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Thursday, May 23, 2024
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Board of Trustees

MedChi’s Board of Trustees is responsible for overseeing the operations of the organization within the policies established by MedChi’s House of Delegates.  The Board provides strategic direction and oversight for the organization and is chaired by the President.

The responsibilities of the Board of Trustees include (but are not limited to):

  • Budget approval, prior to presentation and ratification by the House of Delegates
  • Appointment and oversight of the Chief Executive Officer
  • Oversight of MedChi’s financial reports and audits
  • Approval of committee appointments
  • Oversight and approval of lobbyists

Board meetings are held eight times per year.  The Board meets on the third Thursday of January, February, March, May, July, September, and November, and the Board holds an additional meeting immediately following the fall House of Delegates meeting to elect the Secretary and Treasurer and approve committee appointments.

Board members are expected to:

  • Review and keep handy the MedChi BOT Handbook
  • Serve on at least one committee or as an officer of a component society
  • Be a member of the Maryland Medical Political Action Committee
  • Attend a political event or fundraiser annually (either on behalf of MMPAC or on behalf of themselves)
  • Serve one day as First Aid Room Physician of the Day, attend a component legislative day, and/or testify on a bill on behalf of MedChi
  • Utilize the MedChi Agency or have them review insurance annually
  • Attend Board of Trustees and House of Delegates Meetings, as well as the President’s Gala
  • Annually recruit a new MedChi member successfully

2023-2024 Board of Trustees Members

To contact a Board of Trustee Member, please click here.

Benjamin Lowentritt, M.D.
Reisterstown, MD

Padmini Ranasinghe, M.D.
Baltimore, MD

Immediate Past President
James J. York, M.D.
Millersville, MD

Speaker of the House
Clement S. Banda, M.D.
Columbia, MD

Vice Speaker of the House
Renee Bovelle, M.D.
Glenn Dale, MD

AMA Delegation Representative
Loralie D. Ma, M.D.
Fulton, MD

Anne Arundel County Trustee
Erinn E. Maury, M.D.
Millersville, MD

Baltimore City Trustee
Robert W. Thomsen, M.D.
Baltimore, MD

Baltimore County Trustee
James M. Williams, DO
Hagerstown, MD

Montgomery County Trustee
Carolyn B. O'Conor, M.D.
Rockville, MD

Prince George’s County Trustee
Gurdeep Chhabra, M.D.
Riverdale, MD

Eastern Group Trustee
Rene Desmarais, M.D.
Salisbury, MD

Southern Group Trustee
Anne Banfield, M.D.
California, MD

Western Group Trustee
Andrew J. Oh, M.D.
Hagerstown, MD

Trustee at Large
Dennis D. Dey, M.D., Ph.D.
Cumberland, MD

Trustee at Large
Michele Manahan, M.D.
Baltimore, MD

Specialty Society Trustee
J. Michael Niehoff, M.D. 
Baltimore, MD

IMG Section Trustee
Vasant Datta, M.D., C.M.D.
Hagerstown, MD

Resident & Fellow Section Trustee
Karen Dionesotes, M.D.
Baltimore, MD

Medical Student Section Trustee
Rose Pagano
University of Maryland School of Medicine
Karen Qi
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Chief Executive Officer
Gene M. Ransom, III
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