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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 151st Annual Election this June.  

The following contested elections will appear on the ballot. Those elected will serve on LACMA's Board of Directors.  Candidates below are listed in ballot order. Ballots will be emailed or mailed to each eligible current member (must have joined or renewed by March 1, 2022).

Councilor-at-Large

There are three (3) vacancies for Councilor-at-Large. This race will have preferential voting and the top three (3) candidates receiving the most preferred votes will be elected. All regular active members will have the opportunity to vote in this race.

Richard L. Seidman, MD, MPH

I’m honored to be considered for re-election to serve as a Councilor At Large on the LACMA Board.   I was born and raised in Los Angeles, and did my undergraduate, graduate and clinical training in Los Angeles.   I am board certified in Pediatrics and Preventive Medicine and worked as a Pediatrician, Medical Director and Chief Medical Officer for nearly 20 years with Northeast Valley Health Corporation, one of the largest Community Health Centers in the nation, and for more than 10 years with L.A. Care Health Plan, including the last five years as Chief Medical Officer.  My career long passion has been to serve the underserved, reduce disparities and to improve the quality of care and outcomes for those most in need in our society.   If re-elected to the Councilor At Large position, my goal is to leverage the advocacy platform LACMA and the CMA have built over the years to increase compensation and support for physicians serving the underserved and to increase their participation and influence in both organizations.

Valencia P. Walker, MD, MPH

With great enthusiasm and genuine eagerness to serve, I kindly request your support and vote to represent you as one of LACMA’s Councilors-at-Large.

LACMA and the CMA provide an important voice for all physicians, irrespective of specialty and type of practice. Since 2017, I have represented LACMA as a delegate and actively participated in every CMA House of Delegates annual session. This year, it has truly been an honor to chair the LACMA Delegation. Previously, I was chairperson for the Ethnic Medical Organizations Section (EMOS), and I am the immediate past chairperson for the CMA Council on Legislation. Additionally, I serve as the present Secretary-Treasurer for CALPAC.

I am an actively practicing neonatologist currently transitioning into a new clinical role at Olive View-UCLA Medical Center. I care for patients and families across socioeconomic and geographic groups. My career has afforded me a broad range of experiences, including my prior positions as Assistant Dean and Associate Professor for DGSOM UCLA and past leadership roles as a Medical Director for both private and academic neonatal units.

Why Councilor-at-Large for LACMA?

A powerful quote* from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. urges collaboration to attain meaningful achievements, and it inspires my involvement in organized medicine. As an advocate, I want to help protect our profession against Scope Creep and Corporatization of Medicine. This is so important as we work to assure the health and wellbeing of our patients and colleagues.

* “… all life is inter-related… I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be...”

Endorsements:

LACMA members Dr. Jerry Abraham, Dr. Joe Beezy, Dr. Resa Caivano, Dr. Hector Flores, Dr. Stacey Ludwig, Dr. Anna Yap and the CMA Ethnic Medical Organizations Section

Richard Huynh, MD

No candidate statement was submitted.

Robert A. Bitonte, MD, JD

Dear LACMA member, I asking for your vote to serve you one more time as councilor-at-large. I have served you previously in every elected position in LACMA. In the coming several years, there will be different and difficult challenges to your professional well being. I feel I have the experience and uncompromised commitment to you to advocate and advance for your personal, and professional well-being. I hope my past advocacy for you speaks for itself, and allows me to ask you for your vote. Thank you for your consideration.

Deepjot K. Singh, MD

I am honored to be nominated and thank you for your time and hopefully your vote. I’m a practicing Obstetrician/Gynecologist with over 20 years of experience with a passion for supporting physicians along with understanding the business of medicine and the social determinants of healthcare that affect equity, patient safety and well-being. I’m a UCLA graduate, medical degree at Chicago Medical School, and completed my residency at Women's and Children's Hospital, USC-LA County Hospital.  I furthered my education during my busy solo practice with an executive MBA at the USC Marshall School of Business in 2018 which led to understanding the need for advocacy for physician voices and the need for intersection of physician leadership in various industries, communities, businesses, and medicine.  Physicians belong in places where healthcare decisions are being made.

As an advocate on systems level change, I have been an invited consultant, speaker and panelist on physician leadership, patient safety and accelerating health equity in multiple forums. I am currently serving as the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Co-Chair for Patient Safety and Quality Improvement for the State of California. I was a part of the ACOG 2019 Congressional Leadership Conference where my personal story and experiences with maternal death and morbidity were used to urge members of Congress to cosponsor the Mothers and Offspring Mortality and Morbidity Awareness Act (MOMMAs) and selected by ACOG to attend the prestigious Robert Cefalo Leadership Institute in March 2022.

I have shared my personal experiences to promote physician wellness, peer support campaigns advocating for our safety and ability to continue the practice medicine without stigma to mental health.

If elected, my goal with LACMA is to collaborate and advocate for our practices, our patients, our voices and promote physician led care with equity and safety.

Sion Roy, MD

I am a cardiologist at Harbor UCLA, a safety net hospital in Torrance. It was the honor of a lifetime to serve as LACMA's youngest President 2 years ago after serving almost a decade on the executive committee. I was proud to have led our great organization through the early part of the pandemic where we were able to get much needed PPE to so many of our member practices. Additionally, during my Presidency we started the DOCS4LA initiative where LACMA partnered with numerous non-profit organizations to help Angelenos on issues like food and housing insecurity. I am currently a trustee on the California Medical Association board and serve as the Chair for CALPAC. It would be an honor to continue to be a member of the LACMA board and represent Angeleno physicians. I believe my experience in organized medicine will be a valuable perspective on the LACMA board as we confront the healthcare challenges of the near future. Thank you for your consideration.


Proposed Changes to the LACMA Bylaws

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Resident/Fellow Councilor

There is one (1) vacancy for Resident/Fellow Councilor and the runner up will serve as the Alternate. Only resident members will vote in this race. The candidate receiving the highest number of votes will be elected the Resident/Fellow Councilor.

Cecilia Leggett, MD

To the LACMA community: thank you for considering me to continue in the Resident Councilor position on LACMA Board of Directors. Organized medicine at the local, state, and national levels has always been an influential and meaningful part of my medical education. From serving as a medical student delegate, then as a resident delegate on behalf of both LACMA to the CMA and on behalf of ACOG (the organized medicine body for OBGYN) to the AMA, being involved with organized medicine is truly important to me and, with your vote, I am hoping to continue participating at the local level as a LACMA Resident Councilor. 

After graduating medical school at UC San Diego School of Medicine, one week prior to starting my PGY1 year, I joined LACMA as an Alternate Resident Councilor. For the past year, as a PGY2, I have been focusing on my research in improving patient access to obstetric ultrasound which has been incredibly rewarding as well as serving as a delegate to the CMA and AMA. As a PGY3, I shifted my focus back to organized medicine at the local level served once again as a Resident Councilor to LACMA which I hope to continue in my final year of residency (PGY4).

I was born and raised in Los Angeles and, after spending a few years away earning my BA in Public Health from the University of California, Berkeley, completing a Teach For America term of service in the Washington DC, and attending UCSD for medical school, I am so excited to continue putting down roots in this wonderful city as a resident at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and as the Resident Councilor to LACMA. Thank you for considering my candidacy!

Anna Yap, MD

Hello and thank you for considering me for the Resident Counselor position. Over the pandemic, LACMA has done so much to serve our community and I hope to continue to participate at our local level, working to ensure the needs of learners and underrepresented populations are considered and nurtured. 

Organized medicine is such an important vehicle to help provide better healthcare to our whole community, and I believe that when we band together, we have the chance to make meaningful change for our practice and for our patients. Some of my previous positions include Speaker of the AMA MSS, being a member of the CMA and AMA RFS Governing Council, member of multiple CMA Councils including the Council on Legislation, board member of the Committee of Interns and Residents, board member of the California Academy of Emergency Physicians, core leadership team of #ThisIsOurShot. I am also currently the resident trustee at the California Medical Association and have enjoyed representing learners and Los Angeles on the state level. 

I have championed legislation protecting residents, worked on vaccine advocacy, testified multiple times in the state legislature, and have spoken to residents and medical students about the advocacy power we have. Organized medicine is one of my passions, and I love to spread the knowledge of the power we have as physicians when we band together for a cause. Within LACMA, I have been active in our delegation as we discuss resolutions and ensure the position of residents and medical students are considered when discussing recommendations. I will continue to mentor residents and medical students within our county to ensure we have strong leaders in our community.

The future of our LACMA is bright, and I humbly request your vote to help accomplish even more.


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

President-Elect - Jerry Abraham, MD, MPH, CMQ

Treasurer - Po-Yin Samuel Huang, MD

Secretary - Heather Silverman, MD

District 1 Councilor - C. Freeman, MD, MBA

District 2 Councilor - Michael Cao, MD

District 6 Councilor - Marc Mendes, MD

District 7 Councilor - Kambiz Kosari, MD

District 17 Councilor - Nancy Ellerbroek, MD

SCPMG Councilor - Lisa Firestone, MD

Medical Student Councilor - Aileen Arevalo


CMA Delegates and Alternate Delegates

District

# of Delegate Vacancies

# of Alt. Delegate Vacancies

1 (Metropolitan)

3

5

2 (Pasadena/San Gabriel Valley/Glendale)

1

1

5 (Bay)

2

1

6 (W. SF Valley/Santa Clarita Valley)

1

3

7 (Beverly Hills)

0

1

9 (Southwest/South)

1

1

10 (Southeast/East/Long Beach)

0

2

14 (Foothill/Pomona)

1

1

17 (E. SF Valley/Antelope Valley)

1

1

The California Medical Association's (CMA) House of Delegates (HOD) consists of nearly 550 delegates elected by component medical socities, 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 regardign the positions or the election process, please contact Lisa Le at (213) 226-0304 or at lisa@lacmanet.org.