Barbara A. Hummel, MD, of West Allis was inaugurated the 165th President of the Wisconsin Medical Society during the Society’s Annual Meeting in Madison, April 2. She succeeds Jerry L. Halverson, MD, DFAPA, of Fitchburg. Doctor Hummel was sworn in as president by Society Board of Directors Chair Molli Rolli, MD.
A board-certified family physician, Dr. Hummel is 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 has been a member of the Society’s Board of Directors since 2007, including serving as its vice chair for 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 dissatisfaction and its potentially adverse effects to the physician-patient relationship.
“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 of 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. Click here to read more.
Noel Deep, MD, elected president-elect
During the opening session of the House of Delegates, Society members elected Noel Deep, MD, of Antigo president-elect. Doctor Deep is a board-certified internist with additional certification in hospice and palliative medicine. He practices with the Aspirus Antigo Clinic and Aspirus Langlade Hospital in Antigo, where he serves on the Board of Trustees and was chief of staff for several years, as well as a member of the executive and credentials committees. He is also a clinical assistant professor with the Medical College of Wisconsin.
“Being elected president-elect counts as a great moment for me,” said Dr. Deep, who has been a member of the Society’s Board of Directors, and serves on the Executive Committee of the Board and Membership and Nominating Committees, as well as the Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation’s Board of Trustees. “I am deeply humbled and honored. It also comes with great responsibilities, but I’m very confident that with the help of the Society’s experienced leaders and staff, I will serve in this position to the best of my ability. I look forward to serving the physicians and patients of Wisconsin.”
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Several other physicians were re-elected to Society leadership positions, including Dr. Rolli of Madison as Board chair; Vice Chair Thomas M. Derrig, MD, of Summit; and Treasurer Julie B. Schuller, MD, MPH, MBA, of Milwaukee. Each was elected to a one-year term. Jay Gold, MD, JD, MPH, of Madison, was re-elected to a two-year term as vice speaker of the House of Delegates. Click here for more information about these newly elected Society leaders, as well as new and re-elected board members and AMA delegates.
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