Vermont Medical Society taps new officers

Trey Dobson, M.D., was named president of the Vermont Medical Society during its 204th annual meeting Nov. 4, in Woodstock, Vt. 

Dr. Dobson is the medical director of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Putnam Physicians and chief medical officer of Southwestern Vermont Health Care in Bennington, Vt.  He is a practicing emergency room physician. 

As president of VMS, Dr. Dobson will take a lead role in the Society’s public policy efforts in Montpelier and Washington, D.C.  Priorities during the upcoming year 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,” said Dr. Dobson.  “I look forward to working with the state’s physicians, policymakers and patients to find solutions that improve quality and expand access.” 

He received 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.

Also during the meeting VMS members elected Stephen Leffler, M.D., and Catherine Schneider, M.D., president-elect and vice president, respectively.

Dr. Leffler is the chief population health and quality officer for the UVM Health Network and a professor of surgery at the Larner College of Medicine at UVM in Burlington, Vt.  He previously served as chief medical officer at the University of Vermont Medical Center.

Dr. Leffler served as medical director of the emergency department at the University of Vermont Medical Center, until October 2011 and served as president of the medical staff at University of Vermont Medical Center from 2010 to 2011. A past president of the Vermont Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians, Dr. Leffler received his medical degree from the UVM College of Medicine and completed residency training in emergency medicine at the University of New Mexico before joining the UVM/Fletcher Allen faculty in 1993.

Dr. Schneider is a surgeon and section chief of surgical services at Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center in Windsor, Vt., a position she has held since 2011.   

Dr. Schneider earned a bachelor’s degree in biology/premed from the University of Scranton, Pa., and medical degree from New Jersey Medical School. She did her surgical residency at UMDNJ in New Jersey and fellowship in minimally invasive surgery at the Institute for Minimally Invasive Surgery in White Plains, N.Y. She earned a master’s degree in management, health care administration from New England College in 2006.

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