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Volunteer to serve on a MedChi Committee!

Browse the committee listing to find your special interest in organized medicine. Along the way you will be networking with colleagues and helping to strengthen the organization.  Even if you live far from Baltimore, you can still participate.  Committee meetings offer conference call capabilities. 

  • Help us be Your Advocate.
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  • Volunteer to work on issues that affect Your Profession.

To serve on a council or committee, you must sign MedChi's Conflict of Interest Policy statement. Contact Barbara Fitzgerald with any questions.

2017-2018 MedChi Councils & Committees


The Bylaws Council is made up of the Bylaws, Rules and Regulations Committee.  The committee drafts amendments to the bylaws and the rules of MedChi as needed or as directed by the House of Delegates or Board of Trustees.  It reviews, approves, disapproves, or alters amendments submitted to it by the component societies, councils, or House of Delegates.  The committee reports all amendments to the bylaws of MedChi to the House of Delegates with the call to session.  The committee also serves as an advisory committee on all matters pertaining to the Bylaws and Rules of MedChi.  (There is a specific requirement for geographic representation.)

Chair:  Shannon P. Pryor, M.D. / Staff:  Amity Aldrich, ext. 3330

Bylaws, Rules & Regulations Committee
Chair:  Shannon P. Pryor, M.D. / Staff:  Amity Aldrich, ext. 3330


The function of the Communications Council shall be to advise and guide the publications and communications efforts of MedChi.  The Council shall ensure that MedChi communications are consistent with the policies and strategies of MedChi and shall make recommendations to the Board of Trustees and the Chief Executive Officer of MedChi so as to achieve those goals and otherwise maximize the performance and benefit to MedChi of all the publications and communications of MedChi.

Chair:  Bruce M. Smoller, M.D. / Staff:  Amity Aldrich, ext. 3330 and Susan D'Antoni

Membership Committee
hair: TBD / Staff:  Amity Aldrich, ext. 3330

Employed Physicians Subcommittee
Lisa Rubin, M.D. Staff:  Amity Aldrich, ext. 3330

Private Practice of Medicine Subcommittee
Charles Samorodin, M.D. / Staff:  Colleen George, ext. 3360


The Legislative Council is made up of the Boards and Commissions Committee, the Health Insurance Committee, the Public Health Committee, and the Interprofessional Council.  The council and its committees study and decide on MedChi's position on all health-related legislation submitted to the Maryland General Assembly.

Co-Chairs:  Benjamin H. Lowentritt, M.D. and Sarah Merritt, M.D. / Staff:  Chip O'Neil, ext. 6001, and Amity Aldrich, ext. 3330

Boards & Commissions Committee
Vice Chair:
  Clement S. Banda, M.D. / Staff: Chip O'Neil, ext. 6001, and Amity Aldrich, ext. 3330

   Health Insurance Committee 
   Vice Chair:  Anuradha Reddy, M.D. / Staff:  Chip O'Neil, ext. 6001, and Amity Aldrich, ext. 3330

   Public Health Committee 
   Chair:  Richard A. Bruno, M.D. / Staff:  Teresa Healey-Conway, 410-544-0312

   Prescription & Non-Prescription Drugs w/ Possible Abuse Potential Subcommittee
Chair:  Marcia D. Wolf, M.D. / Staff:  Yelena Shapiro, ext. 3370

   Interprofessional Council
Tyler Cymet, D.O. / Staff:  Chip O'Neil, ext. 6001, and Amity Aldrich, ext. 3330


The Medical Economics Council provides advocacy services in both the private sector (payers) and the public sector (regulatory).  The council is made up of the Information Technology Committee and the Payer Relations Committee.

Co-Chairs:  Loralie Ma, M.D. and Francisco A. Ward, D.O. / Staff:  Colleen George, ext. 3360

   Information Technology Committee
Chair: Adam J. Weinstein, M.D. / Staff:  Colleen George, ext. 3360

   Payer Relations Committee
  Charles Samorodin, M.D. / Staff:  Colleen George, ext. 3360 


The Medical Policy Council is made up of the Addictions Committee, Ethics and Judicial Affairs Committee, Public Health Committee, Disparities in Health Care Subcommittee and Disaster Preparedness Committee.  The Disaster Preparedness Committee studies the role of MedChi in disaster preparedness for the State of Maryland in order to develop recommendations for preparing Maryland physicians and other practitioners for public health disasters, including terrorist actions, and for utilizing MedChi and other professional organizations toward that end and coordinating physician efforts with voluntary professional agencies.  The Ethics and Judicial Affairs Committee considers questions of medical ethics, especially as they relate to social policy issues, interprofessional relations, hospital relations, confidentiality, advertising, communications with the media, fees and charges, record practice matters and professional rights and responsibilities. The Public Health Committee identifies public health issues of importance and works with MedChi to develop policies and activities that address these issues, in order to enhance the health status of our community.  Areas of current concern are access to care, environmental issues, Maternal and Child Health, health promotion and diseases prevention and communicable diseases.

Co-Chairs:  David I. Safferman, M.D. and Ramani Peruvemba, M.D. / Staff:  Gene Ransom, ext. 3305 

Addictions Committee
Co-Chairs:  George Kolodner, M.D. and  Yngvild Olsen, M.D. / Staff:  Shayna Banfield, ext. 3341

Ethics and Judicial Affairs Committee  
 Joseph Marine, M.D. / Staff:  Chip O'Neil, ext. 6001, and Amity Aldrich, ext. 3330

Public Health Committee
  Richard A. Bruno, M.D./ Staff:  Teresa Healey-Conway, 410-544-0312

Disparities in Health Care Subcommittee
Zaneb K. Beams, M.D. / Staff:  Amity Aldrich, ext. 3330

Disaster Preparedness Subcommittee
  Kathleen Keeffe, M.D. / Staff:  Amity Aldrich, ext. 3330


The Operations Council oversees and advises on issues related to the operations of MedChi.  The council consists of four committees.  The Continuing Medical Education Review Committee (CMERC) provides oversight, review and direction for the MedChi Accredited Provider Programs, which in turn is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME).  It provides accreditation, accreditation maintenance, program development, and assistance for continuing medical education programs of various organizations in the state of Maryland and the District of Columbia.  The Committee On Scientific Activities (COSA) provides oversight, evaluation, and content validation for the jointly sponsored and directly sponsored CME programs of MedChi.  MedChi is accredited by ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.  The committee reviews all applications for jointly sponsored or directly sponsored CME programs.  The Finance Committee advises and counsels the Board of Trustees regarding MedChi's financial investment program and develops a budget for the organization.  The chairperson of the committee serves as the Treasurer of MedChi. 

Chair:  J. Michael Niehoff, M.D. / Staff:  Debbie Sciabarrasi, ext. 3303 

CME Review Committee (CMERC)
  Ambadas Pathak, M.D. and Laurel G. Yap, M.D. / Staff:  Frank C. Berry, ext. 3307

Committee on Scientific Activities (COSA)
  Steven F. Crawford, M.D. / Staff:  Frank C. Berry, ext. 3307

Finance Committee
  Shannon P. Pryor, M.D. / Staff:  Lawrence N. Almengor, ext. 3326

Personnel & Compensation Committee
Shannon P. Pryor, M.D. / Staff:  Debbie Sciabarrasi, ext. 3303


Opioid Task Force
Gary Pushkin, M.D.Staff:  Yelena Shapiro, ext. 3370

Waiver/Gainsharing Task Force
Chair: Medical Policy Council Chairs / Staff: Gene Ransom, ext. 3305, and Amity Aldrich, ext. 3330

Marijuana Task Force
Francisco A. Ward, D.O. / Staff:  Amity Aldrich, ext. 3330


Maryland Medical PAC (MMPAC)
Harbhajan S. Ajrawat, M.D. / Staff:  Amity Aldrich, ext. 3330

MedChi Insurance Agency
J. Richard Lilly, M.D. / Staff: Shelly Brouse, ext. 4403

Alliance to MedChi

The mission of the Alliance is to partner with physicians to build healthy communities and support the family of medicine.  The Alliance is open to spouses of MedChi Member physicians, residents, and medical students.

President:  Bud Ranasinghe / Staff:  Kevin Hayes, ext. 6001, and Amity Aldrich, ext. 3330

The Center for a Healthy Maryland

Formerly the MedChi Foundation, the Center was established in 1976 as an affiliate of MedChi, The Maryland State Medical Society to promote and support the medical society's charitable, public health, and educational activities.  These activities help fulfill the medical society's mission to serve as the state's foremost advocate for physicians, their patients, and the public health.  Additionally, the Center works with the Alliance to MedChi to collaborate on activities that promote the goals of both organizations and in support of MedChi.

President:  Ronald C. Sroka, M.D. / Staff:  Debbie Sciabarrasi, ext. 3303  

Performing Arts Medicine Committee
  Alan J. Sweatman, M.D.Staff:  Meg Fairfax Fielding, ext. 3336

Physician Health Committee
  Martin S. Rusinowitz, M.D. / Staff:  Michael Llufrio, ext. 5412

Physician Health Oversight Committee
Thomas E. Allen, M.D./Staff: Laura Berg, ext. 541