WVSMA Annual Meeting


In just a few short days, the West Virginia State Medical Association will gavel in its Annual Meeting at the Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, WV.  This is the premier event for medicine and public health in West Virginia each year.  It brings together physicians from all specialities to learn and debate the health policy topics of the day.

The two day event begins on Friday, with Dr. Lorenzo Pence giving an lecture on the historic issue of Single GME Accreditation.  Later in the day the Deans of all three medical schools in West Virginia will present and answer questions from the audience on issues from medical education to social determinants of health.  Leadership from the West Virignia legislature will be on hand to discuss current topics in health policy.  Other topics for Friday sessions include osteopathic manipulation and health homes.

The event continues Saturday with nationally known speakers like Dr. Brooke Buckley of Meritus Health, Dr. Rahul Gupta from the March of Dimes, and vaccine expert Dr. Peter Salk.  Topics on Saturday include vaccines, maternal mortality, tobacco policy, emotional intelligence, and heart health.  The day will culminate in a gala sponsored by Mako Medical where AMA President and West Virginia native Dr. Patrice Harris will speak and Dr. Sherri Young being inaugurated as President of the Association.

This event is the premier gathering of the house of medicine in West Virginia. Registration is still available by going to wvsma.org.

Published by Danny Scalise

Danny Franklin Scalise, II is the Executive Director and Chief Lobbyist of the West Virginia State Medical Association and its subsidiary organizations as well as a professor of Health Policy at the West Virginia University School of Public Health. He is considered one of the leading health policy experts in West Virginia and is a passionate advocate for public health. Scalise has been a public policy adviser to two Governors. He is well known across West Virginia as a problem solver and a great student of West Virginia politics & the legislative process. As part of the Manchin administration, Danny was the Recovery Czar in West Virginia managing $1.8 billion in grants and entitlement funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
 Danny earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from West Virginia University Institute of Technology in 2002, his Master of Business Administration from West Virginia University in 2005, and his Master of Public Health degree in Health Policy in 2018. In 2016 he became Certified in Public Health by the National Board of Public Health Examiners. He has been published on and regularly speaks on issues of public health, health policy, and local health department governance & organizational structure. Danny sits on the Board of Directors for the Thomas Health System in South Charleston, WV and in 2019 Mayor Amy Shuler Goodwin appointed him to serve on the Kanawha-Charleston Board of Health which governs the largest and first PHAB Accredited Health Department in West Virginia. 
 Danny has been recognized by Opportunity Nation in 2013 as part of their national Opportunity Leaders & Scholars program and was awarded the “Health Administration Rising Star” by the American Public Health Association in 2016. He is a 2012 Leadership West Virginia graduate, was on the State Journal’s 2016 Generation Next: 40 under 40 list, was named a 2019 Young Gun by West Virginia Executive Magazine, and was given the 2019 Advocacy Award by the West Virginia Immunization Network for his work to protect West Virginia’s childhood immunization laws. Since joining in 2007, Danny has been an active participant in Mensa.

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