SVMC's Dobson named Vermont Medical Society president

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BENNINGTON — Southwestern Vermont Health Care chief medical officer Dr. Trey Dobson has been named president of the Vermont Medical Society.



Dobson, the medical director of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Putnam Physicians and a practicing emergency room physicians, was named president during VMS' 204th annual meeting on Nov. 4 in Woodstock.



As president, Dobson will take a lead role in VMS' public policy efforts in Montpelier and Washington, D.C. The society's priorities during the upcoming year will include battling the opioid crisis, supporting the practice of primary care and opposing the legalization of non-medical marijuana.



"As a state and a country we find ourselves in an incredible period of transition and opportunity when it comes to health care and how it is delivered," Dobson said in a news release announcing his appointment. "I look forward to working with the state's physicians, policymakers and patients to find solutions that improve quality and expand access."



Dobson earned his bachelor's degree in physics from The University of the South in Tennessee, a master's degree in geology from the University of Wyoming and his medical degree from the University of Tennessee. He completed his residency in emergency medicine at the University of Virginia.



The society's members also elected Dr. Stephen Leffler and Dr. Catherine Schneider president-elect and vice president, respectively. Leffler is chief medical officer at the University of Vermont Medical Center and a professor of surgery at the Larner College of Medicine at UVM. Schneider is the chief medical officer of Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center in Windsor.




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