MSMS Committees

The Michigan State Medical Society (MSMS) offers opportunities for members to be involved in committees focusing on various aspects of physician issues in community and policy, as well as those dedicated to MSMS business. For further information, please contact the staff member listed.

COMMITTEE ON BIOETHICS

This Committee considers ethical issues related to medical practice, education, research, and public policy. It issues advisory opinions and sends recommendations for action to the MSMS Board of Directors. Additionally, this Committee is actively engaged in bioethics educational and outreach activities through its annual conference and other forums. The Committee meets two to three times a year.
Staff: Beth Elliott
517-336-5789

Committee members:

First NameLast NameCredentialsCounty MembershipTitle
KatherineSaladaMDWashtenaw CountyMember
JawadShahMDGenesee CountyMember
LaraZadorMDWayne CountyMember
ChrisCottrellMDWashtenaw CountyMember
GeorgeFreigehMDWashtenaw CountyMember
MaysaHamadeMDWashtenaw CountyMember
NamrataPatelMDWashtenaw CountyMember
LaurenAzevedoDOIngham CountyMember
JohnSherbeckMDMember
LaurenSmithMDWashtenaw CountyMember

PLANNING COMMITTEE FOR MSMS ANNUAL SCIENTIFIC MEETING

This Committee coordinates and plans the MSMS Annual Scientific Meeting, the organization's largest event of the year. The ASM offers more than 25 clinical courses during the four-day event in October. The Committee meets three times a year by conference call.

Brenda J. Marenich
517-336-7580

Committee members:

First NameLast NameCredentialsCounty MembershipTitle
DavidWalsworthMDIngham CountyChair
NicholasYeldoMDWayne CountyMember
EvangelineSpindlerMDWashtenaw CountyMember
DavidEisensteinMDOakland CountyMember

COMMITTEE ON CME ACCREDITATION

This Committee assures that quality CME activities are available to Michigan physicians through review, evaluation, and accreditation of medical education providers in the state. The Committee meets quarterly at MSMS Headquarters in East Lansing and/or by conference call.

Staff: Brenda J. Marenich
517-336-7580

Committee members:

First NameLast NameCredentialsCounty MembershipTitle
StevenMinnickMDWayne CountyMember
WilliamMurdochMD, FAAFPMonroe CountyMember
AllenSilbergleitMD, PhDWayne CountyMember
AmudhaDanielMDWashtenaw CountyMember

COMMITTEE ON STATE LEGISLATION AND REGULATIONS

This Committee monitors and influences Michigan legislation related to health care. The Committee also works to enhance physician participation in the state legislative process. Meetings are held five times a year.

Staff: Sarah Waun 
517-336-5737

Committee members:

First NameLast NameCredentialsCounty MembershipTitle
SyedDanishMDWayne CountyMember
AliyaHinesMD, PhDWayne CountyMember
LatonyaRiddle-JonesMDWayne CountyMember
ManuMalhotraMDWayne CountyMember
JuanAndinoMDWashtenaw CountyMember
FlorianSchmitzbergerMDWashtenaw CountyMember
NadiaSionSaginaw CountyMember
AshokGuptaMDOakland CountyMember
GeorgeShadeMDWayne CountyMember
narasimhagundamrajMember

LIAISON COMMITTEE WITH MEDICAL LICENSURE BOARDS

This Committee serves as the liaison between the Michigan Board of Medicine and the Michigan State Medical Society. The Committee serves as a resource and counselor to the MSMS Board of Directors on issues regarding licensure of physicians. The Committee serves as the review body for applicants wishing to garner support from MSMS for appointment to the Michigan Board of Medicine. The Committee also serves as an advocate for those undergoing the discipline process on a state level, advocating for fairness and due process during the entire course of action. Meetings are held two to three times a year.

Staff: Stacey Hettiger
517-336-5766

Committee members:

First NameLast NameCredentialsCounty MembershipTitle
MildredWillyMDSaginaw CountyChair
SyedDanishMDWayne CountyMember
JawadShahMDGenesee CountyMember
NadiaSionSaginaw CountyMember
AlexanderTuMDWashtenaw CountyMember
AlirezaMeysamiMD, RhMSUSWayne CountyMember
LuciaZamoranoMDWayne CountyMember
MichaelSmithMD, FAAFPMember
RaakeshBhanMDCalhoun CountyMember
JeanneKapengaMDIngham CountyMember

LIAISON COMMITTEE WITH MICHIGAN'S PUBLIC HEALTH

This Committee works to improve information and communication channels among public health officers, practicing physicians, and the public on environmental and public health issues of mutual concern. The Committee also advises the MSMS Board on key issues pertaining to public health policy and community well-being in Michigan. This Committee meets quarterly at MSMS Headquarters in East Lansing.

Staff: Amber Dunlop
517-336-5781

Committee members:

First NameLast NameCredentialsCounty MembershipTitle
SandroCintiMDWashtenaw CountyChair
JohanLatorreMDWashtenaw CountyMember
AlirezaMeysamiMD, RhMSUSWayne CountyMember
LatonyaRiddle-JonesMDWayne CountyMember
GeorgeShadeMDWayne CountyMember
NadiaSionSaginaw CountyMember
JenniferSaigalMDWashtenaw CountyMember
AmandaWinstonMDGenesee CountyMember
RamaRaoMDGenesee CountyMember
GaryJohnsonMD, MPH, FAAPGenesee CountyMember

TASK FORCE ON BEHAVIORAL HEALTH INTEGRATION

The Task Force will monitor and explore current legislative and regulatory developments related to the state’s efforts to improve the coordination of physical and behavioral health services. Charges include reviewing and potentially weighing in on proposals to reform financing models and policies that impact individuals with mental illnesses, intellectual and developmental disabilities, and substance use disorders. The Task Force will meet as needed.

Staff: Stacey Hettiger
517-336-5766

Staff: Anne'ka Marzette
517-336-5736

Task force members:

First NameLast NameCredentialsCounty MembershipTitle
NeelimaThatiMDWayne CountyMember
NadiaSionSaginaw CountyMember
ThomasZimmerMDWashtenaw CountyMember
MaryssaGilbertIngham CountyMember

MSMS OPIOID STEWARDSHIP TASK FORCE

This Task Force will advise MSMS and help shape internal and external policies, positions and activities related to the utilization of opioids and alternative therapies, advancement of evidence-based treatment, and development of resources to support physicians in caring for patients with pain and/or prescription drug dependency. The Task Force meets as needed.

Staff: Stacey Hettiger
517-336-5766

Task force members:

First NameLast NameCredentialsCounty MembershipTitle
JohnPappasMDOakland CountyMember
NabilSibaiMDWayne CountyMember
AliJafferyMDMember
JessicaDoanMDWashtenaw CountyMember
MadelineKentMDWashtenaw CountyMember
GunjanMalhotraMDWashtenaw CountyMember
UtibeEffiongMD, MPHIsabella/Clare CountyMember
MandeepBathMDKent CountyMember
WilliamMorroneDOMember
CaraPolandMD, MEdKent CountyMember