Marin Medical Society

MMS News Briefs


September 2016

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Still time to RSVP for the Sept. 28 Awards Dinner

Join the celebration and help honor your colleagues; four Marin physicians will be recognized at the Awards Dinner on Wednesday, Sept. 28. Awards will be presented to:

  • Dr. David Witt, Outstanding Contribution to Community Health
  • Dr. Jeffrey Schneider, Outstanding Contribution to Marin County Medicine
  • Dr. Lori Selleck, Outstanding Contribution to Marin Medical Society

Dr. Gail Altschuler will receive the Article of the Year award for "Healthy Weight, Healthy Pregnancy," which appeared in the spring/summer 2015 issue of Marin Medicine. RxSafe Marin will receive a special Recognition of Achievement for its tremendous work addressing the problem of prescription drug misuse and abuse, and adopting guidelines for the use of opioids in the treatment of chronic non-cancer pain.

With a special note of appreciation to our event sponsors: Healthy Marin Partnership, Marin Health & Human Services, and Medical Insurance Exchange of California (MIEC), the Awards Dinner will be held at Jason's Restaurant in Greenbrae from 6 to 9 p.m. Tickets are free for MMS members. Spouses, guests and nonmembers are $59 each. See invitation for more information, to RSVP or purchase tickets.

MMS president to receive prestigious CMAF award

The California Medical Association Foundation has selected Dr. Peter Bretan to receive its 2016 Adarsh S. Mahal, MD Access to Health Care and Disparities Award. This award honors a physician who has shown extraordinary interest and demonstrated efforts leading to a significant contribution toward improving access to health care or reducing disparities in health care in California, consistent with the mission of the CMA Foundation. The award will be presented on Saturday, Oct. 15, at the CMAF President's Awards Gala at the Sacramento Memorial Auditorium in Sacramento.

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November ballot measures webinar

Don't miss CMA's Sept. 28 webinar "How Your Vote Can Increase Access to Care." Scheduled for 12:15 to 1:15 p.m., this important webinar will present an overview of the 2016 ballot initiative campaigns in which CMA is involved, with a focus on their impact on patient access to care and the state of health care in California. The event will be hosted by Janus Norman, CMA's senior VP for government relations and political operations, who will also briefly review other initiatives CMA has taken a position on. Click here to register.

MBC seeking expert physician reviewers

The Medical Board of California is seeking physicians to serve as expert reviewers to assist the board by providing reviews and opinions on cases, and conducting professional competency exams, physical exams, and psychiatric exams. Reviewers are needed in the following specialties: Addiction Medicine (with additional certification in Family, Internal Medicine, or Psychiatry), Colon and Rectal Surgery, Dermatology, Family Medicine, Neurological Surgery, Neurology, Ob/Gyn, and Pathology.

Interested physicians can find more information regarding the Expert Reviewer Program online or by calling MBC at 818-551-2129.

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MMS applicants

Welcome, new MMS/CMA members!

Rina Marfatia, MD, Internal Medicine*, 23 Reed Blvd. #120, Mill Valley 94941, Pramukhswami Med Coll 2004
Susan Nguyen, MD, Internal Medicine*, 250 Bon Air Rd., Greenbrae, UC San Diego 1996

* board certified


CMA Practice Management Tip of the Month
"Make the most of appeals by knowing your rights"
is the September topic. Click here to see the tip sheet. This monthly publication is a great reminder for practice managers and physicians about CMA benefits and services.


Medical weight loss practice / fall in love with practicing medicine again
Proven, highly recognized and profitable, established weight loss practice in beautiful Marin County. Current multiple 6 figures, room for expansion. Work-life balance, time freedom, financial security, relationship-driven practice.

I am 100% committed to assisting the new owner with all the support necessary to ensure a smooth transition. Please contact me for more information or to schedule a visit. Gail Altschuler, MD, 415-309-6258 or

Medical condo for sale
Located on South Eliseo Drive in Greenbrae. 415-435-8589.

Northern California, Napa
Independent Medical Group is seeking qualified candidates to staff its minor emergency department. Candidates include: near retirement Emergency Physicians, Family Practice Physicians, Urgent Care Physicians or Emergency Department Nurse Practitioners. If interested, forward CV to Tony Mottalei, MD, at

San Francisco Financial District
Medical office sublet for 1 or 2 days per week. Central location at Battery and Market. Jeffrey Binstock, MD, 415-956-8686.

Sublet Mill Valley medical office
535 Miller Ave. office available on Mondays. 2 exam rooms, adequate parking, beautiful space. Jeffery Binstock, MD, 415-383-5475.

Free classifieds for MMS members!
MMS members can place free classified ads in News Briefs or Marin Medicine. Cost for nonmember physicians and the general public is $1 per word. To place a classified ad, contact Susan Gumucio at or 707-525-0102.

About MMS

The Marin Medical Society, a 501(c)(6) nonprofit association, supports local physicians and their efforts to enhance the health of the community. Founded in 1898, MMS is affiliated with the California Medical Association and the American Medical Association.

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