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House of Delegates

House of Delegates

All legislative power of the WSMA is vested in the approximately 175 voting members of the WSMA House of Delegates.

For the compendium of all policies passed by the House of Delegates, visit our What’s Our Policy? page.

Official Actions of the 2021 House of Delegates

For policies adopted at the 2021 WSMA Annual Meeting, download the Official Actions of the 2021 WSMA House of Delegates.

Update on 2021 HOD actions

Official Actions of the 2021 House of Delegates progress report (updated April 2022)

For previous years' reports, contact the WSMA Seattle office at wsma@wsma.org or 206.441.9762.

About the House of Delegates

The WSMA House of Delegates is comprised of elected delegates from each county medical society, qualified state specialty societies, and members of the WSMA Board of Trustees. There is one resident delegate, one student delegate, and one young physician delegate. Each county society has one delegate for every 50 active WSMA members.

Each medical specialty society is entitled to elect or appoint one delegate and one alternate, provided that such specialty society has as members at least one hundred active members of the WSMA, or if the specialty society has fewer than 100 members, 50% of its members must belong to the WSMA.

How the House of Delegates Operates

The WSMA House of Delegates meets once a year, typically in September or October (learn more about the Annual Meeting of the WSMA House of Delegates). The House may also be called into special session at any time by the WSMA president on the written request of fifteen members of the House.

All business of the House is conducted according to parliamentary procedures as outlined in "The Standard Code of Parliamentary Procedure."

WSMA Governance Outside of the Annual House of Delegates Meeting

When the House of Delegates is not in session, the WSMA is governed by the board of trustees. The board meets quarterly and is responsible for carrying out the mandates and policies of the House. The board has all the powers of the House except amending the bylaws or establishing dues or assessments.

From the board of trustees, the WSMA president, president-elect, vice president, immediate past president, and secretary-treasurer form the executive committee. The committee meets monthly and acts for the board in implementing WSMA programs and establishing interim policy.

The WSMA president is the spokesperson for the association.

How to Serve as a WSMA Delegate

If you are interested in serving as a delegate, contact your county medical society or state specialty society. If you are unsure who to contact, email WSMA staff at slb@wsma.org.

Delegate Duties

Learn more about your responsibilities and the expectations of service as a delegate.

2022 House of Delegates Members

If you are interested in serving as a delegate, there are still some remaining seats open for the 2022 meeting. Review the delegate roster below for available seats. Contact your county medical society or state specialty society about serving as a delegate. If you are unsure who to contact, you can email WSMA staff at slb@wsma.org.

Asotin County - 1

Delegate

No delegate on record

Benton-Franklin County - 2

Delegate

Saravanan Kasthuri, MD, Richland

Chelan-Douglas County - 6

Delegates

No delegate on record

Clallam County – 1

Delegate

No delegate on record

Clark County - 12

Delegates

Bruce J. Andison, MD, Ridgefield
Rebecca L. Hoffman, MD, Vancouver
Alan L. Melnick, MD, MPH, Portland
Douglas R. Myers, MD, Vancouver
Dino W. Ramzi, MD, Washougal

Cowlitz-Wahkiakum County - 3

Delegate

No delegate on record

Grant-Adams County - 2

Delegates

No delegate on record

Grays Harbor County - 1

Delegate

No delegate on record

Jefferson County - 1

Delegate

No delegate on record

King County - 53

Delegates

Christopher Belcher, MD, Seattle
Nancy Connolly, MD, MPH, Seattle
Amish J. Dave, MD, MPH, Seattle
Jeffrey M. Frankel, MD, Mercer Island
Teresa M. Girolami, MD, Redmond
Matthew J. Grierson, MD, Bothell
Kevin Johnson, MD, Bellevue
Richard A. Kaner, MD, Bellevue
Rajneet S. Lamba, MD, Kirkland
Daniel H. Low, MD, Renton
Shane E. Macaulay, MD, Bellevue
Julia Murray, MD, Seattle
Tony S. Quang, MD, JD, Seattle
Donald J. Ross, MD, Seattle
Bruce C. Smith, MD, Issaquah
Michelle Terry, MD, Seattle
Mark R. Vossler, MD, Kirkland
Hope A. Wechkin, MD, Seattle

Kitsap County - 6

Delegates

Dawson S. Brown, MD, Silverdale
Glen Carlson, MD, Bremerton
Christopher C. Johnson, MD, Silverdale
Dana A. Jungschaffer, MD, Silverdale
Steffan R. Tolles, MD, Silverdale
Duane C. Whitaker, MD, Bainbridge Island

Alternate

Paul Tice, MD, OFEM, Bainbridge Island

Kittitas County - 1

Delegate

Vanessa S. Wright, MD, Spokane

Klickitat-Skamania County - 1

Delegate

No delegate on record

Lewis County - 1

Delegate

No delegate on record

Lincoln County – 0

Northeast Tri-Counties - 1

Delegate

No delegate on record

Okanogan County - 1

Delegate

No delegate on record

Pacific County - 1

Delegate

Dave R. Cundiff, MD, MPH, Ilwaco

Alternate

Frank A. Hing, MD, Raymond

Pierce County - 19

Delegates

Julian S. Arroyo, MD, Lakewood
Neil R. Batta, MD, Gig Harbor
Anthony L. Chen, MD, MPH, Tacoma
Breck Lebegue, MD, MPH, Steilacoom
Richard S. Hawkins, MD, Tacoma
Nicholas Rajacich, MD, Tacoma
Dina C. Titova, MD, PhD, Auburn

Skagit-Island County - 3

Delegate

Wirt A. Hines III, MD, PhD, Anacortes
Krishnaraj Jayarama, DO, Bellingham

Snohomish County - 13

Delegates

Troy K. Bender, PA-C, DMSc, MSPAS, Gold Bar
Gary M. Goldbaum, MD, MPH, Seattle

Spokane County - 15

Delegates

Frank Andersen, MD, Spokane
Dawn E. DeWitt, MD, MSc, MACP, Spokane
Erin R. Medina, MD, Spokane
Brian J. Seppi, MD, Spokane

Thurston-Mason - 7

Delegates

Lucinda Grande, MD, Seatac
Julia L. Hamilton, DO, Olympia
Alexandra E. Harmony, DO, Olympia
Robert G.R. Lang, MD, Olympia
Amie E. Mower, DO, Shelton
Kim H. Wadsworth, DO, Olympia
Robert J. Widrow, MD, PhD, Olympia

Alternate

Henry L. Stockbridge, MD, Olympia

Walla Walla County - 1

Delegates

No delegate on record

Whatcom County - 7

Delegates

Rodney J. Anderson, MD, Bellingham
John E. Dunne, MD, Bellingham
Megan B. Ellingsen, MD, MPH, HMDC, Bellingham
Garrett S. Jeffery, DO, Bellingham

Whitman County - 1

Delegate

Laura Baker, MD

Yakima County - 2

Delegates

Linda M. Dale, PA-C, Yakima

Medical Student Section - 1

Delegate

Brian Carlson, Spokane

Alternate

Adam Knott, Spokane

Resident & Fellow Physician Section - 1

Delegate

Kelsie M. Smith, DO, Spokane

Young Physician Section - 1

Delegate

Jennifer M. Maxwell, MD, Yakima

Alternate

Peter A. Barkett, MD, Bremerton

Washington Society of Addiction Medicine - 1

Delegate

No delegate on record

Washington State Society of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology - 1

Delegate

No delegate on record

Washington State Society of Anesthesiologists - 1

Delegate

Timothy W. Clement, MD, Wenatchee

Washington Chapter, American College of Cardiology - 1

Delegate

Ruchi Kapoor, MD, PhD, Seattle

Washington State Dermatology Association - 1

Delegate

Kendra G. Bergstrom, MD, Seattle

Washington Chapter, American College of Emergency Physicians - 1

Delegate

No delegate on record

Washington Academy of Eye Physicians and Surgeons - 1

Delegate

No delegate on record

Washington Academy of Family Physicians - 1

Delegate

June G. Bredin, MD, Ellensburg

Alternate

Lydia Bartholomew, MD, Edmonds

Pacific Northwest Gastroenterology Society - 1

Delegate

No delegate on record

Infectious Diseases Society of Washington - 1

Delegate

No delegate on record

Washington Society for Post-Acute & Long-Term Care - 1

Delegate

Jason W. Heffernan, MD, MS, Spokane

Washington State Medical Oncology Society - 1

Delegate

No delegate on record

Washington State Neurological Society - 1

Delegate

No delegate on record

Washington Association of Neurological Surgeons - 1

Delegate

Robert G.R. Lang, MD, Olympia

Washington Section, American College of OB/GYN - 1

Delegate

Jane A. Dimer, MD, Mercer Island

Alternate

Nariman Heshmati, MD, FACOG, Mukilteo

Washington State Obstetrical Association - 1

Delegate

No delegate on record

Northwest Association of Occupational & Environmental Medicine - 1

Delegate

Eric B. Smith, DO, MPH, Tacoma

Washington State Orthopedic Association - 1

Delegate

Thomas C. Kennedy, MD, Yakima

Northwest Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery - 1

Delegate

No delegate on record

Washington State Society of Pathologists - 1

Delegate

No delegate on record

Washington State Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics - 1

Delegate

Beth E. Ebel, MD, MSc, MPH, Seattle

Washington State Academy of Physician Assistants - 1

Delegate

No delegate on record

Washington Chapter, American College of Physicians - 1

Delegate

Stephanie M. Fosback, MD, FACP, Pullman

Washington Society of Plastic Surgeons - 1

Delegate

No delegate on record

Washington State Psychiatric Association - 1

Delegate

Wade Reiner, MD, Bellevue

Washington Public Health Officers Society - 1

Delegate

James G. Wallace Jr., MD, MPH, Winthrop

Washington State Radiological Society - 1

Delegate

Jennifer L. Favinger, MD, Seattle

Washington Rheumatology Alliance - 1

Delegate

No delegate on record

American College of Surgeons, Washington State Chapter - 1

Delegate

No delegate on record

Washington Thoracic Society - 1

Delegate

Erik R. Swenson, MD, Seattle

Washington State Urology Society - 1

Delegate

No delegate on record

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