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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 2016

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November election ballot measures

CMA's Board of Trustees has approved positions on several ballot measures for the November 2016 election. Visit to see comments and endorsements.

Drs. Minkoff, Barth and Nied to receive SCMA awards Dec. 6

Three physicians will be honored at the annual SCMA Awards Dinner: Dr. Jerry Minkoff, for Outstanding Contribution to Sonoma County Medicine; Dr. Gary Barth, for Outstanding Contribution to the Community; and Dr. Rob Nied, for Outstanding Contribution to SCMA. Partnership HealthPlan will receive a Recognition of Achievement, and the Article of the Year award recipient will soon be determined. Tickets are FREE for SCMA members. For more details and to RSVP, see the SCMA Awards Dinner invitation.

Just published! Fall Sonoma Medicine

The fall issue of Sonoma Medicine has been mailed and features articles on epidemiology. Read about Zika and other emerging arboviruses; ending the HIV epidemic in Sonoma County; diabetes prevention: stemming the tide; chronic disease: building a new approach; and public health epidemiology: the demand for high-quality, cross-sector data.

You can view the PDF and text versions at Call Susan Gumucio at 707-525-0102 to subscribe or request additional print copies.

Oct. 25: Physician Aid-in-Dying forum

In June, California became the fifth state to allow physicians to prescribe medication for terminally ill patients who wish to end their lives through provisions of the End of Life Option Act. SCMA's Physician Aid-in-Dying Task Force is hosting a meeting at Partnership HealthPlan on Oct. 25 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. to discuss requirements of the California End of Life Option Act. Attendees will also hear first-hand about the "Oregon Experience," a panel discussion, and wrap-up with an understanding of the resources needed for physicians and their patients. The $20 cost includes registration and dinner, sponsored by Partnership HealthPlan. Reservations are required; seating is limited to 50. Please RSVP to


Oct. 25: Operation Access Healthy Spirits volunteer celebration

Join this festive event at Lagunitas Brewing Company in Petaluma from 5:30-8:30 p.m. The evening will include live music, craft beer and wine, a gourmet banquet, and an awards presentation celebrating medical volunteers and partners who received the national Make A Difference Day All-Star Award from USA Today. In lieu of a set ticket price, give what you can to support OA and volunteers' work. Click here for details and tickets.

SCMA applicants

Welcome, new SCMA/CMA members!

Gary McLeod, MD,
Family Medicine*, 131B Stony Circle, Santa Rosa, UC San Francisco
Peter Valenzuela, MD, Family Medicine*, 717 Center St., Healdsburg, Univ Texas

TPMG - 401 Bicentennial Way, Santa Rosa
Lian-Song Chen, MD, Pathology*, Hunan Med Coll 1986

*board certified


Operation Access is recognizing the following physicians at the Healthy Spirits Volunteer Celebration Oct. 25: Dr. Allen Cortez, 2016 Legacy Award Honoree; Dr. Jay Belani, 2015 Unsung Hero Award Honoree; Dr. Joel Erickson, 2015 Spirit Award Honoree; Dr. Allan Hill, 2015 Champion Award Honoree; and Dr. Susana Gonzalez, 2016 Champion Award Honoree. See article above for event information.



Seeking business development strategies for your practice?
SCMA is pleased to offer a collaborative network designed to provide professional development opportunities and solutions to challenges that come with managing an independent practice. The NEW Practice Managers Forum (PMF) offers a wide array of activities and access to information covering issues and areas of common interest. Click here to learn more about joining the forum.

Nov. 7: "New Laws for 2017 and How They Will Affect Your Practice"
Reserve your spot now for this PMF lunchtime seminar that will run from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Partnership HealthPlan in Santa Rosa (495 Tesconi Circle). The $20 cost includes a complimentary lunch. Open to all, but RSVPs are required. See registration form for details.


Nov. 10: Latino Health Forum in Santa Rosa
The 24th annual conference will focus on "Racism & Discrimination: Impacts on Health." CME units are offered to registered nurses and social workers; students and interns are invited to apply for registration scholarships. For more information, contact Liseth Magana at or see

CMA Practice Management Tip of the Month
"Proactive scheduling strategies can reduce disruptions and long patient wait times"
is the focus for October. Click here to download CMA's tip sheet.


Fertility clinic for sale - Santa Rosa
Revenue $1.7 million on 32 MD hours/week. 3,800 square feet includes OR, 3 exam rooms, 9 offices/private, 2 storage rooms, embryology lab, and blood/sperm lab, plus kitchen. Very attractive, atrium-style building. Independent appraisal available; photos available. Offered at $815,000. Contact Medical Practices USA for more information at 800-576-6935.

Medical weight-loss practice for sale / fall in love with practicing medicine again
Proven, highly recognized and profitable, established weight-loss practice in beautiful Marin County. Current multiple 6 figures, room for expansion. Work-life balance, time freedom, financial security, relationship-driven practice.

I am 100% committed to assisting the new owner with all the support necessary to ensure a smooth transition. Please contact me for more information or to schedule a visit. Gail Altschuler, MD, 415-309-6258 or

Free classifieds for SCMA members!
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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