About

The largest organization of physicians in Colorado, CMS champions health care issues that improve patient care, promote physician professional satisfaction and create healthier communities in Colorado.

The Colorado Medical Society is only as strong as its members. We thank all of our volunteer leaders for their participation on our councils and committees.

Bylaws Committee

This committee periodically reviews the CMS Bylaws and makes recommendations to the CMS Board of Directors for updates.

Lee Morgan, MD (Chair)  
Jeremy Lazarus, MD (Vice-chair)  
Rachelle Klammer, MD  
David Markenson, MD  
Darlene Tad-y, MD  
Kamran Dastoury, MD, DDS   
Kate Alfano, CMS staff

CEO Evaluation Committee

The CEO Evaluation Committee is composed of CMS elective leadership (president, president-elect and immediate past president) and at least two additional members of the board of directors that do not serve on either the Executive Committee or the Finance Committee and have had at least two years of service on the board of directors.

Mark Johnson, MD (Chair)  
Patrick Pevoto, MD (Vice-chair)
Sami Diab, MD
Kim Warner, MD  
Edward Norman, MD 
Dean Holzkamp, CMS staff

CME Committee (In-House Advisory Function)

Michael J Pramenko, MD (Chair)
Gene Richer, CMS staff

CMS Education Foundation

Jack L Berry, MD (Chair)
Mark Deutchman, MD
Dave Downs, MD, FACP
Mark Levine, MD
Patrick Pevoto, MD, RPh, MBA
William G Rainer Jr, MD
James R Regan, MD
David Ross, DO, FACEP
Dean Holzkamp, CMS staff

CMS Foundation

The CMS Foundation will merge with the CMS Education Foundation in 2022

Gary VanderArk, MD (Chair) 
Jack L Berry, MD
Stephen Boucher
Denise Denton
Mark Deutchman, MD 
Denny O’Malley 
Edie Sonn
Dean Holzkamp, CMS staff

Committee on Physician Wellbeing

This committee directs the activities of CMS that pertain to physician wellness and burnout prevention.

Deborah Saint-Phard, MD (Chair)
Donna Sullivan, MD (Vice-chair)  
Dianne Ansari-Winn, MD, MPH  
Clara Raquel Epstein, MD  
Lucy Loomis, MD  
Grace Cheney, MD
Clark Zimmerman, MD
Matthew Husa, MD
Bryan Campbell, CMS staff

Committee on Professional Education and Accreditation (CPEA)

This committee oversees CMS’s ACCME-Recognized Accreditor program.

Lynn Parry, MD (Chair)
Robert Becker, MD
James Britton, MD
Brenda Bucklin, MD
Richard Folan, MD
Ted Norman, MD
Sharisse Rehring-Arnold, MD
Gene Richer, CMS staff

Committee on Value in Health Care

This committee oversees CMS activities that relate to health care costs and quality, including prospective bills, rules and regulations, as well as other initiatives.

Joe Forrester, MD (Chair)  
Kyle Leggott, MD (Vice-chair)  
Christina "Tina" Finlayson, MD
Jan Gillespie, MD
Alan Kimura, MD, MPH
Michael Pramenko, MD  
Alwin Steinmann, MD  
Darlene Tad-y, MD
Christie Reimer, MD
Elizabeth Kraft, MD, MHS
Sami Diab, MD
Lisa Kettering, MD
Amy Goodman, CMS staff

COMPAC (Colorado Medical Society Political Action Committee) Board of Directors

COMPAC Board of Directors reviews all candidate endorsements, based on input by local physicians and the CMS Government Affairs division, and decides which candidates to endorse and at what level.

Patrick Pevoto, MD (Chair)
David Beck, MD
John O. “Jack” Cletcher, MD
Sami Diab, MD
Ramnik Dhaliwal, MD
Mark Johnson, MD
Rachelle Klammer, MD
Lucy Loomis, MD
Lee Morgan, MD
Edward Norman, MD
Lynn Parry, MD
Sean Pauzauskie, MD
Carol Stamm, MD
Christopher Unrein, DO
Michael Volz, MD
Kim Warner, MD
Bryan Campbell, CMS staff

Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs (CEJA)

This council considers any issue under its jurisdiction, by directive of the CMS Board of Directors.

Lynn Parry, MD (Chair)
Elizabeth Lowdermilk, MD (Vice-Chair)
Paul Anderson, MD 
Elizabeth Grace, MD
Clara Raquel Epstein, MD
Katie Lozano, MD, FACR
Mark Levine, MD
Jacob Mathew, DO
Todd Mydler, MD
Debra Parsons, MD, MACP
Sean Pauzauskie, MD
Vivian Rajeswaren
Matthew Wynia, MD, MPH, FACP, Special Advisor
Chet Seward, CMS staff

Council on Legislation (COL)

This very active committee meets twice a month during the Colorado legislative session (January-May) to determine positions on bills under consideration by the legislature, and between meetings holds discussions and votes on a secure file-sharing platform.

Kim Warner, MD (Chair) 
Sami Diab, MD
Ramnik Dhaliwal, MD
Scott Dhupar, MD
Dave Downs, MD
Clara Raquel Epstein, MD
Kristin Freestone, MD
John Froelich, MD
Dakota Hitchcock, MSS
Jeremy Huff, DO 
Shannon Jantz, MD 
Mark B. Johnson, MD
George Kalousek, MD 
Alan Kimura, MD, MPH
Rachelle Klammer, MD
Rachel Landin
Steven Lowenstein, MD, MPH 
Matt Manry, MD
Jason Mayer, MD
Lee Morgan, MD
Carla Murphy, DO
Todd Mydler, MD
Paul Nielson, MD 
David Ormond, MD, CMD, PhD, FACS
Stacy Parra, MD
Lynn Parry, MD
Richard Penaloza, MD
James Rager, MSS
Allison Sandberg, MD 
Megan Stinar, MD
Donna Sullivan, MD 
Darlene Tad-y, MD
Kathleen “Kiki” Traylor, MD
Christopher Unrein, DO
Usha Varma, MD
Michael Volz, MD
Bruce Waring, MD
Patricia Weber, MD
Anna Weyand, MD
Anne Wester, MD
emily_bishop@cms.org, CMS staff

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Committee

This committee will help CMS engage all members and ensure all voices are heard. 

Phyllis Bergeron, MD (Chair)
Jack L. Berry, MD
Mischa Haroutunian, MD
Kweku Hazel, MD
Hannah Klatzkow
Chris Linares, MD
Andrina Mamo
Lynn Parry, MD
Deb Parsons, MD
Patrick Pevoto, MD
Leto Quarles, MD
Hap Young, MD
Paige Brophy, CMS staff

Employed Physician Section Steering Committee

Members of this steering committee will develop the structure of the new Employed Physician Section that supports employed physician members.

Alwin Steinmann, MD (Chair) 
Kartiki Churi, MD
Alex Constantinides, DO
Elizabeth Cruse, MD
Jamie J. Doucet, MD
Jaya Kumar, MD
Elizabeth Withers, MD
Susanna Barnett, CMS staff

Executive Committee

The Executive Committee is composed of CMS elective leadership (president, president-elect and immediate past president) plus the chief executive officer and additional CMS board members.

Mark Johnson, MD, MPH (Chair) 
Sami Diab, MD (Vice-chair) 
Patrick Pevoto, MD
Kim Warner, MD 
Hap Young, MD 
Bryan Campbell, CEO, Ex Officio, non-voting

Finance Committee

This committee reviews the CMS finances and makes recommendations to the CMS Board of Directors.

Hap Young, MD (Chair)  
Mark Johnson, MD (Vice-chair)
Sami Diab, MD   
Patrick Pevoto, MD
Mihal Sabar, CMS staff

Gilchrist Scholarship Committee

This committee reviews applicants and makes award determinations for the annual Alfred D. Gilchrist Student Leader Scholarship.

Dianna Fetter, CMS staff

Independent Physician Section Steering Committee

Members of this steering committee will develop the structure of the new Independent Physician Section that supports independent physician members.

Omar Mubarak, MD, MBA (Chair)
Catrina Bubier, MD
Jan Gillespie, MD
Narina Grove, MD
Perry Haney, MD
Alan Hathcock, MD, MPH
Ripley Hollister, MD
Michael Moore, MD
Leto Quarles, MD
Christine Stone, MD
Daniel Witten, MD
Susanna Barnett, CMS staff

Nominating Committee

This committee examines the process for nominating candidates for CMS leadership positions, encourages future leaders to apply, monitors the notification process for the call for nominations, and screens all nominees.

Bob Yakely, MD (Chair)   
Aaron Jones, MSC  
Brent Keeler, MD   
Jeremy Lazarus, MD   
Chris Linares, MD   
Michael J Pramenko, MD
Dean Holzkamp, CMS staff

Partners in Medicine Committee

This committee oversees CMS's Partners in Medicine program, maintaining relationships with partners and helping ensure their products and services are of value to our members. 

Mark Levine, MD (Chair)
Darryl Auston, MD, PhD
Karen Chacko, MD
Kelly McAleese, MD
Kathleen (Kiki) Traylor, MD
Steve Wegert, MD
Bob Yakely, MD
Dean Holzkamp, CMS staff

Patient Resource Committee

This committee facilitates the sharing of resources to help members' patients, from insurance navigation to support groups and beyond.

Dave Downs, MD (Chair)
James Britton, MD
Jacob Mathew Jr, DO
Caitlin Robinson, MPH
M. Eugene Sherman, MD
Anthony (Tony) Van Goor, MD, MMM, FACP
Demi Zapata
Kate Alfano, CMS staff

Scope of Practice Committee

Lee Morgan, MD (Chair)
Lynn Parry, MD (Vice-chair)
Ramnik Dhaliwal, MD, JD
Kamran Dastoury, MD, DDS
Sami Diab, MD
Casey Dolen, MD
Jeremy Huff, DO
Rebecca Kornas, MD, FACEP
Ian Liu
Mark B. Johnson, MD, MPH
Lindsey Pearson, MD
Patrick Pevoto, MD
Irene Stanciu, MD
Emily Bishop, CMS staff

Strategic Planning Committee

This committee meets 3-5 times in the summer or fall to prepare the annual CMS strategic plan.

Mark Johnson, MD, MPH (Chair)  
Lesley Brooks, MD
Danielle Coleman, MSC 
Jeremy Lazarus, MD
Evan Manning, MD
Leto Quarles, MD  
Jack Markusfeld, MD
Bryan Campbell, CMS staff

Substance Use Disorder Committee

This committee directs the activities of CMS that pertain to substance use disorder, prescription drug abuse, the opioid epidemic, and other related topics.

Jonathan Clapp, MD (Chair)  
Shannon Jantz, MD (Vice-chair) 
J. Scott Bainbridge, MD  
Ken Finn, MD  
Elizabeth Lowdermilk, MD
Donald Stader, MD
Amy Goodman, CMS staff

Workers’ Compensation and Personal Injury Committee (WCPIC)

This committee directs the activities of CMS that pertain to workers’ compensation and any other personal injury-related issues.

Kathryn Mueller, MD (Chair)  
Lynn Parry, MD (Vice-chair)  
Tom Denberg, MD 
Rob Kawasaki, MD
X.J Ethan (James E.) Moses, MD, MPH, FACOEM
John Hughes, MD
Jim McLaughlin, MD
Daniel Berliner, MD
Bart Goldman, MD
Margaret Cook-Shimanek, MD, Special guest
Amy Goodman, CMS staff

Other groups

AMA Delegation

Physicians elected by the CMS membership to represent Colorado at meetings of the American Medical Association (AMA). Nominations for leadership positions are open through Jan. 31 and the CMS election takes place in August.

A. "Lee" Morgan, MD, chair
David Downs, MD, FACP
Carolynn Francavilla, MD
Jan Kief, MD
Rachelle Klammer, MD
Jeremy A. Lazarus, MD, AMA Past President
Katie Lozano, MD, FACR
Tamaan Osbourne-Roberts, MD
Lynn Parry MSc, MD
Brigitta Robinson, MD, FACS
Michael Volz, MD
Dianna Fetter, CMS staff

CMS-CPMG Governing Council

Open to physicians who are employed by the Colorado Permanente Medical Group.

Kim Warner, MD (Chair) 
Christopher Fellenz, MD
Shannon Jantz, MD
Eleanor Jensen, DO
Nora Reznickova, MD
Alison Sandberg, MD
Ashley Wheeler, MD
Bryan Campbell, CMS staff

Colorado Orthopaedic Society (COS) Board of Directors

View the COS Board of Directors here
Dean Holzkamp, COS Executive Director

Colorado Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons (CSEPS) Board of Directors

View the CSEPS Board of Directors here
Chet Seward, CSEPS Executive Director

Medical Student Component

Paige Brophy, CMS staff

Medical Telecommunications Board of Directors

View the Medical Telecommunications Board of Directors here
Dean Holzkamp, Board Chair

Northern Colorado Medical Society Board of Directors

View the NCMS Board of Directors here
Crystal Goodman, NCMS Executive Director

Resident Physician Section

Paige Brophy, CMS staff