About MSNJ

    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.

    Board of Trustee Meeting Minutes and Documents

    Executive Committee - 2014-2015 Meeting Schedule

    Title Name County
    President Paul J. Carniol, MD Union
    President – Elect Steven Berkowitz, MD Monmouth
    1st Vice-President Joseph P. Costabile, MD Camden
    2nd Vice-President Christopher E. Gribbin, MD Middlesex
    Secretary Marc J. Levine, MD
    Mercer
    Treasurer John W. Poole, MD Bergen
    Past President Ruth J. Schulze, MD Bergen

     

    Trustees

    Name County Title
    Robyn Agri, MD
    Mercer

    Alan R. Baskin, MD Bergen
    Donald M. Chervenak, MD Morris At-Large
    Arif Hashmi, MD Camden
    Linda Z. Korman, MD Middlesex
    Bruce A. Monaghan, MD Gloucester
    Nancy L. Mueller, MD Bergen Vice-Speaker, House of Delegates
    Michael J. Richardson, MD Middlesex Speaker, House of Delegates
    Soumen Samaddar, MD
    Hunterdon
    At-Large Appointed
    Steven P. Shikiar, MD Hudson
    Anthony J. Tarasenko, MD Union
    Daniel M. Zirkman, MD Monmouth
    Ramchand Thadhani, MD
    Atlantic

    Charles P. Ciolino, MD
    New Jersey Psychiatric Association
    Janusz S. Kornicki, MD IMG Section
    Satish P. Shah, MD
    Cumberland
    At-Large
    Edward Von Der Schmidt, MD
    Specialty Societies
    Ryan Wiggins
    Medical Student Alternate
    Joy Lee
    Medical Student Delegate

     

    Judicial Council

    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
    Secretary – Kenneth Kaplan, MD
    Staff Liaison – Melinda Martinson, Esq.

     

    AMA Delegation

    The AMA delegation represents New Jersey within the AMA.

    Chair – Robert S. Rigolosi, MD
    Vice Chair – John W. Poole, MD
    Staff Liaison – Sue Hoisington

     

    Policy & Strategy Panel


    Policy & Strategy Panel Minutes & Documents

    Chairs – Joseph P. Costabile, MD & Steven Berkowitz, MD
    Staff Liaison – Mishael Azam, Esq.

     

    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
    Liaison – Mishael Azam, Esq.

     

    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
    Vice Chair - Nancy L. Mueller, MD
    Staff Liaison – Lawrence Downs, Esq.

     

    Committee on Annual Meeting

    The Committee on Annual Meeting plans, develops, administers, and evaluates programs for MSNJ’s annual meeting.

    Chair – Steven Berkowitz, MD
    Staff Liaison – Erin Rodgers

     

    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
    Staff Liaison – Mishael Azam, Esq.

     

    Committee on Finance and Budget

    The Committee on Finance and Budget plans and oversees MSNJ’s financial operations.

    Chair – Bruce A. Monaghan, MD
    Staff Liaison – Lawrence Downs, Esq., CEO

     

    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 – Elizabeth A. Paczolt, MD
    Vice Chair – Emmanuel F. Ashong, MD
    Staff Liaison – Ruth Zarzycki

     

    New Jersey Political Action Committee

    Chair – John W. Poole, MD
    Vice Chair – R. Gregory Sachs, MD
    Staff Liaison - Mishael Azam, Esq.

     

    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
    Staff Liaison – Melinda Martinson, Esq.

     

    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
    Staff Liaison - Lawrence Downs, Esq.


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