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MADISON (April 4, 2016)—Barbara A. Hummel, MD, of West Allis was inaugurated the 165th President of the Wisconsin Medical Society during the Society’s Annual Meeting at the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center in Madison, April 2. Doctor Hummel succeeds Jerry L. Halverson, MD, DFAPA, of Fitchburg.
A board-certified family physician, Dr. Hummel is a family physician in private practice. She is affiliated with Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center and Aurora West Allis Medical Center, where she served as chair and vice chair of the Department of Family Practice at West Allis Memorial Hospital. She been a member of the Society’s Board of Directors since 2007 and has served as its vice chair the past two years. In addition, Dr. Hummel has served as an alternate delegate to the American Medical Association (AMA) since 2009.
As Society president, Dr. Hummel plans to focus attention on professional satisfaction and its potentially adverse effects to the physician-patient relationship.
In 2014, the Wisconsin Medical Society conducted a survey of more than 1,000 physicians. One of the biggest dissatisfiers respondents reported was the limited amount of time they are able to spend on direct patient care due to the time they are required to spend on administrative tasks and paperwork.
“Research shows a high correlation between physician satisfaction and patient adherence, patient outcomes and patient satisfaction,” said Dr. Hummel in her inaugural address. “Improving the work life of physicians has many potential benefits, including better care for the patients we serve, better outcomes and lower cost.”
On the national level, Dr. Hummel is very active in the AMA. She currently serves as chair of the Senior Physicians Governing Council and is secretary of the Private Physicians Congress. She was recently appointed co-chair to an AMA Task force working in conjunction with its Council on Medical Education to develop guidelines for determining competency in physicians. She also has served on the AMA’s Credentials Committee, a reference committee and as a teller to its House of Delegates.
A graduate of the Medical College of Wisconsin, Dr. Hummel also has served as president of the Medical Society of Milwaukee County and was a member of its Board of Directors from 2003 to 2011.
Doctor Hummel’s past honors include the Mead Johnson Award for Graduate Education in Family Medicine in 1990, and she recently was honored with an Outreach Leader Award from the AMA. She has been named one of Milwaukee’s Top Doctors by Milwaukee Magazine since 2009 and a “Who’s Who” Top Doctor in 2016.
With nearly 12,500 members dedicated to the best interests of their patients, the Wisconsin Medical Society is the largest association of medical doctors in the state and a trusted source for health policy leadership since 1841.