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.

MSMS TASK FORCE ON ADVANCING HEALTH EQUITY

The goal of the task force is to eliminate health disparities by pursuing health equity throughout society by direct engagement with policymakers, medical schools, health care leaders, members and other stakeholders and to advance policies that lead to a more diverse physician workforce, greater cultural awareness, mitigation of social determinants of health, and transparent and equitable organizational structures.

Staff: Stacey Hettiger
517-336-5766

Committee members

First NameLast Name CredentialsCounty MembershipTitle
TheodoreJonesMD, FACOGWayne County Medical Society of Southeast MichiganChair
IjeomaOparaMDWayne County Medical Society of Southeast MichiganCommittee Member
AshaShajahanMDOakland County Medical SocietyCommittee Member
HerbertSmithermanMD, MPH, FACPWayne County Medical Society of Southeast MichiganCommittee Member
BryanneStandiferMDOakland County Medical SocietyCommittee Member
JenniferSwearingenMDOakland County Medical SocietyCommittee Member
SusannaWangMD CandidateKent County Medical SocietyCommittee Member
MaryFinedoreKent County Medical SocietyCommittee Member
AmitSachdevMDIngham County Medical SocietyCommittee Member
KeowGohMD, MPH, MBAWashtenaw County Medical SocietyCommittee Member

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
ChristianVerclerMDWashtenaw County Medical SocietyChair
SallyNagiaSaginaw County Medical SocietyCommittee Member
SamuelBorerSaginaw County Medical SocietyCommittee Member
KunalBailoorMD, HCE-CWashtenaw County Medical SocietyCommittee Member
KhristianBurkeSaginaw County Medical SocietyCommittee Member
MarvinJewellMDWayne County Medical Society of Southeast MichiganCommittee Member
MichaelStelliniMD, MSWayne County Medical Society of Southeast MichiganCommittee Member
MichaelMalianMD, FACSWayne County Medical Society of Southeast MichiganCommittee Member
LeeBrickerMDKalamazoo Academy of MedicineCommittee Member
StanleyWolfeMDMacomb County Medical SocietyCommittee Member

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 County Medical SocietyChair
NicholasYeldoMDCommittee Member
EvangelineSpindlerMDWashtenaw County Medical SocietyCommittee Member
DavidEisensteinMDCommittee Member
KarrenWongCommittee Member
ManrajSekhonOakland County Medical SocietyCommittee Member

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
BrookeTaylorRN, MPH, CHCP, FACEHPChair
RebeccaDanielMDWashtenaw County Medical SocietyChair
CrystalGyiraszinConsultant
KarenCassidyConsultant
ThomasGentileConsultant

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: Josiah Kissling
517-336-5737

Committee members:

First NameLast NameCredentialsCounty MembershipTitle
JayneCourtsMDKent County Medical SocietyChair
MichaelRedingerMDKalamazoo Academy of MedicineCo-Chair
AliyaHinesMD, PhDWayne County Medical Society of Southeast MichiganCommittee Member
LatonyaRiddle-JonesMDWayne County Medical Society of Southeast MichiganCommittee Member
PreethaGhoshWayne County Medical Society of Southeast MichiganCommittee Member
AmandaSchoonoverKent County Medical SocietyCommittee Member
LeahDavisDOGrand Traverse-Benzie-Leelanau County Medical SocietyCommittee Member
BhavnaGuduguntlaWashtenaw County Medical SocietyCommittee Member
SaroshIraniWashtenaw County Medical SocietyCommittee Member
NitaKulkarniMDGenesee County Medical SocietyCommittee Member

COMMITTEE TO REVIEW THE MSMS POLICY MANUAL

The MSMS Policy Manual is intended as a reference tool and resource document for MSMS members. It includes all policy actions of the MSMS House of Delegates and of the MSMS Board of Directors. The MSMS Policy Manual is reviewed annually to ensure that MSMS members have access to the Society's most recent policies on the vital issues of concern to the medical profession.

Jennifer Finney
517-336-5735

Committee members

First NameLast NameCredentialsCounty MembershipTitle
BryanHuffmanMDOttawa County Medical SocietyCommittee Member
MichaelSmithMD, FAAFPWashtenaw County Medical SocietyCommittee Member
RoseRamirezMDKent County Medical SocietyCommittee Member
GregoryForzleyMDKent County Medical SocietyCommittee Member
PaulBozykMDOakland County Medical SocietyCommittee Member
AnitaAveryMDKent County Medical SocietyCommittee Member
DavidWalsworthMDIngham County Medical SocietyCommittee Member
StaceyHettigerStaff
Mary KateBarnauskasStaff
JenniferFinneyStaff

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

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: Joshua Richmond
517-336-5781

Committee members:

First NameLast NameCredentialsCounty MembershipTitle
SandroCintiMDWashtenaw County Medical SocietyChair
AlirezaMeysamiMD, RhMSUSWayne County Medical Society of Southeast MichiganCommittee Member
LatonyaRiddle-JonesMDWayne County Medical Society of Southeast MichiganCommittee Member
GeorgeShadeMDWayne County Medical Society of Southeast MichiganCommittee Member
StevenRubinMDOakland County Medical SocietyCommittee Member
MayaTakagiSaginaw County Medical SocietyCommittee Member
AnnekeBulthuisDOSt. Joseph CountyCommittee Member
RamaRaoMDGenesee County Medical SocietyCommittee Member
GaryJohnsonMD, MPH, FAAPGenesee County Medical SocietyCommittee Member
BarbaraMeyer LucasMD, MHSAWayne County Medical Society of Southeast MichiganCommittee Member

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 County Medical Society of Southeast MichiganCommittee Member
RemondaKhalil-MoawadIngham County Medical SocietyCommittee Member
JayneCourtsMDKent County Medical SocietyCommittee Member
KarenLeavittMDKent County Medical SocietyCommittee Member
TheresaToledoMDCommittee Member

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
CaraPolandMD, MEdKent County Medical SocietyChair
NabilSibaiMDCommittee Member
FredVan AlstineMDShiawassee CountyCommittee Member
JoshuaSudermanMDKent County Medical SocietyCommittee Member
NeelimaThatiMDWayne County Medical Society of Southeast MichiganCommittee Member
MartinBluthMDOakland County Medical SocietyCommittee Member
CarlChristensenMD, PhDWashtenaw County Medical SocietyCommittee Member
JeanneLewandowskiMDWayne County Medical Society of Southeast MichiganCommittee Member
VenkatRaoMDGenesee County Medical SocietyCommittee Member
ThomasVeverkaMD, FACSSaginaw County Medical SocietyCommittee Member