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.

Jeremy Lazarus, MD, Chair
Kamran Dastoury, MD, DDS
Rachelle Klammer, MD
Darlene Tad-y, MD
Kate Alfano, CMS staff

CME Committee (In-House Advisory Function)

Michael J Pramenko, MD (Chair)
Kim Vadas, CMS staff

CMS Education Foundation

Hap Young, MD, Chair
Jack L Berry, MD
Mark Deutchman, MD
Dave Downs, MD, FACP
Mark Levine, MD
Patrick Pevoto, MD, RPh, MBA
William G Rainer Jr, MD
David Ross, DO, FACEP
Kate Alfano, CMS staff

Gilchrist Scholarship Committee

This subcommittee of the CMS Education Foundation reviews applicants and makes award determinations for the annual Alfred D. Gilchrist Student Leader Scholarship.

Alfred Gilchrist, Chair
Curtis Hagedorn, MD
Jan Kief, MD
Rachelle Klammer, MD
Mark Laitos, MD
Lee Morgan, MD
Patrick Pevoto, MD
Aris Sophocles, MD
Robert Yakely, MD
Gerald Zarlengo, MD

Committee on Physician Wellbeing

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

Clara Raquel Epstein, MD, Chair
Donna Sullivan, MD, Vice-chair
Matthew Husa, MD
Lucy Loomis, MD
Lisa Schlitzkus, MD
Evan Stepp, MD
Clark Zimmerman, MD
Lise Barbour, MD, non-voting member
Kate Alfano, 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
Matt Spraker, MD, PhD
Alexis Redmon, guest
Jonathan Sweeney, guest
David Watson, MD, guest
Kim Vadas, MABMH, CHCP, FACEHP, 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
Sami Diab, MD
Jan Gillespie, MD
James Hunt, MD
David Keller, MD
Lisa Kettering, MD
Alan Kimura, MD
Elizabeth Kraft, MD
Tristan Myers
Michael Pramenko, MD
Alwin Steinmann, MD
Darlene Tad-y, MD
Chet Seward, 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.

Sean Pauzauskie, 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
Patrick Pevoto, MD, MBA
Carol Stamm, MD
Christopher Unrein, DO
Michael Volz, MD
Kim Warner, MD
Chet Seward, 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 
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.

Darlene Tad-y, MD, Chair
Ramnik Dhaliwal, MD, Vice Chair
Caleb Bussard
Scott Dhupar, MD
Dave Downs, MD
Daniel Freese, MD
Kristin Freestone, MD
Dakota Hitchcock, MSS
Jeremy Huff, DO 
Mark B. Johnson, MD
Whitney Kennedy, MD 
Brian Kilmartin, MD
Rachelle Klammer, MD
Rebecca Kornas, MD
Jason Mayer, MD
Randy Miles, MD, MPH
Daniel Moon
Lee Morgan, MD
Omar Mubarak, MD
David Ormond, MD, CMD, PhD, FACS
Stacy Parra, MD
Lynn Parry, MD
Patrick Pevoto, MD, MBA
Megan Stinar, MD
Kathleen “Kiki” Traylor, MD
Usha Varma, MD
Michael Volz, MD
Kim Warner, MD
Patricia Weber, MD
Patricia Westmoreland, MD
Chet Seward, 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
Mischa Haroutunian, MD
Jude Harrison, MD
Kweku Hazel, MD
Chris Linares, MD
Travis Morrell, MD, MPH
Lynn Parry, MD
Leto Quarles, MD
Jill Hilty, MD
Jack Berry, MD, non-voting member
Patrick Pevoto, MD, MBA, non-voting member
Hap Young, MD, non-voting member
Kate Alfano, 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.

Omar Mubarak, MD, MBA, Chair, CMS President
Kim Warner, MD, CMS President-elect
Patrick Pevoto, MD, MBA, CMS Immediate Past President
Hap Young, MD
Rachelle Klammer, MD 
Dean Holzkamp, 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, MBA, Chair
Chris Linares, MD
Michael Moore, MD
Omar Mubarak, MD, MBA
Patrick Pevoto, MD, MBA
Kim Warner, MD
Mihal Sabar, 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.

Patrick Pevoto, MD, MBA, Chair
Mark Johnson, MD, MPH
Jeremy Lazarus, MD
Michael Pramenko, MD
Lee Morgan, MD
Katie Lozano, 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
Karen Chacko, MD
Kelly McAleese, MD
Kiki Traylor, MD
Steve Wegert, MD
Bob Yakely, MD
Tony Van Goor, MD, MMM, FACP
Debra Will, CMS staff

Scope of Practice Committee

Kamran Dastoury, MD, DDS, Chair
Ramnik Dhaliwal, MD, JD
Jeremy Huff, DO
Mark Johnson, MD
Rebecca Kornas, MD, FACEP
Ian Liu
Lynn Parry, MD
Patrick Pevoto, MD, MBA
Chet Seward, 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
Daniel Berliner, MD
Amanda Cava, MD
Bart Goldman, MD
John Hughes, MD
Rob Kawasaki, MD 
Jim McLaughlin, MD
XJ Ethan Moses, MD
Paul Ogden, MD, MSPH
Margaret Cook-Shimanek, MD, Guest/Non-voting member
Tom Denberg, MD, Guest/Non-voting member
Chet Seward, CMS staff

Other groups

Ad Hoc Patient Resource Advisory Committee

This ad hoc committee discusses the sharing of resources to help members' patients, from insurance navigation to support groups and beyond, on an as-needed basis.

Dave Downs, MD, Chair
James Britton, MD
Jacob Mathew Jr, DO
Caitlin Robinson, MPH
M. Eugene Sherman, MD
Demi Zapata
Kate Alfano, CMS staff

Ad Hoc Substance Use Disorder Committee

This ad hoc committee advises CMS on issues 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
Elizabeth Cruse, MD, MBA
Rebekah Davis, MPH
Elizabeth Lowdermilk, MD 
Tom Kurt, MD, MPH
Julianne McGough
Donald Stader, MD
Chet Seward, CMS staff

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
Mark Johnson, MD, MPH
Jan Kief, MD
Rachelle Klammer, MD
Jeremy A. Lazarus, MD, AMA Past President
Tamaan Osbourne-Roberts, MD
Lynn Parry MSc, MD
Brigitta Robinson, MD, FACS
Michael Volz, MD
Kate Alfano, 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
Dean Holzkamp, CMS staff

Employed Physician Section Governing Council

Members of this governing council will lead the strategy for supporting employed physician members.

Elizabeth Cruse, MD, Chair
Scott Joy, MD, FACP
Lisa Schlitzkus, MD
Stephanie Earhart, MD, FAAFP
Daniel Freese, MD
Cindy Austin, CMS staff

Independent Physician Section Governing Council

Members of this governing council will lead the strategy for supporting independent physician members.

Kamran Dastoury, MD, DDS, Chair
Carolynn Francavilla, MD, Vice-chair
Narina Grove, MD
Christopher Fox, MD
​Mary Catherine Husney, MD, MSPH
Michael Moore, MD
Travis Morrell, MD, MPH
Garrett N. McCoy, MD
Cindy Austin, CMS staff