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2024 Physician Wellness Leadership awards announced

Nominations and award recipients were announced at the Physician Wellness EXPO and Dinner on April 26, 2024, in Petaluma. Awards were presented to physicians in six categories of wellness leadership achievement. Click here or the icon below for the full dinner program, which includes photographs and statements from each of the nominees. Additional details and list of awardees may be viewed in May 2024 News Briefs.

2024 Physician Wellness Expo & Dinner



October 2014

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Fall dinner Oct. 15 features CMA's Elizabeth McNeil

CMA's Elizabeth McNeil is the featured speaker at a special SCMA dinner on Wednesday evening, Oct. 15. Topics include Vote No on 46 campaign and a federal legislative update.

The special dinner will be held at the Fountaingrove Inn in Santa Rosa and is free for SCMA members. Spouses, guests and nonmembers are $40 each. The evening begins with a wine reception at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner and program at 6. Dinner choices include Ceasar salad, choice of grilled chicken, grilled salmon or pesto penne, and chocolate fudge cake.

To RSVP, contact Rachel Pandolfi at 707-525-4375, or download the flier and fax to 707-525-4328.

No on Prop 46

Drs. Clendenin, Warner & Elboim to receive SCMA awards

 SCMA Awards

Three Sonoma physicians will receive Outstanding Contribution awards at the annual SCMA Awards Dinner on Dec. 2. The awards will be presented to:

Dr. Joe Clendenin, a retired family physician, for Outstanding Contribution to the Community.
Dr. Laurel Warner, an infectious disease physician, for Outstanding Contribution to Sonoma County Medicine.
Dr. Charles Elboim, a surgeon with a special interest in breast diseases, for Outstanding Contribution to Sonoma County Medicine.

All physicians are invited to the Awards Dinner, which runs from 6 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 2, at the Vintner's Inn, 4350 Barnes Rd. in Santa Rosa. The evening begins with a social hour at 6 p.m., followed by dinner and the awards presentation. Tickets are free for SCMA members; spouses, guests and nonmembers are $50 each. To RSVP, contact Rachel Pandolfi at 707-525-4375 or Mail orders can be sent to SCMA, 2901 Cleveland Ave. #202, Santa Rosa, CA 95403. To download event flier, click here.

Covered California "Lunch & Learn" #2, Oct. 24

Over 25 medical office personnel attended the July lunchtime presentation in Santa Rosa, and requested a second opportunity to learn more about Covered California 2015 and the impact on physician practices. Join us Friday, Oct. 24, from 12:30-1:30 p.m. for updated 2015 enrollment information and demographics, identifying qualified health plans within the exchange, and practice management tips. To RSVP and reserve your place, download the event flier. For questions or more information, contact Rachel Pandolfi at or 707-525-4375.

Win an iPad through "Passport to Participation"

To encourage physician collegiality and the advancement of community health, PASSPORT TO PARTICIPATION acknowledges Sonoma County physicians' active engagement with SCMA, CMA and community activities by awarding points for participation. In addition to recognition for exemplary involvement, an iPad will be awarded to the winner at the end of the fiscal year. Click here to learn more.

Sonoma Medicine focuses on "Medicine & Politics"

"Medicine & Politics" is the theme of the fall issue of Sonoma Medicine, with a federal update, a report on Covered California, and the latest on Prop. 46 including a pull-out poster for your office and more. The issue also features special reports on tick-borne infections and the new Sutter Hospital, and articles on electromagnetic hypersensitivity, high-intensity focused ultrasound, and techniques for changing patient behavior.

Watch for the magazine in the mail the second week of October.
It will also be emailed and posted at

Latino Health Forum Oct. 16

The 22nd annual Latino Health Forum runs from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 16, at the Flamingo Conference Resort in Santa Rosa. All local physicians, medical professionals, and students interested in medical careers were invited to attend. Registration is now closed, and the forum is sold out. Please visit to sign up for next year's conference.


Alisa Awtry, MD, Family Medicine, 3569 Round Barn Cir., Santa Rosa 95403, UC San Diego
Nathalie Boittin, MD, Family Medicine, 3569 Round Barn Cir., Santa Rosa 95403, Perelman Sch Med
Margot Brown, MD, Family Medicine, 3569 Round Barn Cir., Santa Rosa 95403, UC San Francisco
Joel Charles, MD, Family Medicine, 3569 Round Barn Cir., Santa Rosa 95403, Univ Wisconsin
Melissa Coleman, MD, Pediatrics*, 3925 Old Redwood Hwy., Santa Rosa 95403, Harvard Med Sch 2008
Phoebe Mar Devitt, MD, Family Medicine, 3569 Round Barn Cir., Santa Rosa 95403, Univ Wisconsin
Serena Edwards, MD, Family Medicine, 3569 Round Barn Cir., Santa Rosa 95403, Univ Iowa
Pirouz Fakhraei, MD, Internal Medicine*, Hospice & Palliative Medicine*, 401 Bicentennial Way, Santa Rosa 95403, Azad Univ 2005
Francheska (Sevy) Gurule, MD, Family Medicine, 3569 Round Barn Cir., Santa Rosa 95403, Univ New Mexico
Laura Kromann, MD, Family Medicine, 3569 Round Barn Cir., Santa Rosa 95403, Texas A&M Med Coll
Kristin Montalvo, MD, Psychiatry*, 3554 Round Barn Blvd., Santa Rosa 95403, Uniformed Services Univ 1999
Edna Prieto, MD, Family Medicine, 3569 Round Barn Cir., Santa Rosa 95403, UC San Francisco
Tania Rezai, MD, Family Medicine, 3569 Round Barn Cir., Santa Rosa 95403, Stanford Univ
Robert Schulman, MD, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation*, Pain Medicine*, 440 Bohemian Hwy., Freestone 95472
Daniel Whitesides, MD, Family Medicine, 3569 Round Barn Cir., Santa Rosa 95403, UNC Sch Med
Ellie Wiener, MD, Family Medicine, 3569 Round Barn Cir., Santa Rosa 95403, Icahn Sch Med
Michael Yoo, MD, Internal Medicine*, Pediatrics*, 401 Bicentennial Way, Santa Rosa 95403, Emory Univ 2007

* = board certified


  • Get the facts at
  •  Click here to watch the "No on 46" ads.
  •  Order lab coat cards, "No on 46" buttons, posters, bumper stickers, and brochures in English and Spanish. Click here to order them now--Free Shipping! (Or download Order Form.)
  •  Coordinate a meeting with your medical group. We guarantee a speaker! Contact Cynthia Melody at 707-525-4375 or
  •  Wear your "No on 46" button.
  •  Put a "Vote No on 46" yard sign in front of your office and at your home. We have crateloads at MMS and will deliver. Just call us at 707-525-4375.
  • A pull-out poster will be in the fall issue of Marin Medicine with articles, charts, the order form and more. Watch for it.
  •  Talk with your colleagues, patients, friends, family, neighbors, the checkout person at the store, etc. about Prop 46: Increased costs; Losing your Doctor; Threatening your privacy.


Oct. 18
Perspectives on Pediatric Orthopaedics.
Pediatricians, family practice doctors, physician assistants and nurses will meet in Sacramento for a CME seminar hosted by the orthopaedic faculty at Shriners Hospitals for Children-Northern California, located at 2425 Stockton Boulevard, Sacramento. The all-day event runs from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 CME credits are available. The cost is $90 for physicians, $60 for nurses and physician assistants. Registration fee includes all conference materials, continental breakfast and lunch. Call 916-453-2191 or send email

Oct. 28
Managing Pain Safely Forum.
Partnership HealthPlan of California is hosting an all-day forum offering an opportunity for providers, prescribers, quality leaders and staff to learn how others in our communities are managing to balance the use of opioids for healing while avoiding harm. The forum will be held at the Hyatt Vineyard Creek Hotel from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and topics include opioid overuse as a public health issue, rational and irrational use of opioids, alternatives to opioid treatment, broaching the subject of overuse with patients, and the art and very little science of tapering. The registration fee is $40 and $60. Click here for details and to register.

Oct. 30
IMQ 2014 Medical Staff Conference.
The Institute for Medical Quality is offering physicians leading a medical staff this one-day conference that provides a foundation of knowledge, techniques, and best practices to help them succeed. 6.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits available. The location is the Embassy Suites SFO Waterfront Hotel in Burlingame, CA (near San Francisco International Airport). For more information, visit; to register, click here.


Sutter Health donates former Warrack Hospital to SAY. Sutter Health announced its donation of the former Warrack Hospital to Social Advocates for Youth (SAY) to advance SAY's mission to provide education and housing for at-risk Sonoma County youth. SAY's newly named Dream Center will operate the former hospital building serving Sonoma County youth with proven counseling, employment, and education services. In addition, the Dream Center will offer up to 63 new units of affordable housing for imminently homeless, former foster youth aged 18-24 years old. In order to transform the campus from hospital to home, an extensive interior remodel is scheduled to begin over the winter months. Operations at the Dream Center are expected to begin in late 2015.

Kaiser Permanente has awarded Community Benefit grants to 27 Sonoma nonprofit organizations. The grants, ranging from $7,500 to $20,000, support efforts to address some of the most crucial health issues in Sonoma County. The 2014 grantees are: California Parenting Institute, Catholic Charities of Diocese of Santa Rosa, Centro Laboral de Graton, Community & Family Service Agency, Community Action Partnership Sonoma County, Community Child Care Council Sonoma County, Community Garden Network of Sonoma County, Community Matters, Council on Aging, County of Sonoma Department Health Services Safe Routes to School Matching Grant, Healthy Community Consortium (HC2), Interfaith Sustainable Food Coalition, Jewish Community Free Clinic, La Luz Center, LifeWorks of Sonoma County, Lomi Psychotherapy Clinic, Mentor Me Petaluma, Northern California Center for Well-Being, PDI Surgery Center, Petaluma People Services Center, Bounty Hunters Community Network, Redwood Community Health, Redwood Empire Food Bank, School Garden Network of Sonoma County, SOS Community Counseling, Valley of the Moon Children's Services, Verity, and YWCA of Sonoma County.


Seeking sublet for rent
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Open house welcomes Dr. Khurram Abbass
The medical community is invited to an open house welcoming Khurram Abbass, MD and his staff to the area on Thursday, Oct. 16, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at 750 Las Gallinas Ave. Ste. 110 in San Rafael. Dr. Abbass is a board-eligible rheumatologist and board certified in internal medicine. He recently completed his rheumatology fellowship at the University of Minnesota. For more information, contact Dr. Abbass at 415-785-7154, Visit his Facebook page at

SCMA members get free classifieds!
SCMA members can place free classified ads in News Briefs or Sonoma Medicine. Cost for nonmember physicians and the general public is $1 per word. To place a classified ad, contact Susan Gumucio at or 707-525-0102.


The Sonoma County Medical Association, a 501(c)(6) nonprofit association, supports local physicians and their efforts to enhance the health of the community. Founded in 1858, SCMA is affiliated with the California Medical Association and the American Medical Association.

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