrition, Food, and Exercise at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, as president.

He is a former editor of the Yearbook of Family Practice and is currently an editor of Current Sports Medicine Reports and the Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine.

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