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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 2015

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GPCI and SGR Warriors, Peer Review Committee, and Dr. Powers to receive SCMA Recognition

SCMA's 2015 Outstanding Contribution awards will be presented on the evening of Dec. 2. Recognition of Achievement awards will also be presented to the SCMA Alliance Foundation Holiday Greeting Card and for the Sonoma Medicine Article of the Year.

Congressman Mike Thompson and Drs. Drexler, Sonander, and Klay will receive the Outstanding Contribution to Sonoma County Medicine award in recognition of their leadership, commitment and determination spanning a 14-year period to fix the California GPCI and abolish the SGR. Dr. Powers will receive the Outstanding Contribution to the Community award in appreciation of his leadership and steadfast commitment to reopen the West County hospital as Sonoma West Medical Center. The Medical Review Advisory Committee will receive the Outstanding Contribution to SCMA award in recognition of more than 20 years of dedicated, confidential peer review service to determine factors influencing Sonoma County medical professional liability claims. The SCMA Alliance Foundation Holiday Greeting Card will receive a special Recognition of Achievement award in acknowledgment of the 50th anniversary of raising money for scholarships awarded to qualified students entering a medically related field. The Article of the Year winner will be announced in November.

The Awards Dinner, scheduled for 6 to 9 p.m. at the Vintner's Inn, 4350 Barnes Rd., Santa Rosa, is free for SCMA members, but RSVPs are required. Tickets for spouses, guests and nonmembers are $59 each. To RSVP and/or to purchase tickets, contact Rachel Pandolfi at 707-525-4375 or The invitation can be accessed by clicking here.

New this Year: Awards Dinner Program Sponsorship and Advertising

The new, booklet-form program for SCMA's Awards Dinner will offer a limited, once-a-year opportunity to place your message before an exclusive audience of Sonoma County health care leaders and decision makers. SCMA appreciates your consideration to help recognize our medical community leaders through event sponsorship and program advertising at a variety of levels. Click here for the rate sheet and details about ways your organization can participate. Sponsorship and advertising reservations are due Oct. 16 and artwork for the program is due Oct. 23 for the Dec. 2 gala event

Just Published! Fall Sonoma Medicine


The fall issue of Sonoma Medicine features articles on death and dying: hospice alternatives to physician-assisted suicide; advance care planning; a "sufficient" length of (hospice) stay; and certification of death: whose responsibility? Other article topics include treating atrial fibrillation; Latino Health Forum Oct. 15; M.C. "Escherology"; Mystery Case diagnosis; a review of Helen Macdonald's H is for Hawk; SCMA Alliance's Health Careers Scholarship Fund; and an SCMA membership update.

The print edition has been mailed; you can view the PDF online here. The text-only version of articles will be available at  Medicine the week of Oct. 12. Call Susan Gumucio at 707-525-0102 to request print copies for you or your office.

Alliance Holiday Giving Opportunities

With the holidays fast approaching, the SCMA Alliance and Foundation would like to remind local physicians about two longstanding charitable projects.

The Holiday Greeting Card, now in its 50th year, raises scholarship money for local students wishing to pursue medical careers. The scholarships, which are awarded by the SCMA and SCMA Alliance Health Careers Scholarship Committee, provide critical financial assistance at a time when community resources are fast depleting. Since the project began in 1965, scholarships have been awarded to more than 800 local students, including several who went on to become practicing physicians in Sonoma County. Click here to learn how you can make a donation.

This year was a milestone for the Give-a-Gift Program and marked the largest number of computers donated so far. With the help of a very generous donor base, the Alliance was able to donate 30 computers to former foster youth attending Santa Rosa Junior College and Sonoma State University. The Alliance is currently accepting donations to the Give-a-Gift Program so that more deserving students can receive laptops to help achieve their educational goals. Visit  and click Donate

What is the Most Pressing Issue in your Medical Practice?

Physicians and Office Managers, tell us what issue you are most concerned about right now (e.g. EHRs, reimbursements, Medi-Cal payments, patient vaccinations, paying staff, paperwork). Reply to  with your issue and a chance to win a $20 Starbucks gift card. Responses will be shared in the November News Briefs.

SCMA has received the following pressing concerns from survey respondents:

  • Unfair Contracting: 50%
  • Staffing Issues: 17%
  • EMR/EHR: 33%


Welcome, new SCMA/CMA members!

TPMG - 401 Bicentennial Way, Santa Rosa 95403
Michele Fujimoto, MD, Surgery, Drexel Univ 2009
Michael Lasker, MD, Surgery, Univ Illinois 2009
Emily Porch, MD, Psychiatry, Robert Wood Johnson Med Sch 2010
Samuel Schecter, MD, Surgery*, Univ Queenland 2006

TPMG - 3975 Old Redwood Hwy., Santa Rosa 95403
Lars Hansen, MD, Pediatrics*, Boston Univ

TPMG - 3925 Old Redwood Hwy., Santa Rosa CA 95403
Sarah Wehrli, MD, Opthalmology, Univ Pennsylvania 2011

Northern California Medical Associates
Anton Kushnaryov, MD, Otolaryngology, 1701 4th St. #120, Santa Rosa 95404, Univ Minnesota 2009

Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation
Jeremy Mesches, MD, Family Medicine*, 131B Stony Cir. #1600, Santa Rosa 95401, New York Med Coll 1995

*board certified

Top CMA Stories

CMA publishes the biweekly e-newsletter, CMA Alert, to keep its members up-to-date on critical issues affecting the practice of medicine in California. Click here to view the current issue.

Practice Resources

Updated payor profiles now available
CMA's Center for Economic Services has published updated profiles on each of the major payors in California including Aetna, Anthem Blue Cross, Blue Shield of California, CIGNA, Health Net, United Healthcare, Medicare/Noridian and Medi-Cal. Each profile includes key information on health plan market penetration, a description of the plan's dispute resolution process and the name and contact numbers for medical directors, provider relations and other key contacts. Don't waste your time searching the internet for this information: members can download CMA's Payor Profiles free of charge.

  • Patient resources on end-of-life decisions now available online
    CMA has developed a number of resources to help providers, patients and loved ones with making these important end-of-life decisions. Click here for more information.
  • Medi-Cal providers: Are you ready for ICD-10?
    To help physicians prepare for the ICD-10 transition, the California Medical Association (CMA) has published:
  • Archived webinars
    CMA's archived webinars are free to SCMA members and staff. Nonmember fee: $99. For more information, contact CMA's member-help center, 800-786-4262 or
  •  May 13-15, 2016 Western Health Care Leadership Academy
    Save the date for the 2016 Western Health Care Leadership Academy, which will be held at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square from Friday, May 13, through Sunday, May 15. Click here for more information.

CMA Practice Resources (CPR) is a free monthly e-bulletin from the California Medical Association's practice management experts. It focuses on critical payor and health care industry changes and how they directly impact the business of a physician practice. Each issue includes tips on reimbursement and contracting-related issues, along with information on the latest practice management news. View the current issue.


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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.

About SCMA

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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