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Welcome to MedChi, The Maryland State Medical Society.  
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 
the
public health.

Monday, March 30, 2020
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Councils/Committees

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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. 

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

2019-2020 MedChi Councils & Committees

BYLAWS COUNCIL

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:  Stephen Johnson and Barbara Fitzgerald, ext. 3304

Bylaws, Rules & Regulations Committee
Chair:  Shannon P. Pryor, M.D. / Staff:  Stephen Johnson and Barbara Fitzgerald, ext. 3304

COMMUNICATIONS COUNCIL/EDITORIAL BOARD              

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.

Co-Chairs:  Bruce M. Smoller, M.D. and Stephen Rockower, M.D. / Staff:  Catherine Johannesen, ext. 3308

LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL

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

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

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

   Public Health Committee 
   Chair:  Richard A. Bruno, M.D. / Staff:  Chip O'Neil, ext. 6001

   Interprofessional Council
   Chair:
 / Staff:  Chip O'Neil, ext. 6001

MEDICAL ECONOMICS COUNCIL

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 Payer Relations Committee and the Private Practice of Medicine Subcommittee.

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

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

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

MEDICAL POLICY COUNCIL

The Medical Policy Council is made up of the Addictions Committee, Cannabis Committee, Ethics and Judicial Affairs Committee, Opioid 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:  Gene Ransom, ext. 3305 

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

Cannabis Committee
Co-Chairs:  Jonathan Gitter, M.D. and Joel Meshulam, M.D. / Staff:  Gene Ransom, ext. 3305 and Barbara Fitzgerald, ext. 3304

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

Opioid Committee
Chair:  Gary Pushkin, M.D. / Staff:  Yelena Shapiro, ext. 3370

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

OPERATIONS COUNCIL

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:  Eric Wargotz, M.D. / Staff:  Debbie Sciabarrasi, ext. 3303 

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

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

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

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

TASK FORCES & AD HOC COMM.

Global Budgeting Task Force
Chair:  Medical Policy Council Chairs / Staff: Gene Ransom, ext. 3305, and Amalia Rivera-Oven, ext. 3321

Board of Physician Task Force
Chair: 
J. Ramsay Farah, M.D. / Staff:  Lisa Williams 410-625-0022 and Steve Wise

Single Payer Task Force
Chair:  
Stephen Rockower, M.D. / Staff:  Lisa Williams 410-625-0022

SUBSIDIARIES & AFFILIATES

Maryland Medical PAC (MMPAC)
Chair:
Harbhajan S. Ajrawat, M.D. / Staff:  Chip O'Neil, ext. 6001

MedChi Insurance Agency
Chair:
Harbhajan S. Ajrawat, 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:  Chip O'Neil, ext. 6001

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:  Loralie Ma, M.D. / Staff:  Debbie Sciabarrasi, ext. 3303  

Development Committee
Chair:  Brooke M. Buckley, M.D. / Staff:  Meg Fairfax Fielding, ext. 3336

Finance Committee
Chair: 
Jos W. Zebley, M.D. / Staff:  Debbie Sciabarrasi, ext. 3303

Grants Committee
Chair: 
George H.A. Bone, M.D. / Staff:  Shayna Banfield, ext. 3341

History of Medicine Committee
Chair: 
Allan D. Jensen, M.D. / Staff:  Meg Fairfax Fielding, ext. 3336

Physician Health Committee
Chair:
  Daniel Nyhan, M.D. / Staff:  Laura Berg, ext. 5411

Physician Health Oversight Committee
Chair:
Thomas E. Allen, M.D./Staff: Laura Berg, ext. 5411