Del Meyer, MD, Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Dr. Meyer graduated from Kansas University Medical School and obtained his internship at Wayne County General Hospital in Michigan. This was the largest hospital in the United States with 8500 patients. The acute care hospital had 500 beds, the ambulatory infirmary had 1600 beds and the infirmary had 800 bed patients. There was a 3500 bed psychiatric division with every neurologic and psychiatric disease imaginable for which the interns and residents provided medical services for acute and chronic medical and surgical complications. The WCGH internship provided a rich back ground in medicine, surgery, obstetrics, pediatrics, geriatrics, psychiatry and neurology.
After this broad experience he stayed on for a three year internal medicine residency which gave him a broad experience in the medical specialties of allergy, immunology, cardiology, dermatology, endocrinology, metabolism, gastroenterology, gerontology, nephrology, neurology, and pulmonology. With this broad background in a county hospital actually passing cardiac catheters, colonoscopies, renal dialysis, liver, pleural and lung biopsies he decided to subspecialize in the latter-pulmonary medicine or pulmonology.
He was a resident in pulmonary medicine at Ann Arbor VA Hospital, a fellow of the American Thoracic Society at Sacramento Medical Center and a NIH Fellow in Respiration Physiology at the University of California at Davis.
During this time he also spent two years as a Captain in the United States Air Force at Mather AFB in Sacramento. He was Chief of the Pulmonary Clinic, developed a pulmonary function laboratory and was Chief of the Allergy Clinic his second year at Mather AFB Hospital in Sacramento.
After completing his Pulmonary Fellowship at UC Davis and his military experience in Sacramento, he decided to practice in Sacramento since there were no Pulmonologist. On entering private practice, Dr Meyer founded Pulmonary Medicine Associates. During his ten years as Managing Partner and corporate CEO, he expanded to eight pulmonologists, becoming the largest Pulmonary Group in the United States. He has been practicing pulmonary medicine in Sacramento for 35 years. His practice experience has included solo, partnership, corporate and managed-care medicine. His hospital experience has included university, federal, military, state, county, prison and private institutions. He is on the senior staff at Mercy San Juan Medical Center in Carmichael, Sacramento County, California and serves on the Volunteer Clinical Faculty of UC Davis School of Medicine.
After founding Pulmonary Medicine Associates, he and his associates developed a pulmonary function and blood gas laboratories and managed respiratory therapy departments in six of the eight hospitals in the greater Sacramento area.
He was elected an officer in the California Chapter of the College of Chest Physicians and successively held all the elected offices to the president. He was California Thoracic Society representative to the American Thoracic, the professional organization of pulmonologists which now numbers more than 15,000 in the United States and many foreign countries.
For further details of his professional experience, business/professional associations, Guest Consultancy, editorship and columns, please go to his professional website www.delmeyer.net
With this unique and extensive background in multiple medical practice organizations, and seeing the failures of medical practices, he began writing on the problems with healthcare in the United States and throughout the world. He became editor of Sacramento Medicine and continues to write articles for every issue going on fifteen years. As medical societies deteriorated in the 1990s, with only one percent of physicians attending meetings at times, he moved the physician practice community to cyberspace. Since according to our own research, Medical Societies met on Tuesdays, he called his efforts MedicalTuesday. The first newsletter started on April 1, 2002 and went to 50 physicians. Today this practice oriented Newsletter reaches tens of thousands of physicians, either directly or through nearly 100,000 monthly visits to the several websites.
To refocus on what needed to be done in the area of medical practice and the health plan environment, a simultaneous quarterly newsletter was started known as HealthPlanUSA. This was incorporated in California and was funded by Ariadne Capital as an incubator in 2002. Funding is being sought to achieve Start Up status. For inquiries, please contact us.
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