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MSDC Announces Search for New Executive Vice President

Friday, February 2, 2018  
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Medical Society of the District of Columbia Announces Search for New Executive Vice President
Board Salutes Outgoing Leader K. Edward Shanbacker

Washington, D.C., February 2, 2018 - The Medical Society of the District of Columbia (MSDC) announced today it is launching a national search for an Executive Vice President to succeed its long-serving leader K. Edward Shanbacker, who will retire upon the conclusion of the search anticipated to be May 2018.

Since 1817, MSDC has been supporting and advocating for patients, physicians, the medical profession and the betterment of public health. Its membership is comprised of licensed physicians, medical residents, medical students and allied health professionals in metropolitan Washington. With over 2,500 members, MSDC is the largest medical organization representing metropolitan Washington physicians in the District. MSDC celebrated its 200th anniversary in 2017.

“We are so grateful to Mr. Shanbacker for his years of service,” said Board Chair Susanne Bathgate, MD. “During his tenure, Ed has been known as a tireless advocate for the medical community within the District of Columbia. His focus on serving members and their patients has been at the center of his efforts. Were it not for him, MSDC would not be where it is today. On behalf of the Board of Directors, I extend our heartfelt thanks to Ed for 23 years of consistent dedicated leadership and service.”

“Since 1980, it has been my privilege and good fortune to advocate on behalf of the physicians and their patients of the National Capital area, and for the past 23 years, as the Executive Vice President of the Medical Society of the District of Columbia,” said Shanbacker. “MSDC has a rich history, having just celebrated its bicentennial this past September, and to have been a part of that for over two decades has been a wonderful experience I’ll always cherish. I will always be grateful to the dedicated volunteer physician leaders and staff colleagues with whom I have worked in making the Nation’s Capital a healthier place in which to live and work.”

The Medical Society of the District of Columbia has formed a transition committee, chaired by MSDC President Barry L. Lewis, MD, MBA, to oversee the process of selecting a new Executive Vice President, and it has retained executive search firm Vetted Solutions to coordinate the search.

Media Contact:
Pia Duryea
Director, Membership and Communications
(202) 466-1800

About the Medical Society of the District of Columbia (MSDC)
MSDC is the voice of medicine in the District of Columbia and a leading public health advocate on issues impacting the diverse population of the Nation’s Capital. Over 2,500 members-strong, MSDC safeguards patients from softening standards around scope of practice that threaten quality care. MSDC plays a central role in focusing broad-based stakeholders around legislation and initiatives that improve the health and well-being of Washingtonians. MSDC led a major city-wide campaign to vaccinate infants and children, created an AIDS Task Force, has repeatedly raised concern over health disparity across all eight wards and has championed affordable access to care. For more information, visit msdc.org.

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