March 21, 2019
CCMS Mission:
Serve the needs of our physician members so they can better serve the needs of the community
In this Issue
News Briefs, Member Notices, Events, Member Spotlights, SWFPA Contributes $10,000 to Support CCMS Physician Wellness Program
News Briefs
Florida medical board may curtail asking doctors about past mental illness on applications: "Physicians applying for a license in Florida may not have to share past history of mental health or substance abuse issues if the state Board of Medicine drops probing questions." - Naples Daily News

Algae crisis: Airborne particles of toxic cyanobacteria can travel more than a mile inland, new FGCU study shows: "FGCU research released [3/15] shows airborne cyanobacteria toxins can travel more than a mile inland, raising questions about health consequences for those exposed to the region’s recent massive blue-green algae blooms last year." - Naples Daily News

AMA urges Amazon, Facebook, Google and Twitter to do more to limit false anti-vaccine claims:
"The AMA is urging the country's largest internet technology firms to clamp down on misinformation about vaccines in light of the ongoing series of measles outbreaks." - Modern Healthcare

A Message from FMA President Corey Howard, M.D.: "The 2019 legislative session began Tuesday, March 5th, and I have been in Tallahassee four out of those eight days. On Tuesday, I testified before the Florida House Health Quality Subcommittee against the independent practice bill for nurse practitioners and physician assistants." - FMA News

Up in smoke: Gov. DeSantis signs bill into law killing ban on smokable medical marijuana:
"Governor Ron DeSantis signed the first bill of his administration into law [on 3/18] lifting a ban on the sale of smokable medical marijuana by licensed dispensaries." - Tallahassee Democrat

Collier 2nd, Lee 11th in Florida county health rankings for 2019: "Collier County held steady as the second-healthiest county in the state for the sixth year in a row, according to the rankings by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation." - Naples Daily News

Southwest Florida hospitals get resident names for 'Match Day’: "Two Southwest Florida hospital systems with residency programs learned the names of their incoming residents for the start of their three-year training programs. The NCH Healthcare System is welcoming 12 new residents, and eight residents will start with the Lee Health System in Lee County." - Naples Daily News
Member Notices
2019 RCC Cards: CCMS Members receive special $10 pricing on the 2019 RCC Card, which provides discounts at restaurants and merchants. Order a card at or call CCMS, 239-435-7727. Cards will be mailed to the office address on file unless otherwise specified.
Renew your CCMS Membership Today! The 2019 CCMS dues deadline was Dec. 31, 2018. Members (or their groups) can pay online today at Invoices have also been recently mailed directly to members who pay individually, or to practice administrators for group payment. Interested in automatic renewals? Email CCMS. Thank you for renewing!
Physician Wellness article of the week : " Stop Physician Burnout - 4th grade math shows the epic fail of the current practice of medicine" Confidential, cost-free counseling sessions with the CCMS Physician Wellness Program are open to all CCMS physician members. Learn more at
Reminder: Foundation Scholarship Applications for Medical & Healthcare Students Due March 31st: The Foundation of Collier County Medical Society is accepting applications through March 31, 2019 for the Dr. William Lascheid Memorial Scholarship and Healthcare Student Scholarships for students enrolled in or accepted to healthcare degree programs. Applications and requirements are available at, or may be obtained by contacting the Foundation (239) 435-7727 or
Upcoming Events
Saturday, March 30, 5:30PM, Hertz Arena
Admission is $23/person and includes center ice group seating, a pregame "tailgate" dinner buffet in private banquet room, and an Everblades t-shirt.
Saturday, April 6, 8PM, Artis--Naples
Open to the public. Purchase a pair of tickets to see the show, and a portion of the proceeds will go to the CCMS Physician Wellness Program, supporting our efforts to help prevent and treat physician burnout. One pair of tickets is $200. Limited quantities available
Thursday, April 11, 7:45AM, Porter Wright
Specifically for office managers/administrators at CCMS physician offices; CCMS physician members also welcomed. Free for one person per office, breakfast included.

Monday, April 15, 5:30PM, Hilton Naples 
By invitation only. Complimentary for CCMS physician members and one guest each; and invited guests.

Saturday, April 27, 5:00PM, Hammond Stadium
Open to the public. $20/adults and $10/ages 3-12.* Each ticket includes a pregame dinner buffet. *Small children who can sit on the lap of their parent or guardian for the duration of the game will be granted complimentary admission. 

Saturday, May 4, 6:30PM, Wyndemere Country Club
Open to the Public. Complimentary for CCMS physician members. First CCMS member guest $25; Additional seats $125 each.

More events at
Partner Event: Hot Topics in Cardiovascular Medicine, March 29-30
Northwestern Medicine Faculty Members Dr. James Talano and Dr. Sajan Rao, would like to extend a special invitation to CCMS members to attend the CME Conference “ Northwestern Snowbirds: Hot Topics in Cardiovascular Medicine," March 29-30.

This conference will adopt an evidence-based, guideline-driven update of the critical domains in cardiovascular medicine. Our world-renowned faculty and guest speakers will deliver seminars on hypertension, prevention, heart failure, atrial fibrillation, diabetes and heart disease, valvular heart disease, and others. Significant new data and summaries will represent the platform for our discussions. REGISTER.
CCMS Member Spotlights

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Dr. Karysse Trandem was featured in the ABC 7 article entitled "Naples doctor uses medicine and religion to heal women around the world."
Dr. Brian Wallace was appointed to the Sub Section Chief of Orthopedic Surgery for NCH In January.
Dr. Jamie Weaver is bringing Imagination Library to Collier County. Started by Dolly Parton, it's a non-need based program promoting literacy. $25 provides a book a month for a year for one child. Check out, then make a “check out” to Rotary Club of Naples Bay Foundation Corporation.
SWFPA Contributes $10,000 to Support CCMS Physician Wellness Program
Thank you to the Southwest Florida Physicians Association (SWFPA) Board of Directors, who have voted to support Collier County Medical Society’s Physician Wellness Program with a gift of $10,000. To learn more about the program, which offers confidential, cost-free counseling services for CCMS physician members, visit

“The SWFPA Board agreed that these services are invaluable and should be available to all members of CCMS. The daily stress and challenges that our physicians are confronted with, both personally and professionally can be overwhelming. SWFPA wants to promote access to confidential and professional care for our dedicated and deserving providers. It is with great appreciation and gratitude that we offer this support to our fellow physicians.” - SWFPA Board of Directors

•  James V. Talano, MD, MM – SWFPA President
•  Brian D. Wolff, MD – PHO Co-Chair
•  Max Kamerman, MD
•  Greg Leach, MD
•  John P. Lewis, MD
•  Bryan Murphey, MD
•  Sobia Najm Masoud, MD
•  Alejandro Perez-Trepichio, MD
•  James Scanlon, MD

SWFPA Mission: “A Physician-led organization that effectively represents the collective interests of its physician members and to promote the recruitment, engagement, and unification of independent and group practitioner members.”
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