Committees & Councils
MSNJ convenes several administrative councils and standing committees to advance the medical profession and run the business of the society. Councils and committees may initiate projects of their own choosing, as well as perform functions and duties assigned to them by the Board of Trustees and/or the House of Delegates. Their actions and recommendations are subject to Board of Trustees’ approval. Members of the councils and committees may be elected by the House or appointed by the president.
Below is a listing of the councils and brief descriptions, followed by the chair, vice-chair and MSNJ staff liaison. The calendar section of this web site will include schedules of council meetings, which are open to general membership. Please contact the staff liaison for information on council membership and current issues.
Board of Trustees
The MSNJ Board of Trustees is comprised of at-large members and MSNJ officers who serve ex officio. The Board manages the business and financial affairs of the Society, implements the policies of the House of Delegates, establishes interim policy of the Society between meetings of the House of Delegates, and monitors the program activities of the Society’s councils and committees.
Executive Committee - 2015-2016 Meeting Schedule
The Judicial Council acts as the judicial body of the Society, comprised of an elected councilor from each of the five judicial districts in the state. The Council is responsible for receiving complaints about the professional or ethical conduct of MSNJ members, and to rule on any matter of discipline or appeal brought on appeal from a county judicial committee.
Chair – Richard Hartwell, MD
The AMA delegation represents New Jersey within the AMA.
Chair – Robert S. Rigolosi, MD
Policy & Strategy Panel
There are a number of councils and committees through which MSNJ members work with the board of trustees to establish MSNJ policies, develop strategies of carrying out those policies, and overseeing the operations of the organization.
The Policy and Strategy Panel (PSP) brings together the members of a number of these committees and councils. Its meetings include invited experts, consultants, and MSNJ members who are interested in the topics under discussion.
Because its members represent a wide range of organizational expertise—from biomedical ethics to legislative activity, from public health to medical services—the PSP looks at MSNJ policy with the shared understanding of the issues that are important to the practice of medicine. It lends a perspective that allows for a finely honed overall grasp of the impact of MSNJ policy on the protection of public health and on the healthcare delivery system.
Chairs – Joseph P. Costabile, MD & Steven Berkowitz, MD
Council on Legislation
The Council on Legislation develops and implements legislative policies that promote patients’ and physicians’ interests.
Chair – Edward Von Der Schmidt, III, MD
Councils on Medical Services
The Council on Medical Services studies, recommends, and initiates activities related to MSNJ and its members, and the services of facilities used in the business of medicine and constraints on the practice of medicine. It represents MSNJ in relationships with insurers and other organizations and agencies.
Chair – David E. Swee, MD
Committee on Annual Meeting
The Committee on Annual Meeting plans, develops, administers, and evaluates programs for MSNJ’s annual meeting.
Chair – Steven Berkowitz, MD
Committee on Credentials
The Committee on Credentials reviews and verifies information on new member applications and makes recommendations on the election of new members.
Chair – Marc J. Levine, MD
Committee on Finance and Budget
The Committee on Finance and Budget plans and oversees MSNJ’s financial operations.
Chair – Bruce A. Monaghan, MD
Committee on Medical Education
The Committee on Medical Education coordinates MSNJ’s medical education activities and accredits organizations that sponsor continuing medical education activities.
Chair – Bernardo J. Toro Echague, MD
New Jersey Political Action Committee
Chair – John W. Poole, MD
Committee on Revision of Constitution
The Committee on Revision of Constitution and Bylaws oversees fact-finding and serves as the advisory body on matters pertaining to the MSNJ Constitution and Bylaws. It handles long-range organizational planning.
Chair – Charles M. Moss, MD
Committee on Biomedical Ethics
The Committee on Biomedical Ethics brings ethical analysis of the practice of medicine to the issues confronting physicians and patients through the process of birth, life, and death.
Chair – Joseph F. Fennelly, MD
Committee on Public Health
The Committee on Public Health recommends policy position, strategic directions and actions on issues important to health and healthcare for considerations by the MSNJ Board of Trustees.
Chair - Fred Jacobs, MD