MSMA Constitution & Bylaws/Policies

In 1850, when the inhabitants of Missouri were fighting scourges of typhoid, malaria, smallpox, and diphtheria, physicians assembled to “devise a plan by which the entire medical profession of the State can be brought together.” Matters of importance that year were the passage of a good medical practice act; the establishment of a uniform system of registering births, marriages, and deaths; the control of dispensing impure drugs and competent inspections of medicines; and a liberal preliminary education for those entering the study of medicine.

Since MSMA's creation, the Constitution and Bylaws and Policy Manual have reflected the changes and modernization of Missouri's medicine.


Meet MSMA's President and Leadership

MSMA 2021-2022 President: George P. Hubbell, MS, MD, FACOG

George P. Hubbell, Lake Ozark, Missouri, will serve as President of the Missouri State Medical Association in 2022-23. 

During his tenure as president, Dr. Hubbell intends to work on electronic medical record ease of use to reduce the burden, risk, and burnout associated with such; to engage more younger and older physicians to our organization, increasing the diversity by age; and to demonstrate the value of being a MSMA member with all the inherent benefits.

Dr. Hubbell earned a degree in Biology from Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri. Subsequently, he was a research specialist in horticulture working in herbicide and plant physiology, ultimately earning a Master of Science degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He matriculated medical school at the University of Missouri-Columbia, obtaining a medical degree in 1987, then completing residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. He is currently a member of Alpha Omega Alpha.

Dr. Hubbell began private practice in the rural community of Osage Beach, Missouri, in 1991, starting Women’s Health Consultants of the Ozarks. There he practiced for nearly three decades with a nurse practitioner. His practice emphasized office procedures and minimally invasive pelvic surgery but included all aspects of women’s health. Formerly, he was associated with Conceptus, Ethicon Women’s Health and Urology, and Hologic in the capacity of preceptor, consultant, and nationwide speaker. Dr. Hubbell participated in two FDA studies for office procedures. Currently, he clinically maintains an active locum tenens coverage.

In his community, Dr. Hubbell served as President of the Lake of the Ozarks Medical Society and was chairman of the department of Maternal and Child Health at Lake Regional Hospital, also serving in leadership positions. In 2006, he helped found a Free Community Health Clinic in Camdenton; he currently serves on the board and regularly volunteers his medical services there. Additionally, he has served on six international medical mission teams.

In 2006, Dr. Hubbell helped develop a satellite residency program at his local institution, Lake Regional Hospital. Third-year OB/GYN residents rotated through the hospital during their residency training at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Dr. Hubbell was appointed Clinical Assistant Professor to coordinate this site with the department of OB/GYN. In the past two decades, he has served as a preceptor for medical students rotating from the Kansas City University of Medical and Biosciences, the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, and the University of Missouri-Columbia for their rotation in obstetrics and gynecology.

Dr. Hubbell has long been active in the Missouri Section of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He served on the Missouri section advisory council and later as chair, presently serving in the capacity of a past chair. Other statewide advocacy duties include serving as Councilor for the Missouri State Medical Association and President for the Board of Governors at the University of Missouri Medical Alumni Association. He has served on the Pregnancy Associate Maternal Mortality Review Committee, affiliated with the Department of Health and Senior Services for the state of Missouri since 2009. In 2015, he began an appointment with the Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit as the reproductive health consultant on a team advising a four-state poison control helpline.


MSMA Past Presidents: 1850-Current (click on image)



MSMA 2022-2023 Leadership

OFFICERS


President

George Hubbell, MD

Lake Ozark

Obstetrics & Gynecology


President Elect

Lancer Gates, DO

Kansas City

Internal Medicine


Secretary

Ellen Nichols, MD

Joplin

Neurological Surgery


Treasurer

Elie Azrak, MD

St. Louis

Cardiovascular Disease


Immediate Past President

Alexander Hover, MD

Springfield

Gastroenterology


1st Vice President

Keith Frederick, DO

Rolla

Orthopedic Surgery


Honorary Vice President

Stuart Braverman, MD

Sedalia

General Surgery


Honorary Vice President

Karen Edison, MD

Columbia

Dermatology


Speaker

Tim Swearengin, DO

Springfield

Anesthesiology


Vice Speaker

M. Laurin Council, MD

St. Louis

Dermatology

COUNCILORS


Council Chair (3rd District)

David Pohl, MD

St. Louis

Diagnostic Radiology


Council Vice Chair (8th District)

Brian Biggers, MD

Springfield

General Surgery


1st District

Robert Corder, MD

St. Joseph

Obstetrics & Gynecology


2nd District

Hossein Behniaye, MD

Hannibal

Family Medicine


3rd District

Robert Brennan, Jr., MD

St. Louis

Obstetrics & Gynecology


Inderjit Singh, MD

St. Louis

Nephrology


Christopher Swingle, DO

St. Louis

Nuclear Medicine


4th District

Kevin Weikart, MD

Lake St. Louis

Internal Medicine


5th District

Lisa Thomas, MD

Columbia

Psychiatry


Amy Zguta, MD

Columbia

Ophthalmology


6th District

David Kuhlmann, MD

Sedalia

Sleep Medicine


7th District

Betty Drees, MD

Kansas City

Endocrinology


Fariha Shafi, MD

Overland Park, KS

Internal Medicine


Joanne Loethen, MD

Kansas City

Internal Medicine/Pediatrics


8th District

Matthew Stinson, MD

Springfield

Family Practice


9th District

Lirong Zhu, MD

Clayton

Sleep Medicine


10th District

Dorothy Munch, DO

Poplar Bluff

Family Practice


Organized Medical Staff Section

Amy Patel, MD

Kansas City

Radiology


International Medical Graduate Section

Louis DelCampo, MD

Springfield

Anesthesiology


Young Physician Section

Sara Hawatmeh, MD

Ballwin

Internal Medicine


Women Physicians Section

Tammara Goldschmidt, MD

Ballwin

Pediatric Anesthesiology


Resident & Fellow Section

Christina Kratschmer, MD

St. Louis

Internal Medicine


Medical Student Section

Alex Shimony

Washington University


VICE COUNCILORS


1st District

Chakshu Gupta, MD

St. Joseph

Blood Banking/Transfusion Medicine


2nd District

Barbara White, DO

Hannibal

Pediatrics


3rd District

Ramona Behshad, MD

St. Louis

Dermatology


4th District

Keith Ratcliff, MD

Washington

Family Medicine


5th District

Jennifer Powell, MD

Osage Beach

Family Practice


6th District

Jennifer Conley, MD

Nevada

Family Practice


7th District

Sarah Florio, MD

Lee’s Summit

Internal Medicine


8th District

Tim Swearengin, DO

Springfield

Anesthesiology


9th District

Nathaniel Barbe, DO

Mountain Grove

Family Practice


10th District

Rachel Kyllo, MD

Arnold

Dermatology


Organized Medical Staff Section

Albert Hsu, MD

Columbia

Reproductive Endocrinology


International Medical Graduate Section

Raghuveer Kura, MD

Poplar Bluff

Nephrology


Young Physician Section

Marc Mendelsohn, MD

St. Louis

Emergency Medicine


Resident & Fellow Section

Anup Bhattacharya, MD

St. Louis

Diagnostic Radiology


Women Physicians Section

Carlin Ridpath, MD

Springfield

Diagnostic Radiology


Medical Student Section

Maddie Sauer

University of Missouri-Columbia


Contact Cheri Martin at cmartin@msma.org or call 573-691-4502.

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