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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



February 2015

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Buy Feb. 28 "Alliance Gala85" tickets now!

This highly anticipated event will be held on Saturday, Feb. 28, at the beautifully restored DeTurk Round Barn in Santa Rosa. The elegant gala includes a cocktail hour featuring unique buy-in parties, exciting ring raffle, a delicious dinner, live auction, dessert and dancing. Cocktail attire is suggested. Proceeds benefit SCMAA Foundation programs.

Ring raffle tickets are available for purchase at the website. The stunning ring, created by Dr. Scott Peterson, features a 3.18-carat natural tanzanite surrounded by diamonds set in 14 kt. white gold. You do not need to be present to win!

If you are unable to attend, please consider making a donation to the SCMAA Foundation in honor of this 85th Anniversary. For more information, visit the website or contact Gala85 chairperson, Lisa Sugarman, at

Renew your 2015 membership today

We think we've earned your membership!

  • Prop. 46 was defeated (NO: 67% YES: 33%)! CMA-MMS spent $8 million of CMA reserves and raised $52 million to protect MICRA.
  • Culminating an 11-year CMA-MMS effort, the GPCI inequity for Marin County has been permanently solved.
  • CMA held off a 10% Medi-Cal cut for three years, ensuring the cut would not have to be repaid.
  • Among many other examples, legislative advocacy kept optometrists from practicing ophthalmology.

Call Rachel Pandolfi at 415-924-3891 if you need a copy of your dues invoice. She can answer your questions or handle payment over the phone. Click here to renew your 2015 membership online.

Save the date: Legislative Advocacy Day April 14

MMS members are invited to CMA's annual Legislative Advocacy Day on Tuesday, April 14, at the Sheraton Grand in Sacramento. Attended by several hundred physicians, this conference provides an opportunity to meet with local legislators regarding pressing health care issues after morning speeches by CMA's president, Dr. Luther Cobb, and Dustin Corcoran, CMA CEO. This year's keynote speaker is expected to be Governor Jerry Brown, followed by a political panel discussion and afternoon sessions with local legislators in their offices. For more information, visit, download flier, or contact Cynthia Melody at 707-525-4375 or

Win an iPad through SCMA's "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.


Enrique Gonzalez-Mendez, MD, Family Medicine*, 3569 Round Barn Cir., Santa Rosa 95403, National Autonomous Univ Mexico 1972

Shazah Khawaja, MD, Obstetrics & Gynecology*, 500 Doyle Park Dr. #103, Santa Rosa 95405, Ross Univ 1999

Courtney King, MD, Internal Medicine*, 401 Bicentennial Way, Santa Rosa 95403, Med Coll Georgia

Aynna Yee Sae, MD, Internal Medicine*, 401 Bicentennial Way, Santa Rosa 95403, Meharry Med Coll 2000

Reza Sepehrdad, MD, Cardiovascular Disease*, Interventional Cardiology*, 3536 Mendocino Ave. #200, Santa Rosa 95403, New York Med Coll 2006

Shalini Yalamanchi, MD, Ophthalmology, 3536 Mendocino Ave. #380, Santa Rosa 95403, George Washington Univ 2004

Kristen Yee, MD, Plastic Surgery, Craniofacial Surgery, 1111 Sonoma Ave. #112, Santa Rosa 95405, Johns Hopkins Univ 2003

* = board certified; italics = special medical interest


Top stories from CMA ALERT

CMA Alert is a biweekly newsletter for members of the California Medical Association. Read the current issue here. Articles include:

  • Regulations requiring health insurers to have adequate networks and accurate directories go into effect
  • CMA survey finds workers' comp reform has brought new challenges for physicians
  • CMS announces it will work to reduce meaningful use reporting burden
  • Register now for Western Health Care Leadership Academy!
  • Fraud alert: Recognizing relationships that may trigger fraud and abuse concerns for physicians
  • Legislation announced to ban personal belief exemptions for school vaccinations
  • Poll shows people want Congress to act to make all states eligible for ACA subsidies
  • CMA vice speaker receives award from the state workers' comp department
  • United Healthcare introduces narrow network product
  • ICD-10 transition guide now available; new resource webpage available
  • United Healthcare to pursue EFT and ERA for all contracted physicians in 2015
  • $10 million reasons to be a CMA member
  • Participate in the MGMA Compensation and Production Survey; receive free access to survey results


ICD-10 Implementation deadline: Oct. 1, 2015

Is your office working on ICD-10 compliance? Click here to see a variety of resources for physicians including CMA's ICD-10 Transition Guide.

Covered California

Enrollment information and deadlines:

  • Open enrollment for new coverage or change in plan runs Nov. 15, 2014, to Feb. 15, 2015.
  • Current enrollees will be automatically re-enrolled in their plans (even if there has been a change in the premium rate) if they are making no changes (either tier level or plan).
  • All changes must have been made by Feb. 15, 2015, for this enrollment period.
  • Medi-Cal enrollees don't need to renew until they hear from Medi-Cal about next steps.

Physician resources:

Sonoma County immunization clinics and clinical services

A complete listing of community clinics and clinical services in Sonoma County is produced by the Sonoma County Immunization Assistance Program. Download the brochure here, and visit the DHS website here. Immunization questions can be sent to

Wednesdays at Hospice House

Continuing in February and running through June, Hospice of Petaluma and Memorial Hospice are hosting a series of programs on Wednesday evenings in Petaluma and Santa Rosa. Topics of interest to physicians and health care providers range from "Making Your Mind Magnificent" (neurological research with Steven Campbell) to "Death On Our Own Terms" (palliative and hospice care options with Dr. Gary Johanson).

The monthly presentations, lectures and performances are provided free of charge to the community by Hospice Services of St. Joseph Health. No reservations are required, and attendees will enjoy refreshments provided by local merchants. For a complete schedule and more information, visit or contact Denise Burke at

FFeb. 23 and 25: Dementia Care conferences

The California Partnership to Improve Dementia Care is presenting a one-day conference, Dementia Care California: Sustaining Momentum and Success, in Sacramento on Feb. 23, and in Pasadena on Feb. 25. The program will look at where things are now and how to bridge the gap in transitional care for persons with dementia. Physicians, nurses, nursing home administrators and social workers are encouraged to attend. Continuing education credits will be available for nursing home administrators, nurses and social workers. The featured speaker will be G. Allen Power, MD, clinical associate professor of medicine at the University of Rochester, and author of Dementia Beyond Drugs and Dementia Beyond Disease. For more information or to register for the event, click here.

Feb. 28: Integrating Psychiatry & Primary Care

The Northern California Psychiatric Society presents Integrating Psychiatry & Primary Care, an informative panel discussion on the Affordable Health Care Act, and integrating psychiatry and primary care. The event will be Saturday, Feb. 28 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Delancey Street Screening Room, 600 Embarcadero, San Francisco. 5 CMEs available (AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™). Find out more at

March 6-7: Childhood Obesity Bay Area Annual Conference

This annual conference, to be held March 6 and 7 at UCSF Medical Center, brings together local stakeholders in childhood obesity prevention to promote innovation and provide insight into work being done on this critical issue. The program features keynote presentations, professional panels, breakout sessions, networking events and a garden tour, plus a locally-catered breakfast, lunch, and wine reception. To get your tickets visit:

April 2: PFMC grant proposals due

Nonprofit health organizations in Sonoma County are encouraged to apply for Community Grants from the Pacific Foundation for Medical Care. The grants, generally in the $10,000 range, are awarded twice a year by the nonprofit foundation to support local projects that enhance health services. The application deadline for the next round of grants is April 2. For application materials, contact Kathy Pass at 707-525-4281 or  For more information, visit

April 25: HIV/AIDS Review

The 22nd Annual HIV/AIDS Review, an educational CME seminar and luncheon for physicians, mid-levels and pharmacists who provide care to people with HIV/AIDS will be held on Saturday, April 25, 2015, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at the Finley Community Center, Santa Rosa. This year's program will include: an HIV and HCV Update; HIV Prevention; Substance Use and Harm Reduction; Interdisciplinary Case Management; and Medication Errors in HIV Care. Speakers include: Kirsten Balano, PharmD; Drs. Marshall Kubota, Ele Lozares-Lewis, and Danny Toub; and Meghan Murphy, MSW. For more information, call The North Coast Area AIDS Education & Training Center at 707-303-8904.

Online: Medical cannabis courses (12 CME)

This new online series of 12 courses, offered by the Medical Cannabis Institute, includes: the history of cannabis as medicine; the endocannabinoid system; cannabis-the plant; the pharmacology and its physiologic effects; delivery and dosage; clinical practice; and clinical case study reviews. 12 CMEs available (AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™). Find out more at

July and September: Cycling CME

Two CME conferences in Vail and Grand Junction, Colorado will emphasize exercise as medicine, common musculoskeletal problems, and nutrition. Conference groups are small, creating an atmosphere conducive to interactive "hands-on" learning, featuring challenging road bike rides daily. The event is sponsored by St. Mary's Hospital and Medical Center. 15 CMEs pending (AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™). Details here.


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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