Volume 37, Number 1 | February/March 2020
Boone County Medical Society Prescriptions Newsletter
Officers, Board Members for 2020 Installed
MSMA President James A. DiRenna, DO, far left, installs BCMS Officers and Board members at the Feb. 1 BCMS Gala. From left are Alan Hillard, MD, President; Albert Hsu, MD, President-elect; Kara Braudis, MD, Board member; and Bridget Gruender, MD, Board member.
Thomas Highland, MD, left, and
Jerry Kennett, MD
R. Raymond Cunningham, MD, left, and
Alan Hillard, MD
Mary Catherine Heimburger, left, and Donna Corrado
Above, members of the Cloud 9 quartet perform at the Gala. The quartet includes Hazel Keithahn, daughter of BCMS members, Drs. Mari Ann and Stephen Keithahn , and Sofia Heredia, Kristen Yu and Nicole Parker. The quartet performed during the social hour.



At right, BCMS member Wilma Rajcher , MD, right, talks with member Kimetha Fairchild , MD, center, and Fairchild's husband, Frederick Ingram.
The Boone County Medical Society held its annual Gala on Saturday, Feb. 1, at the Country Club of Missouri in Columbia.

The event included the installation of Officers and Board members for 2020, and the presentation of several awards.

The 2020 BCMS Officers and Board members were installed by MSMA President, James A. DiRenna , DO. Taking the oath were Alan Hillard , MD, President; Albert Hsu , MD, President-elect; Kara Braudis , MD, Board member; and Bridget Gruender , MD, Board member. Unable to attend were Laine Young-Walker, MD, Secretary/Treasurer; and Board members John Pardalos, MD; Lisa Thomas, MD; and Jella An, MD.

Thomas R. Highland , MD, from Columbia Orthopaedic Group, was presented with the Society’s Distinguished Physician Award. Dr. Highland was introduced by Jerry Kennett , MD, a Past President of BCMS and 2007 winner of the award (then known as Doctor of the Year).

Another honoree was R. Raymond Cunningham , MD, who was presented with a 50-Year Physician Certificate of Achievement, along with his 50-year MSMA pin, from newly-installed President Alan Hillard, MD.

Amy Zguta , MD, was recognized for her years of service to the BCMS Board by 2019 BCMS President Josh Hamann , MD.

The Central Missouri Medical Alliance , represented by President Mary Catherine Heimburger and Secretary Donna Corrado, shared information about future Alliance plans and encouraged membership.
Amy Zguta, MD, left, and Josh Hamann, MD
Don't Forget Your 2020 Dues Payments

Your member dues provide the resources necessary for BCMS to host its membership dinners/guest speaker programs and family picnic/fishing day, along with the annual residency forum in the fall and other activities. Your dues also allow us to sponsor events such as MUlation and Boone Hospital's annual Stroke Review program, and to make donations to organizations like the Missouri Physicians Health Program.

If you haven't paid your 2020 dues yet, now is the time. BCMS is a component society of the Missouri State Medical Association, which means you must belong to both organizations.

Renew your membership now by visiting MSMA's website (you'll need your MSMA user Id and password) or calling the BCMS office at 800-869-6762.
Delegates Needed for MSMA Annual Convention

The Boone County Medical Society is entitled to 14 Delegates and 14 Alternate Delegates for the Missouri State Medical Association Annual Convention, set for April 3-5, 2020, at the Renaissance St. Louis Airport Hotel.

If you plan to attend the Convention and are willing to serve as a Delegate, please contact BCMS by February 14, 2020. Send an email with your name and degree (MD/DO) to bcms@socket.net . Note, you must be a paid member of both Missouri State Medical Association and the Boone County Medical Society to participate in the House of Delegates. The House will convene at 8 am on Friday, April 3; and 8:15 am on Sunday, April 5.

The Annual Convention Preliminary Program is on MSMA's website. You also will find information about the House of Delegates online.
Society's Scholarship Winners Announced at Gala
The Boone County Medical Society Scholarship is awarded to an outstanding medical school student who graduated from a high school in Boone, Howard or Cooper County.

At the Gala, it was announced that Ashwath Kumar, above, a 2014 graduate of Hickman High School and student at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine, was awarded the BCMS Scholarship. He plans to be a cardiologist.
The Ladenson Family Scholarship is presented to an outstanding student who plans to pursue a career in family practice and is nominated by her/his medical school.

Hadeel Barrawi, above, who attended high school in Saudi Arabia, was awarded the Ladenson Scholarship. She is currently a student at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences. Her goal is to become a family physician.
BCMS Sponsors MUlation
BCMS was among the sponsors for MUlation 2020 in Columbia on Jan. 22. MUlation gives students from the MU School of Medicine the opportunity to learn more about medical specialties by networking with active physicians.

BCMS Board members in attendance included John Pardalos , MD, a neonatologist; and Albert Hsu , MD, a reproductive endocrinologist.
About 200 people attended MUlation 2020
BCMS Member Volunteers in the Capitol

Lauren Umstattd , MD, volunteered as MSMA's Physician of the Day in the State Capitol on Jan. 16. Dr. Umstattd is an otolaryngology resident at University of Missouri School of Medicine and has been a BCMS/MSMA member since 2011. She was among the leaders who played a role in the creation of MSMA's Women Physicians Section.

The Physician of the Day program gives physicians the opportunity to connect with their local lawmakers and to serve as the on-call physician in the Capitol.

A few dates to volunteer for the 2020 session are still available. To check available dates, click here or email MSMA's Heidi Geisbuhler at heidi@msma.org .
Welcome New BCMS Members!

  • Blake Brooks, MD
  • Elizabeth Malm-Buatsi, MD
  • John Cascone, MD
  • Mohammad Jarbou, MD
  • Randall Mueller, MD
  • Misty Todd, MD
  • Steven Westgate, MD

BCMS appreciates your support and your membership! BCMS is open to physicians in Boone, Cooper and Howard counties in Missouri. Visit our website to learn more about BCMS membership & activities !
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