Delaware County Medical Society Welcomes New CKHS Physicians to Board
- The Delaware County Medical Society (DCMS) recently added three Crozer-Keystone doctors to its board: Richard Buonocore, M.D., John Colombo, M.D. and C. Nathan Okechukwu, M.D.
- As members of the DCMS board, the Crozer-Keystone doctors will strive to help physician members in their private medical practice through advice, assistance and referrals. The DCMS also advocates for physicians with elected officials, regulatory agencies and payors.
- Several other CKHS physicians also serve on the board.
The Delaware County Medical Society recently added three Crozer-Keystone doctors to its board: Richard Buonocore, M.D., Crozer neurosurgeon, as president-elect; John Colombo, M.D., director of DCMH Hospitalists, as a general board member; and C. Nathan Okechukwu, M.D., Crozer nephrologist, as a general board member.
The DCMS board is comprised of 20 physicians and two practice administrators who live or practice in Delaware County. Each member represents a wide range of practice modalities, including physicians, private practice physicians, administrative professionals, private business professionals, and research and academic professionals.
Buonocore began his term as president-elect on January 1, 2012. As president-elect, Buonocore serves on the society's Executive Committee, which is comprised of all officers and the past two presidents. His responsibilities also include serving as board meeting chair in the absence of the president and as a member of the DCMS delegation to the annual PAMED House of Delegates in October. Buonocore will serve for one term; however, he may be eligible to serve for two consecutive terms.
Okechukwu began his three-year term on the board this year. Colombo is in the second year of a three-year term as a director.
All members attend bi-monthly meetings and are encouraged to participate on one of the society’s committees, including: Executive Committee; Political Advocacy Committee; Public Health/Community Service Committee; Information Technology Committee; Practice Management Committee; and Social Planning/Membership Outreach Committee.
As members of the DCMS board, the Crozer-Keystone doctors will strive to help physician members in their private medical practice through advice, assistance and referrals.
In addition, DCMS works to provide advocacy for physicians and their patients by working with state and national officials, regulatory agencies and third party entities. To build a stronger commitment to the community, DCMS participates in public health activities which include: the Delaware County Suicide Prevention/Awareness Task Force, the Delaware County Child Death Review Team, the Delaware County Health Advisory Board, the Children’s Cabinet and the Delaware County Tobacco Free Coalition, among others.
Other DCMS board members from Crozer-Keystone Health System include: Salvatore Lofaro, M.D. (DCMH nephrologist); Charles Hummer III, M.D. (Crozer orthopedic surgeon); David Kalodner, D.O. (Taylor family practice physician); Chris Hannum, M.D. (Crozer internal medicine physician); George Avetian, D.O. (DCMH family practice physician); Gurpreet Kochar, M.D. (Taylor cardiologist); Pramod Lele, M.D. (Taylor internal medicine physician); Marc Surkin, M.D. (DCMH otolaryngologist) and Rekha Yagnik, M.D. (Crozer and ChesPenn family practice physician).
For more information about the Delaware County Medical Society, call (610) 892-7750 or visit www.delcomedsoc.org.