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Donald Case, M.D. Selected as "Top Doc" for SBCMS 2019

Congratulations to Donald Case, M.D., a Pediatrician practicing in Barstow, CA, who was selected as the “Top Doc” for San Bernardino, County Medical Society (SBCMS) 2019. Lights for Little Lives, created and sponsored by The Unforgettables Foundation in 2001 in partnership with non-profits like Ronald McDonald House, the Candlelighters, Olive Crest Foundation, Rotary, Kiwanis, and The United Way, honors top doctors/pediatricians from the Inland Empire. Winners are selected through SBCMS, Riverside County Medical Association (RCMA) and Children’s Hospital at Loma Linda. SBCMS nominee physician must be a pediatrician or work primarily with ...

Congratulations James Tong, MD, on receiving "The Unforgettables "Top Doc" Award

James Tong, MD selected by the San Bernardino County Medical Society's Board of Directors, for "The Unforgettables "Top Doc" Award for 2018.  James E. Tong, MD is the Assistant Area Medical Director of the Women’s and Children’s Health Service Line for Southern California Permanente Medical Group (SCPMG), in the San Bernardino County Area (SBC). He has been in this role since May 2016; prior to his current role Dr. Tong was the Chief of Service, Pediatrics beginning in April 2013. After completing his Pediatrics Residency (2006) and his Pediatric Nephrology ...

Apple Valley pediatrician, Damodara Rajasekhar, M.D., San Bernardino pediatrician, honored with CMA membership award

Apple Valley pediatrician Damodara Rajasekhar, M.D., has been named the 2018 recipient of the California Medical Association (CMA) Dev A. GnanaDev, M.D., Membership Award, which recognizes a special or unique effort toward membership recruitment. The award was announced today at CMA’s annual House of Delegates in Sacramento. Dr. Rajasekhar this year played a major role in continuing CMA’s partnership with Loma Linda University Medical Center, leading to a membership renewal for 440 Loma Linda physicians. “[Dr. Rajasekhar was] the vital spark that reignited the flame, creating an alliance between one of ...

Tickets now available for 21st Annual President's Reception and Awards Gala

The California Medical Association (CMA) and the CMA Foundation invite you to the 21st annual President’s Reception and Awards Gala on the evening of Saturday, October 21, 2017, at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim. The black tie event will immediately follow CMA’s annual House of Delegates session that day.  Individual tickets and tables of 10 are now available for purchase. Tickets are $200 per person and tables are $2,500. Table sponsorships also include VIP seating and program recognition. Space is limited and this special event is expected to sell out, ...

CMA CFO honored by Sacramento Business Journal

Lance Lewis, chief operating and financial officer for the California Medical Association (CMA) was honored as one of the Sacramento Business Journal's CFOs of the Year.  Lewis was recognized because his innovative leadership over the past 18 years has helped transform CMA into a thriving organization that cultivates and values talent, systems and processes that support a diverse, high performance workplace culture. Lewis oversaw the complete transformation of the association’s financial processes, revamping the budgeting process from a traditional accounting method to an activity-based costing model tied to the strategic ...

First annual HOD poster presentations a huge success

The California Medical Association (CMA) hosted its first ever House of Delegates (HOD) poster session to showcase research by medical students, residents and fellows around the state. The winners were Alexandra Iacob, M.D., a pediatrics resident at Loma Linda University Medical Center, and Sahil Aggarwall, a second-year medical student from the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Iacob's research looked at the after-effects of non-fatal drowning to see if medical care could be improved and if policies could be developed to reduce the devastating effects "not only for the patient but ...

CMA Foundation recognizes two physicians with leadership awards

The California Medical Association (CMA) Foundation recognized two deserving physicians at the Annual President's Reception and Award Gala, held October 15 in Sacramento. Peter N. Bretan, Jr., M.D., received the 2016 Adarsh S. Mahal, M.D., Access to Health Care and Disparities Award, which honors an individual or organization that has made a significant contribution toward improving access to health care or reducing health care disparities in California. Dr. Bretan, a renal transplant surgeon and urologist with special training in laparoscopic surgery, has demonstrated a longstanding dedication to improving individual and community ...

Sacramento physician receives 2016 Compassionate Service Award

Sacramento emergency physician Hernando Garzon, M.D., was recognized with the California Medical Association’s (CMA) Compassionate Service Award at the 145th annual CMA House of Delegates, which convened October 15-16, 2016, in Sacramento. The award honors a CMA member physician who best illustrates the association's commitment to community and charity care. For more than 20 years, Dr. Garzon has demonstrated a commitment to disaster response and humanitarian medical relief. In the fall of 2014, Dr. Garzon went to West Africa to assist with the outbreak of Ebola, which had an incredibly ...

CMA's 2016 Nye Award given to Los Angeles psychiatrist

 Los Angeles psychiatrist Karen Miotto, M.D., was named the 2016 recipient of the California Medical Association (CMA) Gary S. Nye Award for Physician Health and Well-Being in recognition of her selfless devotion to advocating and promoting the well-being of her fellow  physicians The award honors a CMA member who has made significant contributions toward improving physician health and wellness. The award was established by the House of Delegates in 2009 in honor of Gary Nye, M.D., a leader in bringing attention and developing solutions for physician impairment and rehabilitation. Dr. Miotto ...

Humboldt physician receives CMA's 2016 "country doctor" award

Humboldt County family physician Willard M. Hunter, M.D., was awarded the California Medical Association’s (CMA) Frederick K.M. Plessner Memorial Award on Saturday, at the association's annual House of Delegates meeting in Sacramento. The award honors the California physician who best exemplifies the ethics and practice of a rural country practitioner. As a graduate of the prestigious UCLA School of Medicine, Dr. Hunter could have gone anywhere to practice family medicine, but he chose rural Humboldt County, where the natural beauty inspired him. In the 1980s, he started his practice in ...