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See Photos of the 2020 SLMMS Annual Meeting

Members and partners of the St. Louis Metropolitan Medical Society joined for the Society’s Annual Meeting on January 25 at the Living World at the Saint Louis Zoo. Jason K. Skyles, MD, of West County Radiology and Mercy Hospital, was installed as 2020 president while other officers and councilors also were installed. Sam Page, MD, St. Louis County executive, received the Society’s highest honor, the Robert E. Schlueter Award. Other awards presented were:  Award of Merit, Richard D. Bucholz, MD; President’s Award, William H. Huffaker, MD; and Arthur Gale Writer’s Award, Scott H. Hardeman, MD. Longtime Medical Society Executive Assistant Liz Webb was honored on her upcoming retirement.

Thanks to our sponsors: Gold Advocate—Saint Louis University School of Medicine, Triad Financial Group, West County Radiology; Silver Table—Commerce Trust Company, Integrated Planning Advisors, Keystone Mutual and Cogeris Insurance Group, Mercy Hospital St. Louis, Southside Comprehensive Medical Group, UnitedHealthcare; Bronze Event—Favorite Healthcare Staffing, St. Luke’s Hospital, SSM Health DePaul Hospital, SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital.

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Fourteen Medical Society past presidents attended. From left: Stephen Slocum, MD; David Pohl, MD; Kenneth Smith, MD; Thomas Applewhite, MD; Nathaniel Murdock, MD; Jeffrey Thomasson, MD; 2020 President Jason Skyles, MD; Elie Azrak, MD; 2019 President Ramona Behshad, MD; William Huffaker, MD; Ravi Johar, MD; Arthur Gale, MD; Jay Meyer, MD; J. Collins Corder, MD; Sam Hawatmeh, MD.

Medical Society 2020 officers, from left, Robert A. Brennan, Jr., MD, secretary-treasurer; Erin S. Gardner, MD, vice president; Jennifer L. Page, MD, president-elect; Jason K. Skyles, MD, president.

Installation of officers and councilors by Missouri State Medical Association President James A. DiRenna, Jr., DO, right.

St. Louis County Executive Sam Page, MD, receives the Robert A. Schlueter Award, the Medical Society’s highest award, for his achievements in elected office, including the creation of the St. Louis County Prescription Drug Monitoring Program now covering 75% of Missouri residents. SLMMS 2019 President Ramona Behshad, MD, is at right.

Richard D. Bucholz, MD, right, of Saint Louis University, receives the Award of Merit for his achievements in research.


William H.Huffaker, MD, left, receives the President’s Award for service to SLMMS and organized medicine.

Scott H. Hardeman, MD, left, receives the Arthur Gale Writer’s award from Dr. Gale.

Nathaniel H. Murdock, MD, right, was among eight physicians honored for 50 years of membership in the Medical Society. At left is Dave Nowak, SLMMS executive vice president.

Liz Webb, left, was honored on her retirement from the Medical Society. She has served as Executive Assistant since 2006. At right is Dave Nowak, SLMMS executive vice president.

SLMMS 2019 President Ramona Behshad, MSMA 2019-20 President James A. DiRenna, Jr, DO; SLMMS 2020 President Jason K. Skyles, MD. From Saint Louis University School of Medicine, Phillipe Mercier, MD; Kenneth Smith, MD; Marjorie Smith; Kathleen Bucholz; Richard Bucholz, MD. St. Louis County Executive Sam Page, MD, center, with staff members from left, Winston Calvert, chief of staff; Doug Moore, communications director; Spring Schmidt and Emily Doucette, MD, interim co-directors, St. Louis County Department of Public Health.

Jason Skyles, MD; Toniya Singh, MD; Inderjit Singh, MD; Elie Azrak, MD; Carine Azrak; Jeanne-Claude Dick; Sriram Vissa, MD

Nita and Ashutosh Patel, MD; Sam Hawatmeh, MD; Randa Hawatmeh, DDS; Nicole Hawatmeh, MD; Sara Hawatmeh, MD. Honoree William Huffaker, MD, and family

Ravi Johar, MD; Kay Johar; Liz Webb. Patricia Corder, MD; J. Collins Corder, MD Matthew Council, MD; Laurin Council, MD; Cathy Wieder; Richard Wieder, MD.
Eddie and Jennifer Ernst; Jasmine Huda (KTVI-TV), Peter LeBlanc, Jr. Brady and Mary Curtis

Linda Eissenberg, PhD; Joel Eissenberg, PhD
Jennifer Page, MD; Sam Page, MD; Sue and Chris Felling, MD. Michael Frisbie, Esra and Bradley Baker, MD; Damien Ricklis, MD both from Mercy Hospital St. Louis; Kristin Barber, PhD; Washington University medical students Nikita Sood and Gideon Haber. Chris and Jennifer Bickhaus, MD; Arthur and Karen Clyne; Becky Lynn, MD.

Mark Gunby, DO; State Rep. Trish Gunby; Erin Gardner, MD. Jay Meyer, MD; J. Collins Corder, MD.

Medical student Kate Lee, Alliance student liaison Angela Zylka,  medical student Rebecca Zhang.
Kathy and Joseph Hazan, MD; Ravi Johar, MD; Kay Johar. SLMMS Alliance members, from left, Jo-Ellyn Ryall, MD; Angela Zykla, Gill Waltman, Sue Ann Greco, Sandra Murdock, Kay Johar, Elizabeth Huffaker. Stephen Slocum, MD; James A. DiRenna, Jr., DO; Cheryl Douglas; Patrick Mills, MSMA executive vice president.
Jennifer Page, MD; Jake Page; Sam Page, MD; Logan Page. Jason Skyles, MD, and his wife, Kristin, and family. Phil Webb, Nicole Schwiete, Harper Webb, Liz Webb, Greg Webb.
Dave Nowak, Liz Webb, Chris Saller-Sorth. National recording artist and smooth jazz saxophonist Tim Cunningham made a cameo appearance with the band providing background music for the reception and dinner.

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