AUGUSTA — Michael LaCombe, an Augusta physician and member of MaineGeneral Medical Center’s Cardiology Department, is the new president-elect of the Harvard Medical School Alumni Council. He will become president of the council in the third year, according to a news release from MaineGeneral Medical Center.

LaCombe, who earned his medical degree at Harvard Medical School in 1968, also serves as professor of Medicine and Medical Humanities at the University of New England.

LaCombe has been a visiting professor at more than 60 universities and was Teacher of the Year for four years at MaineGeneral’s Maine Dartmouth Family Medicine Residency in 2001, 2006, 2007 and 2008.

In 2011, the American College of Physicians honored LaCombe with the Nicholas Davies Memorial Scholar Award for Scholarly Activities in the Humanities and History of Medicine. Last year, he received an honorary doctor of humane Letters from the University of Southern Maine for his contributions to the fields of medicine and humanities.

The alumni council is composed of 15 members who are elected to three-year terms.