Featured in the Feb-Apr 2021 Colorado Medicine Colorado Medicine.
Sami Diab, MD, CMS President, is a medical oncologist with Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers in Centennial and Aurora, and is passionate about ethics and palliative care. Following a fellowship in medical oncology, he stayed on as faculty at the University of Texas at San Antonio for four years before moving to Colorado in 1999. He enjoys playing tennis, skiing and painting. He is married to Liliane, also a physician, and has two children, Nicholas and Christopher.
"I serve on the CMS Board of Directors because physicians have to be involved to regain the influence we have lost in health care!”
Mark Johnson, MD, CMS President-elect, served as the executive director of Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) for 30 years before his retirement in October 2020 (delayed from June due to the need to help coordinate COVID-19 response). He has served as a member of the CMS Board of Directors since 2016 and has served in many other leadership capacities within the medical society – leading committees, councils, workgroups, task forces and as a delegate to the former policy-making body of CMS – continually since 1993. His wife and daughter are nurses and his son is in hospital administration. His hobbies are bicycling, reading and writing, and he teaches a history of public health class at the Colorado School of Public Health.
"I find joy in medicine because ‘the practice of medicine is an art, not a trade; a calling, not a business; a calling in which your heart will be exercised equally with your head.’” (From Aequanimitas, by Sir William Osler)
David Markenson, MD, MBA, CMS Past-president, has dedicated his career to improving hospital and health system quality, improving the approach to pediatric care, disaster medicine and health care emergency management, and advancing EMS and emergency medicine. He serves as the chief medical officer of Red Cross Training Services and chair of the National Scientific Advisory Council for the American Red Cross. In addition to medicine, he has had a love of aviation from a young age; he has his pilot’s license including an instrument rating and has over 3,000 flight hours. He is married to Heidi Markenson, PhD, and has three children: Emily, Rachel and George.
"I serve on the CMS Board of Directors because I recognize how important the house of medicine is to assuring physicians can practice as they want to and should, and our patients receive the care they need and deserve.”
Patrick Pevoto, MD, District 12, was born in Port Arthur, Texas, and received his degree in Pharmacy from UT Austin. He then matriculated to UTMB Galveston for his medical degree, followed by his training in obstetrics and gynecology, also at UTMB. Dr. Pevoto returned to Austin to practice obstetrics and gynecology for 25 years. Over time, he began to have a desire to practice somewhere with less “hustle and bustle” and began practice in the Western Slope of Colorado in 2012. He has been an active participant in Colorado organized medicine through the Mesa County Medical Society as well as the Colorado Medical Society, currently serving as secretary/treasurer for the CMS Board of Directors.
Dr. Pevoto is married to Deletha Assenmacher, and lives in Fruita, Colo. He has three sons, one daughter, and one granddaughter. His interests include tennis, golf, music, camping/hiking, reading, and writing.
"I discovered a long time ago that the level of joy and fulfilment in my life has been directly related to opportunities for service to others. I am grateful to the Colorado Medical Society and the physicians of Colorado for the some of those opportunities!”
Brittany Carver, DO, District 13, is a board-certified emergency medicine physician currently working with SCEMA at Parkview Medical Center in Pueblo. She is a Pueblo native, South high school graduate, and CSU-Pueblo alumna who completed her Bachelor of Science degree while playing D-II women’s soccer on scholarship. Her medical degree was obtained at Rocky Vista University. She briefly left Colorado to complete her residency in Oklahoma City. The Pueblo community is particularly important to both Dr. Carver and her husband Ronnie Romero. She spends most of her time on family, and enjoying the outdoors.
"I practice emergency medicine because it offers me the unique opportunity to be the calm for people in the middle of chaos. I get to be the person who sees patients, unfortunately at their absolute worst, on their worst day. I love having the ability to provide help for those who need it most, as well as the variety of people I get to connect with, all the way from babies and new moms and dads to the elderly.”
Chris Linares, MD, District 5, has been in practice in the Denver area since 2000. She completed medical school at Howard University College of Medicine in Washington, D.C. followed by a family medicine residency program affiliated with Mount Sinai Medical School in New York City. She is Board Certified in Family Medicine and has been an active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians since 1997. She is the Chief of Family Medicine at Sky Ridge Medical Center. Dr. Linares is on the Board of Arapahoe-Douglas-Elbert-County Medical Society and is active in promoting primary care and the patient-centered medical home concept.
Dr. Linares loves spending time being active and traveling with her three beautiful girls. She has been a Girl Scout Leader for the past five years. She enjoys hiking in the mountains, skiing and sitting on her patio with a good glass of red wine.
"I serve on the CMS Board and am also president of my county medical society, ADEMS, because I believe it is important for practicing physicians to unify in support of the medical profession and advocate to improve the delivery and quality of healthcare to our patients.”
Evan Manning, MD, Resident's Section, is a Colorado native who attended the University of Denver for a Master of Public Policy degree focusing on rural health disparities and exploring the unique public health challenges of a rapidly growing state. His work in health research and advocacy prompted his application to medical school, where he became involved in organized medicine as the president of the medical student section of CMS. He is now in internal medicine residency at CU representing residents and fellows on the board. Outside of medicine, Evan is one of triplets and keeps close relationships with his family who live locally. His hobbies include home brewing with his brothers and sharing all Colorado has to offer with his colleagues.
"I serve on the CMS Board of Directors because health advocacy and organized medicine are integral to our patient’s well-being even at the very beginning of a career in medicine.”
Michael Moore, MD, District 9, grew up in a family who vacationed across Colorado, so it was an easy decision for him to move here for a reproductive fellowship. In his OB/GYN residency he fell in love with scopes and what was possible long before it was called minimally invasive surgery. He has accomplished a lot in his field but realizes he can contribute even more. Through involvement in the Colorado Medical Society, he has received a new medical education, saying “We have to protect our patients and ourselves from those who would pass legislation without regard to their, and our, wellbeing.”
"I serve on the CMS Board of Directors because I can advocate for my colleagues and patients. I am making time to give back to our profession. I hope to help change how medicine is practiced in Colorado. We need to stop corporatestyle medicine and the excess greed of the hospital systems and pharma. Doctors need to make patient care decisions, not MBAs. If we do not initiate changes the legislature will. I invite you, my colleagues to also become more involved. Be at the table and not on the menu.”
Uchenna O. Njiaju, MD, FACP, District 10, is a hematologist and medical oncologist with a particular interest in breast cancer. She is a champion of patient education and self-advocacy in health matters. Dr. Njiaju holds an MBChB with Honors from the University of Zimbabwe School of Medicine and Public Health. She completed her internship and residency at Johns Hopkins University and a fellowship at the University of Chicago. She has been a staff hematologist and medical oncologist with UCHealth/Colorado Springs since 2013. She has lived in 11 cities in three different countries, on two different continents! She is a blogger and author and, so far, has published a self-help manual and two biographies for family members.
"I find joy in medicine through focusing on each patient as an individual, and always remembering to consider their preferences
Ted Norman, MD, District 11, completed his undergraduate degree at CU Boulder, attended medical school at the University of Colorado in Denver (the old campus) and completed his residency in Madison, Wis. He has worked as a traditional internist and then hospitalist in Loveland since graduation. He remains engaged in the Medical Society, having been on the county board for 20 years and is on his second tour of duty as a CMS director. With free time available, he rigorously (his son may say maniacally) maintains three acres with a weedwhacker, chainsaw and mower (darn thistles!). In addition, he continues to hike nearby trails with his dog (usually) and family.
"I serve on the COMPAC and CMS boards of directors to give back to the small number of organizations that keep the practicing physician’s needs, challenges and perspectives at the forefront of medical practice in the state.”
Lynn Parry, MD, District 8, practices neurology in West Denver. She grew up in Los Angeles, went to New York for college and medical school, and returned to LA for medicine, neurology residency and a fellowship in geriatrics. Until she and her husband, Dr. Herb Fried, started looking for real work after training, Colorado had been part of that “strip of land” between LA and New York. A delayed interview in Denver and a weekend in Rocky Mountain National Park was all that was needed to make both realize that Colorado was the true center of the Universe.
Dr. Parry has long been an advocate for the inclusion of patients in decision-making—from the bedside to the level of policy in health care. She supports ongoing work to improve the quality and safety of care in all areas of health, whether it is in the workplace, the physician’s office or the hospital. Dr. Parry is the proud parent of a daughter who is a freelance curator of contemporary art in Los Angeles. However, Dr. Parry also recognizes that, unless we rein in costs and align incentives, none of our children will be able to afford coverage.
"Working with colleagues to make the gifts we share with our patients more joyful is the reason I returned to the Board.”
Monica Patten, District 14, is a medical student at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, class of 2023. She is a Colorado native from Steamboat Springs, and has been skiing since she learned to walk. Although she is from Ski Town, USA, she played ice hockey from the age of 7 through college. She played at the NCAA D-III level for SUNY Oswego before transferring to CU Boulder to play club hockey and graduate with a BA in Integrative Physiology.
"I am a CMS member because as a Colorado native, I care deeply about the health and wellbeing of my fellow Coloradans and the physicians who serve them.”
Leto Quarles, MD, District 7, a board-certified family and community medicine physician, has spent over a decade in medical training and two decades working as a physician with patients, hospitals, clinics, international medical teams, teaching students and residents, and collaborating with specialists and healers of many areas of expertise. She has cared for patients in offices, homes, hospitals, nursing homes, and even prisons. She’s led teams in bustling cities and tucked-away villages on three continents and across diverse barriers of language, culture and technology. Born in the Bronx, Dr. Quarles claims descent from Helen of Sparta and bands of shtetl partisans. Today she makes her home in the foothills of the Rockies, where (whenever she’s not doctoring) she enjoys hiking, gardening, and puppeteering.
“I am a CMS member because I believe in the power of diverse, strong, independent thinkers coming together to share our strengths and our perspectives to build solutions and systems that are better than anything each of us can create alone. Whether we’re shaping policy or clinical practice, our strength in numbers and our diversely nuanced expert perspectives build not only resilience, but anti-fragility. Which is exactly what health care needs today.”
Brandi Ring, MD, FACOG, FAWM, District 6, is a board-certified Obstetrician and Gynecologist. She developed a deep passion for serving the underserved and developing health policy and became an advocate for patients and physicians through her work with the American Medical Association in medical school. Dr. Ring actively advocates for her patients, her colleagues and her specialty. She can frequently be found in state and national Capitols discussing health policy. Her specialty interests include high-risk and low-risk pregnancy, perinatal mental health, family planning, wilderness medicine, disaster preparation, LGBTQ care, well-women care and preventative health.
"I serve on the CMS Board of Directors because it gives me the chance to share some of the unique perspectives in medicine: a private-practice voice, a female voice, a young career voice, a first generation physician voice, and to advocate for all the voices we don’t have at the table and find ways to get them there.”
Kim Warner, MD, CPMG Section, has been an OB/GYN physician with the Colorado Permanente Medical Group (CPMG) for 21 years. She has served on the CMS Board of Directors and as Board Chair for CPMG, on the Denver Medical Society Board of Directors, as OB/GYN Department Chair at Saint Joseph Hospital, and on the Board of Directors for the Center for Personalized Education for Physicians (CPEP). She serves as the Legislative Chair for CPMG. Dr. Warner has traveled multiple times to Africa to aid in women’s health organizations. She is married to Rick May, MD, and has three teenage daughters. She enjoys running and coaching her daughter’s lacrosse team.
"Women’s health is my passion. I feel I was placed on this earth to take care of and educate girls and women.”
Hap Young, MD, Districts 1 and 2, has spent the last 21 years as part of Mountain Radiology covering northwest Colorado. He has served in numerous leadership positions for Valley View Hospital (Glenwood Springs) and within CMS and his component society, Mt. Sopris Medical Society. He is a U.S. Army veteran: he joined the Army through a medical scholarship program, completed residency in San Francisco at Presdio/Letterman Army Medical Center, and then proudly served our country, including tours of duty in South Korea, before receiving an honorable discharge in 1994. He married his high school sweetheart, Rosario, and they have a daughter, Secia.
"I serve on the CMS Board of Directors because I love being a physician, caring for my patients, and want to maintain and improve that experience for my fellow Colorado physicians.” ■