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Matthew A. Hunt, M.D. Installed as TCMS Board President

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On Tuesday, January 17, Matthew A. Hunt, MD was installed as the 2017 President of Twin Cities Medical Society, succeeding the helm from Carolyn McClain, MD. Nearly 80 TCMS physicians and guests, representing TCMS Board, TCMS Foundation Board, and all TCMS committees and work groups participated in the event at Surly Brewing. Dr. Hunt received his medical degree from the University of Louisville School of Medicine, Kentucky; completed a surgery internship, neurosurgery residency, and fellowship in Neurosurgical Oncology at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, OR; and served as a Clinical Fellow in Neurosurgery at The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, London, UK. Dr. Hunt is an Associate Professor, Program Director, Neurosurgery Residency Program and Co-Director, Joint Orthopedic/Neurosurgery Spine Fellowship at the University of Minnesota.

Representative Joe Schomacker (R), 22A, Chair Health & Human Services Reform Committee, served as the keynote speaker outlining his legislative priorities and voicing “ardent support” for continuing the work and outreach efforts of Honoring Choices Minnesota.

Ken Kephart, MD was presented (in absentia) with the First a Physician Award. Dr. Kephart is a past president of TCMS and currently serves as Medical Director of Honoring Choices Minnesota.

Closing out the evening was comedian, Stevie Ray, providing humor, while poking fun at non-Minnesotans.

Patricia F. Walker, M.D., DTM&H, FASTMH Receives Shotwell Award

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The 2016 Shotwell Award was presented to Patricia F. Walker, MD, DTM&H, FASTMH, at the January 10, 2017 annual meeting of the Abbott Northwestern Medical Staff. Chris J. Johnson, M.D., chair of the Twin Cities Medical Society Foundation presented the award.

The Shotwell Award is presented annually to a person within the state of Minnesota who has made significant contributions in the field of health care.

Dr. Walker is a nationally recognized expert on refugee and immigrant health. A graduate of Mayo Medical School and Mayo Graduate School of Medicine, she is a Professor, division of Infectious Disease and International Health at the U of M, and an Adjunct Professor in the School of Public Health, Division of Epidemiology and Community Health. For 23 years Dr. Walker served as the medical director of the HealthPartners Center for International Health, a nationally known refugee and immigrant health clinic. She is now pursuing more research and teaching interests as the Associate Program Director for the Global Health Pathway in the Department of Medicine at the University of Minnesota, while also continuing to provide patient care at the Center for International Health.

Dr. Walker is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and holds a Certificate of Knowledge in Traveler’s Health from the International Society of Travel Medicine; a Certificate of Knowledge in Clinical Tropical Medicine & Traveler’s Health from the American Society of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene, and Diploma in Tropical Medicine & Hygiene from London School of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. She has worked internationally with refugees in Thailand, with both the American Refugee Committee and the International Rescue Committee and speaks fluent Thai and Cambodian.
On January 1st she was inducted as the 113th President of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene as its 6th female President, an organization with a goal of reducing global health disparities and alleviating suffering due to tropical infectious diseases.

Dr. Walker was instrumental in developing best practices in care for refugees and immigrants in Minnesota while chairing the Minnesota Immigrant Health Task Force in 2002-2004. These best practices are now being shared nationally and internationally. In addition, she co-edited the medical textbook on immigrant medicine, the first of its kind.

Presenting the award, Dr. Johnson stated, “In recognition of her passion and leadership to respect, honor, and educate her colleagues and the community on refugee and immigrant health, I am honored to present the 2016 Shotwell Award to Patricia F. Walker, M.D.

The Shotwell Award was established by Metropolitan Medical Center in 1971 in recognition of the support and dedication of the Shotwell Family. Upon the closing of Metropolitan-Mount Sinai Medical Center in 1991, the West Metro Medical Society/Foundation assumed responsibility for selecting the recipient of the Shotwell Award. Abbott Northwestern Hospital and Medical Staff has generously provided funding for the Shotwell Award since 2003. A plaque recognizing all the award recipients resides in the Sister Kenny Pavilion on the Abbott Northwestern campus.

Patrick J. Flynn, MD receives Charles Bolles Bolles-Rogers Award

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The Twin Cities Medical Society Foundation has the unique honor of selecting and presenting the Charles Bolles Bolles-Rogers Award. The award (a hand-crafted glass fused on copper bowl) is named after Mr. Charles Bolles Bolles-Rogers, an “aristocratic” gentleman who lived in the Minneapolis area for 37 years and was especially interested in the health and hospital needs of the city. He served on the (former) St. Barnabas Hospital Board of Trustees and was president of that board for many years. Prior to his death he made provision for the Charles Bolles Bolles-Rogers Award to be given annually to an outstanding physician.

The 2016 Charles Bolles Bolles-Rogers Award was presented to Patrick (P.J.) Flynn, MD, by TCMSF Board member Andrew Thomas, MD. Joining in the presentation was Dr. Frederick Bolles Rogers, Trauma Program Medical Director, Lancaster General Hospital, Lancaster, PA and grandson of the late Mr. Charles Bolles Bolles-Rogers, who shared a few words about his grandfather’s legacy.

Dr. Flynn is a highly accomplished and dedicated oncologist/hematologist and is widely recognized for his clinical research—particularly serving for 30 years as the principal investigator for the National Cancer Institute Grant Funded Metro Minnesota Clinical Community Oncology Project (CCOP). It was his vision to bring together, often fiercely competitive, cancer care providers and institutions throughout the Twin Cities, for a common cause--where thousands of patients were enrolled in cancer investigation trials.

Dr. Flynn has been described as an excellent and compassionate physician, an outstanding teacher and a leader in cutting edge research. His colleagues agree. In March 2013, Dr. Flynn received the Association of Community Cancer Centers’ David King Community Clinical Scientist Award, which recognizes the top clinical oncologists throughout the country.

As a leader, Dr. Flynn co-founded and served as the Medical Director of the Autologous Bone Marrow and Stem Cell Transplant program at Abbott Northwestern Hospital and served as Director of the Virginia Piper Cancer Institute.

And, as an educator he is a Clinical Professor at the University of Minnesota; a highly sought-after speaker—locally and nationally; provides medical education to residents at Abbott Northwestern, co-chairs the annual hematology oncology review course and is well-published with nearly 100 peer-reviewed publications.

Dr. Flynn truly embodies the criteria of the Charles Bolles Bolles-Rogers award as a researcher, leader, teacher and an outstanding physician. The Twin Cities Medical Society Foundation is honored to award Patrick J. Flynn, MD the Charles Bolles Bolles-Rogers Award.

Environmental Health Survey Results

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The TCMS Environmental Health Committee recently surveyed Society members on your attitudes and knowledge regarding health effects of climate change. 

Although the response rate was low, useful information emerged. Three-fourths of respondents affirmed that in Minnesota climate change, by extending our warmer wetter seasons and moderating our winters, has affected our health in many ways: the prolonged pollen season has increased the incidence and prevalence of allergic disorders and asthma (also impacted by fossil fuel generated air pollution); increased vector winter survival and expanded vector geographic ranges leading to increases in incidence of vector-borne diseases; documented higher rates of heart and lung disease; and more flood-related outbreaks of water-borne illnesses. 

It was interesting to compare this to similar studies from The American Thoracic Society and the American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology. Eighty-five percent of their respondents agreed that climate change has and will have an effect on their patients. Most major health organizations have issued policy statements expressing concern over the health implications of climate change. These include the World Health Organization, the American Public Health Association, the Centers for Disease Control, the AMA, the MMA, the American College of Physicians, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Thoracic Society, Harvard School of Public Health, Kaiser-Permanente, and Cleveland Clinic. Nursing organizations are similarly concerned. 

The Environmental Health Task Force is continuing to explore opportunities for physicians to respond, on a local level, to climate change and its effects on our patients.
In the meantime, we encourage you to look into this issue. Here are some useful resources:
  1. Making the Connection: Climate Changes Health - APHA and ecoAmerica co-sponsor a four-part webinar series investigating the health impacts of climate change. The series explores the connection between climate change and key areas of our health. 
  2. Climate Change in Minnesota: Minnesota Climate and Health Profile Report
To learn more, contact Nancy Bauer at TCMS at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

2015 Healthiest State Summit Program

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University of Minnesota Continuing Education and Conference Center
1890 Buford Avenue
St. Paul, MN  55108-6092
  • Identify key factors resulting in Minnesota losing status as the “healthiest state” in the nation
  • Identify actions participants can take  to improve  health and achieve health equity in Minnesota
  • Encourage new partnerships to make Minnesota the healthiest state.
8:00     WELCOME – Thomas E. Kottke, MD
8:15 – 10:00 a.m. - Opening Session:
                            45 min“Houston—err Minnesota—We Have a Problem!”- MDH Commissioner Edward Ehlinger, MD
9:00 - Panel – Health in all Policies (focusing on health equity and disparities):
60 min (5 min overview ea – panel discussion lead by Ed)
  • Minnesota Community Measurement – Jim Chase, Pres,MNCM
  • Minnesota Health Care Performance Score Card – Lucas Nesse, Minnesota Business Partnership
  • Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) – Andriana Abariotes, Exec Dir.
  • Education – early childhood to successful adult – Sameerah Bilal-Roby. African American Babies Coalition
10:15 – 10:30 – Break
10:30    11:00 – Culture of Health Matrix – Jerry Noyce, CEO & President, Hero
11:15 – 12:30  – Breakout Sessions
  • Binge drinking – David Golden, MD, Boynton Health UMN
  • Housing – Andriana Abariotes, LISC
  • Poverty and livable wages – Melanie Peterson-Hickey, MPH, Center for Health Equity
  • Education – Don Samuels, co-founder the Hope Collaborative; founder the Institute for Authentic Dialogue on Race
  • Structural racism – Stephen Nelson, MD, Children’s Hospital, Minneapolis
12:30 –1:30 p.m. – Lunch
1:00    Speaker
Heart of New Ulm
Jackie Boucher
    Senior Vice President and CEO
Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation
1:00    Speaker - Heart of New Ulm - Jackie Boucher, Senior Vice President and CEO at Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation
1:40-3:00 p.m. – Repeat Breakout sessions
3:15 – 4:00 p.m. – Summarize Breakout Sessions (Facilitators) and Where do we go from here? - Thomas E. Kottke, MD
4:00 – Adjourn

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