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Local Physician Named President-Elect of the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP)

(Napa, Calif. – November 30, 2016) The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) recently announced that Paul Kivela, MD, MBA, FACEP, an emergency physician at Queen of the Valley Medical Center and managing partner of Napa Valley Emergency Medical Group, was nominated to serve a 1-year term as President, beginning October 2017.

“This is the first time in many years that a physician from an independent medical group at a community hospital has been elected,” said Dr. Kivela. “It is an honor.”

In his position as ACEP President, Dr. Kivela will lead the 35,000 member organization and will serve as a spokesperson for emergency medicine. While his new role will serve physicians nationwide, there will be benefits for local care providers and the community as well.

“As President, I will not only have the opportunity to share our achievements with physicians across the country, I will also learn about cutting-edge programs at other hospitals that may be successful in Napa,” said Dr. Kivela. “To be a true physician, you have to be an active citizen and a part of your community. Serving in this role supports our vision of providing the highest quality of care to our neighbors in need of emergency treatment.”

Dr. Kivela was nominated to this position by his peers because of his understanding of business models, practice challenges and the political environment. He is the medical director of Medic Ambulance in Vallejo, Calif. Dr. Kivela was voted to ACEP's Board in 2010 and 2013 and is known for his ability to advocate for emergency medicine and build consensus. He has been actively involved with ACEP for more than 20 years, serving on various committees and as President of the California ACEP chapter.

Dr. Kivela earned his medical degree at the University of Illinois, College of Medicine, and completed his internship and residency in emergency medicine at the Los Angeles County-Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. He received his MBA at the University of Tennessee.

About Queen of the Valley Medical Center
Queen of the Valley Medical Center is a 208-bed, acute-care facility founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange. The Queen is the largest health care facility and one of the largest employers in Napa County. Services provided include a Regional Heart Center, a Regional Orthopedic Center, a Regional Cancer Center approved with commendations by the American College of Surgeons, the Peggy Herman Neuroscience Center, maternity and infant care, inpatient and outpatient minimally invasive surgery, and full-service emergency department, among many other specialty services. More information about Queen of the Valley Medical Center can be found at

About the American College of Emergency Physicians
ACEP is the national medical specialty society representing emergency medicine. ACEP is committed to advancing emergency care through continuing education, research and public education. Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, ACEP has 53 chapters representing each state, as well as Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. A Government Services Chapter represents emergency physicians employed by
military branches and other government agencies. For more information, visit

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