Lawrence John, MD Elected Vice President of the Pennsylvania Medical Society

Lawrence R. John, MD, a board-certified family medicine specialist from Pittsburgh, was elected by his peers to serve as vice president of the Harrisburg-based Pennsylvania Medical Society (PAMED).

Dr. John will serve one year as vice president. Afterwards, he becomes president-elect for one year. In October 2019, he’ll take over as president of the statewide organization.

Dr. John was elected to the position of vice president during the organization’s annual statewide meeting held this year in Hershey, Pa., on October 14. He begins his new position immediately.

A 39-year member of PAMED, he is currently chair of the board of trustees at the Allegheny County Medical Society (ACMS). He is also a past president of ACMS, and has held numerous positions with the organization. Most notable at ACMS, Dr. John leads its Primary Care Coalition to address issues affecting primary care physicians and to encourage more young physicians to choose a primary care specialty.

In addition, he holds memberships in the American Medical Association, American Academy of Family Practice, and American Board of Family Medicine.

In 2017, Pittsburgh Magazine named Dr. John as one of “Pittsburgh’s Best Doctors.”

Dr. John practices with Drs John Chantz Biedrzycki & Associates – UPMC, and is licensed in both Pennsylvania and Ohio. He is affiliated with UPMC St. Margaret’s Hospital, and is a clinical instructor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

He earned his medical degree from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, and his bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame in Indiana.

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2017 Bulletin Photo Contest Results

The first-place winner of the 2017 ACMS Bulletin Photo Contest is Terence W. Starz, MD, for his photo “Evening Reflection.” His photo will appear on the January 2018 cover of the Bulletin. Congratulations, Dr. Starz!


Additional winners include: Frederick Doerfler Jr., MD (“Eclipse, Corona 2017” and “Reflections of 4th Avenue”); Alan H. Klein, MD (“Strasbourg, France” and “Portofino, Italy”); Jim Jacobson, MD (“Umbrella Sky” and “Point of View”); Kimberly A. Hennon, MD (“Blue Eyes in the Woods” and “Tranquility”); Adam Z. Tobias, MD (“Summer Sunflowers”); Leo Bastiens, MD (“Bugged”); and Mark E. Thompson, MD (“The Ibis Apartment, Venice, FL”). These photos will appear on 2018 covers of the Bulletin.

Congratulations to all winners, and thank you to all who participated in the 2017 ACMS Bulletin Photo Contest!

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September 2017 Bulletin

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Ask your doctor if deprescribing medication is right for you
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Self-care: From African-American cultural necessity to millennial mental health movement
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Right Care Action Week – Sharing positive healthcare stories



Share What’s Working in Health Care—Enter the Right Care Action Week Story Jam Award on October 18


The Pittsburgh Chapter of the Right Care Alliance is awarding $1,000 for a story about patients and providers who collaborated to find breakthrough solutions providing Right Care to a healthcare problem and achieved outstanding results. Typically, we only hear stories of how the healthcare system fails patients and providers alike. Instead, we are looking for positive stories of how individual providers and patients in everyday care discovered a better approach to a specific healthcare cost or quality problem that deserves to be shared and replicated. These stories may describe how hospitalizations and emergency rooms visits were avoided, or how better health was achieved with a novel approach that conserved resources. This is your chance to share a great example of how right care in the right place at the right timechanges lives—stories that celebrate Right Care. Click here http://bit.ly/2h5Wl27 to submit a written story (approximately 500 words in length) or an audio or video narrative (approximately 2 minutes) by Friday, October 6.

The top stories will be shared at the Right Care Story Jam on Wednesday, October 18 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm at the QI2T Center.

This Story Jam is part of the nation-wide Right Care Action Week (October 15-21) when thousands of advocates from across the U.S. mobilize to bring us closer to creating the safe, responsive, and cost-efficient health system that we all deserve. The Right Care Alliance is a grassroots coalition of clinicians, patients, and community members organizing to make health care institutions accountable to their communities and to put patients at the heart of health care.


ATTEND the Right Care Jam – whether or not you submit a positive story, by RSVP’ing for the Right Care Story Jam event on October 18 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm at the QI2T Center (650 Smithfield Street, Suite 2600, Pittsburgh, PA 15222) here: http://bit.ly/2wYHyjQ
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