Board of Directors

Andrew Watson, M.D.
Danielle Hassel, M.D.
Immediate Past President
Jimmie Mancell, M.D.
Past President
David L. Cannon, M.D.
Chris Pokabla, M.D.
Lisa S. Usdan, M.D.
Vice President
Dale Criner, M.D.
Raymond R. Walker, M.D.
Board Member
Catherine Womack, M.D.
Board member
Melanie Woodall, M.D.
Board Member
Walter Rayford, PhD, M.D., MBA
Board Member
LaTonya Washington, M.D.
Bluff City Medical Society President
O. Lee Berkenstock, M.D.
AMA Delegation
Chris Fleming, M.D.
AMA Delegation
Paul Tackett, M.D.
Board member
Andreana Smith
Mid-South MGMA President
James Beaty, M.D.
Board Member
James Ensor, M.D.
TMA Board
Christopher Jackson, M.D.
Board Member
Perisco Wofford, M.D.
Board Member
James Wang, M.D.
Board Member
Phillip Langsdon, M.D.
Past President
Robinson Wiley, M.D.
TMA Past President
Autry Parker, M.D.
Past President
Gary Kimzey, M.D.
Past President
Keith Anderson, M.D.
Past President
E. Grace Cho, M.D.
Resident Representative
Jonathan Thomas, M.D.
Vice-President Student Liaison
Surabhi Rao
President Student Liaison


The Society is governed by a Board of Directors composed of the President, the President-Elect, the Vice President, the Immediate Past President, the Secretary, the Treasurer, and nine Members-at-Large. The Members-at-Large are rotated by electing three new members each year to serve a three-year term each. Also serving on the Board is an annually appointed representative of the Resident members who serves a one-year term. The Board is responsible for all property and fiscal affairs of the Society, as well as any employees and office maintained by the Society. The Board assigns and supervises the duties of the Executive Vice President, who in turn manages all daily functions of the Society and its staff. The Board also makes suggestions for the coordination and proper performance of the duties of the standing and ad hoc committees.

Standing Committees                                                      Current Ad-Hoc Committees

  • Communications                                                                         •   Physician Wellbeing
  • Public Service                                                                               •   Practice Services
  • Membership
  • Ethics
  • Finance
  • Legislative

Our History

The Memphis Medical Society began with the founding of the Shelby County Medical Society in 1876. In April of that year, a committee composed of Drs. D.D. Saunders, F.L. Sim, W.D. Tucker, G.K. Duncan and R.H. Taylor were appointed to formulate a constitution and bylaws for the government of the Shelby County Medical Society. The Society’s objective, as stated in its constitution, “Shall be the advancement of medical knowledge, the elevation of professional character, the protection of the professional interests of its members and the promotion of all measures adapted to the relief of suffering, the improvement of health and the protection of the lives of the community.”

In its many years of existence, the name of the Society has changed three times. It started and continued as the Shelby County Medical Society until June 1887. The name then was changed to the Memphis Medical Society, because the members didn’t feel that “Shelby County” identified the “habitat” of the Society to those in distant places. The title, Memphis Medical Society, would probably have continued to this day, had not the new constitution of the TMA changed the method of representation of their constituent societies – only county societies were qualified to send delegates to the TMA meetings. Thus, in 1902, the name was changed to the Memphis and Shelby County Medical Society. The name returned to The Memphis Medical Society in July 2002 because the name appropriately represents the area and, unlike in 1902, the name of the Society has no bearing on the number of delegates allowed at TMA meetings.