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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 150th 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.

 

Councilor-at-Large

There are 2 vacancies for Councilor-at-Large. One position is for a new three (3) year term and the other position will complete an unexpired term (ending June 30, 2022).  This race will be conducted with a preferential ballot in which the candidate ranked the highest will be elected into the position with the new full term. All regular active members will have the opportunity to vote in this race.

Richard Seidman, MD, MPH

I’m honored to be considered for the Councilor At Large seat 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 four years as the Chief Medical Officer.  My career long passion has been to serve the underserved and reduce disparities and to improve the quality of care and outcomes for those most in need in our society.   If 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 support for physicians serving the underserved and to increase their participation and influence in both organizations.

 

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 LACMA, 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 ensuring that PPE supplies were distributed to physicians that needed them in our LACMA districts. We are trying to revitalize the districts in an effort to make LACMA fun and locally relevant again...we just did a virtual wine tasting event, but can’t wait until we can all meet together in person! I appreciate your membership in LACMA and would be honored to receive your vote!

 

District 14 Councilor

There is one vacancy for District 14 Councilor.  Only members located in District 14 will vote in this race.  If you are unsure which district you belong to, please click here to learn more.

Diego Caivano, MD

It is an honor to be considered for the District 14 Councilor At Large during this unprecedented time in our collective careers. I was born in Mendoza Argentina and was raised in Southern California. As a proud immigrant I have always understood the importance of advocating on behalf of those who may not be able to do so for themselves. I attended Howard University College of Medicine in Washington DC and completed my Emergency Residency at Mount Sinai in New York City, both of which helped shape my need to work with communities of color and immigrant populations. As a board-certified Emergency Physician, I am proud to be part of the safety net that often times serves as the glue to our system at large. I understand and appreciate the challenges we all face on a daily basis and have spent my career collaborating with colleagues to face the utmost critical policy challenges. As current representative of LACMA on the County of Los Angeles Emergency Medical Services Commission we are continuing to collaborate on advancing policy that is patient centered and leading the country in how we address mental health emergencies. I would be honored to continue bringing to the forefront the challenges that face our medical collective communities with the tenacity that this urgent time call for. 

 

William Hale, MD

Doctors I am asking for your vote to continue as Chairman of Los Angeles County District 14. I have been a member since we had a membership number exceeding 30,000. Most of the decline in our ranks has been due to adverse policies of the federal government. President Reagan made uncompensated emergency treatments mandatory. We have successfully fought many subsequent adverse policies, most recently an attempt by the trial lawyers to raise settlements to an absurd figure and mandate physician drug testing! You can thank the California Medical Association and the Los Angeles County Medical Association that our situation has not become much worse. Unfortunately the current White House is advocating “Medicare for All” tantamount to making all aspects of the health care system de jure if not de factor federal employees without our consent. The 13th amendment abolishing slavery in the United States was ratified December 31st, 1865. Please vote for my candidacy. I will continue to work for all of us to assure quality medical care and quality medical practice.

 

Resident/Fellow Councilor

There is one vacancy for Resident/Fellow Councilor and the runner up will serve as the Alternate.  Only resident members will vote in this race.  This race will be conducted with a preferential ballot in which the candidate ranked the highest will be elected into the Resident/Fellow Councilor position and the candidate with the second highest rank will be elected as the Alternate.

Anna Yap, MD

Hello, I’m Anna Yap, a PGY-3 at the UCLA Ronald Reagan-Olive View Emergency Program. I was our LACMA Resident Councilor this past year and want to continue my term, to ensure the needs of learners and underrepresented populations are considered. I am proud of what we have achieved over this past tumultuous year, and as I move forward into my final year of training, I will have even more time to dedicate to our organization. Over my relatively short medical career I have had the privilege and honor of working and growing with many inspiring leaders via the various positions I have held within organized medicine, and want to continue that within LACMA. 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. Over this past year, I have championed legislation protecting residents, worked on vaccine advocacy and have spoken to residents and medical students about the advocacy power we have, even while being a learner. 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.

 

Cecilia Leggett, MD

To the LACMA community: thank you for considering me for 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. Now, as a soon to be PGY3, I am excited to shift my focus back to organized medicine at the local level and hope to serve once again as a Resident Councilor to LACMA. 

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!

 

Andrea Banuelos Mota, MD

My name is Andrea Banuelos Mota. I am a Los Angeles native, daughter of Mexican immigrants, new parent and first-generation soon-to-be physician. I will soon be graduating with an M.D./M.P.H. degree from the Keck School of Medicine of USC and I will be starting residency in Family Medicine at UCLA-Santa Monica in June. I have long held an interest in becoming involved in the Los Angeles County Medical Association (LACMA) because I appreciate its mission to advocate for quality healthcare while representing the needs of its members.

During my medical school education, I learned about the collective power of organized medicine through my involvement in the American Academy of Family Physicians and California Academy of Family Physicians. Throughout my various roles, I engaged in resolution writing, legislative advocacy, leadership development and community-building. While I have thoroughly enjoyed being involved with the professional organizations within my specialty, I am ready to begin branching out and becoming more involved with an organization that has a broader member base such as LACMA. I believe that there are needs that are common to all physicians regardless of specialty and I’d like to be involved in an organization that is dedicated to finding common threads among our various fields to help us create a stronger advocacy voice for patients and physicians.

I aim to be involved in advocacy and organized medicine throughout my career and I hope that being elected as a 2021-2022 LACMA Resident/Fellow Councilor will be a great launching point. If elected, I would like to become involved in committees such as the Latino Physicians Advisory Committee, Young Physicians Advisory Committee and Women Physicians Issues and Advocacy Committee to help represent the voice of minority, Latinx, female (and new mother) physicians who are early in their career path like me.

 

Joshua Cenido, MD, MS, MBA

It is a continual honor to have been selected to serve Los Angeles as a resident physician, to learn from and confer closely with LACMA’s members in recent years, and to expand and strengthen LACMA’s sphere and capacity.  With the privilege to serve LACMA and its interests further, I look to model my vocation after the demonstrated perspicacity of our leadership and of those who have come before me.  California and the nation look to Los Angeles County and LACMA’s leadership, and it continues to be our charge to mobilize and advocate for the innovation necessitated by our experiences from the frontlines.  Likewise it will continue to be my charge to aid LACMA with impassioning and nurturing Los Angeles’s physicians-in-training as have my LACMA mentors.

As Chief Resident and member of Charles R. Drew University’s Psychiatry Residency Training Program’s Program Evaluation Committee, I witness the growth of our University’s and Los Angeles County’s response to the disproportionate need for health services in South Los Angeles.  As Councilor, I will continue offering the virtues of my experience from these and other collaborative leadership roles, while advancing the experiences, satisfaction, and outcomes of our patients, and serving the needs of our colleagues locally and beyond.

Regards and Strength,

Joshua Francisco CeƱido, MD, MS, MBA

 

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

 

President-Elect - Omer Deen, MD

Treasurer - Jerry Abraham, MD, MPH, CMQ

Secretary - Po-Yin Samuel Huang, MD

District 3 Councilor - Stephanie Booth, MD

Young Physician Councilor - Atul Nakhasi, MD

Ethnic Physicians Committee Chair - Hector Flores, MD

Medical Student Councilor - Aileen Arevalo

CMA Trustee - Roxana Yoonessi, MD, JD