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MADISON (April 7, 2016)—More than two dozen physicians and medical students from across the state were elected to leadership positions with the Wisconsin Medical Society during the organization’s Annual Meeting at the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center in Madison, April 2-3. Barbara A. Hummel, MD, of West Allis was inaugurated as the Society’s 165th president, and Noel Deep, MD, of Antigo was elected president-elect.
Doctor Hummel, a family physician in private practice, succeeds Jerry L. Halverson, MD, DFAPA of Fitchburg. Doctor Deep, a board-certified internist with additional certification in hospice and palliative medicine at Aspirus Antigo Clinic and Aspirus Langlade Hospital, will succeed Dr. Hummel in 2017.
Several other physicians were re-elected to Society leadership positions. Jay A. Gold, MD, JD, MPH, was re-elected vice speaker of the House of Delegates for 2017 and 2018. Doctor Gold, who is board certified in preventive medicine, is senior vice president and chief medical officer of MetaStar, Inc. in Madison. Molli Rolli, MD, a Madison psychiatrist, was re-elected to a one-year term as chair of the Society’s Board of Directors. Thomas M. Derrig, MD, was re-elected vice chair. He is a board-certified surgeon who serves as the physician president of the Aurora Wilkinson Clinic in Summit. Julie B. Schuller, MD, MPH, MBA, was re-elected treasurer. An internal medicine specialist, she is executive vice president and vice president of medical affairs for Sixteenth Street Community Health Center in Milwaukee.
The following physicians and medical students also were elected to the Board of Directors. (Unless otherwise noted, all terms are three years.)
- Alicia Arnold, MD, of Eau Claire, is a board-certified radiologist in private practice, as well as a medical correspondent for the NBC affiliate TV station in Eau Claire. She previously finished an unexpired term and is beginning her first full term.
- Jeffrey Bailet, MD, of Lake Geneva, is president of Aurora Health Care Medical Group and executive vice president at Aurora Health Care in Milwaukee. He is serving his second term.
- Gurdesh S. Bedi, MD, of St. Croix Falls, is a board-certified neurologist with St Croix Regional Medical Center. He also completed an unexpired term and is serving his first full term.
- Joseph Behn, MD, of La Crosse, is a family physician with Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare in Onalaska. He is beginning his first term.
- Robyn Borge, MD, of La Crosse, is a family physician for Gundersen Health System-Family Medicine Residency Clinic. She is serving her first term.
- Steven Driggers, MD, of Manitowoc, is chief medical officer and executive vice president for Holy Family Memorial Medical Center in Manitowoc. He is serving his second term.
- Yakub Ellias, MD, of Marshfield, is an urgent care physician for Marshfield Clinic. He is beginning his second term.
- Jillian Gorski of Madison, was elected to a one-year term as a representative of the Medical Student Section. She is a student at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.
- Michelle L. Graham, MD, of Oak Creek, is a family physician who serves as vice president of medical affairs for Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare-St. Francis and Franklin. She completed an unexpired term and is beginning her first full term.
- David Hoffmann, MD, of Mauston, is a family physician at Mile Bluff Medical Center in Mauston. He is starting his second term.
- Angela Janis, MD, of Madison, is a board-certified psychiatrist with the University Health Services Clinic in Madison. She is serving her second term as a representative of the Young Physician Section.
- Thomas Luetzow, MD, of Watertown, is an urgent care physician at Fond du Lac Regional Clinic. He is serving his second term on the Board.
- Casey Melcher, MD, of Wauwatosa, is a radiology resident with the Medical College of Wisconsin Affiliated Hospitals. He was re-elected for a third one-year term as a representative of the Resident Physician Section.
- Haley Mertens of Hartland, is a student at the Medical College of Wisconsin. She is serving a one-year term as a representative of the Medical Student Section.
- Tomasz Okon, MD, of Marshfield, is an internist and palliative medicine physician at Marshfield Clinic. He is serving his first term.
- Robert Peck, Jr., MD, of Eau Claire, is is chief medical officer for Mayo Clinic Health System-Northwest Wisconsin. He is beginning his first term.
- Nicky Plementosh, MD, of Green Bay, is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology at Women’s Health Care OB/GYN in Green Bay and Bellin Health in Brillion. She is serving her third term.
- Patrick Remington, MD, MPH, of Madison, is serving a third one-year term as a representative of the Medical Schools Section. He is a professor of Population Health Sciences and associate dean for Public Health at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.
- Julie B. Schuller, MD, MPH, MBA, (see above) is serving her second term on the Board.
The House of Delegates also elected the following physicians to serve as delegates and alternate delegates to the American Medical Association.
- Delegates for 2017 and 2018: Michael M. Miller, MD, Tosha Wetterneck, MD, and Paul Wertsch, MD, all of Madison.
- Alternate Delegate for 2016: Keshni Ramnanan, MD, of Summit.
- Alternate Delegates for 2017 and 2018: Dr. Hummel (see above), Dr. Ramnanan of Summit, and Jacob M. Behrens, MD, of Madison.
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.