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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



March 2016

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Meetings with legislators planned for April 13

Want to make your voice heard in state government? If so, you're invited to attend CMA's free Legislative Leadership Conference in Sacramento on Tuesday, April 13. Hundreds of physicians from all over California attend this annual event, which includes speeches by key legislative leaders and meetings with local legislators on health care issues. Speakers haven't been confirmed, but last year Gov. Brown addressed the conference. To RSVP for the conference, contact Rachel Pandolfi at 707-525-4375 or Click here for more information.

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NEW! Contract Renegotiations: Making Your Business Case

To help physicians prepare to negotiate or renegotiate, CMA has created a new resource, which includes step-by-step instructions on how to create a thoughtful renegotiation request as well as a sample letter. The resource is available FREE for CMA members at under "Payor Contracting." The resource is not available to nonmembers.

Wine & Cheese Reception May 19 at Orpheus Wines

The annual SCMA Wine & Cheese Reception will be held at Orpheus Wines in Kenwood on Thursday evening, May 19. The event, hosted this year by Orpheus owners Dr. Rachel Friedman and her husband, runs from 5:30 to 8 p.m. and features collegial conversation and a sampling of fine wines and cheeses. The event is absolutely free for SCMA members and their spouse or guest. Cost for nonmembers is $55 per person.

To RSVP, contact Rachel Pandolfi at or 707-525-4375. For more information about the winery, visit

SCMA strategic plan update

In January all physicians practicing in Sonoma County were invited to participate in a survey regarding issues of professional concern. THANK YOU to all who responded; your feedback will help SCMA better serve our community, physicians, and your practice and patients. The survey responses also helped guide the SCMA Board of Directors when they met on Saturday, March 5, to consider updating SCMA's strategic plan for 2016 and beyond. Watch for a full report in April.

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SCMA applicants

Welcome, new SCMA/CMA members!

NCMA - 3536 Mendocino Ave. #200, Santa Rosa
Kimberly Brayton, MD, Cardiovascular Disease*, UC San Francisco 2007
Vishal Patel, MD, Cardiovascular Disease*, Baylor Coll Med 2007
* Board certified

Entries needed for Hidden Talents Art Show

Physicians, spouses and partners are invited to participate in the Hidden Talents Art Show to share the wealth of artistic talent in the local medical community. The event, sponsored by the SCMA Alliance Foundation, will be held at the Paradise Ridge Winery in Santa Rosa on Thursday, May 5, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Entrants are invited to submit paintings, drawings, sculptures, photographs, collages, quilts and jewelry: anything artistic. The show will also include an outdoor stage for performing artists to entertain guests with music, poetry and storytelling. April 16 is the deadline for entry forms, attached here. The exhibit is not juried, and there is no fee to enter. The event is family friendly, with on-site child care and art activities available to SCMA members with children 12 and under. For more information, visit the Foundation website or contact Cecile Keefe at


Parul Kohli, MD, has recently joined Northern California Medical Associates' Santa Rosa Internal Medicine, a group of eight prominent internal medicine physicians practicing in Santa Rosa. Dr. Kohli is now accepting new patients..


CME April 16-17, Family Medicine Clinical Forum. Take a family medicine vacation with your peers in San Francisco. The California Academy of Family Physicians is also offering CMEs, optional workshops, resident poster session, and an exhibit hall. For more information and registration, visit

CME April 30, Annual HIV/AIDS Review. This year's annual HIV/AIDS Review will take place on Saturday, April 30 at Finley Community Center from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The event features an educational seminar and luncheon for physicians, mid-levels and pharmacists who provide care to people with HIV and AIDS. Click here for more information.

NEW member benefit! 5% discount on Workers' Compensation rates
SCMA/CMA is pleased to welcome Preferred Employers Insurance Group as the sponsored carrier. Call Mercer at 800-842-3761, email or visit for more information.

PFMC grant proposals due April 2
NNonprofit 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 additional information, visit

May 13-15, Western Health Care Leadership Academy, San Francisco
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. Event details.

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.


For sale: well-established medical weight loss practice in Marin County
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This all-cash practice offers a flexible schedule and provides other income streams besides doctor visits. In addition, the practice presents a significant growth opportunity. This is and will continue to be an active, ongoing practice. The seller will enable a smooth transition. Email now

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.

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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