American Society of Hematology

Committee on Practice

Committee Roster

Chair
Joseph C. Alvarnas, MD ('17)

Appointed Members
Matthew Cheung, MD, MS, FRCP ('18)
Steven Coutre, MD ('17)
Laura M. De Castro, MD ('19)
Chancellor E. Donald, MD ('20)
Paul Fishkin, MD ('17)
Leonard Heffner, MD ('20)
Judith Kleinerman, MD ('17)
Peter A. Kouides, MD ('19)
Philip Kuriakose, MD ('20)
Molly Weidner Mandernach, MD,MPH ('19)
Michael Milder, MD ('18)
Colleen T. Morton, MD ('18)
Kathleen Neville, MD, MS ('19)

Ex Officio Members
Kenneth C. Anderson, MD ('17) - President
Roy L. Silverstein, MD ('19) - Vice President
Alexis Thompson, MD, MPH ('18) - President-Elect

Liaisons
Kenneth Adler, MD - ASH Practice Partnership Co-Liaison
Steven L. Allen, MD ('19) - Councillor in Clinical Practice
Harriet A. Bering, MD ('18) - ASH Representative to ACP CSS
Harriet A. Bering, MD - ASH Practice Partnership Co-Liaison
Chancellor E. Donald, MD ('18) - ASH Delegate (Alternate) to AMA HOD
Alan Glen Rosmarin, MD ('18) - Chair, Committee on Government Affairs
Samuel M. Silver, MD, PhD - Chair, Reimbursement Subcommittee
Gamini S. Soori, MD,MBA,FRCP ('18) - ASH Delegate (Primary) to AMA HOD

Staff Liaison
Suzanne Leous, MPA

Committee Mandate

The Committee on Practice is concerned with all issues affecting the practice of hematology. The Committee communicates with other organizations that have programs and policies that affect hematology practice. With appropriate review and approval by the Executive Committee, the Committee on Practice responds to practice-related issues by formulating positions on pending federal legislation, regulatory issues, and private insurance developments. The Committee also responds to matters of importance at the regional, state, and local levels, and to Society member requests.

The Committee on Practice seeks ways to engage practice-based hematologists by organizing practice-related programs at the annual meeting (such as the ASH Practice Partnership event) and developing other practice-related resources and programs. The Committee supports these educational efforts and coordinates activity with appropriate ASH committees and the ASH Practice Partnership to support hematology practices.

The Committee on Practice structure includes the following liaison positions:

  • Councillor in Clinical Practice
  • Chair, Reimbursement Subcommittee
  • Chair, Committee on Government Affairs
  • ASH Delegate (Primary and Secondary) to AMA HOD
  • ASH Representative to ACP CSS
  • ASH Practice Partnership Co-Liaisons

Members of the Committee on Practice are expected to attend committee meetings, including a two-day meeting involving Capitol Hill visits in the spring, a meeting during the ASH annual meeting, and other occasional meetings with members of Congress, the Centers for Medicare & Medicare Services, or other federal agencies or organizations as needed throughout the year. Committee members are also asked to participate in the ASH Grassroots Network, occasional conference calls, and the development of policy statements, comment letters, and other related documents. In addition, members of the Committee on Practice are expected to evaluate at least two sessions at the ASH annual meeting or the Friday Satellite Symposia.

The Chair of the Committee on Practice serves as a liaison member of the Committee on Government Affairs and Program Committee and is expected to attend the meetings of those committees. S/he also serves as a liaison member of the Reimbursement Subcommittee and has regular communication with that subcommittee. Members of the Committee on Practice serve as liaison members to the ASH Foundation Committee, Committee on Communications, Committee on Educational Affairs, and CME Accreditation Subcommittee (of the Committee on Educational Affairs) and are expected to attend the meetings of those committees.

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