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David S. Markenson, MD, MBA, was installed as Colorado Medical Society President and Chair of the CMS Board of Directors at the organization’s 2019 Annual Meeting and Inaugural Gala on Sept. 14.

“While there are many issues facing medicine today, what is being lost and what we as a medical society should focus on is the unique role of the physician, the role of the physician in society and the patient-physician relationship,” Markenson said in his inaugural address. “There is something very unique about the calling to be a physician but we can forget the big picture of why we are physicians…to be educators, advocates for society and advocates for patients’ needs.”

Dr. Markenson is a health care physician executive, researcher, educator and advocate with more than 20 years of experience in leadership roles whose career has been dedicated 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 currently serves as the chief medical officer of Red Cross Training Services and chair of the National Scientific Advisory Council for the American Red Cross.

Prior to his role as CMO with the American Red Cross, Dr. Markenson was divisional vice president of graduate medical education for the Continental, Mid-America and Mountain Divisions at Hospital Corporation of America Physician Services Group, which included over 30 hospitals covering seven states. Prior to that, he served as the chief medical officer at Sky Ridge Medical Center. Before joining Sky Ridge Medical Center, Dr. Markenson was based at NYMC and Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth) as vice president and medical director for regional emergency services and director of partnership for patients, quality data and special projects. During the same period, Dr. Markenson held the titles of professor of pediatrics and clinical public health and director of the Center for Disaster Medicine at NYMC.

Dr. Markenson received his MD from Albert Einstein College of Medicine and his MBA from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Dr. Markenson completed his residency in general pediatrics followed by a pediatric chief resident year and fellowship training in both pediatric emergency medicine and pediatric critical care. He is board certified in Pediatrics, Pediatric Critical Care, Emergency Medical Services and Clinical Informatics.

As president he will be supported by President-elect Sami Diab, MD, and Immediate Past President Debra Parsons, MD, FACP, as well as the CMS board of directors, membership and staff.

The Colorado Medical Society champions health care issues that improve patient care, promote physician professional satisfaction and create healthier communities in Colorado. To learn more about CMS, visit

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