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2013 Annual Meeting Wrap-up

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Timothy G. McAvoy, MD, of Elm Grove was inaugurated as the 162nd president of the Wisconsin Medical Society during the Society’s Annual Meeting in Madison on April 13. More than a dozen other physicians and medical students also were elected to leadership positions, including Richard A. Dart, MD, of Marshfield as president-elect.

In his inaugural speech, Dr. McAvoy said he looked forward to building on the work of his predecessors. “I am thankful to be gifted with an active and energized Wisconsin Medical Society as I assume this presidency,” he said. Click here for the news release about Dr. McAvoy’s inauguration.

Doctor Dart, a nephrologist at Marshfield Clinic from 1973 to 2007, will succeed Dr. McAvoy in 2014. (Read more.)

Other physicians elected to Society leadership positions include Thomas Derrig, MD, who was elected treasurer, and Charles J. Rainey, MD, JD, who was re-elected Speaker of the House of Delegates. In addition, Molli Rolli, MD, of Madison was re-elected to a one-year term as Board Chair, and Barbara Hummel, MD, of West Allis was re-elected to a one-year term as Vice Chair. Click here for more information about the newly elected Society leaders, including board members and AMA delegates.

In addition to the election of Society leadership, the House of Delegates–the Society’s primary policymaking body–reviews and decides policy and other issues, the delegates elect Nominating Committee members and Society officers. A summary of actions taken will be posted here as soon as it becomes available.

Society, Foundation awards presented during Annual Meeting
The Society honored two physicians from Aspirus Kronenwetter Clinic with 2013 Physician Citizen of the Year Awards: Ryan Gossett, MD, and William Nietert, MD. The pair were recognized for their contributions to the Never Forgotten Honor Flight. (Read more.)

Outgoing President Tosha B. Wetterneck, MD, MS, FACP, also presented Sara Finger-Warmuth, executive director of the Dane County Medical Society and the Wisconsin Alliance for Women’s Health (WAWH), with the Presidential Citation. (Read more.)

The Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation honored three medical students during the Annual Meeting. Stephanie Ziebarth, a student at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health (UWSMPH), received the 2013 Presidential Scholar Award, while Sean M. Duffy and Madeline Streitz Pokorney received the 2013 Houghton Awards.(Read more.)