KCMS & the KCMS Community Foundation Committees

The King County Medical Society strives to provide its members with opportunities to influence their community and make meaningful contributions toward realizing the goals and objectives of the Society. Being a member of a Society committee is one of the best ways for doctors to work together, form connections, and effect change.

KCMS & its Community Foundation have five standing committees:

  1. Public Health,
  2. Scholarship,
  3. Events,
  4. Mental Health, and the
  5. Historical Committee.

If you are interested in joining a committee and would like more info on how to join, please contact Shurlon Brathwaite at sbrath@kcmsociety.org

At the core of KCMS is the ability to act as a champion for King County residents. The Public Health Committee reviews public health-related projects and programs and determines how the Society can participate and get involved. The committee examines existing public health programs and develops plans with community groups to address particular issues of concern.

The latest Public Health Committee activities have included policy direction and recommendations on legislative matters, including homelessness, access to appropriate medical services, child wellness, and gun legislation. See some of the Resolutions that resulted from this work HERE.

Co-Chairs:  Nancy Connolly, MD | Reshma Patel, MD

Members: Amish Dave, MD, MPH | Rajneet Lamba, MD | Robert Wood, MD | Nancy Fisher, MD | Teresa Girolami, MD | Ellen Thomason Derrick, MD | John Wynn, MD |Erin Bauer, MD | John Lynch, MD | Jeff Duchin, MD | King Holmes, MD | John Halsell, MD | Ed Leonard, MD | James Harnish, MD | Ellen Passloff, MD | Nancy Belcher, Ph.D., MPA, CEO KCMS

At the core of King County Medical Society is the ability to support and enrich the healthcare community in King County. As a result, the KCMS developed a Scholarship Committee aimed toward the future generations of medicine. This committee recognizes the extraordinary financial needs of the majority of medical students. In response to these economic challenges, the Society’s Community Foundation is pleased to offer scholarships yearly with valuations based on available funds.

The Scholarship Committee is responsible for developing strategies to help the KCMS Community Foundation (KCMS-CF) continue raising funds to positively impact its community and to train future physicians. 

Currently, the Community Foundation is offering scholarships to support URM medical students. The KCMS-CF acknowledges the historical and enduring effects of racism against Black and Indigenous people and other People of Color. KCMS-CF recognizes the unique structural challenges URiMs face during medical training and throughout their careers and believes that diversity and inclusion in medicine remain critical to improving health care for all.

Chair: Rajneet S. Lamba, MD & Daniel Low, MD

Members:  Jasmine Abraham, MD |Erin Bauer, MD |Amish Dave, MD | Daniel Low, MD | Randi Huo, MD | Nkeiruka Duze, MD | Michelle Terry, MD | Kate Grossman, MD | Rajneet S. Lamba, MD | Mark Levy, MD | Mandeep Walia, MD | John Halsell, MD | Ed Leonard, MD | Raman Palabindala, MD | Nancy Belcher, Ph.D., MPA CEO KCMS

The Events, Community Relations, and Continuing Medical Education (CME) Committees are combined. These committees coordinate the planning, organization, and location for meetings for Society member groups and between the various levels of government, the private sector, and academic communities. Other relevant stakeholders involved in providing medical services or promoting legislation impacting the practice of medicine are always welcome allies.

The Committee plans the CME Events offered by the Society and strives to provide training for physicians that is unique and inclusive to all physicians regardless of their specialties.

The Committee is responsible for developing strategies to help the KCMS Community Foundation raise funds for its scholarships, including the Annual Excellence in Medicine Awards Ceremony. The Committee also works to positively impact its community by supporting programs and initiatives that advance the Society’s members’ interests and the community through mentoring and community improvement projects such as the previous PPE initiative. As an institution, the Society is deeply committed to enriching the healthcare community in King County.

Co-Chairs: Kevin Johnson, MD |Daniel Low, MD 

Members: Don Ross, MD | Ellen Thomason Derrick, MD | Mark Levy, MD | Teresa Girolami, MD | Nancy Belcher, Ph.D., MPA CEO, KCMS

At the core of King County Medical Society is the ability to act as a champion for King County residents. The Mental Health Committee reviews behavioral health programs and determines how the Society can participate and get involved.

Chair: Don Ross, MD

Members: Teresa Girolami, MD, Nancy Belcher, Ph.D., MPA

The activities of the King County Medical Society are worth recording and recognizing. With a 135-year history, it only makes sense to have a historical committee.

In addition to recording the history of the Society and the advances in medical practice, this committee hosts a monthly ‘Speaker Series’ at noon on Tuesdays. KCMS looks forward to this committee restarting soon.