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MADISON (April 25, 2015) — 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 in Madison, April 25. 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.
“As I assume the mantle of the presidency, it is my personal challenge to continue to compel the Society to find more new and effective ways to propagate what we do well here in Wisconsin to all corners of the state and the nation,” Dr. Halverson said during his inaugural speech Saturday night. “In addition to influencing legislation and policy that is in the best interest of our patients and our profession, I believe another area the Society can have a significant impact is around the use of data to improve patient care.”
A graduate of the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in Madison, Dr. Halverson has been active in the Society for 20 years. He’s been a member of the Society’s Board of Directors since 2010, chair of its Council on Legislation and a delegate to its House of Delegates.
Doctor Halverson is also active in both the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and the Wisconsin Psychiatric Association (WPA). He is a distinguished fellow of the APA and serves on its Council on Advocacy and Government Relations, where he helps to develop its advocacy goals. He is just completing a term as WPA president and also serves as a delegate to the American Medical Association.
“It is truly an honor and privilege to be a physician. I couldn’t imagine anything else, anywhere else. Wisconsin is a great place to practice, and the Society’s long and successful history of taking on tough issues and succeeding has more than a little bit to do with that,” said Dr. Halverson. “As I look at the year ahead, I am optimistic that together we can make a real difference for our patients and our profession.”
Doctor Halverson’s past honors include a “Forward Under 40” award for his advocacy and leadership from the Wisconsin Alumni Association, an Early Career Leadership Award from the American Medical Association Foundation and the Kenneth M. Viste, Jr., MD, Young Physician Leadership Award from the Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation. Last year, he was appointed to the city of Madison and Dane County combined Board of Health.
With more than 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.