District 5 Councilor, Broadview Heights, Ohio
Obstetrics & Gynecology
32-year OSMA Member (since 1990)
A: I am currently employed by the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, where I work with a group of five physicians in an office affiliated with Marymount Hospital. I currently practice GYN only.
A: I have been fortunate to be a member of OSMA since medical school. As a resident, I spent two years serving on Council. Through the years, I have been a delegate from our local county society to the OSMA annual meeting. In recent years, I have been getting more involved now on the FTSL and as District 5 Councilor.
A: Like so many others, I am looking forward to being able to re-expand our focus on so many issues facing physicians beyond COVID-19. The pandemic put so many limitations on our ability to work in person and advocate for patients and physicians. I am looking forward to working on the resolution from my district about dispensing medication, because it is something I know is important to the physicians I represent and it is very satisfying to see our ideas carried forward.
A: Scope of practice is my greatest concern. So many of my patients do not understand the difference between a physician and a nurse practitioner. And too many do not know they are not being seen by a physician.
I also worry about making sure we monitor for changes in healthcare related to the increase in employed physicians. We need to make sure they are treated fairly in addition to protecting practices that want to remain independent.
OSMA's continuous advocacy on this issue has been critical in protecting our patients. We need to continue to get physicians involved in contacting their legislative representatives and educating them. Additionally, we need to work to help patients understand the difference and advocate the obstacles many of them are facing when seeking care from a physician.
A: Ohio physicians can review the updates sent out by the OSMA and send comments to staff or their councilor. And physicians can reach out to their Council representatives with ideas or concerns.
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