The West Virginia State Medical Association, the state’s largest physician advocacy organization, will hold its annual healthcare summit on Aug. 22-25. The summit allows West Virginia physicians to update themselves on the latest in legislative, medical and scientific advances and to network with their colleagues. The meeting is scheduled for The Greenbrier at While Sulphur Springs, carrying on a long meeting tradition extending back until at least 1878.

“The summit is an important gathering for West Virginia physicians,” according to Dr. Coy Flowers, WVSMA president. “It allows busy professionals time to network and keep up on what’s happening in medicine.”

Dr. Sherri Young takes office at the summit for a one-year term as WVSMA president. Young is executive director and health officer at the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department. Her theme for her tenure is “Year of Giving Back.” Supreme Court Justice Evan Jenkins will administer Young’s oath of office.

The theme is personal for Young. A freak explosion at her family home in Pinch destroyed her house and most of their possessions. They escaped with little more than the clothes they were wearing.

“My husband and daughter and I were amazed and humbled by the support we received from our friends and colleagues,” Young said. “I want to take this year to encourage my physician colleagues to give back to their communities in whatever ways they feel appropriate.”

Other featured speakers include Dr. Rahul Gupta, who gained national recognition for his work as West Virginia’s public health commissioner. Gupta is senior vice president and chief medical and health officer at March of Dimes, the nation’s leader in mom and baby health.

Dr. Peter Salk, son of Dr. Jonas Salk, who found the polio vaccine, is a researcher in his own right. As president of the Jonas Salk Legacy Foundation, Salk is dedicated to preserving and extending the contributions of his father, one of society’s great scientists and humanitarians, at philosophical vision towards solutions of ongoing problems confronting humanity.

Bluefield native Dr. Patrice Harris, president of the American Medical Association, will also speak at the summit.

For registration information, contact info@wvsma.org.

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