Vermont Medical Society selects new officers

Dr. Trey Dobson was named president of the Vermont Medical Society during its 204th annual meeting recently in Woodstock, where the group also selected its next president to take the helm in 2018, and a vice president.

Dobson is the medical director of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Putnam Physicians and chief medical officer of Southwestern Vermont Health Care in Bennington. He is a practicing emergency room physician.

As president of the medical society, he will take a lead role in the Society’s public policy efforts in Montpelier and Washington, D.C. Priorities during the upcoming year include battling the opioid crisis, supporting the practice of primary care, and opposing the legalization of non-medical marijuana.

“As a state and a country we find ourselves in an incredible period of transition and opportunity when it comes to health care and how it is delivered,” Dobson said. “I look forward to working with the state’s physicians, policymakers, and patients to find solutions that improve quality and expand access.”

Dobson received his bachelor’s degree in physics from the University of the South in Tennessee, a master’s degree in geology from the University of Wyoming, and his medical degree from The University of Tennessee. He completed his residency in emergency medicine at the University of Virginia.

Also during the society’s meeting, members elected Drs. Stephen Leffler and Catherine Schneider as president-elect and vice president, respectively. Leffler will succeed Dobson in November 2018.

Leffler is chief medical officer at the University of Vermont Medical Center and a professor of surgery at UVM’s Larner College of Medicine in Burlington. He served as medical director of the emergency department at the University of Vermont Medical Center until October 2011 and as president of the hospital’s medical staff from 2010 to 2011. A past president of the Vermont Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians, Dr. Leffler received his medical degree from the UVM College of Medicine and completed residency training in emergency medicine at the University of New Mexico before joining UVM in 1993.

Dr. Schneider is the chief medical officer of Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center in Windsor, a position she has held since 2011. She earned her medical degree from New Jersey Medical School, did her surgical residency at UMDNJ in New Jersey and completed a fellowship at the Institute for Minimally Invasive Surgery in White Plains, N.Y. She also has a master’s degree in health care administration from New England College.

With approximately 2,000 members, the Vermont Medical Society is the leading professional association of Vermont physicians.

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