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Councils & Committees

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.

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.


Nicole A. Henry-Dindial, MD  
Union County 
  
John J. DiGioia, MD
Hudson County  

Steven Orland, MD
Mercer County  

AMA Delegation

The AMA delegation represents New Jersey within the AMA.

Delegate


Joseph P. Costabile, MD  
Camden County   
  
Joseph J. Fallon, MD
Camden County   

Charles M. Moss, MD
Bergen County   
     


Nancy L. Mueller, MD
Bergen County
Chair

John W. Poole, MD
Bergen County


David E. Swee, MD
Middlesex County
     
Vice-Chair

Niranjan V. Rao, MD
Middlesex County
  
   

Alternate


Mary F. Campagnolo, MD
Burlington County    

Donald M. Chervenak, MD
Morris County    

Kennedy U. Ganti, MD
Burlington County    
     

Christopher E. Gribbin, MD  
Middlesex County    

Nicole A. Henry-Dindial, MD  
Union County    

Steven P. Shikiar, MD
Hudson County    
     

Rocco Tutela, Jr., MD
Middlesex County    
   

Staff Liaison: Sue Hoisington

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.

Policy & Strategy Panel Minutes & Documents

Co-Chair
  
Philip E. Kline, MD
Union County 
Co-Chair

Kennedy U. Ganti, MD
Burlington County 

Staff Liaison – Marlene M. Kalayilparampil, MHA

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.

Housed within the Policy & Strategy Panel.

Chair

Michael J. Solomon, MD
Middlesex County 

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.

Housed within the Policy & Strategy Panel.

Ex-Officio: 1st VP

Kennedy U. Ganti, MD
Burlington County 

Staff Liaison - Lawrence Downs, Esq.

Council on Legislation

The Council on Legislation develops and implements legislative policies that promote patients’ and physicians’ interests.

Housed within the Policy & Strategy Panel.

Chair

Steven Richards, MD
Middlesex County 

Staff Liaison – Marlene M. Kalayilparampil, MHA

Council 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.

Housed within the Policy & Strategy Panel.

Ex-Officio: 1st VP

Kennedy U. Ganti, MD
Burlington County

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.

Co-Chair
  
Philip E. Kline, MD
Union County 
Co-Chair
  
Marc J. Levine, MD
Mercer County 
Ex-Officio: Secretary

David Swee, MD
Middlesex County 

Staff Liaison – Larry Downs and Sue Hoisington

Committee on Credentials

The Committee on Credentials reviews and verifies information on new member applications and makes recommendations on the election of new members.

Secretary

David Swee, MD
Middlesex County

Staff Liaison – Margaret Argust

Committee on Finance and Budget

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

Chair: President
  
Marc J. Levine, MD
Mercer County
President-Elect
  
Philip E. Kline, MD
Union County
Ex-Officio: Treasurer

Peter Blumenthal, MD
Essex County

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

Bernardo J. Toro Echague, MD  
Union County
Vice-Chair

Emmanuel F. Ashong, MD
Camden County

Staff Liaison – Ruth Zarzycki

New Jersey Political Action Committee

Chair
  
John W. Poole, MD
Bergen County
Vice-Chair

R. Gregory Sachs, MD
Union County

Staff Liaison - Marlene M. Kalayilparampil, MHA

Committee on Revision of Constitution and Bylaws

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.

Co-Chair
  
Charles M. Moss, MD
Bergen County
Co-Chair

Donald Cinotti, MD
Hudson County

Staff Liaison – Lawrence Downs, Esq., CEO

Reference Committee

The Reference Committee considers all business comes before the House of Delegates. Reference Committee shall have plenary jurisdiction on the items referred to it. Reports are subject to the final approval of the House of Delegates. It may not, however, make amendments of alterations to reports that are solely informative in nature and do not call for specific approval of the House.

Chair

Donald Cinotti, MD
Hudson County

Staff Liaison:  Senior Staff

Medical Practice Managers Section (MPMS)

The Medical Practice Managers Section of the Medical Society of New Jersey has been formed as a means for the practice managers within the state to have a voice and resource center for the assimilation and dissemination of information vital to the continued growth of medical practices. It offers opportunity for networking, the sharing of ideas and a platform for the voice of the medical practices throughout the state of New Jersey.

To be eligible for membership, practice managers must have a sponsoring physician, who is an active member of MSNJ. To learn more about the Medical Practice Managers Section, contact the MSNJ Member Resource Center at 609-896-1766, or e-mail info@msnj.org.

Visit the MPMS Group page!

MSNJ Medical Student Section (MSS)

Visit the Students and Residents Group page!