Meet MSMA's President and Leadership

MSMA 2021-2022 President: Alexander R. Hover, Jr., MD, FACP, AGAF

Alexander R. Hover, Jr., MD, Ozark, Missouri, will serve as President of the Missouri State Medical Association in 2021-2022. 

During his tenure as president, Dr. Hover intends to advocate for the patient-centered practice of medicine unencumbered by inappropriate authorization demands, continuing communication with Missouri physicians, and advocating for access to health care for all Missourians.

 Dr. Hover graduated cum laude from Missouri State University in Springfield, and Saint Louis University medical school cum laude in 1976. He completed his internal medicine residency and gastroenterology fellowship at Wilford Hall United States Air Force Medical Center Lackland AFB 59th Medical Wing in San Antonio, Texas. He is a Fellow in the American College of Physicians and the American Gastroenterological Association.

He practiced for many years at the Smith Glynn Callaway multispecialty clinic in Springfield and has also served as a health system Senior VP for Clinical Excellence. Dr. Hover currently continues practice in gastroenterology for Cox Health system in Branson.



OFFICERS


President

Alexander Hover, MD

Springfield

Gastroenterology


President Elect

George Hubbell, MD

Lake Ozark

Obstetrics & Gynecology


Secretary

Brian Biggers, MD

Springfield

General Surgery


Treasurer

Elie Azrak, MD

St. Louis

Cardiovascular Disease


Immediate Past President

George Hruza, MD

Chesterfield

Dermatology


1st Vice President

James Blaine, MD

Springfield

General Practice


Honorary Vice President

Betty Drees, MD

Kansas City

Endocrinology


Honorary Vice President

Karen Goodhope, MD

St. Louis

Diagnostic Radiology


Speaker

Sam Page, MD

St. Louis

Anesthesiology


Vice Speaker

Tim Swearengin, DO

Springfield

Anesthesiology


COUNCILORS


Council Chair (7th District)

Lancer Gates, DO

Kansas City

Internal Medicine


Council Vice Chair (3rd District)

David Pohl, MD

St. Louis

Diagnostic Radiology


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

Michael O’Dell, MD

Kansas City

Family Medicine

8th District

Matthew Stinson, MD

Springfield

Family Practice

Ellen Nichols, MD

Joplin

Neurological Surgery

9th District

Lirong Zhu, MD

Rolla

Sleep Medicine

10th District

Dorothy Munch, DO

Poplar Bluff

Family Practice

Organized Medical Staff Section

Peggy Barjenbruch, MD

Mexico

Internal Medicine

International Medical Graduate Section

Louis DelCampo, MD

Springfield

Anesthesiology

Young Physician Section

Sarah Florio, MD

Lee’s Summit

Internal Medicine

Women Physicians Section

Joanne Loethen, MD

Kansas City

Internal Medicine/Pediatrics

Resident & Fellow Section

Brette Harding, MD

Columbia

Otolaryngology

Medical Student Section

Alex Shimony

Washington University


VICE COUNCILORS


1st District

Robert T. Weigand, MD

St. Joseph

Medical Oncology


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

Fariha Shafi, MD

Kansas City

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

Amy Patel, MD

Kansas City

Radiology

International Medical Graduate Section

Chakshu Gupta, MD

Liberty

Blood Banking/Transfusion Medicine

Young Physician Section

Sara Hawatmeh, MD

Ballwin

Internal Medicine

Resident & Fellow Section

Christina Kratschmer, MD

St. Louis

Internal Medicine

Women Physicians Section

Tammara Goldschmidt, MD

St. Louis

Pediatric Anesthesiology

Medical Student Section

Satya Sivasankar

University of Missouri-Kansas City


HEADQUARTERS

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Jefferson City, MO 65102
Phone: (573) 636-5151

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