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Medical Students in LoungeThe Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society has several committees that study and report on issues impacting physicians and access to care. Many of the activities of our committees result in recommendations to the SSVMS Board of Directors, County Health Departments, Boards of Supervisors, City Councils, local agencies and legislators. Over the years, many serious or chronic problems affecting the practice of medicine and patients have been resolved as a result of the work of our chairs and committee members. Physician members interested in participating on a SSVMS committee are encouraged to contact the Medical Society at 916-452-2671 or


This committee is responsible for planning, soliciting articles, editing, and publishing Sierra Sacramento Valley Medicine, the journal of the Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society. All physician and medical student members are invited to submit articles, poems, photos, artwork or other items for possible publication. Learn more here.

Emergency Care*

Chair: Peter V. Hull, MD

This committee studies issues related to emergency care services and facilities, trauma, patient transport and triage, disaster preparedness and on-call issues within the region. The committee also serves as liaison with government agencies responsible for emergency services, transport and disaster planning. Also, the Emergency Care Committee provides quality improvement oversight to SSVMS’ SMART Medical Clearance Protocol.

Health Equity Advisory

Chair: J. Bianca Roberts, MD

This committee addresses racism and bias in medicine by developing best practices for medical groups, providing resources and education for physicians, and advocating for legislative policies that affect health outcomes for marginalized communities.


Chair: Robert LaPerriere, MD

The main interest of this committee is the maintenance and collection of historical artifacts relative to the history of medicine.   Committee members are involved in researching local and regional medical history and serve as docents for school tours of SSVMS' Museum of Medical History.

Joy of Medicine Advisory

Chair: John M. Chuck, MD

This committee includes the Sacramento Region’s leaders in physician wellness and advise SSVMS’ Joy of Medicine Program.


Chair: Immediate Past President

This committee nominates candidates for each elected office of SSVMS and the SSVMS Delegation to CMA’s House of Delegates.

Public & Environmental Health*

Chair: Glennah Trochet, MD

This committee studies and makes recommendations on public and environmental health issues that affect the health and well-being of our community including but not limited to maternal and child health, mental health, homelessness, tobacco and opioid misuse.

Scholarship & Awards*

Chair: Margaret E. Parsons, MD

This committee administers the Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society Medical Student Scholarship Fund and recommends to the Board special awards for members of the Society such as the Golden Stethoscope, Medical Honor, and Medical Community Service Awards.

SPIRIT Management

Chair: David A. Herbert, MD

Comprised of representatives from Dignity Health, Sutter Health, Kaiser Permanente, UC Davis Health and Sacramento County Health Services; the SPIRIT Management Committee provides support for donated medical care to the Sacramento Region’s uninsured and medically indigent.

*Appointed by the Board of Directors