Jerry L. Halverson, MD, DFAPA, of Fitchburg was inaugurated the 164th president of the Wisconsin Medical Society during the Society’s Annual Meeting at the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center April 25-26 in Madison. Doctor Halverson succeeds Richard A. Dart, MD, of Marshfield.
A board-certified adult psychiatrist with a subspecialty in psychosomatic medicine, Dr. Halverson is medical director of the FOCUS program, as well as adult services at Rogers Memorial Hospital, based in Oconomowoc. As Society president, Dr. Halverson plans to focus attention on improving public health and using data to improve health care quality and health care access at the local and national levels. Click here to view his inaugural speech, and click here to read more about him.
More than two dozen physicians were elected to Society leadership positions during the Annual Meeting, including Barbara A. Hummel, MD, of West Allis, who was elected president-elect. A board-certified family physician in private practice, Dr. Hummel is affiliated with Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center and Aurora West Allis Medical Center.
Other physicians elected to leadership positions include Molli Rolli, MD, who was re-elected chair of the Board of Directors; Thomas M. Derrig, MD, who was elected vice chair; Julie B. Schuller, MD, MPH, MBA, who was elected treasurer; Michael M. Miller, MD, speaker of the House of Delegates and Jay A. Gold, MD, JD, MPH, vice speaker of the House of Delegates. Click here for more information about these physicians, as well as new and re-elected board members and AMA delegates.
House of Delegates actions
Highlights of the Annual Meeting also included a CME program focusing on physician satisfaction as well as debate and action taken by the House of Delegates on resolutions. For a detailed summary of the actions, click here.*
Society, Foundation awards presented
Several individuals were recognized for their achievements and contributions to patients and the profession. Among those honored were Steven Manson, MD, of La Crosse, who received the 2015 Physician Citizen of the Year Award; and U.S. Representative Ron Kind and Tom Jackson, MD, who each received Presidential Citations.
In addition, the Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation presented four awards, including the Kenneth M. Viste MD, Young Physician Leadership Award to Keshni Ramnanan, MD, of Summit. (Read more here.) James Lehman, a student at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health received the Presidential Scholar Award, and fourth-year medical students Mark Kashtan and Trista Stankowski-Drengler were named recipients of the 2015 Houghton Awards.
Mark your calendar for the Society’s 2016 Annual Meeting, being held April 2-3 in Madison.