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
Kamran Dastoury, MD, DDS
Rachelle Klammer, MD
Darlene Tad-y, MD
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.

Patrick Pevoto, MD, Chair
Omar Mubarak, MD, Vice-chair
Enno Heuscher, MD
Mark Johnson, MD
Edward Norman, MD
Dean Holzkamp, CMS staff

CME Committee (In-House Advisory Function)

Michael J Pramenko, MD (Chair)
Gene Richer and Debra Will, 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
Dianna Fetter, 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
Dianna Fetter, CMS staff

Committee on Physician Wellbeing

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

Clara Raquel Epstein, MD, Chair
Donna Sullivan, MD, Vice-chair
Dianne Ansari-Winn, MD, MPH
Lise Barbour, MD
Grace Cheney, MD
Matthew Husa, MD
Lucy Loomis, MD
Lisa Schlitzkus, MD
Clark Zimmerman, MD
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
Richard Folan, MD
James Britton, MD
Chamisa MacIndoe, DO, MHCDS
Ted Norman, MD
Gene Richer and Debra Will, 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 Finlayson, MD
Jan Gillespie, MD
James Hunt, MD
David Keller, MD
Lisa Kettering, MD
Alan Kimura, MD
Elizabeth Kraft, MD
Tristan Myers
Michael Pramenko, MD
Christie Reimer, MD
Alwin Steinmann, MD
Darlene Tad-y, 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.

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
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.

Darlene Tad-y, 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 
Kathleen “Kiki” Traylor, MD
Christopher Unrein, DO
Usha Varma, MD
Michael Volz, MD
Bruce Waring, MD
Kim Warner, MD
Patricia Weber, MD
Anna Weyand, MD
Anne Wester, 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
Kweku Hazel, MD
Chris Linares, MD
Andrina Mamo
Lynn Parry, MD
Deb Parsons, MD
Patrick Pevoto, MD
Leto Quarles, MD
Hap Young, MD
Jill Hilty, MD
Manav Bains, Non-voting member
Jack Berry, MD, Non-voting member
Jude Harrison, MD, Non-voting member
Hannah Klatzkow, Non-voting member
Kate Alfano, 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
Chamisa MacIndoe, DO, MHCDS
Lisa Schlitzkus, MD
Stephanie Earhart, MD, FAAFP
Daniel Freese, MD
Dianna Fetter, 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.

Patrick Pevoto, MD, Chair
Omar Mubarak, MD
Mark Johnson, MD, MPH
Hap Young, MD
Rachelle Klammer, MD 
Dean Holzkamp, Interim 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, MPH
Chris Linares, MD
Omar Mubarak, 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.

Alfred Gilchrist, Chair
Curtis Hagedorn, MD
Jan Kief, MD
Mark Laitos, MD
Lee Morgan, MD
Patrick Pevoto, MD
Aris Sophocles, MD
Robert Yakely, MD
Gerald Zarlengo, MD
Dianna Fetter, CMS staff

Independent Physician Section Governing Council

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

Kamran Dastoury, MD, DDS, Chair
Carolynn Francavilla, MD, Vice-chair
Christopher Fox, MD
Narina Grove, MD
Michael Moore, MD
Omar Mubarak, MD
Travis Morrell, MD
Dianna Fetter, 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.

Mark Johnson, MD, Chair
Jeremy Lazarus, MD
Michael Pramenko, MD
Lee Morgan, MD
Alan Kimura, MD
Katie Lozano, MD
Monica Patten
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
Courtney Olson, Medical Student
Kiki Traylor, MD
Steve Wegert, MD
Bob Yakely, MD
Tony Van Goor, MD, MMM, FACP
Dean Holzkamp and Dianna Fetter, CMS staff

Patient Resource Advisory Committee

This advisory 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

Scope of Practice Committee

Lee Morgan, MD, Chair
Kamran Dastoury, MD, DDS, Vice-chair
Ramnik Dhaliwal , MD, JD
Jeremy Huff, DO
Mark Johnson, MD
Rebecca Kornas, MD, FACEP
Ian Liu
Lynn Parry, MD
Lindsey Pearson, MD
Patrick Pevoto, MD, MBA
Irene Stanciu, MD
Patricia Westmoreland, MD
Chet Seward, 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  
Elizabeth Cruse, MD, MBA
Ken Finn, MD 
Elizabeth Lowdermilk, MD 
Julianne McGough
Esther (Estee) Mizrachi, 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
Daniel Berliner, MD
Amanda Cava, MD
Bart Goldman, MD
John Hughes, MD
Rob Kawasaki, MD 
Jim McLaughlin, MD
XJ Ethan Moses, MD
Kelsey Smithart, DO, MPH
Paul Ogden, MD, MSPH
Margaret Cook-Shimanek, MD, Guest/Non-voting member
Tom Denberg, MD, Guest/Non-voting member
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
Dean Holzkamp, CMS staff

Medical Student Component

Kate Alfano and Dianna Fetter, CMS staff

Resident Physician Section

Kate Alfano and Dianna Fetter, CMS staff