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Elections

LACMA Elections provide members in good standing an opportunity to get more involved in the decision-making process and serve as representatives of their local communities throughout Los Angeles County. Members have the opportunity to run for and elect persons for the LACMA Board and local leadership positions.

LACMA holds its elections every June. Active members of LACMA and CMA have the privilege of voting for their preferred candidates.

At the end of May, members can expect to receive a voting ballot via email or mail and you will be able to cast your vote for your preferred candidate. Please be sure to keep an eye out for your ballot and submit your vote.

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The Los Angeles County Medical Association will hold its 153rd Annual Election this June.


Councilor-at-Large 

The candidates below are running for a Councilor-at-Large position on the LACMA Board of Directors. There are three (3) open seats each with a three (3) year term. 

Samuel Nyamu, MD

Dear Esteemed Members of the LACMA,

I am writing to express my interest in running for the position of Councilor at Large for the Los Angeles California Medical Association (LACMA). As a dedicated physician with experience in physician leadership in my group, I am confident that my unique insights and passion for population health make me an ideal candidate for this esteemed position.

Over the recent times, I have developed an interest in organized medicine and its potential to improve healthcare outcomes at the population level. I have had the privilege of participating in physician advocacy day this year, which has not only enriched my understanding of the healthcare landscape but also reinforced my appreciation for the pivotal role physicians play in enhancing community health.

My work with minority patients, particularly those of color who often face challenges in accessing equitable healthcare, has further fueled my commitment to advocate for health equality. I firmly believe that every individual, regardless of their race or socio-economic status, deserves access to high-quality healthcare. As a councilor, I aim to drive this agenda forward, ensuring that our healthcare system adequately addresses the needs of all patients.

Being a councilor at large for the LACMA presents an exciting opportunity for me to contribute more significantly to organized medicine. I am eager to bring my leadership skills, passion for population health, and commitment to healthcare equity to this role. I am confident that, with your support, we can make substantial strides in advancing the health of our community.

I look forward to the possibility of serving as your councilor at large and appreciate your consideration of my candidacy. Thank you for your time and consideration.

Samuel Fink, MD

Hi! I’m Sam Fink and I’d like to ask for your vote for the LACMA Board of Directors! I’m an internist in solo private practice in Tarzana. I’m a former President of LAMCA, and I’ve chaired the CMA President’s Forum. My largest interest in representing you is the elimination of the insane medical
insurance pre-authorization nonsense we all deal with that is taking up so much of our time. It accomplishes nothing other than taking time away from our patients and families, while saving insurance companies money that should rightfully be spent on patient care. I’m the current chair of the District Financial Oversight Committee, and we’ve spent the last year trying to revitalize the districts in an effort to make LACMA fun and locally relevant again. In the past year we did a great event at the county museum, “LACMA at LACMA” and hosted a family day at the Long Beach aquarium. We are now actively planning an event at the Gene Autry museum in Griffith Park and look forward to another great turnout! I appreciate your membership in LACMA and would be honored to receive your vote!

C.S. Cutter, MD

Initial Nomination: President Jerry Abraham, MD 

Appreciate your consideration for re-election to the Board. Moved to Los Angeles from New York in 2008 for Surgical Oncology Fellowship. Career experiences include contracts, private practice, and group practice. Understand firsthand the challenges. As as result, advocating for:

  • Preserving physicians’ choice in medical practice settings 
  • Interdisciplinary collaboration across disciplines to form a united front 
  • Easing financial and legislative pressures that hinder patient care and physician QOL
  • Pursuing quality healthcare for all patients
  • Embracing workplace innovation that enhances physician efficiency and care quality. 

Career

  • Surgical Oncology 
  • Committees: CME Chair, Quality Initiative Teamleader, Peer Review
  • CDU Faculty: Clinical Skills and Medical Reasoning Course
  • Hospital Presentations: multiple Grand Rounds, hospital Board of Directors meeting.
  • Speaker: CDU, UCLA, and Kaiser Permanente. 

Organized Medicine

  • CRDMS Past President: administration successful in increasing membership, revenues, and corporate sponsorship.
    • Member Programming: medicine, research, billing/coding, business expansion, and financial literacy. 
    • Community Programming: health fairs, school physicals, winter coat drive, STEM toys/books drive. 
  • LACMA Board 
  • NMA Surgical Section Board

Community Engagement

  • Appearances: TV, radio, and podcasts advocating for cancer screening, BIPOC health literacy, and health and wellness. 
  • NFP: Director of Strategic Planning, Treasurer
  • Co-Director of the Meet the Black Doctors series for health literacy 
  • American Cancer Society speaker 

Summary. Was honored to become Councilor-at-Large in 2023. I bring my experience and energy to work with you to focus on efforts to:

  • Foster Interdisciplinary Collaboration 
  • Ease Financial and Legislative Pressures
  • Embrace Workplace Innovations
  • Pursue Quality Healthcare for All Patients
  • Preserve Physician Choice in Practice Settings

Driven by a commitment to advancing our medical community's cohesion and resilience in the face of evolving challenges, asking for your continued support in the form of re-election in 2024. 

Linda Marie Mirdamadi, MD

As a current councilor-at-large member, it’s been an absolute honor representing you by serving on our LACMA board. Though we have accomplished much, I believe together we can continue to accomplish even more!

In 2024, I had the opportunity to engage with medical centers and national organizations to share LACMA’s amazing resources and advocate for equitable policies that improve the health of our communities. I joined Governor Newsom’s Prop 1 GOTV Press Conference to support mental health in California, met congressional leaders on Capitol Hill, and attended a White House briefing on mental health, gender equity, workforce diversity, and obesity.

Just last month I was humbled to be invited to the National Hispanic Medical Association’s (NHMA) 30th Anniversary Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C. to present policy recommendations to improve access to mental health care in our Latino youth and other underrepresented communities in California.

As an internist and former Chief Wellness Officer, I look forward to future partnerships with CMA to support policies that advance the health and well-being of our physicians and the communities we serve. As a National Hispanic Health Foundation Fellow and NHMA Fellow and board member, I will continue to bring my diverse experience and unique state and federal policy expertise to our board.

With my role as adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor and faculty advisor for the Latino Medical Student Association, member of the executive board for the Keck School of Medicine of USC and the USC Board of Governors, I am deeply committed to advancing representation with increased engagement and LACMA membership for USC faculty, staff, fellows, residents, interns, and medical students.

Please join me today. Together, we can create a brighter and healthier future for our physicians, students and the communities we serve.

Thank you in advance for your support!


Resident/Fellow Councilor

The candidates below are running for Resident/Fellow Councilor. The candidate receiving the highest number of votes will be elected as the Resident/Fellow Councilor and the runner up will serve as the Alternate Resident/Fellow Councilor. The term is for one year.

Alejandro Miranda, DO

It is with great honor and gratitude to be considered for the Resident Councilor position. As a Family Medicine Resident, it is my mission to expand my knowledge of community needs and challenges, combined with collaborating effectively with diverse stakeholders. 

In my career, I see myself enhancing public health outcomes through community initiatives and policies. I believe LACMA can help support my goals by being a patient and physician advocate who understands the work that goes into health policies and administration. I trust LACMA will aid in fostering my growth and leadership skills as well as provide the opportunity to network with other passionate and motivated physicians.

As a resident, I have continued to be involved in the community by volunteering and providing health education at the high school, college, and parental levels. I have additionally become involved in and attended the Latino Physician Roundtable Workshop, intending to improve Latino physician representation within the health care delivery system.

I have held various leadership positions and have been involved with organizations such as Social Advocates for Youth and San Diego County’s Childhood Obesity Initiative. In medical school I helped establish the local chapter of Public Health Association while also being the Health and Wellness Chair for our Peer Mentor program, providing mental health and academic support.

Before starting my residency, I became a Public Health Advisor through the CDC Division of Global Migration and Quarantine, where I ensured airlines were following international travel guidelines by performing passenger compliance checks and asking for COVID testing.

I am the first in my family to pursue higher education and earned my MPH and Osteopathic Medical Degree from Michigan State University. 

I appreciate your time and consideration.

Annie Hoang, MD

I am a PGY2 in emergency medicine at UCLA and I am thrilled for the opportunity to serve as a Resident/Fellow Councilor. I went to medical school at UCSF, where I was enrolled in the five year Program in Medical Education for the Urban Underserved (PRIME-US). I received my MPH in health policy at Harvard during my fifth year. Having grown up in poverty, my work and interests have always centered on health policies that advance equity in the built environment. In the past, I have successfully advocated for the installation of dozens of tap water stations in historically excluded neighborhoods in San Francisco, and led scholarly work that influenced the EPA to finally ban a toxic chemical from consumer and occupational uses this year.

At UCLA, I am active in our resident union, where I help lead initiatives in engaging with GME leadership and the C-suite to tackle the ED boarding crisis. I also work with stakeholders to brainstorm solutions to improve healthcare access at UCLA for our patients with Medi-Cal presenting to the emergency department. 

I am excited for the opportunity to collaborate with other members to advance the priorities of LACMA and champion resident engagement.


Medical Student Councilor

The candidates below are running for Medical Student Councilor. The candidate receiving the highest number of ranked votes will be elected as the Medical Student Councilor and the runner up will serve as the Alternate Medical Student Councilor. The term is for one year.

Jade Cook

Esteemed LACMA Members,

My name is Jade Cook, and I am honored to announce my candidacy for LACMA Medical Student Councilor. For those of you whom I have not had the pleasure of meeting, I would like to share a little bit about myself and why I am interested in this position.

I was born and raised in Los Angeles, completing a B.A. in Music in 2019 and a Masters in Legal Studies in May 2024, both at UCLA. I am a rising fourth year medical student in the Charles Drew/UCLA Medical Education Program, a program that works towards eliminating health disparities and improving health care for all patients. I was recently re-elected as Class President, a role I have served in since my first year, successfully advocating for numerous
curricular changes within a challenging new curriculum.

I joined the AMA as a new medical student and found that organized medicine offered the perfect integration between advocacy and medicine. Throughout my 3-year tenure in the AMA, I have served as a School Delegate, CMA-MSS Vice Chair of CMA Relations, and Delegate to the House of Delegates (HOD). I currently co-chair the UCLA/CDU Organized Medicine chapter.

One of the highlights of my organized medicine experience has been participating in CMA’s Legislative Advocacy Day. I have twice attended in the LACMA cohort, lobbying legislators directly on Capitol Hill to advocate for those issues most important to California physicians.

As LACMA Medical Student Councilor, I hope to continue to advocate for our most disadvantaged patients and address some of the unique challenges facing our large, diverse county. I hope to amplify student voices and improve student participation by forging new connections and mentorship opportunities.

I humbly ask for your support and thank you for your time and consideration.

Frank Zhou

How can we continue to improve healthcare here in Los Angeles and California? What issues are you passionate about, and what changes do you want to see?

As medical students, we have so much potential to shape healthcare for the better. As your medical student councilor, I want to be your representative to the LACMA Board, to amplify your opinions and ideas so that we can create change together.

My name is Frank Zhou (he/him), a third-year medical student at UCLA, and my life’s goal in medicine is to help ensure access to care for underserved populations. Growing up in New Zealand, I came to believe that healthcare is a human right, which has served as a guiding principle in all my work with LACMA, the CMA and the AMA to date.

I have a proven track record of getting things done in these organizations. I have represented California at the AMA House of Delegates for the last two years, where I successfully championed policies to oppose copays and premiums for our most financially vulnerable patients on Medi-Cal insurance, and also to oppose legacy admissions to medical school. I have served as Chair of the AMA-MSS Committee on Economics and Quality in Medicine, helping to review resolutions impacting the affordability of care. I have also served as Vice-Chair and Policy Chair of AMA Region 1 during the last two years, and have represented LACMA twice at the CMA Legislative Advocacy Day in Sacramento.

All of these roles have required me to collaborate with other medical students and physicians to achieve common aims. I promise to bring the same humility to this role of LACMA medical student councilor, so that I can hear from you about your priorities, and then help you make them reality. Let’s do this together!

Justin Cheng

I’m Justin Cheng and I am running to seek re-election as the Medical Student Councilor on the LACMA Board of Directors. Over the past year, I have also had the privilege of serving on our LACMA Political Action Committee, Young Physicians Advisory Committee, and Public Health Council. As a fourth-year medical student at the Keck School of Medicine working at both Keck and our LA General safety net hospital, I have had the opportunity to see firsthand the unique challenges patients in Los Angeles face in healthcare access, and how the rapid changes in the healthcare landscape are affecting trainees, and I am dedicated to addressing these issues and representing these viewpoints.

During my tenure, I have also worked to re-establish LACMA and AMA’s presence on my campus and boost student engagement through initiatives such as hosting lunch talks and promoting LACMA’s many events to our student body. If re-elected, I will continue to prioritize increasing student engagement, addressing mental health and food insecurity, and interfacing with our representatives in government. 


Uncontested Elections

The following positions were uncontested and will not appear on the ballot. Congratulations to the elected candidates!

Secretary - Stacey Ludwig, MD

District 14 Councilor - Diego Caivano, MD

Past LACMA Leader Councilor - Maria Lymberis, MD

CMA Trustee - Resa Caivano, MD


CMA Delegates and Alternate Delegates

The California Medical Association's (CMA) House of Delegates (HOD) consists of over 550 delegates elected by component medical societies, specialty societies, and CMA sections and forums, representing virtually every mode of practice and region of the state.

CMA's House of Delegates convenes annually to debate on the most important issues affecting members, the Association, and the practice of medicine. Actionable reports on those topics are presented and debated, and educational speakers are often invited to provide additional insight. The House also addresses any other issues referred to it by the Board of Trustees, including any changes to the bylaws matters regarding charters, etc. During the Annual Session, the House elects officers, honors members for their service, and receives important updates about the activities of the Association in the past year.

While only Delegates can address the House during Annual Session, any CMA member may present testimony (i.e. speak for or against a recommendation) during the online testimony period of the Major Issues. This is similar to how Members can submit written testimony on submitted resolutions that are accessible via their account dashboard on the CMA website.

If anyone has any questions regarding the positions or the election process, please contact Lisa Le at (213) 226-0304 or at lisa@lacmanet.org.

District

# of Delegate Vacancies

# of Alternate Delegate Vacancies

1 – Metropolitan

2

3

2 – Pasadena/San Gabriel Valley/Glendale

2

2

5 – Bay

6

7

6 – W. San Fernando Valley/Santa Clarita Valley

2

2

7 – Beverly Hills

1

1

9 – Southwest/South

1

1

10 – Southeast/East/Long Beach

1

1

14 – Foothill/Pomona

1

1

17 – E. San Fernando Valley/Antelope Valley

1

1