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ISMS 2022-2023 BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Clarence W. Brown Name: Clarence William Brown, Jr., M.D., J.D.
Office Held: President
Medical Specialty / Area of Practice: Private Practice Dermatology and Mohs Micrographic Surgery
Hometown: Chicago
Term: 2022-2023

President's Forum

Biographical Information:

Clarence W. Brown, Jr., MD, JD, is a board-certified dermatologist and currently practices at the Advanced Skin and Mohs Surgery Center, out of Chicago, IL and St. Joseph, MI, where he is the Medical and Surgical Director of Mohs Micrographic Surgery.

An ISMS member for 22 years, he previously served as a trustee of ISMS and was elected president-elect in April 2021. His term of office as president will begin in April 2022.

Dr. Brown received his medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He completed his residency at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center, Chicago, IL and a fellowship at Baptist Medical Center in Kansas City, MO. He also completed a Juris Doctorate degree at the John Marshall Law School in Chicago, IL.

Professional Involvement:

Dr. Brown currently serves on the ISMS Medical-Legal Council. He previously sat on the Council on Communications.

He is a member of the American Academy of Dermatology; American College of Mohs Surgery; American Society of Dermatologic Surgery; and International Society of Dermatologic Surgery. He currently serves on the Audit Committee of the American Society of Dermatologic Surgery and as a member of the Business & Operations Support Task Force of the American Academy of Dermatology; he has also chaired the Website Committee of the American College of Mohs Surgery.

 
Rodney S. Alford, MD, MBA
 

Name: Rodney S. Alford, M.D., MBA
Office Held: President-Elect
Medical Specialty / Area of Practice: Internal Medicine and Pediatrics
Hometown: Kankakee
Term: 2022-2023

Biographical Information:

Dr. Alford earned his medical degree from Loyola University Medical School in 1982, and completed a combined Internal Medicine and Pediatrics residency at Cook County Hospital. He has been practicing for 28 years in Kankakee County.

Professional Involvement:

An ISMS member for over 25 years, Dr. Alford has served as a Delegate from Kankakee County for more than 20 years. He has served as president of the Kankakee County Medical Society, and is an Illinois Delegate to the National Medical Association. Dr. Alford serves on the ISMS Delegation to the AMA.

 
Thomas M. Anderson, MD

Name: Thomas M. Anderson, M.D.
Office Held: Chair
Medical Specialty / Area of Practice: Radiology
Hometown: Chicago
Term: 2022-2024

Biographical Information:

Thomas M. Anderson, M.D., is board certified in diagnostic radiology and nuclear medicine and serves full time at the University of Illinois at Chicago Medical Center.

He is on staff at Mercy Hospital and Medical Center, where he chaired the Department of Radiology for 20 years and is now a senior attending radiologist. He is also a clinical assistant professor of radiology at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Dr. Anderson received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School and completed both his internship and residency at the University of Chicago Hospital. His fellowship was served at Michael Reese and the University of Chicago Hospitals. He is a diplomate of the National Board of Medical Examiners, the American Board of Radiology and the American Board of Nuclear Medicine.

Professional Involvement:

Active in ISMS since 1975, Dr. Anderson serves on the Council on Economics. He has also served on the Medical Legal Council and the Committee on CME Activities. He is a former president of the Chicago Medical Society and a member of its Board of Trustees. He is also a member of the American Medical Association, the American College of Radiology, the Illinois Radiological Society, the Chicago Radiological Society and numerous other specialty societies.

 

Richard C. Anderson, MD Name: Richard C. Anderson, M.D.
Office Held: Immediate Past Chair
Medical Specialty / Area of Practice: Surgery / Thoracic Surgery
Hometown: Peoria
Term: 2022-2023

Biographical Information:

Dr. Anderson is dually board-certified in surgery and thoracic surgery, and is a member of the Peoria Surgical Group. He is a member of the medical staff at Methodist Medical Center of Illinois, OSF Saint Francis Medical Center, Perry Memorial Hospital and Proctor Hospital. He holds multiple academic positions with the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria, including chief of the section of cardiothoracic surgery.

Dr. Anderson received his medical degree from the Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine. He completed his residency at the University of Illinois College of Medicine and a fellowship at Washington University’s Barnes Hospital.

Professional Involvement:

Active with ISMS since 1989, Dr. Anderson has served as a member of the Peoria Delegation to the ISMS House of Delegates. He currently serves as Board Chair. He belongs to the Peoria Medical Society, where he has served in numerous positions, including two terms as president. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, currently serving as president-elect of its Illinois Chapter. He is also a member of the American Cancer Society and the Society of Thoracic Surgeons.

 

Christine P. Bishof, MD Name: Christine P. Bishof, M.D.
Office Held: Speaker
Medical Specialty / Area of Practice: Emergency Medicine
Hometown: Forest Park
Term: 2022-2023

Biographical Information:

Christine Bishof, M.D., M.P.H. is board certified in emergency medicine. Dr. Bishof is part of Envision's EmBassador Travel Team and practices at multiple hospitals throughout Illinois.

A member of ISMS since 2001, Dr. Bishof is currently serving on the Council on Economics and on the EMSC Advisory Board. She is a member of the Chicago Medical Society where she recently served as Council Chair. In addition, Dr. Bishof is a fellow in the American College of Emergency Physicians and a member of the American Medical Association.

Dr. Bishof received her medical degree from University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford. She completed her residency at Cook County Hospital in Emergency Medicine.

Professional Involvement:

  • Winnebago Medical Society
  • Chicago Medical Society
    • President 
    • Vice Chair and Chair of the Council
    • District 8 Trustee
  • Illinois State Medical Society
    • Medical Student Section
    • Resident and Fellow Section
    • Chair of the ISMS Council on Medical Service, 2012-17 and member 2009-present
    • Council on Economics member
  • American Medical Association
    • ISMS delegate to the AMA-YPS, MOC/MOL Committee, 2015-18
    • Alternate Delegate to the AMA 2016-18
 

Tripti C. Kataria, MDName: Tripti C. Kataria, M.D., MPH, FASA
Office Held: Vice-Speaker
Medical Specialty / Area of Practice:
Hometown:
Term: 2022-2023

Biographical Information:

Professional Involvement :

Illinois State Medical Society

  • Governmental Affairs Council, 2011-Present
    • Chair of the Committee, 2016-2021
  • Ad Hoc Committee on Health Information Technology, 2019-Present

Chicago Medical Society, 2008-Present

  • Co-director, Physician Legal Issues Conference, 2020 & 2021
  • Member, Board of Trustees, 2019-2021

American Medical Association (AMA) - Member 1999-Present

  • Council on Legislation, 2018-Present
  • Surgical Caucus Executive Committee, 2015-Present
  • ASA Delegate to AMA House of Delegates, 2015-Present
  • Secretary, AMA Section Council on Anesthesiology, 2014-Present
  • Young Physicians Section National Governing Council, 2005-2008

American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)

  • Committee on Governmental Affairs, 2018-Present
  • Committee on Representation to the AMA, 2008-Present
  • Bylaws Committee, 2016-Present
  • Committee on Ambulatory Surgical Care, 2013-2019
  • Committee on Health Policy Research, 2014-2015
  • Strategic Planning Workgroup, 2014
  • Reference Committee on Finance, 2012-2013
  • Chair, Young Physicians Committee, 2009-2011
  • AMA RBRVS Relative Value Update Committee (RUC) Advisor, 2006-2008
  • Economics Committee, 2004-2009
  • Task Force on Payment Methodologies, 2004-2006
  • Alternate delegate, AMA Young Physicians Section, 2004-2005
  • Young Physicians Committee, 2001-2007
  • Governmental Affairs Committee, 2001-2003
  • ASA Political Action Committee Executive Committee, 2001-2003
  • Chair, National Resident Component, 2000-2001
  • National Resident Component, 2000-2001
  • Membership Committee, 2001
  • Committee on Residents and Medical Students, 2000-2001
  • Committee on Professional Diversity, 2000-2001

Illinois Society of Anesthesiology (lSA) - Member 2002-Present

  • President, 2020-Present
  • President-Elect, 2019-Present
  • Vice-President, 2018-2019
  • Speaker, ISA House of Delegates, 2011-2018
  • Vice-Speaker, ISA House of Delegates, 2007-2011
  • Carrier Advisory Committee Representative, 2010-Present
  • ISA Board of Trustees, 2005-Present
  • Assistant District Director, District I, 2005-2007
  • Chair, ISA Fall Meeting, 2004-2006
  • Governmental Affairs Committee, 2004-2006
 

J. Regan Thomas, MD Name: J. Regan Thomas, M.D.
Office Held: Immediate Past President
Medical Specialty / Area of Practice: Otolaryngology
Hometown: Chicago
Term: 2022-2023

Biographical Information:

Dr. Thomas is a professor of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery at the Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine. He is also board-certified in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery. Dr. Thomas practices at Northwestern Medicine, Chicago, where he is a professor of otolaryngology – head and neck surgery at the Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine. He earned his medical degree from University of Missouri School of Medicine.

Dr. Thomas has been a member of ISMS since 2001. He is the past president of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS), past president of the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, and past president of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. He also served as the president of the Chicago Otolaryngology specialty organization. He presently serves as the AAFPRS delegate to the American Medical Association.

Dr. Thomas has published seven textbooks on facial plastic surgery, along with more than 200 textbook chapters and scientific studies. He previously worked as a television medical reporter and maintains his membership in the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.

Professional Involvement:

  • Active ISMS member since 2001
  • Presently serve as Secretary/Treasurer for IMPAC
  • Past Chair, ISMS Council on Communications
  • As a long term AMA delegate for my specialty, I actively participate in the Illinois delegation caucus and sit with our delegation in the AMA House.
  • Past President, American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery 2010-2011
  • Past President, American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • Past President of American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • Chairman, ENT PAC 2006-2010
  • Past President, Chicago Laryngological and Otological Society
  • Chairman ACPSD, Accreditation Council for Post-Graduate Surgical Education
  • Chairman, Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Chairman, Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, St. Louis University
 

Regional Trustees

Richard C. Anderson, MD
Region 1

Name: Richard C. Anderson, M.D.
Office Held: Trustee, Region 1
Medical Specialty / Area of Practice: Surgery / Thoracic Surgery
Hometown: Peoria
Term: 2020-2023

Biographical Information:

Dr. Anderson is dually board-certified in surgery and thoracic surgery, and is a member of the Peoria Surgical Group. He is a member of the medical staff at Methodist Medical Center of Illinois, OSF Saint Francis Medical Center, Perry Memorial Hospital and Proctor Hospital. He holds multiple academic positions with the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria, including chief of the section of cardiothoracic surgery.

Dr. Anderson received his medical degree from the Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine. He completed his residency at the University of Illinois College of Medicine and a fellowship at Washington University’s Barnes Hospital.

Professional Involvement:

Active with ISMS since 1989, Dr. Anderson has served as a member of the Peoria Delegation to the ISMS House of Delegates. He currently serves as Board Chair. He belongs to the Peoria Medical Society, where he has served in numerous positions, including two terms as president. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, currently serving as president-elect of its Illinois Chapter. He is also a member of the American Cancer Society and the Society of Thoracic Surgeons.

 
 
Robert J. Oliver, MD
Region 2

Name:  Robert J. Oliver, M.D.
Office Held: Trustee, Region 2
Medical Specialty / Area of Practice: Internal Medicine/Pediatrics
Hometown: Frankfort
Term: 2022-2025

Biographical Information:

I have worked for 15 years at Pronger Smith Medical Care, which is a group practice on the South side of Chicago. I am a partner in the group. I am on staff at Palos hospital, Metro South hospital, and Silver Cross hospital.

Professional Involvement:

I served as the ISMS Vice-President in 2015-2016. I have served on several committees for ISMS, including the Council on Membership and Advocacy, which I chaired. During my training, I served as both the medical student and resident trustee on the ISMS Board. I chaired the Medical Student, Resident, and Young Physician sections of the AMA. I have served on reference committees at AMA and ISMS, chairing one for ISMS. I am active in the Will County Medical Society, where I have also served as chair.

 
 
Thomas M. Anderson, MD
Region 3

Name: Thomas M. Anderson, M.D.
Office Held: Trustee, Region 3
Medical Specialty / Area of Practice: Radiology
Hometown: Chicago
Term: 2021-2024

Biographical Information:

Thomas M. Anderson, M.D., is board certified in diagnostic radiology and nuclear medicine and serves full time at the University of Illinois at Chicago Medical Center.

He is on staff at Mercy Hospital and Medical Center, where he chaired the Department of Radiology for 20 years and is now a senior attending radiologist. He is also a clinical assistant professor of radiology at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Dr. Anderson received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School and completed both his internship and residency at the University of Chicago Hospital. His fellowship was served at Michael Reese and the University of Chicago Hospitals. He is a diplomate of the National Board of Medical Examiners, the American Board of Radiology and the American Board of Nuclear Medicine.

Professional Involvement:

Active in ISMS since 1975, Dr. Anderson serves on the Council on Economics. He has also served on the Medical Legal Council and the Committee on CME Activities. He is a former president of the Chicago Medical Society and a member of its Board of Trustees. He is also a member of the American Medical Association, the American College of Radiology, the Illinois Radiological Society, the Chicago Radiological Society and numerous other specialty societies.

 
 
Sam Stokes, III, MD
Region 4

Name: Sam Stokes, III, M.D.
Office Held: Trustee, Region 4
Medical Specialty / Area of Practice: Urology
Hometown: Makanda
Term: 2021-2024

Biographical Information:

A board-certified urologist, Dr. Stokes is on staff with Memorial Hospital of Carbondale and Chester; St. Joseph's Hospital in Murphysboro, where he is Chief of Surgery; and Herrin Hospital in Herrin.  Dr. Stokes is the Director of Urology at SIH Medical Group and is on the board of directors with Physicians Surgery Center.

Dr. Stokes received his medical degree from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri. He completed his residency at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, Illinois.

Professional Involvement:

Dr. Stokes is a member of the American Urological Association, the American Association of Clinical Urologists, and the National Medical Association.

He has been a member of ISMS since 2004 and has served on the Council on Education and Health Workforce.  Locally, he is the president of the Jackson County Medical Society.

 
 
Paul E. Pedersen, MD
Region 5

Name:  Paul E. Pedersen, M.D.
Office Held: Trustee, Region 5
Medical Specialty / Area of Practice: Internal Medicine
Hometown: Bloomington
Term: 2022-2025

Biographical Information:

Dr. Pedersen is board-certified in internal medicine and is Vice President and Chief Medical Officer at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington. Since 1995 he has served on various committees and functions within OSF including local, system wide and Board Committees primarily focused on IT development, Quality & Safety and Ethics. He earned his medical degree at the University of Illinois Chicago campus.

Professional Involvement:

Dr. Pedersen is active in many areas of organized medicine.  He has been a member of ISMS since 1980.  At the local level, Dr. Pedersen is active in the McClean County Medical Society, where he has served as its president from 1995 through 1996. Since 1992, Dr. Pedersen has served on the board of the Rural Illinois Medical Student Assistance Program and president.

 
 

At-large Trustees

Amy J. Derick, MD Name: Amy J. Derick, M.D.
Office Held: Trustee-at-Large
Medical Specialty / Area of Practice: Dermatology
Hometown: Inverness
Term: 2022-2023

Professional Involvement:

  • ISMS
    • GAC Council Member (2013 to 2018); Consultant (2018 to present)
    • HOD Attendee since 2014
    • HOD Credentials Committee 2016
    • HOD Reference Committee Member 2018
  • llinois Dermatological Society
    • President (2013 to present) Vice-President (2011 to 2013)
    • PAC: Chairwoman (2014 to present)
  • Illinois Medicare Carrier Advisory Committee (Dermatology) Member (2014 to present)
  • Chicago Dermatological Society: Board of Directors (2013 to present)
  • American Academy of Dermatology
    • Advisory Board Representative (Illinois): Member (2015 to present)
    • Advisory Board Executive Committee: Member (2016 to present)
 

Mitchell S. King, MD Name: Mitchell S. King, M.D.
Office Held:  Trustee-at-Large
Medical Specialty / Area of Practice: Family Medicine
Hometown: Rockford
Term: 2022-2023

Biographical Information:

Dr. King is Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Chair of the Department of Health Sciences Education at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford. He is also a practicing family medicine specialist at SwedishAmerican Hospital and Mercyhealth Hospital in Rockford.

A graduate of Ohio State University College of Medicine, Dr. King completed his residency training in family medicine at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, Ohio. He has extensive experience in residency education and has been a residency program director; he uses this knowledge and experience as part of a team training the next generation of physicians.

Professional Involvement:

Dr. King has served ISMS as a member of the Council on Medical Service and the Council on Education and Health Workforce. He has also served on numerous committees related to medical education at the University of Illinois, the Association of American Medical Colleges, and other institutions, and has long experience as a liaison between academic and organized medicine.

Dr. King has been active in the Winnebago County Medical Society for the past 13 years, having served as President (2011-2012), Vice-President (2010-2011), Secretary (2006-2010), and as a Delegate and Alternate Delegate to the ISMS House of Delegates; he currently serves as Treasurer.

 

Steven Mardjetko, MD Name: Steven Mardjetko, M.D.
Office Held: Trustee-at-Large
Medical Specialty / Area of Practice: Orthopedic Surgery
Hometown: Lake Forest
Term: 2022-2023

Biographical Information:

Steven M. Mardjetko, MD, is a board-certified Orthopaedic Surgery specializing in spine conditions, with an emphasis on treating pediatric spinal deformities.

He currently works at Illinois Bone and Joint Institute and was the 7th member of that group, joining in 1997. He also works at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Medicine as a teaching professor and serves as site director for the UIC orthopedic residency at Lutheran General Hospital as well.

Dr. Mardjetko received his medical degree from the University of Illinois College of Medicine. He completed his residency at University of Illinois Hospital and a fellowship at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center.

Professional Involvement:

An ISMS member for more than 30 years, he has served in several positions including most recently as a member of the Council on Economics. He is President-elect and serves on the Board for the Illinois Association of Orthopedic Surgeons.

 

Sachin Patel, MD Name: Sachin Patel, M.D.
Office Held: Trustee-at-Large
Medical Specialty / Area of Practice: Emergency Medicine
Hometown: Chicago
Term: 2022-2023

Biographical Information:

Sachin Patel, M.D., MPH, FACEP, is a board-certified in Emergency Medicine. He is a Practicing Emergency Room Physician with 16 years of progressive experience as a physician leader.

Dr. Patel received his medical degree from the University of North Carolina At Chapel Hill School of Medicine. He completed his residency at The University of Chicago Medical Center.

Professional Involvement:

An ISMS member for 4 years, he has most recently served as a member of the Council on Economics. An active ISMS supporter, he played an instrumental role in bringing his group Vituity onboard as an ISMS group member.

 

Kambiz Zorriasateyn, MD Name: Kambiz Zorriasateyn, M.D.
Office Held: Trustee-at-Large
Medical Specialty / Area of Practice: Vascular Medicine
Hometown: Chicago
Term: 2022-2023

Biographical Information:

Dr. Zorriasateyn is subspecialized and board-certified in vascular medicine. He is also board-certified in internal medicine and hospital medicine. He serves on the medical staffs at NorthShore Cardiovascular Institute, and at Evanston, Skokie, Glenbrook and Highland Park Hospitals.

He is Fellow of the American College of Physicians, and holds membership in the American College of Cardiology and Society for Vascular Medicine.

Active with ISMS since 2010, Dr. Zorriasateyn received his medical degree from the National University of Iran (Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences) in Tehran, Iran and completed his residency and chief residency at University of Illinois affiliated hospitals in Chicago. He subsequently completed his fellowship at Cleveland Clinic Heart and Vascular Institute.

Professional Involvement:

  • Illinois State Medical Society member since 2010
    • Member of the Council on Communications since 2010, served as Chair from 2016  - present
    • ISMS RFS Chair, 2012
    • Past ISMS delegate to AMA RFS
    • Past Member of ISMS RFS Governing Council, 2010 - 2013
    • Past member of ISMS Governmental Affairs Council
    • Member, Program Directors Meeting planning committee
    • Past Chicago Medical Society delegate to ISMS Annual Meeting
  • American College of Physicians
    • Fellow, 2009 - present
  • American College of Cardiology
    • Member, 2015 - present
  • Society for Vascular Medicine
    • Member, 2016 to present
    • Next Generation Committee Member
    • Clinical Practice Committee
  • American Board of Hospital Medicine
  • Past Chair and Vice Chair, for the board of certification for Hospital Medicine
  • American Medical Association
 

Nestor A. Ramirez, MD Name: Nestor A. Ramirez, M.D.
Office Held: AMA Delegation Chair (Ex-Officio Trustee)
Medical Specialty / Area of Practice: Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine/Pediatrics
Hometown: Champaign
Term: 2022-2023

Biographical Information:

A board-certified pediatrician and neonatologist, Dr. Ramirez received his medical degree from the Pontifical Xavierian University School of Medicine in Bogotá, Colombia, and his MPH from the University of Antioquia National School of Public Health in Medellín, Colombia. He completed his residency in pediatrics at the University of Tennessee/Le Bonheur Children's Medical Center in Memphis and a fellowship in neonatal-perinatal medicine at the University of Tennessee/Regional Newborn Center.

Dr. Ramirez is board certified in pediatrics and is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Active in ISMS since 1986, Dr. Ramirez serves on its Executive Committee, previously chaired the International Medical Graduate Section Governing Council, the Council on Economics and the Governmental Affairs Committee.  He also served as a member of the Council on Education and Health Workforce. He is a member of the American Medical Association and represents ISMS to the AMA as an Illinois delegate.  He is also an active member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Champaign County Medical Society.

Professional Involvement:

A member of the Champaign County Medical Society, Dr. Ramirez has served as its president (1994) and represented it as a delegate in the ISMS House of Delegates for many years.  He has served ISMS in numerous capacities, including as President, Speaker and Vice-Speaker of the House of Delegates; District Trustee; Chair of the International Medical Graduate Section, Governmental Affairs Council, and CME Accreditation Appeals Committee; and member of the Council on Medical Service, the Council on Economics, and the Council on Education and Health Workforce.  He is also a Lifetime Member of (and Delegate to) the American Medical Association, a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and an honorary Kentucky Colonel.

Dr. Ramirez has also served on the Illinois Medical Cannabis Advisory Board (2015-2016), the Illinois Governor's Task Force on HIV in Healthcare (1991-1992), on many hospital committees, and on the Boards of Directors of several other health care organizations.

 

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