Stay tuned below for the latest on our 2020 elections.
At Large Councilors are being elected by statewide ballot this year because of last year’s Bylaws changes.
This election will open on March 9, 2020.
At-Large Councilor Candidate Information:
Charles Emerman, MD
I have spent over 35 years in the academic practice of Emergency Medicine as Chair at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland, with 10 years spent as Chair of Emergency Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. During this time I have had the pleasure of training thousands of students, about 300 emergency physicians, and many trainees in other specialties. While in this role I have had the opportunity to participate in organized medicine through the Emergency Medicine specialty societies. This has led to serving on various committee of the American College of Emergency Medicine and the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine. One of the more satisfying roles over the years has been my service as an examiner for the American Board of Emergency Medicine.
My practice has evolved some over the past few years as I have engaged in the practice of Addiction Medicine. The American Board of Preventive Medicine administers the board exam for this specialty and has allowed physicians with enough tenure to grandfather into the board examination. I took the first ABPM board examination, becoming board certified in the inaugural group of that specialty. Addiction Medicine fits in with the emergency medicine practice as we are in a unique position to intervene with patients in crisis and slot them into longer term treatment. I was able to organize and obtain approval for our addiction medicine fellowship and serve as the program director. I have now organized an inpatient addiction medicine consult service which allows me to offer inpatients an opportunity to initiate appropriate treatment.
Addiction is a local problem. The solutions will come from State programs and efforts. I come to my interest in the Councilor position with OSMA out of a recognition of the need for our organization to provide leadership and guidance to the State in this regards. Most of the current State programs are aimed at the opioid crisis however we see an increasing frequency of abuse of other agents, most alarmingly stimulants. I hope OSMA can help guide the State towards developing programs to assist with this.
I have an additional interest in addressing physician disengagement and burnout. Medicine has been a wonderful career and it distresses me that our colleagues may be losing the enthusiasm that led them into caring for patients. OSMA has some programs to assist with this. I would hope to augment those programs with additional resources for clinicians who may be losing some of the joy of medicine. It is not an easy problem to address although OSMA and other organizations are in the best position to provide leadership around this.
Christopher Paprzycki, MD
Over the past eleven years, I have been an active member of our OSMA, serving both on the medical student delegation and the resident fellow delegation. I had the honor of being involved in the executive leadership of both sections during my tenure, serving as Vice-Chair of the MSS and Chair of the RFS. I have also previously served on Council in 2015. More recently, I have had the honor of representing District One as delegate, and I have also served on the reference committee several times, acting as Chair this past year.
I have been in practice as a vascular surgeon in Cincinnati for the past three years, specializing in endovascular and open surgical repairs of both arterial and venous disease. One of my passions is the treatment of critical limb ischemia, the most advanced form of peripheral arterial disease. Treatment of these complicated patients requires a multidisciplinary approach to minimize limb loss and prevent death. Interventions continue to evolve, pushing boundaries of care, with ever-emerging technologies and innovative approaches to care. Management of these patients is challenging yet rewarding and requires a team-based approach to promote outcomes. Together, we have created one of the first comprehensive CLI programs in the state, providing state of the art care to complex patients.
In a similar fashion, the challenge of organized medicine is the persistent requisite to evolve with the needs of physicians. Most physicians are quite active in their specialty organizations, for research, collaboration, and education. The OSMA needs to take a different approach. My vision for the OSMA is to provide unique resources that target all physicians, starting with medical students and residents. Our strength is political advocacy and policy creation. However, my reason for initially joining the OSMA as a medical student was for leadership growth and mentorship. Thus, I believe we should dedicate more resources to leadership training for physicians, such as with creation of a leadership seminar. This seminar could include programs such as public speaking, motivational training, communication, team-building, etc. This would create the potential to drive future leadership for Ohio physicians, keeping them engaged and active in the OSMA. This program also has the potential to drive interest in physician involvement in state and local politics. We also need to continue to develop our resources to assist physicians in managing burnout, including dissemination of local resources to provide assistance, mentoring, and professional help. My vision for the OSMA is innovation, leadership, and engagement. Members should feel like they have instant access to the OSMA and the Council to address their concerns and ask pressing questions. I believe I can assist the OSMA in realizing our future potential, and I thank you for your consideration.
Rajiv Patel, MD
My name is Rajiv Patel. I have been an active member of the OSMA for almost 20 years. During that time, I have been President of the Clinton County Medical Society, delegate for Clinton County for about 15 years, have debated and presented Resolutions on the House floor, have been in several subcommittees as requested, participated on Resolutions Commitees, attended a majority of Annual Meetings, attended Legislative Advocacy at the Statehouse, met with local and State lawmakers regarding key issues and continue to advocate for OSMA during the 10+ years as Chief of Staff at Clinton Memorial Hospital and involve Guest Speakers from OSMA for Legislative Updates to our Medical Staff including recently Justice Judith French. My OBGYN Private Practice has been an effective avenue to advocate for Patients and Physicians Initiatives from the OSMA. Through the leadership experiences developed during my career in medicine including governmental affairs, electronic communication including patient engagement, technology usage in clinical practice and EMR, diversity, managed care experience, performance measurement, physician-hospital integration and alignment, public speaking, peer to peer relationship building and leadership in the local community, I hope to represent Ohio physicians and advance the mission of the OSMA. My vision is to continue to Advocate for Physicians especially as it relates to fostering and protecting the environment for Medical Practice for Physicians so that they may exercise superior Quality and Safety in their patient care activities. I hope to improve satisfaction in the Physician's lives inside the Hospital and Practice setting which would lead to a more balanced lifestyle in the Physicians nonworking environment. I believe that a Physically and Emotionally Healthy Physician who is invested in providing excellent quality and compassionate care is instrumental to all Ohioans and elevates the strength of the community and fosters successes in many far reaching areas. The OSMA has supported and protected my Private Practice when the Professional Liability Insurance Crisis was upon us and I am truly grateful for the Legislative Advocacy from my fellow Physicians and OSMA Legislative staff for my continued success and want to give back with my time and effort to my Ohio colleagues. I would appreciate your support in my candidacy for the At Large Councilor Position and will continue to support and promote OSMA initiatives in a more direct role to serve you and the OSMA as a trustworthy and strong Voice for Physicians.
Shannon Trotter, DO
Maya Angelou said, “They may forget your name, but they will never forget how you made them feel.” Her powerful words are still my vision for where the OSMA needs to take Ohio physicians into the future. Physicians are disconnected and jaded by regulatory burdens, decreasing reimbursement and a lack of work-life balance. My leadership experienced with the Ohio Dermatological Association and the OSMA has helped me to understand organized medicine better, forge connections with others and build relationships at the Statehouse. My practice experience in both academic and private practice also offers me a unique perspective to relate to the employed and self-employed physician.
The OSMA needs to communicate that it empathizes and feels the pain of Ohio physicians of all specialty, age and gender. I don’t want my colleagues to simply think of the OSMA as another organization to belong to. I want them to think of it as THE organization to belong to. I want all physicians to get excited and feel like they have an advocate, someone who is going to preserve and protect physicians in Ohio so they can deliver quality patient care.
District Councilors are now elected prior to the opening of the House of Delegates 2020 meeting.
Each District Councilor was selected by their District's process that was created this year and approved by Council.
If you have any questions regarding your District's elections, please contact Beth Hisem (614-527-6733).
House of Delegates Election
Lisa Egbert, MD - Dayton
Brian Santin, MD - Wilmington
Andrew Thomas, MD - Columbus
Delegate to the AMA:
(Term 1/1/2021 – 12/31/2022, seven to be elected)
Robyn Chatman, MD - Cincinnati
Brett Coldiron, MD - Cincinnati
John Corker, MD - Dayton
Richard Ellison, MD - Akron
Deepak Kumar, MD - Dayton
William Sternfeld, MD - Toledo
Carl Wehri, MD - Delphos
Alternate Delegate to the AMA:
(Term 1/1/2021 – 12/31/2022, two to be elected)
Colette Willins, MD - Avon
If questions about 2020 elections, call Beth at 614.527.6733 for further information.