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As the statewide professional association for licensed 
physicians, we are dedicated to our mission to serve as 
Maryland's foremost advocate and resource for physicians, 
their patients, and 
public health.

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2022-2023 MedChi Councils & Committees


The Council on Bylaws 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:  Gary W. Pushkin, M.D. / Staff:  Ashton DeLong, 410-878-9896

Bylaws, Rules & Regulations Committee
Chair:  Gary W. Pushkin, M.D. / Staff: Ashton DeLong, 410-878-9896


The function of the Council On Communications 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.

Co-Chairs:  Bruce M. Smoller, M.D. and Stephen Rockower, M.D. / Staff:  Victoria Hecht, 410-878-9897


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

Co-Chairs:  Clement S. Banda, M.D. and Kathleen D. Keeffe Hough, M.D. / Staff:  Catherine Johannesen and Teresa Healey-Conway, 410-878-9894

Boards & Commissions Subcommittee
Vice Chair:
  Lawrence J. Green, M.D. / Staff: Catherine Johannesen and Teresa Healey-Conway, 410-878-9894

   Health Insurance Subcommittee 
   Vice Chair:  Anuradha D. Reddy, M.D. / Staff:  Catherine Johannesen and Teresa Healey-Conway, 410-878-9894

   Public Health Subcommittee 
   Chair:  Karen M. Dionesotes, M.D., M.P.H  / Staff:  Catherine Johannesen and Teresa Healey-Conway, 410-878-9894


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

Co-Chairs:  Francisco A. Ward, D.O., and James Williams, D.O. / Staff:  Colleen George, 410-878-9698

   Payer Relations Committee
  Charles Samorodin, M.D. / Staff:  Colleen George, 410-878-9698, and Alyssa Mills, 410-878-9689


The Council on Medical Policy is made up of the Opioid, Pain, and Addiction Committee, Cannabis Committee, Ethics and Judicial Affairs Committee, and Public Health Committee.  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:  Ashton DeLong, 410-878-9896 

Opioid, Pain, and Addiction Committee
Chair:  Sarah Merritt, M.D. / Staff:  Colleen George, 410-878-9698

Cannabis Committee
Chair:  Patricia Frye, M.D. / Staff:  Gene Ransom, 410-878-9800, and Barbara Fitzgerald, 410-878-9891

Committee on Ethics and Judicial Affairs
Vacant / Staff:  Vacant, 410-539-0872

Opioid Committee
Chair:  Gary Pushkin, M.D. / Staff:  Colleen George, 410-878-9698

Public Health Committee
  Kathleen Keeffe, M.D./ Staff:  Teresa Healey-Conway, 410-544-0312, and Ashton DeLong, 410-878-9896


The Council on Operations 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:  Eric Wargotz, M.D. / Staff:  Debbie Sciabarrasi, 410-878-9890

CME Review Committee (CMERC)
  Laurel G. Yap, M.D. / Staff:  Lorna Della, 410-878-9907

Committee on Scientific Activities (COSA)
  Steven F. Crawford, M.D. / Staff:  Jaison Fleming-Smallwood, 410-878-9705

Finance Committee
  Padmini Ranasinghe, M.D. / Staff:  Frank Scopelitti, 410-878-9905

Personnel & Compensation Committee
Padmini Ranasinghe, M.D. / Staff:  Debbie Sciabarrasi, 410-878-9890

COUNCIL ON IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Empowerment, and Advocacy)

The Council on IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Empowerment, and Advocacy) unites physicians in Maryland to promote inclusion, diversity, equity, and empowerment for all through advocacy in healthcare.  The council consists of two committees the IDEA Committee and the Gender Pay Equity Subcommittee.

Chair:  Michele Manahan, M.D. / Staff:  Catherine Johannesen, 410-878-9894

IDEA Committee
  Michele Manahan, M.D. / Staff:  Catherine Johannesen, 410-878-9894

Gender Pay Equity Subcommittee
  Carolyn O'Conor, M.D. / Staff:  Victoria Hecht, 410-878-9897


Global Budgeting Task Force
Chair:  Medical Policy Council Chairs / Staff: Ashton DeLong, 410-878-9896


Maryland Medical PAC (MMPAC)
Stephen Rockower, M.D. (Chair) and David A. Hexter, M.D. (Treasurer) / Staff:  Vacant, 410-539-0872

MedChi Insurance Agency
Benjamin Stallings, M.D. / Staff: Shelly Brouse, 443-449-2321

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:  Gene Ransom, 410-878-9800

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:  Stephen J. Rockower, M.D. / Staff:  Debbie Sciabarrasi, 410-878-9890  

Development Committee
Chair:  Stephen Rockower, M.D. / Staff:  Meg Fairfax Fielding, 410-878-9840

Finance Committee
Jos W. Zebley, M.D. / Staff:  Debbie Sciabarrasi, 410-878-9890

Grants & Education Committee
Clement Banda, M.D. / Staff:  Vacant

History of Medicine Committee
Allan D. Jensen, M.D., and Loralie Ma, M.D. / Staff:  Meg Fairfax Fielding, 410-878-9840

Physician Health Committee
  Daniel Nyhan, M.D. / Staff:  Margaret Kroen, 443-449-2294

Physician Health Oversight Committee
Thomas E. Allen, M.D./Staff:  Margaret Kroen, 443-449-2294

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