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Clark County Medical Society
2021 Annual Meeting
Thursday, April 29, 2021
6:30pm via Zoom

Geoffrey Baird, MD, PhD
Steve Krager, MD, MPH
Adriana C. Linares, MD, DrPH
Scott Lindquist, MD, MPH
Alan Melnick, MD, MPH, CPH
Charanya Sivaramakrishnan, MD
Chris Wheelock, MD

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the Washington State Medical Association (WSMA) and Clark County Medical Society. The WSMA is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 

The WSMA designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

This activity meets the criteria for up to 1.75 hour(s) of Category I CME credit to satisfy the relicensure requirements of the Washington State Medical Quality Assurance Commission. 

Panelist Bios

Geoffrey Baird, MD, PhD is the interim chair of the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle, WA. He is also the director of clinical chemistry at Harborview Medical Center and the co-director of UW’s Clinical Chemistry Postdoctoral Fellowship Program. He has lead the department for the past 4 years, notably through the COVID-19 pandemic, during which the department was one of the first clinical laboratories in the US to provide testing for SARS-CoV-2 at scale. Since March, the department has performed over 1.9 million COVID-19 RT-PCR tests, ~2,500 of which have been performed on patients from Clark County.

Steve Krager, MD, MPH is the Deputy Health Officer for six counties in SW Washington where he has served since 2019. Previously Dr. Krager practiced primary care for a non-profit clinic in Columbia County, OR where he was also the health officer. He went to medical school at Creighton University, then completed a Public Health and General Preventive Medicine residency at the University of Colorado, where he also obtained a Masters in Public Health with an emphasis in epidemiology.

Adriana C. Linares, MD, DrPH is a Latina physician who has worked in Public Health and Medicine for long time. She moved to the Pacific Northwest 9 years ago from Houston, Texas. She has a passion to serve underserved population and volunteers for several organizations that support people of color. She has been part of the vaccination efforts with PeaceHealth and Clark County and has discussed misconceptions about the vaccine with several people in our community.

Dr. Linares plans to address vaccine myths and misconceptions. She will discuss Hispanic population access to social media and some of the stories that circulate among social media users.

Scott Lindquist, MD, MPH completed his medical training at the University of Washington School of Medicine as a student of the WAMI (Washington, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho) program. He completed a residency in pediatrics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an Infectious Disease Fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. He completed his Masters in Public Health at the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Lindquist has drawn upon this broad background to focus upon underserved populations and infectious diseases. He has combined all the aspects of his training as a Health Officer/Director of Health for the Kitsap County Health District from 2001–2014. In addition, he serves as a pediatrician and public health officer at the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribal Medical Clinic where he has worked one day a week since 2001. Dr. Lindquist has been the Washington State Tuberculosis medical consultant since 2002 and currently serves as the State Epidemiologist for Communicable Diseases and Deputy Health Officer for Washington State.

Alan Melnick, MD, MPH, CPH is the Clark County Public Health Director/Health Officer, Health Officer for Cowlitz, Lewis, Pacific, Skamania and Wahkiakum Counties, Adjunct Associate Professor at the Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine, Department of Family Medicine, and Associate Professor at the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health. He is former Director of the OHSU Joint Residency in Family Medicine/Public Health & General Preventive Medicine and former Research Director at the OHSU Dept. of Family Medicine. Dr. Melnick is former member of the National Board of Public Health Examiners, past Chair of the Public Health Leadership Society and served on the National Institutes of Health Community Level Health Promotion Study Section. He recently finished serving eight years on the Board of Trustees of the Washington State Medical Association. Currently, Dr. Melnick is on the Board of Directors of the National Association of County and City Health Officials, the Board of Directors of the Washington State Association of Local Public Health Officials and the WSALPHO Health Officers Chair. Within Clark County, he is on the Southwest Washington Accountable Community of Health Regional Health Improvement Plan Council, the Clark County Medical Society Board, and the PeaceHealth Southwest Community Board. He has authored two books, numerous other publications and coauthored a third book, “Essentials of Public Health Ethics.”

Charanya Sivaramakrishnan, MD is a board certified critical care physician who is currently serving as the Medical Director of the Intensive Care Unit at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center at Vancouver, Washington. Prior to this she was the Medical Director of the Intensive Care Unit at Trios Health in Kennewick, Washington.

She graduated medical school from Manipal University in India and then went on to pursue her Internal Medicine Residency at Richmond University Medical Center, New York following it up with a Critical Care Fellowship at Icahn School of Medicine, Mount Sinai, New York.

Apart from being a well regarded physician leader with administrative experience she also has an active interest in research, academics and community outreach. She has authored book chapters and articles in the field of critical care medicine  and was core faculty and sub specialty Director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program at Trios Health.

Dr. Sivaramakrishnan is a strong believer in practicing medicine with equal amounts of passion and compassion and continues to strive every day to support our community in the midst of this pandemic.

Chris Wheelock, MD is a family physician with interests in quality improvement, value-based reimbursement, and chronic disease management. He spent a year practicing as a general practitioner in New Zealand. He served as a faculty member for the Family medicine of Southwest Washington residency providing full spectrum care, and now serves as president of CCMS. He is currently the medical director for the PeaceHealth medical group Columbia Network. In this role, he oversees the COVID-19 vaccine clinics, COVID-19 testing sites, and their overall vaccination efforts. He is married with two children and enjoys spending time outside with his family.

CCMS Board Member in the News

Dr. Alan Melnick, Clark County Public Health Officer and CCMS board member, was interviewed in this February 24 article in The Columbian, “Melnick: Clark County near bottom of vaccine allocation in Washington,” by Wyatt Stayner.

Dr. Melnick appeared in a follow up article, “Clark County providers to receive thousands of vaccine doses by next week,” also by Wyatt Stayner.

CCMS recommends you refer eligible patients to the Clark County Public Health website, which provides a list of ways people can identify where to get vaccine, including a link to the DOH locator:

CCMS Board’s Letter to the Editor Featured in The Columbian

Physicians: Stay home for holidays

By CCMS Board: Christopher Wheelock, MD; Doug Myers, MD; Mary Shepard, MD; Bruce Andison, MD; Rebecca Hoffman, MD; Don Benz, MD; Alan Melnick, MD; Dino Ramzi, MD, Vancouver

We, as the Clark County Medical Society Board of local physicians, strongly recommend staying home this holiday season. Here’s why:

Since early March 2020, we Americans have been living very different lives protecting one another from the SARS COVID-19 virus. Lives and livelihoods have been disrupted for most of us and for some extremely with the loss of jobs, businesses, and with illness, even death.

While we hope the newly announced vaccines will be able to protect us and help us return to our former lives, we still need to embrace the measures recommended by our public health leaders while we wait. We need to keep to these guidelines, because they work. Masks, social distancing, hand washing, and avoiding gatherings are familiar to us and will need to continue until the vaccine can be broadly distributed.

We need to follow these guidelines until then, likely well into 2021.

We encourage everyone to stay home to avoid spreading the coronavirus this holiday season. Wear masks, socially distance, wash hands, “gather” online. It will be different, but it will help us all have a healthier holiday season now, and in the future.

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