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SMJ Online CME Courses

The Southern Medical Journal Online CME Library January 2019 • Vol. 112 • No. 01 Clinical Utility of Routine Chest X-Rays During the Initial Stabilization of Trauma Patients The Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) course encourages the use of chest x-ray (CXR) to identify injuries that may change clinical management...

Did You Miss Out on the 2019 Southern Regional Assembly?

Did you miss SMA's Southern Regional Assembly? Review some of the highlights from this year's Assembly SMA Presidential Installation Philip Hartman, MD SMA 2019-20 President "While respecting the one hundred and thirteen year old organization we represent, we must continually evolve to draw in new members and provide value to...

SMA Installs New Committee Members

AT THIS TIME, SMA WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE OUR NEW COMMITTEE APPOINTMENTS. NEW MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE MEMBERS Karan Pastora, BS Dantwan Smith, MD, MBA NEW EDUCATION COMMITTEE MEMBERS David S. H. Bell, MD Christopher Jackson, MD Errington Thompson, MD Natalie Weiss, BA, BS, MS NEW BUDGET AND FINANCE COMMITTEE MEMBER Karan...

SMA Installs New Leadership

Christopher Morris, MD President Elect 2019-20 Christopher R. Morris, MD, a board certified rheumatologist with more than 25 years’ experience, is in private practice in Kingsport, Tennessee at Arthritis Associates. Additionally, he has served as a clinical educator for internal medicine residents at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City,...

SMA Installs Philip Hartman as the 2019-20 President

Philip Hartman, MD SMA President 2019-20 Click Here to Read Dr. Hartman's Speech Originally from Southwest Ohio, Dr. Hartman received his bachelors of science in Biology at Wheeling Jesuit University in West Virginia and returned to the Cincinnati area for medical school at the University Of Cincinnati College of Medicine. ...

SMA Recognizes Young Physicians and Physicians-in-Training at the Regional Assembly

The work of talented medical students and residents was on display Saturday, November 2, during SMA’s Southern Regional Assembly in Birmingham, Alabama. With more than 40 poster and oral abstract presentations, meeting attendees had the opportunity to interact with the presenters while hearing interesting case studies and learning about various...

New Courses from the Business of Medicine

Presented by: Stanley (Stan) G. Harris, PhDEthics and Motivating Change in a Millennial WorkforceCredits: 1 | ABIM MOC Points: 1 As healthcare leaders and practitioners, you are expected to change to meet demands or capitalize on opportunities. Sometimes you get to guide the change from the beginning and other times...

SMJ : November 2019 Issue

The Southern Medical Journal is the official, peer-reviewed journal of the Southern Medical Association. It has a multidisciplinary and inter-professional focus that covers a broad range of topics relevant to physicians and other healthcare specialists, including medicine; surgery; women’s and children’s health; mental health; emergency and disaster medicine; public health...

Resident’s Survival Guide to Transitioning into Practice

In a interview with Resident/Fellow liaison, Brenda Thompson, gives career transition advice such as interviewing techniques, contract negotiations, and many for tips for surviving your residency and transition into your new career. Business of Medicine Simplified #mc_embed_signup{background:#fff; clear:left; font:14px Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif; width:350px;} /* Add your own Mailchimp form style overrides in your...

SMA Connect

With SMA Connect, a new member benefit, Southern Medical Association (SMA) members gain a powerful resource by which members can connect, exchange knowledge and share solutions. SMA Connect, is a cloud-based, private member-only online community. The community includes an open forum for general member discussion, as well as Board of...

Medical Real Estate: What You Should Know When Considering a Medical Property

Richard Campbell, Nancy Ferren, and Peter Jameson with Veritas Medical Real Estate Advisors share their expertise and insight into navigating the world of medical real estate. They discuss how medical and residential properties differ and why each physician’s medical real estate needs are unique. Business of Medicine Simplified #mc_embed_signup{background:#fff; clear:left;...

Don’t Stop At MD, Think Like An Entrepreneur

The health care industry is in the middle of a disruption. For the first time in decades, less than 50% of practices are physician owned. This is despite the fact that the research shows better patient outcomes with physician led systems. While there are many reasons for this, one of...

Medical Practice Management: Opportunities in Value Based

As the healthcare industry moves to value based reimbursement, providers and health systems are often caught in the crossfire of new regulations, new reimbursement models and the potential for government incentives or penalties. In this podcast, Joni Wyatt will present information on new types of reimbursement models, the infrastructure needed...

Marketing and Promoting Your Medical Practice

Is the internet helping or hurting your practice? Approximately 1 out of 5 of healthcare professionals do not have a website, making it harder for new patients to find them. In this podcast Robert Martin will provide an insight of how to improve communication skills, develop relationships, and better engage...

PBMs – The Multi-billion Dollar Industry that Sits Between Patients and Physicians

In this informative podcast, Madelaine Feldman, MD provides awareness about the industry of Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs), including formulary construction and utilization management tools, how PBMs impact actual cost to employers and/or patients, legislation which might impact PBMs and drug prices for patients, and insight about the withdrawn rebate rule....

Managed Care: Comparing Urban and Nonurban Markets

Healthcare consultant Dr. Dianne Love discusses the current managed care landscape, including differences in the urban and nonurban/rural markets and strategies to help physicians navigate managed care. She also talks about how physicians might can gain a strategic advantage in this changing healthcare environment and use the information to maximize...

Leading and Motivating Change

In this podcast, Stanley (Stan) Harris, PhD, Luck Professor and Associate Dean for Graduate and International Programs in Auburn University’s Raymond J. Harbert College of Business, discusses various types of change, provides insight into why some physicians might be resistant to change, and offers tips to help empower those facing...

Contracting and Reimbursement

Jeff Gorke, MBA, is a Managing Director in the management consulting group leading Stout’s healthcare advisory and consulting area; he is also a contributing editor to Forbes.com. In this podcast he shares information regarding contracting and reimbursement; additionally, he provides some key tips designed to empower providers with the information...

Practice vs Employment

Jeff Gorke, MBA, is a Managing Director in the management consulting group leading Stout’s healthcare advisory and consulting area; he is also a contributing editor to Forbes.com. In this podcast he discusses physician practices and employment and offers some key tips designed to empower providers with the information they need...

Choice Apps That Will Help Make Your Practice Run More Smoothly

In a September 2018 report from the FDA, according to industry estimates, 500 million smartphone users worldwide will be using a health care application by 2015, and by 2018, 50 percent of the more than 3.4 billion smartphone and tablet users will have downloaded mobile health applications. Join us for...

Telehealth: What, Why, and How Can It Work For You?

Telehealth is a collection of means or methods for enhancing health care, public health, and health education delivery and support using telecommunications technologies. Telehealth encompasses a broad variety of technologies and tactics to deliver virtual medical, health, and education services. Join us for Health Technology Insights, Telehealth: What, Why, and...

Tech Frustration and Burnout: Making Technology Work for You

Not only has technology changed experiences for patients and their families, but it has also had a significant impact on medical processes and the practices of healthcare professionals. Join us for Health Technology Insights, Tech Frustration and Burnout: Making Technology Work for You. Drs. Andy Mohan and Reza Sadeghian will...

Office Design, Practice Workflow Improvements from the Road

As more and more practices begin using EMR's and other software based applications, it is important to understand the changes which may affect the practice workflow in order to improve the processes with the end goal to improve efficacy. Join us for Office Design, Practice Workflow Improvements from the Road. Dr....

SMJ : October 2019 Issue

The Southern Medical Journal is the official, peer-reviewed journal of the Southern Medical Association. It has a multidisciplinary and inter-professional focus that covers a broad range of topics relevant to physicians and other healthcare specialists, including medicine; surgery; women’s and children’s health; mental health; emergency and disaster medicine; public health...

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is Domestic Violence Awareness MonthView our Domestic Violence Resources Nearly 1 in 5 adult women and about 1 in 7 adult men report having experienced severe physical violence from an intimate partner in their lifetime.* About 1 in 6 women and 1 in 12 men have experienced contact sexual...

Medical Ultrasound Awareness Month

October is Medical Ultrasound Awareness MonthCheck out our Ultrasound Resources. Use of Point-of-Care Ultrasound in Cardiopulmonary Disease Despite numerous studies documenting the benefits of an ultrasound-enhanced bedside examination, focused or "point-of-care" ultrasound (POCUS) is underutilized, particularly among hospitalists and general practitioners. Cardiopulmonary disease is a leading cause of morbidity and...

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness MonthView our Breast Cancer Resources *Not counting some kinds of skin cancer, breast cancer in the United States is: The most common cancer in women, no matter your race or ethnicity. The most common cause of death from cancer among Hispanic women. The second most...

2019 Alabama Financial Fraud Summit

Use promo code KCOFS2019 Register Now InfraGard Birmingham Members Alliance and the FBI Birmingham Office present the 2019 Alabama Financial Fraud Conference, hosted in partnership with Regions Bank, Kassouf & Co., P.C., ASIS Birmingham Chapter, and DarkTower. Representatives from financial institutions should not miss this unique educational opportunity to hear from both public and private sector...

Kala Blakely, DNP, CRNP, NP-C

Dr. Reza Sadeghian is a mid-career Pediatrician/healthcare executive who has gone back for additional training in clinical informatics as a fellow at the University of Washington.

SMJ : September 2019 Issue

The Southern Medical Journal is the official, peer-reviewed journal of the Southern Medical Association. It has a multidisciplinary and inter-professional focus that covers a broad range of topics relevant to physicians and other healthcare specialists, including medicine; surgery; women’s and children’s health; mental health; emergency and disaster medicine; public health...

Teddy Gillen

Teddy Gillen Teddy Gillen is an insurance broker and healthcare consultant on a mission protect the independent physician practice model.  Teddy and his firm, Southern Protective Group, design group purchasing malpractice insurance programs for associations with pricing discounts and policy structures that would normally be reserved for larger healthcare systems....

G. Richard Holt, MD, MSE, MPH, MABE, DBE

Dr. Reza Sadeghian is a mid-career Pediatrician/healthcare executive who has gone back for additional training in clinical informatics as a fellow at the University of Washington.

SMJ : August 2019 Issue

The Southern Medical Journal is the official, peer-reviewed journal of the Southern Medical Association. It has a multidisciplinary and inter-professional focus that covers a broad range of topics relevant to physicians and other healthcare specialists, including medicine; surgery; women’s and children’s health; mental health; emergency and disaster medicine; public health...

Courses from the 2019 Focus on Women’s Health

Courses from the 2019 Focus on Women's Health Conference are now available! Oncofertility: Fertility Preservation and Gynecologic Considerations in Oncology Patients Clinical Dilemmas: Vulvovaginitis and Vulvodynia Endocrine Causes of Menstrual Dysfunction: More Common Than You Think Competing Hypertension Guidelines: Where Are We Now? Clinician Burnout Diabetes in Pregnancy - Screening...

ABIM MOC Knowledge Points

ABIM Medical Knowledge MOC Points are now available for CME Courses! Courses are available online 24/7/365 The National Academy of Medicine Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-Being and Resilience Pharmacological Therapeutic Advances: From New Pathways to Patient Care The Risk Profile of the Southern Patient Monitoring Blood Pressure & Disease Risks...

Joni Wyatt

Dr. Reza Sadeghian is a mid-career Pediatrician/healthcare executive who has gone back for additional training in clinical informatics as a fellow at the University of Washington.

Robert Martin

Dr. Reza Sadeghian is a mid-career Pediatrician/healthcare executive who has gone back for additional training in clinical informatics as a fellow at the University of Washington.

SMJ : July 2019 Issue

The Southern Medical Journal is the official, peer-reviewed journal of the Southern Medical Association. It has a multidisciplinary and inter-professional focus that covers a broad range of topics relevant to physicians and other healthcare specialists, including medicine; surgery; women’s and children’s health; mental health; emergency and disaster medicine; public health...

Welcome to Birmingham!

Thinking about attending the 2019 Southern Regional Assembly? Here is a list of activities you and your family can enjoy together in the city of Birmingham, The Magic City. Birmingham Civil Rights Museum  Richly detailed exhibits in the Civil Rights Institute reveal slices of black and white life in Alabama...

SMJ : June 2019 Issue

The Southern Medical Journal is the official, peer-reviewed journal of the Southern Medical Association. It has a multidisciplinary and inter-professional focus that covers a broad range of topics relevant to physicians and other healthcare specialists, including medicine; surgery; women’s and children’s health; mental health; emergency and disaster medicine; public health...

MANAGING ABERRANT BEHAVIOR IN PATIENTS WITH DEMENTIA

MANAGING ABERRANT BEHAVIOR IN PATIENTS WITH DEMENTIA We hope you will enjoy this program. View the program articles. Alzheimer’s disease and most other dementias are not fatal diseases. Patients often survive many years after the diagnosis is made. During this time their mental functions deteriorate and their personality often changes....

June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month

MANAGING ABERRANT BEHAVIOR IN PATIENTS WITH DEMENTIA Too Many Choices Confuse Patients with Dementia Click here to read the article • Click here to access the CME Patients with Dementia are Easy Victims to Predators Click here to read the article • Click here to access the CME Hallucinations Are...

CDC Reports Disease Cases Related to Mosquito, Flea, and Tick Bites Tripled in the U.S. from 2004-2016.

Diseases from mosquito and tick bites occur in every state and territory. Recent outbreaks of Zika, chikungunya, and West Nile viruses and the steady increase in Lyme disease cases point to the need for state and local agencies to have comprehensive vector-borne disease prevention and control programs. The pace of...

CDC Recommendations for Opioids

CDC’s Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain is intended to improve communication between providers and patients about the risks and benefits of opioid therapy for chronic pain, improve the safety and effectiveness of pain treatment, and reduce the risks associated with long-term opioid therapy, including opioid use disorder and...

Mobile Phone App Designed to Boost Physical Activity in Women Shows Promise

FULL ARTICLE According to the 2018 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, nearly 80% of adults are not meeting the recommended activity level. Women across all age groups are less likely to be physically active than men. The app, which was developed exclusively for the study and is not commercially available, had three...

Pain Management for People with Serious Illness in the context of the Opioid Use Disorder Epidemic: Proceedings of a Workshop

The United States is facing an opioid use disorder epidemic with opioid overdoses killing 47,000 people in the U.S. in 2017. The past three decades have witnessed a significant increase in the prescribing of opioids for pain, based on the belief that patients were being undertreated for their pain, coupled...

Complications of Pregnancy

A pregnancy can be one of the most joyous times for a family; the excitement of choosing a name, picking out colors for the nursery, selecting furniture. However, for many families this joy is short lived. According to the CDC, about 700 women die each year from complications of pregnancy...

HHS Finalizes Rule Requiring Manufacturers Disclose Drug Prices in TV Ads to Increase Drug Pricing Transparency

READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE On May 8, 2019, the Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) announced a final rule that will require direct-to-consumer television advertisements to include the list price for prescription pharmaceuticals that are covered by Medicare or Medicaid. The rule, which was promulgated through the Center for Medicare...

Multistate Outbreaks of Salmonella Infections Linked to Backyard Poultry

These outbreaks are a reminder to always wash hands thoroughly with soap and water right after touching chickens, ducklings, and anything in their environment. Owning backyard chickens and other poultry can be a great experience. However, people have gotten sick with Salmonella from handling poultry or items in the area where they...

“The Doctor Is In”

U.S. Surgeon General releases new video "The Doctor Is In" U.S. Surgeon General Jerome M. Adams, M.D., M.P.H., released a new video, “The Doctor Is In,” on the topic of vaccinations. As the Nation’s doctor, VADM Adams wants to share the message that vaccines are safe and effective ways to protect...

SMA’s Women’s Health Resources

FOCUS ON WOMEN'S HEALTH CONFERENCE SMA's Focus on Women's Health Conference is the go-to meeting for any healthcare professional seeking a quality CME opportunity. This four-day conference with an abbreviated daily schedule is perfect for primary care physicians, nurses, as well as those in specialty practice. Join us in beautiful Kiawah Island, South Carolina to gain updated knowledge...

SMJ : May 2019 Issue

The Southern Medical Journal is the official, peer-reviewed journal of the Southern Medical Association. It has a multidisciplinary and inter-professional focus that covers a broad range of topics relevant to physicians and other healthcare specialists, including medicine; surgery; women’s and children’s health; mental health; emergency and disaster medicine; public health...

HHS to Deliver Value-Based Transformation in Primary Care

HHS To Deliver Value-Based Transformation in Primary Care The CMS Primary Cares Initiative to Empower Patients and Providers to Drive Better Value and Results Today, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma are announcing the...

Veronica Piziak, Navigating Insulin-Based Therapy for Type 2 Diabetes

Veronica K. Piziak, MD, PhD, FACP Learn More About Dr. Piziak Focus on Women's Health Conference Navigating Insulin-Based Therapy for Type 2 Diabetes Downloadable Slide Set Now Available In this online webinar and slide set, Dr. Veronica Piziak discusses the application of new studies on NPH, regular insulin, switching, and...

SMJ : April 2019 Issue

The Southern Medical Journal is the official, peer-reviewed journal of the Southern Medical Association. It has a multidisciplinary and inter-professional focus that covers a broad range of topics relevant to physicians and other healthcare specialists, including medicine; surgery; women’s and children’s health; mental health; emergency and disaster medicine; public health...

President-Elect Designate: Donna L. Breen, MD

Donna L. Breen, MD I am an Otolaryngologist practicing general ENT and allergy for the past 30 years in Marksville, Louisiana after finishing my residency at Tulane Medical Center in 1988. I graduated from University of Alabama Medical School cum laude in 1983. Also, I completed a fellowship in Otolaryngic...

Drug Delays Type 1 Diabetes in People at High Risk

An NIH funded study finds immunotherapy slows progression to clinical disease by 2 years or more using a treatment affecting the immune system. The study is the first to show that clinical type 1 diabetes can be delayed by two or more years among people who are at high risk....

Quality Payment Program (QPP)

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has issued a new report that offers a look at how physicians fared the first year of its Quality Payment Program (QPP). According to CMS, the goal of releasing the data in the report is to highlight successes and pain points that can...

NIH Funded Trial Finds Vitamin D Does Not Prevent Type 2 Diabetes in People at High Risk

In a study funded by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) it was found that taking a vitamin D supplement does not prevent type 2 diabetes in adults at high risk. D2d(link is external) is the largest study to directly examine if daily vitamin D supplementation helps...

SMJ : March 2019 Issue

The Southern Medical Journal is the official, peer-reviewed journal of the Southern Medical Association. It has a multidisciplinary and inter-professional focus that covers a broad range of topics relevant to physicians and other healthcare specialists, including medicine; surgery; women’s and children’s health; mental health; emergency and disaster medicine; public health...

Diabetes-Focused Continuing Medical Education: A Partnership between SMA and Clinical Care Options

Diabetes in the South: Focus on Prevention Richard E. Pratley, MD LEARN MORE Individualizing Diabetes Management in Early T2DM Guillermo E. Umpierrez, MD, CDE LEARN MORE Navigating Insulin-based Therapy Veronica K. Piziak, MD, PhD, FACP LEARN MORE “Southern Medical Association is very excited to work with CCO to advance the...

A Message From the Executive Director

Randall E. Glick, BSB/PM MCP Executive Director Greetings from the Southern Medical Association. I wanted to take a few moments to share with you our new vision, “The Business of Medicine Simplified”. We hear over and over again how the business side of medicine wreaks havoc on your career, jeopardizing...

CMS Office of the Actuary Releases 2018-2027 Projections of National Health Expenditures

Growth in national health spending over the next decade remains similar from last year’s projected average annual growth of 5.5 percent National health expenditure growth is expected to average 5.5 percent annually from 2018-2027, reaching nearly $6.0 trillion by 2027, according to a report published today by the independent Office...

CMS: 2020 ICD-10 PCS

The 2020 ICD-10 Procedure Coding System (ICD-10-PCS) files below contain information on the ICD-10-PCS updates for FY 2020. These 2020 ICD-10-PCS codes are to be used for discharges occurring from October 1, 2019 through September 30, 2020. Note: There is no GEMs file. As stated in the FY 2016 IPPS/LTCH PPS...

Colin Goldfinch

Colin Goldfinch Emerging Issues Colin is a senior health policy advisor to Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) on the Senate HELP committee. He works on policy areas including the Affordable Care Act, regulation of commercial insurance, health information technology, and delivery system reform. Before coming to the committee, Colin spent...

Julius W. Hobson, Jr.

Julius W. Hobson, Jr. Emerging Issues Julius W. Hobson, Jr. has over 47 years of experience dealing with the Congress and Federal departments and agencies. As Senior Policy Advisor at Polsinelli, he advises and lobbies on a number of issues including health care, appropriations and budget, education, financial services, urban affairs, and taxes. Mr. Hobson previously...

Dianne B. Love, PhD

Dianne B. Love, PhD Emerging Issues Dianne B. Love, PhD, (Activity Chair and Faculty) is a healthcare consultant specializing in the development and strategic management of physician organizations. She has developed more than 75 physician organizations -  both multi-specialty and single specialty. Since forming DB Love & Associates in 2000, Dr....

Molly MacHarris

Molly MacHarris Emerging Issues Molly MacHarris leads the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) program under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) in the Center for Clinical Standards & Quality at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

Robert E. Moffit, PhD

Robert E. Moffit, PhD Emerging Issues Robert E. Moffit is a senior fellow at The Heritage Foundation. He is also Chairman of the Maryland Health Care Commission as an appointee of Governor Larry Hogan. Moffit long has specialized in health care and entitlement programs, especially Medicare. He brings to the...

Stephen W. Nesbit, DO, MBA

Stephen W. Nesbit, DO, MBA Emerging Issues Dr. Nesbit has over 35 years experience as a board certified family physician with half of those years focusing on physician executive roles.  His clinical experience ranges from a rural solo family practice in West Texas, including OB, emergency medicine, to ownership of...

Dharmesh Patel, M.D.

Dharmesh Patel, M.D. Emerging Issues AMD Global and AMD Healthcare is a Houston-based development firm with a broad portfolio of assets in healthcare, commercial real estate, energy, and occupational care. AMD offers full-service development, management, and investment services for partners and third-party investors providing exposure to distinct opportunities in these...

Cathy Schoen

Cathy Schoen Emerging Issues Cathy Schoen is an economic and senior scholar at the New York Academy of Medicine. Her research includes analysis and policy development to address health care costs, access and health system performance, with attention to populations vulnerable due to income, age or health status. From 2014...

Georgia L. Thomas, RN, MBA, HACP, FACHE

Georgia L. Thomas, RN, MBA, HACP, FACHE Emerging Issues Georgia L. Thomas, RN, MBA, HACP, FACHE is Associate Vice President of the Memorial Hermann Health System Central/West Region and Accreditation where she has oversight for clinical quality, patient safety, infection prevention, accreditation, registry reporting, clinical quality review, quality data management,...

Alexander H. Vo, PhD

Alexander H. Vo, PhD VP, Telemedicine & Health Innovations The University Texas Medical Branch Emerging Issues Dr. Alexander Vo currently serves as Vice President, Telemedicine and Health Innovations at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) where he leads the development of new telemedicine initiatives for both clinical and academic...

Donald “Rocky” P. Wilcox, JD

Donald “Rocky” P. Wilcox, JD Emerging Issues Donald “Rocky” P. Wilcox, JD, an Air Force veteran, serves as vice president and general counsel for the Texas Medical Association in Austin. Mr. Wilcox has written more than 100 articles for Texas Medicine and other health care publications. He taught at The...

Darren S Migita, MD

Darren S Migita, MD The Business of Medicine Podcast Darren S. Migita MD is a pediatric hospitalist at Seattle Children’s Hospital and a Clinical Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine.  He is currently the medical director of the Clinical Effectiveness (CE/CSW) Program...

Randall E. Glick, Executive Director

Randall E. Glick, BSB/pm, MCP Executive Director of SMA SMA Leadership Randall (Randy) serves as the executive director of the Southern Medical Association (SMA). Founded by physicians in 1906, SMA is a 501(C)3 regional multispeciality, interdisciplinary medical education organization. Randy works with the organization’s leadership, members, and staff to accomplish...

Lori Ramirez, Chief Executive Officer

Lori Ramirez Chief Executive Officer Emerging Issues With over 20 years of experience, Lori is an industry leader in strategic planning and development of many areas of healthcare, including surgical operations and management. She co-founded and functions as the CEO of 6 healthcare companies, including Elite Surgical Affiliates.  She has partnered...

Matthew Fadel, MBA

Matthew Fadel, MBA Senior Consulting Director, Sg2 Emerging Issues As a leader on Sg2’s Consulting team, Matt focuses on physician-hospital alignment models (eg, accountable care organizations [ACOs], clinically integrated networks [CINs], co-management) and strategic planning, both service line–wide and enterprise-wide. He specializes in engagements around the design, development and implementation...

Joe Antos, PhD

Joe Antos, PhD, Wilson H. Taylor Scholar in Health Care & Retirement Policy, American Enterprise Institute Emerging Issues Joseph Antos is the Wilson H. Taylor Scholar in Health Care and Retirement Policy at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) and adjunct associate professor of emergency medicine at the George Washington University....

Stanley (Stan) G. Harris, Ph.D.

Dr. Reza Sadeghian is a mid-career Pediatrician/healthcare executive who has gone back for additional training in clinical informatics as a fellow at the University of Washington.

Philip Hartman, MD

Philip Hartman, MD President Elect SMA Leadership Originally from Southwest Ohio, Dr. Hartman received his bachelors of science in Biology at Wheeling Jesuit University in West Virginia and returned to the Cincinnati area for medical school at the University Of Cincinnati College of Medicine.  After medical school, he became a...

Lawrence Carter, MD

Lawrence Carter, MD Chair - Membership Committee SMA Leadership Having been raised in North Carolina as part of a military family, Dr. Lawrence Carter appreciated early on the diversity of our population. He realized three distinct cultures in his State: Coastal flatlands, the Piedmont, and the Mountains, each with their...

Steven Strode, MD, MEd, MPH

Steven Strode, MD, MEd, MPH Chair - Education Committee SMA Leadership Dr. Strode is a family physician who has worked in private practice, academia, and government service. His undergraduate degree is from Southern Methodist University and his medical degree is from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas....

Andy Mohan, MD, MBA, MSc

Dr. Reza Sadeghian is a mid-career Pediatrician/healthcare executive who has gone back for additional training in clinical informatics as a fellow at the University of Washington.

Reza Sadeghian MD, MBA, M.Sc, FAAP

Dr. Reza Sadeghian is a mid-career Pediatrician/healthcare executive who has gone back for additional training in clinical informatics as a fellow at the University of Washington.

SMJ : February 2019 issue

The Southern Medical Journal is the official, peer-reviewed journal of the Southern Medical Association. It has a multidisciplinary and inter-professional focus that covers a broad range of topics relevant to physicians and other healthcare specialists, including medicine; surgery; women’s and children’s health; mental health; emergency and disaster medicine; public health...

The BUSINESS of Medicine Simplified

Business of Medicine issues are now forefront in the minds of physicians. In the high stakes game of today’s health care, physician leaders must successfully navigate a constantly changing and complex business environment to ensure their practice or organization’s survival. With the introduction of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA),...

American Heart Month: SMA’s Hypertension Courses

Current Hypertension Courses Disease Risks Treatment and Control - Blood Pressure Management This activity will review the recently published ACC/AHA hypertension clinical practice guideline; Strategic possibilities for the development of new approaches/treatments based on novel pathophysiological mechanisms for CKD progression after state 3/4; and the benefits of various classes of...

Joint Commission Pioneers in Quality eCQM Expert to Expert Webinar Series

The Joint Commission and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) are committed to supporting hospitals on their journey towards electronic clinical quality measure (eCQM) adoption and transition to the new Clinical Quality Language (CQL) logic expression language for the 2019 eCQM reporting period. The January 29 session will...

New Year, New CME!

Start off the year right with CME from SMA! SMA Online CME Courses make it easy to obtain AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Courses are available to anyone and are free to SMA Members. Prices vary based on number of credit hours. Get started now! Become a member of SMA and get free...

Courses from the ASH Symposium are Now Available!

New Courses Alert!! The Southern Medical Association gratefully acknowledges the generous support for the Symposium entitled, “Improving the Lives of  Southern Patients” which was provided by the Carolinas,  Georgia, Florida Chapter of the American Society of Hypertension. Through this support, ASH and SMA are pleased to present a series of sessions devoted to...

SMJ : January 2019 Issue

The Southern Medical Journal is the official, peer-reviewed journal of the Southern Medical Association. It has a multidisciplinary and inter-professional focus that covers a broad range of topics relevant to physicians and other healthcare specialists, including medicine; surgery; women’s and children’s health; mental health; emergency and disaster medicine; public health...

Interview with Dr. Ricard Zattler

President-Elect Dr. Philip Hartman interviewed his great uncle, Dr. Richard Zettler, about the Southern Medical Association and medicine after an SMA event on identifying and treating opioid abuse in July of 2017. According to a recent article form USA Today, "more than 200,000 people died from overdoses related to prescription...

Online Courses from the 2018 Annual Scientific Assembly

Online courses from the 2018 Annual Scientific Assembly are now available. Perfect for both physicians and healthcare professionals. SMA Online CME Courses make it easy to obtain AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Courses are available to anyone and are free to Silver or Gold SMA members. Prices vary based on number...

2019 Medicare Part D Opioid Policies: Training Materials

2019 Medicare Part D Opioid Policies: Training Materials CMS will implement new opioid policies for Medicare drug plans on January 1. The new policies include: Improved safety alerts when patients fill opioid prescriptions at the pharmacy Drug management programs for patients at-risk for misuse or abuse of opioids or other drugs CMS...

2019 Focus on Women’s Health Conference

SAVE THE DATE! The 2019 Focus on Women's Health Conference dates have been set! Join SMA in beautiful Kiawah Island, SC for another exciting year! The conference will take place  July 15-18! Not a member of SMA and want to be updated on all things Women's Health? Create a free...

2018 Scholarship Recipients

Society of 1906 & 1924 Scholarship Recipients Society of 1906 Scholarship Recipient: Paul Oh Society of 1924 Scholarship Recipient: Andres Santos

Accelerating Cures in the Genomic Age: The Sickle Cell Example

By: Dr. Francis Collins Forty-five years ago, when I was a first-year medical student, a lecturer introduced me to a young man with sickle cell disease (SCD). Sickle cell disease is the first “molecular disease”, with its cause having been identified decades ago. That helped me see the connection between...

SMJ : December 2018 Issue

The Southern Medical Journal is the official, peer-reviewed journal of the Southern Medical Association. It has a multidisciplinary and inter-professional focus that covers a broad range of topics relevant to physicians and other healthcare specialists, including medicine; surgery; women’s and children’s health; mental health; emergency and disaster medicine; public health...

Abstract Award Winners from the 2018 Annual Scientific Assembly

Best Oral Abstract Presentation 1st Place: Stephen Petty, DO -- Cerebrovascular Outcomes in Patients with Infective Endocarditis Receiving Anticoagulation Therapy 2nd Place: Charmee Mehta, BSPH -- Relation between Childhood Weight Status and Hearing Loss: A Large Sample Cross-Sectional Study 3rd Place: Tracey Dabal, MD -- Long Term Efficacy and Safety of Baricitinib in...

SMJ : November 2018 Issue

The Southern Medical Journal is the official, peer-reviewed journal of the Southern Medical Association. It has a multidisciplinary and inter-professional focus that covers a broad range of topics relevant to physicians and other healthcare specialists, including medicine; surgery; women’s and children’s health; mental health; emergency and disaster medicine; public health...

David W. Avery, MD Installed as 2018-19 SMA President

The Southern Medical Association (SMA) is proud to announce the installation of David W. Avery, MD, as President for 2018-2019. Established in 1906, SMA is a multidisciplinary, interprofessional medical association committed to providing physicians with education and information in order to provide quality patient care and lead the discussion on…

2018 Southern Region Burn Important Information for Attendees

Thursday, November 8 Advanced Burn Provider Course 7:30 am – 5:00 pm Location:  Clipper – Conference and food functions Location:  Riverboat – Hands-on Lab Rehabilitation Workshop 8:00 am – 5:00 pm Lectures – Location:  Windjammer Breakout – Location:  Mobile Bay 3 Pediatric Burns Symposium 2:00 – 5:00 pm Location:  Schooner…

2018 Annual Scientific Assembly Abstract Presentations

The following abstracts were presented at the Southern Medical Association’s Annual Scientific Assembly & Special Joint Symposium of the Carolinas-Georgia-Florida Chapter of the American Society of Hypertension, October 31-November 2, 2018, in Charleston, SC.   So as not to unintentionally alter the material’s intended meaning, abstracts are presented/published as received.   2018...

Healthcare Cybersecurity Threats and Trends for 2018

Marissa Maldonado, Senior Manager With cybersecurity attacks growing at an increasing rate, and new network and computer system vulnerabilities frequently being discovered, it is evident that healthcare cybersecurity threats are not going away. Regrettably, we saw more successful data breaches in 2017 than ever before, causing detrimental financial loss and...

SMJ : October 2018 Issue

The Southern Medical Journal is the official, peer-reviewed journal of the Southern Medical Association. It has a multidisciplinary and inter-professional focus that covers a broad range of topics relevant to physicians and other healthcare specialists, including medicine; surgery; women’s and children’s health; mental health; emergency and disaster medicine; public health...

SMAA Annual Meeting Information

Tentative Schedule of Events Wednesday October 31, 2018 6:00 am-7:00 pm Meeting Registration Open for Badge Pick-up 5:00-6:30 pm SMA Welcome Reception Thursday November 1, 2018 6:30 am-5:30 pm Meeting Registration Open for Badge Pick-up 6:30-10:00 am SMAA Project/Exhibit Set-up & Item Drop Off for Raffle 10:00-11:00 am SMAA Project/Exhibit...

Practice Management: An Integrated Approach to Short- and Long-Term Improvement

Practice Management: An Integrated Approach to Short- and Long-term Improvement By Ellis “Mac” Knight, MD, MBA Physician practices are facing an unprecedented era of change. Multiple formidable challenges loom on the horizon to include: Declining reimbursements under the dominant fee-for-service payment model. An accelerating shift from fee-for-service reimbursements to fee-for-value...

SMAA Medical Heritage: Project Ideas

Project Ideas What makes a good Medical Heritage project?  Most project ideas fit into one of the following broad categories, included here as examples, but a noteworthy project may be anything that promotes awareness of our medical heritage or records otherwise unacknowledged events and significant contributions to the broad field...

SMAA: Medical Heritage

Medical Heritage – A Southern Tradition Medical Heritage is the oldest continuing project of the SMA Alliance, going back to the 1930 presidential acceptance speech of Mrs. S. A. Collum of Texas. “It has occurred to me that you might like to gather the medical romances of our Southland and publish them...

SMAA: Health Education

The SMA Alliance Health Education focus was started at the 1993 Convention where the The Eileen Martin Award was established to recognize the most outstanding state or county Health Education project. The Health Education Award of Excellence is presented to Alliance members who have made an impact in the area...

History of SMA Alliance

The Women’s Auxiliary to the Southern Medical Association was formed at the Roosevelt Hotel in New Orleans, Louisiana, November 25, 1924. Mrs. Seale Harris of Birmingham, Alabama was organizing chairman and she also chaired the committee to write the Constitution and Bylaws that were adopted in 1925. Mrs. E. H....

SMAA: Kathy Murray, 2017-2018 President

Kathy Murray, SMAA President 2017-2018 The alliance has a special place in my heart. I have been a member of the AMA Alliance for almost 30 years and a member of the SMA Alliance for close to 20 of those years. While the medical alliance does great things for community...

Catching Up with Daniel Peters

Daniel Peters, 2017 Society of 1906 Scholarship Recipient Daniel Peters is well into his fourth year of medical school at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine in Columbia, SC. He has just finished his acting internship in internal medicine. He has a budding interest in hematology & oncology...

SMA/ASH Faculty for SMA’s 2018 Annual Meeting: Elizabeth Kirkland, MD, MSCR

Register Elizabeth Kirkland, MD, MSCR Dr. Elizabeth Kirkland is an assistant professor of internal medicine at MUSC Health. She completed medical school at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine in Chapel Hill followed by internal medicine residency training at the Medical University of South Carolina. After residency, she...

SMA/ASH Faculty for SMA’s 2018 Annual Meeting: Kenneth Connell, MBBS DM (UWI), PhD (KCL), FACP, FRCP, FACC

Register Kenneth Connell, MBBS DM (UWI), PhD (KCL), FACP, FRCP, FACC Dr. Connell received his undergraduate and postgraduate training in medicine from the UWI St. Augustine & Cave Hill Campuses and graduated with MBBS and DM Internal Medicine degrees in 2000 and 2006, respectively. He was awarded a Barbados National...

SMA/ASH Faculty for SMA’s 2018 Annual Meeting: Raymond N. DuBois, MD, PhD

Register Raymond N. DuBois, MD, PhD Raymond N. DuBois, MD, PhD, is an internationally renowned expert for his studies on the molecular and genetic basis for colorectal cancer. His laboratory examines the molecular mechanisms by which inflammation and inflammatory mediators affect tumor development and serve as targets for cancer prevention....

SMA/ASH Faculty for SMA’s 2018 Annual Meeting: Carlos M. Ferrario, MD, FACA, FACC, FAHA, FASH

Register Carlos M. Ferrario, MD, FACA, FACC, FAHA, FASH Carlos M. Ferrario, MD, is a cardiologist whose research has advanced understanding and treatment of high blood pressure and vascular disease. A graduate of the University of Buenos Aires Medical School in 1963, Dr. Ferrario pursued postgraduate training in cardiology at...

SMA/ASH Faculty for SMA’s 2018 Annual Meeting: Pedro Ordunez, MD, PhD

Register Pedro Ordunez, MD, PhD Dr. Ordunez obtained his medical degree in Cuba in 1990. In 1993 he received the Grand Prize Annual Award for Health Research in Cuba for his work in cardiovascular disease in Cuba. Dr. Ordunez obtained his Ph.D degree in Public Health at the School of...

SMA/ASH Faculty for SMA’s 2018 Annual Meeting: Leopoldo Raij

Register Leopoldo Raij, MD Dr. Leopoldo Raij is Professor of Medicine, Emeritus - Katz Family Division of Nephrology and Hypertension, Director, the Program for International Research Scholars, International Medicine Institute, the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Dr. Raij previously served as the Director of Hypertension in the Renal-Hypertension...

SMA/ASH Faculty for SMA’s 2018 Annual Meeting: Leopoldo Raij, MD, FAHA

Register Leopoldo Raij, MD, FAHA Dr. Leopoldo Raij is Professor of Medicine, Emeritus - Katz Family Division of Nephrology and Hypertension, Director, the Program for International Research Scholars, International Medicine Institute, the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Dr. Raij previously served as the Director of Hypertension in the...

SMA/ASH Faculty for SMA’s 2018 Annual Meeting: Paul. K. Whelton, MB, MD, MSc

Register Paul. K. Whelton, MB, MD, MSc Paul K. Whelton, M.B., M.D., M.Sc. is a medical graduate of University College Cork, Ireland. He earned a master’s degree in clinical epidemiology from University of London and a prevention doctorate from National University of Ireland. He spent 26 years at Johns Hopkins,...

SMA/ASH Faculty for SMA’s 2018 Annual Meeting: Kristy Joseph

Register Kristy Joseph Mrs. Kristy Joseph is a Public Health Advisor and Team Lead at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in their Center for Global Health. For the past 8 years, Kristy has worked the U.S. CDC. Currently she is leading the capacity-building and program implementation team...

SMA/ASH Faculty for SMA’s 2018 Annual Meeting: Anthony J. Viera, MD, MPH

Register Anthony J. Viera, MD, MPH Anthony Viera received his medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina and his Master of Public Health from the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He completed his family medicine residency in the...

SMA/ASH Faculty for SMA’s 2018 Annual Meeting: Taskeen Khan

Register Taskeen Khan Dr. Taskeen Khan, is currently a medical officer responsible for cardiovascular disease programme implementation in the Non Communicable Disease (NCD) management unit at the World Health Organization (WHO) Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. Taskeen is from South Africa and was previously a national technical officer for NCDs in...

SMA/ASH Faculty for SMA’s 2018 Annual Meeting: Michael A. Moore, MD

Register Michael A. Moore, MD Michael A. Moore, MD, FACP, FAHA, is a nephrologist from Danville, VA. He is member of the Hypertension & Vascular Disease Center of the Wake Forest University School of Medicine and the faculties of the Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine and the Liberty University Colleges...

SMA/ASH Faculty for SMA’s 2018 Annual Meeting: Souvik Sen, MD

Register Souvik Sen, MD Souvik Sen, MD, MS, MPH, currently serves as Chair of Neurology at Palmetto Health-USC Neurology and is a professor of neurology with the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. He joined the University of South Carolina School of Medicine in January, 2010. Dr. Sen earned...

SMA/ASH Faculty for SMA’s 2018 Annual Meeting: Eduardo Sanchez, MD, MPH

Register Eduardo Sanchez, MD, MPH Dr. Eduardo Sanchez serves as Chief Medical Officer (CMO) for Prevention and Chief of the Center for Health Metrics and Evaluation for the American Heart Association (AHA).  In addition, he helps to oversee the work of the AHA Center for Workplace Health Research and Evaluation....

SMA/ASH Faculty for SMA’s 2018 Annual Meeting: Ross J. Simpson, MD, PhD

Register Ross J. Simpson, MD, PhD Dr. Simpson is Professor of Medicine and Clinical Professor of Epidemiology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.  Dr. Simpson completed his medical degree at Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, DC, and followed that with an internship and residency in internal...

SMA/ASH Faculty for SMA’s 2018 Annual Meeting: Robert J. Adams, MS, MD

Register Robert J. Adams, MS, MD Robert J. Adams, MS, MD, formerly the presidential distinguished chair, regents professor of neurology, and co-director of the cerebrovascular section in the Department of Neurology at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, Georgia, moved to MUSC in 2007 and assumed the titles of...

SMA/ASH Faculty for SMA’s 2018 Annual Meeting: Timothy J. Kowalski, DO, FACN, DFAPA

Register Timothy J. Kowalski, DO, FACN, DFAPA Timothy J. Kowalski, DO, FACN, Dean of the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine - Carolinas Campus in Spartanburg, South Carolina, graduated from the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1983 before completing a transitional rotating internship, psychiatry residency, and child...

SMA/ASH Faculty for SMA’s 2018 Annual Meeting: Mark Williams, MD, MBA, JD

Register Mark Williams, MD, MBA, JD Dr. Mark Williams is currently the Chief Clinical and Academic Officer for the Palmetto Health System in Columbia, South Carolina.  Dr. Mark Williams was the Chief Physician Executive for Tenet’s Brookwood Baptist System in Birmingham, Alabama from 2014 to 2017. He is a past...

SMA/ASH Faculty for SMA’s 2018 Annual Meeting: David M. Joyner, MD

Register David M. Joyner, MD David M. Joyner, MD, serves as senior vice president and executive director of the Andrews Institute. Dr. Joyner is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Andrews Institute, including physician alignment, strategic business partnerships, and affiliations and recruitment. Dr. Joyner is a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon...

SMA/ASH Faculty for SMA’s 2018 Annual Meeting: Norman R.C. Campbell, CM, BHSc, FCAHS, MD, FRCPC

Register Norman R.C. Campbell, CM, BHSc, FCAHS, MD, FRCPC Dr. Campbell is a General Internist, a Professor of Medicine, Community Health Sciences and Physiology and Pharmacology and a member of the Libin Cardiovascular Institute of Alberta and O’Brien Institute of Public Health at the University of Calgary. Dr. Campbell is...

SMA/ASH Faculty for SMA’s 2018 Annual Meeting: William Cushman, MD

Register William C. Cushman, MD Dr. William Cushman is Chief of the Preventive Medicine Section at the Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center and Professor of Preventive Medicine, Medicine, and Physiology at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, Tennessee.  Dr. Cushman graduated from the University of Mississippi School...

SMA/ASH Faculty for SMA’s 2018 Annual Meeting: Robert M. Carey, MD, MACP

Register Robert M. Carey, MD, MACP Dr. Robert M. Carey is Dean, Emeritus, and Professor of Medicine at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. He is a world renowned cardiovascular endocrinologist and hypertension specialist. His research on hormonal control of blood pressure (BP) and hypertension has resulted in over 400 publications. He...

SMA/ASH Faculty for SMA’s 2018 Annual Meeting: Brent M. Egan, MD

Register Brent M. Egan, MD Brent M. Egan, MD is Professor of Medicine at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine, Greenville and serves as the Vice-President, Research in the Care Coordination Institute.  He received his medical degree and training in medicine and hypertension at the University of Michigan....

SMA/ASH Faculty for SMA’s 2018 Annual Meeting: Raymond R. Townsend, MD

Register Raymond R. Townsend, MD Raymond R. Townsend, MD, is a Professor of Medicine and an Associate Director of the Clinical and Translational Research Center at the University of Pennsylvania.  He is currently a Principal Investigator on a 7-center U01 grant (DK-060984) studying factors in the progression of chronic kidney...

SMA/ASH Faculty for SMA’s 2018 Annual Meeting: Carlos M. Ferrario, MD

Register Carlos M. Ferrario, MD Carlos M. Ferrario, MD, is a cardiologist whose research has advanced understanding and treatment of high blood pressure and vascular disease. A graduate of the University of Buenos Aires Medical School in 1963, Dr. Ferrario pursued postgraduate training in cardiology at the University of Goteborg...

SMA/ASH Faculty for SMA’s 2018 Annual Meeting: Michael A. Weber, MD, PhD

Register Michael A. Weber, MD, PhD Dr. Michael Weber is a Professor of Medicine at Downstate College of Medicine of the State University of New York. He received his medical degree from Sydney University in Australia.    His career has focused largely on hypertension and preventive cardiology. He has been...

SMA/ASH Faculty for SMA’s 2018 Annual Meeting: John D. Bisognano, MD, PhD

Register John D. Bisognano, MD, PhD Dr. Bisognano is a Professor of Medicine and Director of Outpatient Services in the Division of Cardiology at the University of Rochester Medical Center where he joined the faculty in 2001. His research areas of interest include approaches to treatment of patients with resistant...

SMA/ASH Faculty for SMA’s 2018 Annual Meeting: Daniel W. Jones, MD

Register Daniel W. Jones, MD Daniel W. Jones, M.D. is the Sanderson Chair in Obesity, Metabolic Diseases and Nutrition and Director of Clinical and Population Science in the Mississippi Center for Obesity Research at The University of Mississippi Medical Center.  He also serves as Professor of Medicine and Physiology. He...

SMA/ASH Faculty for SMA’s 2018 Annual Meeting: Michael A. Weber, MD, PhD

Register Michael A. Weber, MD, PhD Dr. Michael Weber is a Professor of Medicine at Downstate College of Medicine of the State University of New York. He received his medical degree from Sydney University in Australia.    His career has focused largely on hypertension and preventive cardiology. He has been...

SMA/ASH Faculty for SMA’s 2018 Annual Meeting: Kenneth Connell, MBBS DM (UWI), PhD (KCL), FACP, FRCP, FACC

Register Kenneth Connell, MBBS DM (UWI), PhD (KCL), FACP, FRCP, FACC Dr. Connell received his undergraduate and postgraduate training in medicine from the UWI St. Augustine & Cave Hill Campuses and graduated with MBBS and DM Internal Medicine degrees in 2000 and 2006, respectively. He was awarded a Barbados National...

SMA/ASH Faculty for SMA’s 2018 Annual Meeting: Donald DiPette, MD

Register Donald DiPette, MD Dr. DiPette is currently the Health Sciences Distinguished Professor at the University of South Carolina and the University of South Carolina School of Medicine in Columbia, South Carolina. He has previously held the positions of Special Assistant to the Provost for Health Affairs, Vice President for...

Jan Basile, MD

Jan Basile, MD Dr. Basile earned his medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond. He then completed his internship and residency at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, where he was also Chief Resident. He is board certified in internal medicine and is a Fellow...

David M. Joyner, MD

LEARN MORE David M. Joyner, MD David M. Joyner, MD, serves as senior vice president and executive director of the Andrews Institute. Dr. Joyner is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Andrews Institute, including physician alignment, strategic business partnerships, and affiliations and recruitment. Dr. Joyner is a board-certified orthopaedic...

SMA/ASH Faculty for SMA’s 2018 Annual Meeting: Michael Wagner, MD, FACP, RDMS

Register Michael Wagner, MD, FACP, RDMS Michael Wagner, MD, FACP, RDMS, is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville in South Carolina. There he serves as the Director of Internal Medicine Ultrasound for Greenville Health Systems, helping to build point-of-care ultrasound curricula...

SMA/ASH Faculty for SMA’s 2018 Annual Meeting: John D. Bisognano, MD, PhD

Register John D. Bisognano, MD, PhD Dr. Bisognano is a Professor of Medicine and Director of Outpatient Services in the Division of Cardiology at the University of Rochester Medical Center where he joined the faculty in 2001. His research areas of interest include approaches to treatment of patients with resistant...

SMA/ASH Faculty for SMA’s 2018 Annual Meeting: Eric A. Brown, MD, FACEP

Register Eric A. Brown, MD, FACEP Dr. Eric A. Brown has served as the System VP for Patient Flow & Care Innovation for Palmetto Health in Columbia SC since August of 2016.  In this capacity he has led the construction of a comprehensive flow improvement strategy for this 4 hospital...

SMA/ASH Faculty for SMA’s 2018 Annual Meeting: Rachel Brown, MD

Register Rachel Brown, MD Dr. Rachel Brown is a family physician certified by the American Academy of Family Physicians. She received her MD from Boston University School of Medicine in 2000 and completed her residency training at the Palmetto Health Family Medicine Residency Program in 2003, followed by a Faculty...

SMA/ASH Faculty for SMA’s 2018 Annual Meeting: Charlee Alexander, BA, MPH

Register Charlee Alexander, BA, MPH Charlee Alexander is a Program Officer at the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) where she directs the Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-being and Resilience, a network of more than 150 organizations committed to reversing trends in clinician burnout and improving the well-being of health care...

President-Elect: Christopher R. Morris, MD

Christopher R. Morris, MD President-Elect SMA Leadership Christopher R. Morris, MD, a board certified rheumatologist with more than 25 years’ experience, is in private practice in Kingsport, Tennessee at Arthritis Associates. Additionally, he has served as a clinical educator for internal medicine residents at East Tennessee State University in Johnson...

SMA/ASH Faculty for SMA’s 2018 Annual Meeting: March E. Seabrook, MD, FACG

Register March E. Seabrook, MD, FACG March Seabrook, MD, FACG has been practicing gastroenterology in his home state of South Carolina since 1991.  He grew up in Anderson and is a graduate of Wofford College and the University of South Carolina School of Medicine.  He quickly developed a passion for...

SMA/ASH Faculty for SMA’s 2018 Annual Meeting: Marc G. Jaffe, MD

Register Marc G. Jaffe, MD Dr. Jaffe is the Senior Vice President of the Resolve to Save 100 Million Lives Cardiovascular Health Initiative, an initiative of Vital Strategies, and a Senior Physician of the Permanente Medical Group in South San Francisco, California. Dr. Jaffe joined Kaiser Permanente in 1993, and...

SMA/ASH Faculty for SMA’s 2018 Annual Meeting: Jerry R. Youkey, MD

Register Jerry R. Youkey, MD Jerry R. Youkey, MD, GHS Executive Vice President and Chief Academic Officer, Founding Dean of the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville and USC Associate Provost for Health Sciences - Greenville, joined Greenville Health System (GHS) in 1998. Dr. Youkey is responsible for...

SMA/ASH Faculty for SMA’s 2018 Annual Meeting: Les W. Hall, MD

Register Les W. Hall, MD Les W. Hall, MD, is a professor of medicine and executive dean of the University of South Carolina School of Medicine in Columbia. He also serves as the chief executive officer of the Palmetto Health-USC Medical Group, the largest and most comprehensive group of health...

SMJ : September 2018 Issue

The Southern Medical Journal is the official, peer-reviewed journal of the Southern Medical Association. It has a multidisciplinary and inter-professional focus that covers a broad range of topics relevant to physicians and other healthcare specialists, including medicine; surgery; women’s and children’s health; mental health; emergency and disaster medicine; public health...

Catching Up with Benjamin Smood

Benjamin Smood, 2017 Society of 1924 Scholarship Recipient Benjamin Smood is a 4th year medical student at the University of Alabama at Birmingham with career goals of becoming a congenital heart surgeon and remaining in academia. This September he will be applying to integrated cardiothoracic surgery residency programs. Benjamin hopes to...

Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule: Understanding 3 Key Topics Listening Session

On Wednesday, August 22, 2018 from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. ET, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will host a webinar on the CY 2019 Physician Fee Schedule proposed rule. Proposed changes to the CY 2019 Physician Fee Schedule would increase the amount of time doctors and other clinicians...

Would you like a FREE “check-up” for your company retirement plan?

As a healthcare professional you understand the benefit of receiving annual check-ups to promote good health and diagnose problems early. Your company retirement plan can also benefit from a check-up.  A check-up or review of your corporate retirement plan is a great way to confirm that your plan is in...

SMJ : August 2018 Issue

The Southern Medical Journal is the official, peer-reviewed journal of the Southern Medical Association. It has a multidisciplinary and inter-professional focus that covers a broad range of topics relevant to physicians and other healthcare specialists, including medicine; surgery; women’s and children’s health; mental health; emergency and disaster medicine; public health...

New Approaches to the Management of Gram-Negative Resistant Infections

New Approaches to the Management  of Gram-Negative Resistant Infections Wednesday, September 12, 2018 6:30 PM - 7:00 PM Registration and Dinner 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Program Seasons 52 245 Summit Blvd Birmingham, AL 35243 Register Local and national experts share their perspectives on managing Gram-negative resistant bacterial infections, including:  New and emerging therapeutic options Appropriate use of standard...

Don’t miss out on financial services from SMA Services, Inc.

As a big sponsor of SMA's educational programs (including live conferences and online courses), we encourage you to see how SMA Services, Inc. can help you and your practice. Many of you are already taking advantage of our group insurance products and retirement services, but not everyone is as familiar with...

SMJ : July 2018 Issue

The Southern Medical Journal is the official, peer-reviewed journal of the Southern Medical Association. It has a multidisciplinary and inter-professional focus that covers a broad range of topics relevant to physicians and other healthcare specialists, including medicine; surgery; women’s and children’s health; mental health; emergency and disaster medicine; public health...

Meet the Chair: Jan Basile, MD

Jan Basile, MD - Conference Chair Dr. Basile is Professor of Medicine, Seinsheimer Cardiovascular Health Program in the Division of General Internal Medicine/Geriatrics of the Medical University of South Carolina. He is the former Chief of Primary Care Service Line for the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center in Charleston,...

Meet the Faculty: Peter Buch, MD

Peter Buch, MD Dr Peter Buch is a clinical gastroenterologist with 35 years of teaching experience.  Teaching is his passion and his style is case based, practical, interactive and fun. He is a graduate of Downstate Medical Center. He completed his internship and residency in Internal Medicine and his fellowship...

Meet the Faculty: Silvio Inzucchi, MD

Meet the Faculty: George Mejicano, MD

George Mejicano, MD, MS, FACP, FACEHP George Mejicano received his medical degree from the University of Illinois and completed his post-graduate training at the University of Wisconsin. He is board certified in both internal medicine and adult infectious diseases and is actively participating and meeting all requirements stipulated by the...

Meet the Faculty: Wayne Weart, PharmD

Wayne Weart, PharmD, FAPhA, FASHP, BCPS Dr. Weart received his Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy in 1971 from the University of Georgia. He served his residency in Hospital Pharmacy at the Medical University Hospital in Charleston, SC in 1972. He completed his formal education by receiving his Doctor of...

Meet the Faculty: Jaime Lewis, MD

Learn More Register Now Jaime Lewis, MD Dr. Jaime D. Lewis is currently an Assistant Professor of Surgery at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine in Cincinnati, Ohio where she specializes in breast surgical oncology. In addition to her clinical practice, she is interested in mindfulness based techniques for...

Meet the Faculty: Julie Sroga-Rios, MD

LEARN MORE Julie Sroga-Rios, MD Julie M. Sroga-Rios, MD, joined the UC Center for Reproductive Health in 2012 after completing a fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. She is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and is an active board candidate in...

SMJ : June 2018 Issue

The Southern Medical Journal is the official, peer-reviewed journal of the Southern Medical Association. It has a multidisciplinary and inter-professional focus that covers a broad range of topics relevant to physicians and other healthcare specialists, including medicine; surgery; women’s and children’s health; mental health; emergency and disaster medicine; public health...

Meet the Chair: Dr. Michael A. Thomas, MD

Learn More Register Now Michael A. Thomas - Conference Chair Dr. Michael A. Thomas is Chief of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. He has held this position since 2001.  Dr. Thomas has been named one of the “Best Doctors in...

World Hypertension Day

World Hypertension Day May 17, 2018 Today is World Hypertension Day. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 American in 5 who lives with high blood pressure doesn't know he or she has it. With SMA's mission to improve quality of patient care through multidisciplinary, interprofessional education,...

Meet the Faculty: Adrian Balica, MD

Learn More Register Now Adrian Balica, MD Dr. Balica is currently a physician at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, NJ, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences.  Dr. Balica completed his residency OB/GYN, UMDNJ-RWJMS, New Brunswick, NJ, US Internal Medicine, Mount Sinai School of Medicine - Englewood...

Meet the Faculty: Jennifer Wells, MD

Learn More Jennifer Wells, MD Dr. Jennifer Wells is a California native raised in the suburbs of Washington, DC. She is a Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude graduate of the University of California at Davis with a BS in biological sciences. Following graduation from college she spent two years...

Meet the Faculty: Tenley Murphy, MD

Learn More Register Now Tenley Murphy, MD Dr. Murphy currently serves as a clinical assistant professor of orthopedic surgery at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine, where she is director of the Palmetto Health Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship Program. She previously worked at Clemson University as a...

Meet the Faculty: Lena Merjanian, MD

Learn More Register Now Lena Merjanian, MD Lena Merjanian, M.D., is a board certified OB/GYN. She is a native of New Jersey, born and raised in Bergen County. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Fairleigh Dickinson University with a Bachelor of Science. She received her medical degree from Rutgers-Robert Wood...

Meet the Faculty: Michael Wagner, MD

Learn More Register Now Michael Wagner, MD Michael Wagner, MD, FACP, RDMS, is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine in Columbia, SC. There he serves as the Director of Internal Medicine Ultrasound Education for the residency program and 3rd year clerkship, as...

Meet the Chairs: Nancy A. Phillips, MD

LEARN MORE Nancy A. Phillips, MD Co-Chair Dr. Phillips is a board-certified obstetrician/gynecologist, Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Science at Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick, NJ. Her clinical interest is in vulvovaginal health, with an emphasis on vulvodynia. Other areas of...

Meet the Chairs: Dr. Veronica K. Piziak, MD

LEARN MORE Veronica K. Piziak, MD, PhD, FACP - Conference Chair Dr. Piziak is Emeritus Director, Division of Endocrinology and Director of the Diabetes Center for Scott & White in Temple, Texas. She has attained the rank of Professor of Medicine and Endocrinology at Texas A&M University College of Medicine...

Meet the Chairs: Dr. Donald J. DiPette, MD

LEARN MORE Donald J. DiPette, MD, FACP, FAHA - Co-Chair Dr. DiPette is currently the Health Sciences Distinguished Professor at the University of South Carolina and the University of South Carolina School of Medicine in Columbia, South Carolina. He has previously held the positions of Special Assistant to the Provost...

Pearls at the Bedside: An Approach to Augmenting the Physical Exam with Pocket-sized Ultrasound

Join us Thursday, July 19th from 7:00 am – 11:15 am in beautiful Kiawah Island, South Carolina for an amazing Hands-on Ultrasound opportunity.  "Pearls at the Bedside: An Approach to Augmenting the Physical Exam with Pocket-sized Ultrasound", will be presented by Michael Wagner, MD, FACP, RDMS (Assistant Professor of Medicine at the...

Cancer in Women Meeting Announcement

New Meeting Announcement! August 11, 2018 Hilton Cincinnati Airport Florence, KY If you are looking for the perfect CME conference - a one day agenda packed with expert speakers in an affordable location - look no further! SMA is happy to introduce, "Cancer in Women: Screening, Prevention, and Survivorship". Chaired by Dr. Michael...

SMJ : May 2018 Issue

The Southern Medical Journal is the official, peer-reviewed journal of the Southern Medical Association. It has a multidisciplinary and inter-professional focus that covers a broad range of topics relevant to physicians and other healthcare specialists, including medicine; surgery; women’s and children’s health; mental health; emergency and disaster medicine; public health...

Welcome Mark Massey!

SMA Welcomes Mark Massey to SMA Services, Inc. We are pleased to announce that Mark Massey has accepted the position of Director of Retirement Plan Development, effective April 1, 2018. Mark is one of the most experienced retirement planning representatives in the country with more than thirty years in the financial and insurance...

SMA President’s Message: April 2018

DONALD DIPETTE, MD, COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA Dr. DiPette was installed as SMA’s 113th President during the 2nd General Session of SMA’s Medical Summit Conference, November 4, 2017 in St. Petersburg, Florida. His Presidential Address focused on key elements of the Association’s mission statement … quality, patient care, and education. Dr....

SMJ : April 2018 Issue

The Southern Medical Journal is the official, peer-reviewed journal of the Southern Medical Association. It has a multidisciplinary and inter-professional focus that covers a broad range of topics relevant to physicians and other healthcare specialists, including medicine; surgery; women’s and children’s health; mental health; emergency and disaster medicine; public health...

SMJ : March 2018 Issue

The Southern Medical Journal is the official, peer-reviewed journal of the Southern Medical Association. It has a multidisciplinary and inter-professional focus that covers a broad range of topics relevant to physicians and other healthcare specialists, including medicine; surgery; women’s and children’s health; mental health; emergency and disaster medicine; public health...

SMA – Community Collaboration

SMA is pleased to collaborate with the Safe and Healthy Homewood Coalition to present the accredited activity "Marijuana and Opiate Abuse: What's the Connection?" Event Date:  Tuesday, March 13, 2018 Event Time:  8:00 - 12:00 pm Location: Samford University College of Health Sciences Fee: $20 Register Today: https://goo.gl/sHwrRM This lecture will...

Southern Roots – Medical History, Black History

Meet the Doctor Halle Tanner Dillon Johnson, MD Education: Woman’s Medical College of Pennsylvania, Class of 1891 Historical importance: First African American woman licensed to practice in Alabama, one of the first campus-based doctors in the state of Alabama.   Bio:   Halle Tanner Dillon Johnson, MD, earned her Alabama state medical...

Happy President’s Day from the Southern Medical Association

 “A President must call on many persons – some to man the ramparts and to watch the far away, distant posts; others to lead us in science, medicine, education and social progress here at home.” — Lyndon B. Johnson Washington's Birthday, or Presidents' Day, honors the life and work of...

SMA “wears red” to raise awareness about cardiovascular disease.

Go Red For Women is the American Heart Association’s national movement to end heart disease and stroke in women. More women than men die every year from heart disease and stroke. The good news is that 80 percent of cardiac events can be prevented with education and lifestyle changes. Go...

SMA President’s Message: January 2018

DONALD DIPETTE, MD, COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA Dr. DiPette was installed as SMA’s 113th President during the 2nd General Session of SMA’s Medical Summit Conference, November 4, 2017 in St. Petersburg, Florida. His Presidential Address focused on key elements of the Association’s mission statement … quality, patient care, and education. Dr....

Health Rankings in the South

For the past 28 years, the United Health Foundation has produced an annual report assessing the nation’s health on a state-by-state basis. The report is a great tool to measure progress, identify emerging trends, and drive action for improving public health. The rankings have been broken down into four core...

New Medicare Cards – 5 Ways for Healthcare Providers to Get Ready

Medicare is taking steps to remove Social Security numbers from Medicare cards. Through this initiative the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will prevent fraud, fight identity theft and protect essential program funding and the private healthcare and financial information of our Medicare beneficiaries. CMS will issue new Medicare...

SMJ : January 2018 Issue

Southern Medical Journal • Vol. 110 • No. 10 • October 2017

6 Questions to ask about Medical Malpractice Insurance

Make sure you have the best medical malpractice coverage available by asking these 6 medical malpractice questions. 1. Do you have the consent to settle? Does your malpractice policy allow you to decline settling and fight unjust claims in court to the very end? If you have a “Consent to...

Student Loans 101 – Webinar Recording with LendKey

SMA Partner LendKey Explains Student Loan Options for Medical Professionals Our partners at LendKey have put together an informative, step-by-step plan to help you save money and pay off your student loans.  The student loans webinar recording is about 30 minutes and will teach you: Where to find the details...

Illegal Immigration and the Threat of Infectious Disease

There’s a growing health concern over illegal immigrants bringing infectious diseases into the United States. Approximately 500,000 legal immigrants and 80,000 refugees come to the United States each year, and an additional 700,000 illegal immigrants enter annually, and three-quarters of these illegal immigrants come from Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, and…