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ISMS takes action and makes medical policy in Illinois with the guidance of its physician members. Serving on an ISMS council or committee is an opportunity to provide your expertise on the bills and policies impacting Illinois.

Are you ready to shape medical policy in Illinois? Nominations are accepted year-round!

2022-2023 Board Councils/Committees

  • Rodney Alford, MD, Chair
  • Richard Anderson, MD
  • Christine Bishof, MD
  • Clarence Brown, Jr., MD
  • Dennis G. Norem, MD
  • Robert J. Oliver, MD
  • Nestor A. Ramirez, MD
  • J. Regan Thomas, MD
  • Robert Oliver, MD, Chair
  • Richard Anderson, MD
  • Thomas Anderson, MD
  • Dennis G. Norem, MD
  • Kambiz Zorriasateyn, MD

CME Accreditation Appeals Panel 

(Bylaws mandate seven trustees)

  • Rodney Alford, MD
  • Christine Bishof, MD
  • Adrienne Fregia, MD
  • Mitchell King, MD
  • Robert Oliver, MD
  • Paul Pedersen, MD
  • Sam Stokes, III, MD

2021-2022 Councils/Committees

The Committee on CME Accreditation determines issues related to accreditation and CME sponsorship.

  • Kim Pyle, MD, Chicago, Chair
  • Julie Brown, MD, Geneseo
  • Peter Doris, MD, Downers Grove
  • Kuhn Hong, MD, Chicago
  • Ronald L. Johnson, MD, Pittsfield
  • Karl Napekoski, MD, Naperville
  • Ann Stroink, MD, Bloomington
  • Michael Treister, MD, Chicago
  • Board Consultants:
  • Robert W. Panton, MD, Elmwood Park
  • Kambiz Zorriasateyn, MD, Chicago
  • Consultant:
  • Christine Mueller, MD, Dundee

The committee on CME Activities plans and approves the Society's continuing education activities.

  • Daniel R. Hoffman, MD, Mt. Vernon, Chair
  • George Beranek, MD, Pekin
  • John P. Holden, MD, Rockford
  • Ted Lorenc, MD, Crystal Lake
  • Robert Milas, MD, Rock Island
  • Ernest Nora, MD, Chicago
  • Vikram Patel, MD, South Barrington
  • Sarah Zallek, MD, Peoria Heights
  • Board Consultants:
  • Tripti Kataria, MD, Chicago
  • Mitchell King, MD, Rockford
  • Medical Student Section:
  • Kody Jones, Chicago
  • Resident & Fellow Section:
  • Vacant

Council on Communications & Membership Advocacy 

The Council on Communications & Membership Advocacy oversees and guides ISMS' communications with physician members and non-members, and externally, on behalf of physician interests. Through effective communications and marketing, the Council promotes member recruitment and retention.

  • Viquar Khan-Mundozie, MD, Harvard, Chair
  • Eve Bloomgarden, MD
  • Brad Epstein, MD, Elgin
  • Eli Goodman, MD, Springfield
  • Shelley Halper, MD, LaGrange
  • Kuhn Hong, MD, Chicago
  • Shikha Jain, MD, Chicago
  • Michelle Olson, MD, Urbana
  • Jasmine Park, Chicago (student)
  • Sohail Siddique, MD, Springfield
  • Vanessa Stan, MD, Chicago
  • William Werner, MD, Skokie
  • Piyush Vyas, MD, Lake Forest
  • Board Consultants:
  • Dennis Norem, MD, Loves Park
  • Robert Oliver, MD, Frankfort
  • Christiana Shoushtari, MD, Chicago (resident)
  • Medical Student Section:
  • Joseph Singer, Oak Park
  • Resident & Fellow Section:
  • Vacant
  • County Consultants:
  • Ms. Janet Corirossi, Winnebago County
  • Ms. Meg Williams, Peoria County

Council on Economics 

The Council on Economics considers third party payment issues, health care cost and utilization review activities.

  • Paul Merrick, MD, Lisle, Chair
  • Sean Adams, MD, Naperville
  • Rodney Alford, MD, Watseka (BOT)
  • Thomas Anderson, MD, Chicago (BOT)
  • Bapu Arekapudi, MD, Chicago
  • Roxana Azimi, Champaign (student)
  • Christine Bishof, MD, Elmhurst (BOT)
  • Steven Deliduka, MD, Elmhurst
  • Amy Derick, MD, Barrington (BOT)
  • Benjamin Domb, MD, Des Plaines
  • Stanley Friedell, MD, Chicago
  • Elisabeth Giblin, MD, Chicago
  • Michael Hanak, MD, Chicago
  • Leon Huddleston, MD, Merrionette Park
  • Adnan Hussain, MD, Chicago
  • Maitreyi Janarthanan, MD, Rock Island
  • Janet Lin, MD, Chicago
  • Joshua Nathan, MD, Northbrook
  • Sachin Patel, MD, Chicago
  • Edward Pont, MD, Elmhurst
  • Nestor A. Ramirez, MD, Champaign (BOT)
  • William Small, Jr., MD, Chicago
  • Stephen Spontak, MD, Lockport
  • Myrtis Sullivan, MD, Chicago
  • Shastri Swaminathan, MD, Westmont
  • James D. Wright, MD, Joliet
  • Daniel Yohanna, MD, Chicago
  • Kambiz Zorriasateyn, MD, Chicago (BOT)
  • Medical Student Section:
  • Meilynn Shi, Chicago
  • Resident & Fellow Section:
  • Megan Finneran, DO, Schaumburg
  • Consultant:
  • Steven Mardjetko, MD, Morton Grove

Council on Education & Health Workforce 

The Council on Education and Health Workforce studies and evaluates all phases of medical education and advises on issues of physician licensure and discipline.

  • Daniel R. Hoffman, MD, Mt. Vernon, Chair
  • Murad Alam, MD, Chicago
  • S. Masood Ali, MD, Peoria
  • Shehzad Ali, MD, Chicago
  • Julie Brown, MD, Geneseo
  • Steven Campau, MD, Belvidere
  • Ajay Chauhan, DO, Hoffman Estates
  • Susan T. Hingle, MD, Springfield
  • Avinash Murthy, MD, Springfield
  • Trista Negele, MD, Hinsdale
  • Francis J. Nicolosi, MD, Rockford
  • Karen O’Mara, DO, Chicago
  • Scott Pasichow, MD, Mahomet
  • Ayca Raif, MD, Pittsfield
  • Holly Rosencranz, MD, Champaign
  • Joseph Siegler, MD, Chicago
  • Mark Solinski, Oak Park (student)
  • Board Consultants:
  • Adrienne L. Fregia, MD, Flossmoor
  • Mitchell King, MD, Rockford
  • Robert W. Panton, MD, Elmwood
  • Nestor A. Ramirez, MD, Champaign
  • Medical Student Section:
  • Divya Meher Surabhi, Oak Brook
  • Resident & Fellow Section:
  • Vacant
  • Consultant:
  • Peter Doris, MD, Downers Grove

Governmental Affairs Council 

The Governmental Affairs Council develops, promotes, and evaluates state and federal legislation, and is responsible for political education on issues affecting physicians and their practice.

  • Piyush Vyas, MD, Lake Forest, Chair
  • S. Akila Ali, Chicago (student)
  • Howard Axe, MD, Buffalo Grove
  • Victoria Barbosa, MD, Chicago
  • Raymond Bertino, MD, Peoria
  • Joanna Bisgrove, MD, Evanston
  • Eleni Bourtsos, MD, Hinsdale
  • Asokumar Buvanendran, MD, Chicago
  • Neesha Patel Desai, MD, Chicago
  • John P. Holden, MD, Rockford
  • Adnan Hussain, MD, Chicago
  • Vivek Iyengar, MD, Hinsdale
  • Niva Lubin-Johnson, MD, Chicago
  • James MacKenzie, DO, Chicago
  • Brian A. Murphy, MD, Naperville
  • Anum Niazi, MD, Chicago
  • Richard Nora, MD, Rockford
  • Maura Quinlan, MD, LaGrange
  • Dillon Sharp, Chicago (student)
  • Robert Sobel, MD, Chicago
  • Ann Stroink, MD, Bloomington
  • David A. Stumpf, MD, Woodstock
  • Krishnarao V. Tangella, MD, Champaign
  • Adam Young, MD, Morton Grove
  • Board Consultants:
  • Thomas M. Anderson, MD, Chicago
  • Amy Derick, MD, Barrington
  • Tripti Kataria, MD, Chicago
  • Dennis G. Norem, MD, Loves Park
  • Medical Student Section:
  • Emilee Gibson, Carbondale
  • Resident & Fellow Section:
  • Eric Sullivan, MD, Chicago
  • Consultants:
  • Smitha Arekapudi, MD, Chicago
  • Jeffrey Bennett, MD, Springfield
  • Mohammed Samee, MD, Chicago

Medical Legal Council 

The Council on Medical Service focuses on legal developments affecting the medical profession. 

  • Joel Klein, MD, Deerfield, Chair
  • Arden Barnett, MD, Champaign
  • J.F. Kelly Carroll, MD, Silvis
  • Ruchi Fitzgerald, MD, HinsdaleJacob Franke, Springfield (student)
  • Stanley Fronczak, MD, Westmont
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  • Miena Hall, MD, Elmhurst
  • Courtney Harris, Chicago (student)
  • Leon Huddleston, MD, Merrionette Park
  • Richard Kube, MD, Peoria
  • Andrew Mahtani, MD, O’Fallon
  • Stephen Minore, MD, Loves Park
  • Mildred S. Nelson, MD, Effingham
  • John Prunskis, MD, Elgin
  • Sohail Siddique, MD, Springfield
  • Laura H. Tommaso, MD, Barrington
  • Eric Werner, MD, St. Charles
  • Lanny Wilson, MD, Hinsdale
  • Board Consultants:
  • Paul E. Pedersen, MD, Bloomington
  • Christiana Shoushtari, MD, Chicago (resident)
  • Neha Siddiqui, Urbana (student)
  • Medical Student Section:
  • Amin Alayleh, North Chicago
  • Resident & Fellow Section:
  • Evelyn Huang, MD, Chicagoo
  • Consultants:
  • Steven Williams, MD, Bourbonnais

Council on Medical Service 

The Council on Medical Service reviews issues related to the delivery of medical care and health services, including mental health and public health issues

  • Deborah McDermott, MD, Belleville, Chair
  • Alana Biggers, MD, Chicago
  • James Cannon, MD, Lemont
  • Howard Chodash, MD, Springfield
  • Rashmi Chugh, MD, Wheaton
  • Virginia Dolan, MD, Springfield
  • Kamala Ghaey, MD, Chicago
  • Michael Hanak, MD, Chicago
  • Jonathan D. Klein, MD, Chicago
  • Jerrold Leikin, MD, Glencoe
  • Cosme Lozano, MD, Joliet
  • Peter Orris, MD, Chicago
  • Wayne V. Polek, MD, Batavia
  • Laura Shea, MD, Springfield
  • David A. Stumpf, MD, Woodstock
  • Shastri Swaminathan, MD, Westmont
  • Rockford Yapp, MD, Clarendon Hills
  • Philip Zumwalt, MD, Watseka
  • Board Consultants:
  • Rodney Alford, MD, Watseka
  • Adrienne L. Fregia, MD, Flossmoor
  • Neha Siddiqui, Urbana (student)
  • Sam Stokes, III, MD, Carbondale

Women in Medicine Committee 

The Women in Medicine Committee overall goals are to: monitor key issues and policies affecting women in medicine, provide mentorship and leadership for women physicians and medical students, and to expand advocacy and education efforts for women in medicine.

  • Emelie Ilarde, MD, Chair
  • Priya Bansal, MD
  • Christine Bishof, MD
  • Eve Bloomgarden, MD
  • Nancy Church, MD 
  • Mary Ann Collins, MD
  • Adrienne Fregia, MD
  • Sonia Gilani (student 2022)
  • Jacqueline Ivey-Brown, MD
  • Shikha Jain, MD
  • Evelyn Diaz Jimenez, MD
  • Elizabeth Kiracofe, MD
  • Veeda Landeras, MD
  • Niva Lubin-Johnson, MD
  • Alka Madan, DO
  • Virgina Madla, MD
  • Christine Mueller, MD
  • Priya Patel, MD
  • Christine Schwartz-Peterson, MD
  • Raziye (Rana) Senlik (student 2023)
  • Christiana Shoushtari, MD
  • Neha Siddiqui (student2022)
  • Christine Todd, MD
  • Kathy Tynus, MD
  • Çağla Ünal (student 2023)

2020-2021 Membership Sections/Affiliate Groups

Executive Committee

  • Jere E. Freidheim, MD, Willowbrook, Chair
  • Arthur R. Traugott, MD, Urbana, 1st Vice Chair
  • William E. Kobler, MD, Rockford, 2nd Vice Chair
  • Scott A. Cooper, MD, Chicago, Secretary-Treasurer
  • Mrs. Mary Ann Stoffel, Moline, Member At-Large

Council Members

  • Clarence W. Brown, MD, Chicago
  • James A. Bull, MD, Silvis
  • Howard B. Chodash, MD, Springfield
  • John J. DeGuide, MD, Rockford
  • Paul H. DeHaan, MD, McHenry
  • Amy J. Derick, MD, Inverness
  • Adrienne L. Fregia, MD, Flossmoor
  • Richard A. Geline, MD, Glenview
  • Vivek Iyengar, MD, Hindsale
  • Robert W. Panton, MD, Elmwood Park
  • Robert J. Oliver, MD, Frankfort
  • Sandra F. Olson, MD, Chicago
  • Rashmikant Patel, MD, Lake Forest
  • Wayne V. Polek, MD, St. Charles
  • Edward A. Pont, MD, Elmhurst
  • Phillip J. Rossi, MD, Hopedale
  • Ronald J. Simone, MD, Geneva
  • M. LeRoy Sprang, MD, Skokie
  • Mrs. Mary Ann Stoffel, Moline
  • Shastri Swaminathan, MD, Oak Brook
  • J. Regan Thomas, MD, Chicago
  • Lanny F. Wilson, MD, Hinsdale

The IMG Section provides an organized forum to address IMG issues and concerns and enhance IMG participation in organized medicine.

  • Vikram B. Patel, MD, Chair
  • S. Masood Ali, MD, Vice-Chair
  • Kuhn Hong, MD, Secretary
  • Piyush Vyas, MD, Treasurer

The Medical Student section provides representation of student opinions and ideas in organized medicine.

  • Chair, Courtney Harris
  • Chair-Elect, Rasa Valiauga
  • Vice Chair/Treasurer, Aquilla Chase
  • Secretary/Editor, Julia Versel
  • Student Trustee ISMS BOT, Neha Siddiqui
  • Student Trustee to ISMS BOT-Elect, Tariq Issa
  • ISMS Student Alt Del to IL Del to AMA, Neha Siddiqui
  • Immediate Past Chair, Ryan Chiu

School Representatives

  • Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine (CCOM) at Midwestern University
    Anastasia Rubakovic, Delegate
    TBD, Alternate
     
  • Carle Illinois College of Medicine (CICOM)
    Adam Sonnenberg, Delegate
    Neha Siddiqui, Alternate
     
  • Loyola University, Stritch School of Medicine
    Angelika Kwak, Delegate
    Julia Versel, Alternate
     
  • Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
    Alex Richards, Delegate
    Meilynn Shi, Alternate
     
  • Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine & Science
    Amin Alayleh, Delegate
    Adina Dobre, Alternate
     
  • Rush Medical College
    Andy Wu, Delegate
    Kody Jones, Alternate
     
  • Southern Illinois University, Springfield
    Jared Hendren, Delegate
    Emilee Gibson, Alternate
  • Southern Illinois University, Carbondale
    TBD, Delegate
    TBD, Alternate
     
  • University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
    TBD, Delegate
    TBD, Alternate
     
  • University of Illinois, Chicago
    Stephanie Pineda, Delegate
    Tajanna Stinn, Alternate
     
  • University of Illinois, Champaign/Urbana
    TBD, Delegate
    TBD, Alternate
     
  • University of Illinois, Peoria
    Leah Beth VanBlaricum (Carter), Delegate
    TBD, Alternate
     
  • University of Illinois, Rockford
    Erin Sondgeroth, Delegate
    Silpa Raju, Alternate

Representatives to ISMS Councils/Committees

  • Ad Hoc Women’s Committee - Raziye (Rana) Senlik
  • Council on CME Activities - Kody Jones
  • Council on Communications and Membership Advocacy - Joseph Singer
  • Council on Economics - Meilynn Shi
  • Council on Education and Health Workforce - Divya Meher Surabhi
  • Council on Medical Service - Agnieszka Mynarska
  • Governmental Affairs Council - Emilee Gibson
  • Medical Legal Council - Amin Alayleh

The Resident & Fellow Section provides representation of resident opinions and ideas in organized medicine.

  • Chair, Aaron Kearney, MD
  • Chair-Elect, Megan Finneran, DO
  • Vice Chair, External Affairs, Ammu Susheela, MD
  • Resident Delegate to the Illinois AMA Delegation, Sofia Aronson, MD
  • Resident Member of the ISMS Board of Trustees, Christiana Shoushtari, MD

Representatives to ISMS Councils/Committees

  • Ad Hoc Women’s Committee - TBD
  • Committee on CME Activities - TBD
  • Council on Communications and Membership Advocacy - TBD
  • Council on Economics - Megan Finneran, DO
  • Council on Medical Service - Nikhilesh (Nik) Raju, MD
  • Governmental Affairs Council - Eric Sullivan, MD
  • Medical Legal Council - Evelyn Sze Huang, MD

RIMSAP is a program operated jointly with the Illinois Farm Bureau, which makes recommendations for admission to the University of Illinois College of Medicine of students consenting to practice primary care medicine in an approved rural community for five years.

  • Paul E. Pedersen, MD, Bloomington, Chair
  • S. Masood Ali, MD, Peoria
  • Julie Brown, MD, Geneseo


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