News and Announcements

2016 Year-In-Review

In 2016, under the leadership of CCMS President Dr. A.L. Jones, CCMS provided opportunities for learning, support and networking to its members. Including:

  • CCMS/Alliance Wine-Tasting hosted by Immediate Past President, Dr. Stuart King, and led by Dr. Abe Kocheril.
  • Update on Zika Virus” presented by Dr. Vidya Sundareshan, an associate professor of clinical medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the SIU School of Medicine in Springfield at the Spring Membership Meeting.
  • "Medical Education Innovations in Champaign County: Progress and Opportunities for CCMS Physicians,” a panel discussion of involved experts from the UIUC Department of Engineering, Carle Physician Group and Champaign County at the Fall Membership Meeting.
  • Physician Champion Awards presented by CCMS President, Dr. A.L. Jones to:
    • Dr. Napoleon Knight of Carle Physician Group who received the Community Service Award
    • Dr. Abraham Kocheril of Presence Hospital who received the Innovation, Education and Research Award
    • Dr. Shamim Sadiq of Christie Clinic who received the Medical Outreach Award

Dr. Jones also presented the CCMS President’s Award to Jeannine Alameda and the Dr. Jay Alameda family.

  • Dr. A.L. Jones secured the opportunity to create, develop and activate a healthcare measures beta test initiative for CCMS through our National Quality Forum membership.
  • CCMS helped support the University of Illinois College of Medicine (UICOM):
    • Co-sponsored the UICOM Research Day Symposium and presented the CCMS Community and Public Service Award as well as cash awards for Clinical Vignette winners.
    • CCMS Board Officers spoke at the UICOM White Coat Ceremony and assisted with coating students with coats provided by CCMS.
    • Provided snacks to Medical School students during finals week each semester.

CCMS sponsored resolutions at the ISMS House of Delegates in April which were accepted and will inform future legislation affecting patient care. CCMS members also serve on various ISMS Councils and Committees.

CCMS members and their families capped off the year with the annual Holiday Membership Meeting at Jupiter’s at the Crossing.

It was a productive year of support for our members and CCMS looks forward to continuing in 2017 as the region’s premier physician membership group acting as the common vehicle representing our physicians in Champaign.

Champaign County Medical Society Honors Area Physicians with Annual Physician Champion Award

Champaign County Medical Society (CCMS) President, Dr. A. L. Jones, presented three area physicians with the Society’s annual Physician Champion Award at its Fall Membership Meeting held on Thursday, September 8th at Biaggi’s Restaurant in Champaign. The awards are presented each year to CCMS members who make a difference with their generous contributions of time and expertise.

Dr. Abraham Kocheril, Medical Director of Electrophysiology at Presence Covenant Medical Center, received the Innovation, Education and Research Award

Dr. Kocheril
Dr. Abrahm Kocheril receives the Innovation, Education and Research Award from CCMS President, Dr. A. L. Jones (left) and CCMS Board Member, Dr. Samatha Tipirneni (right).
in recognition of excellence consistently demonstrated throughout his medical career in areas of innovation, education and research, especially his dedication in advancing technology and protocol development in electrocardiology, and his work identifying heart risk in youth and young adult athletes.

Dr. Shamim Sadiq, Christie Clinic Hospitalist, received the Medical Outreach Award in recognition of excellence consistently demonstrated by her volunteer work as

Dr. Sadiq
Dr. Shamim Sadiq accepting the Medical Outreach Award as CCMS President, Dr. A.L. Jones looks on.
Medical Director of the Avicenna Community Health Center and her role in its formation as well as its ongoing operation. In addition, she is a mentor to medical volunteers at the clinic, especially students pursuing health careers.

Dr. Knight
Dr. Napoleon Knight received the Community Service Award
Dr. Napoleon Knight, Medical Director for the Rural Alliance for Health Care Excellence for the Carle Health System, received the Community Service Award in recognition of excellence consistently demonstrated by years of service volunteering in the community on various health-focused community boards such as Prosperity Gardens and Hope for the Children, as well as for his and his spouse and family’s work as foster parents. Attorney Avon Morgan accepted the award for Dr. Knight who was unable to attend.

Dr. Jones also presented the CCMS President’s Award to Jeannine Alameda and the Dr. Jay Alameda family in recognition of their years of dedication and service to the practice and study of the art and science of medicine in the

Dr. Alameda
Jeannine Alameda was presented with the CCMS President's Award. From Left: CCMS Board Member, Dr. Samatha Tipirneni, Jeannine Alameda, CCMS President, Dr. A.L. Jones.
area of orthopedic surgery and innovative technologies, as well as in recognition of the years of direct support of medical student and resident clinical training and medical care they have provided to residents of Illinois and the University of Illinois, Chicago-Peoria campus and their volunteer support of medical families in our region through donations of time, spirit and good will, and medical education.

CCMS 2016 Fall Membership Meeting

CCMS held its Fall Membership Meeting on Thursday, September 8th at Biaggi’s in Champaign. Local physicians, residents, students and other medical community members enjoyed a buffet dinner, fellowship with colleagues, and the presentation of the annual Physician Champion Awards (see article at left).

Fall Meeting
Members of Champaign County Medical Society enjoy a dinner and fellowship with colleagues at the 2016 Fall Membership Meeting.

The highlight of the evening was the panel presentation titled, "Medical Education Innovations in Champaign County: Progress and Opportunities for CCMS Physicians.” CCMS President, A. L. Jones, MD, FACOEM, moderated a panel of involved experts who reviewed and explored progress relating to education innovations and the new engineering focus at the University of Illinois College of Medicine as well as education and research opportunities and ways physicians can be involved.

The panel included:

  • Rashid Bashir, Ph.D., Abel Bliss Professor of Engineering, and Head, Department of Bioengineering University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign;
  • Normand Paquin, Ph.D., MBA, Associate Director of Research, Coordinated Science Laboratory, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign,
  • Robert G. Good, DO, FACOI, Medical Director – Clinical Integration Operations, Carle Foundation/Carle Physician Group; and
  • Craig Rost, Executive Director, Champaign County Economic Development Corporation.

From left to right: CCMS President and Panel Moderator, A.L. Jones, MD; Carle Physician Group Clinical Integration Operations Medical Director Robert Good, DO; UIUC Department of Bioengineering Head, Rashid Bashir, PhD; UIUC Coordinated Science Laboratory Associate Directorof Research Norman Paquin, PhD; and Champaign County Economic Development Corporation Executive Director, Craig Rost

The panel presented the vision for the school and the ways the melding of medical and engineering education may create innovations to improve medical care and reduce healthcare costs. Following the presentation, panelists took questions and discussed points of interest to those in attendance. Many thanks to our panelists for sharing their time and expertise.

Terry Martin of Illinois Channel interviewed Dr. Bashir and Dr. Good immediately following the panel presentation. See the video here.

CCMS 2016 Spring Membership Meeting

"Update on Zika Virus" & Travel Medicine for 2016 Rio Summer Olympics

Back row from left: Nichole Millage, Dr. Vidya Sundareshan; Front Row from left, Susannah Scaroni, Raymond Martin

Dr. Vidya Sundareshan, an associate professor of clinical medicine in the division of Infectious Diseases at the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield, was our featured speaker at the CCMS Spring Membership Meeting held Thursday, April 7th at the I Hotel & Conference Center in Champaign.

Dr. Sundareshan gave an informative “Update on Zika Virus,” which included the latest recommendations from the CDC for travelers to Zika infected areas and particularly for Brazil and the upcoming 2016 Olympics and Paralympics in Rio.

We were honored to have three Paralympians - Raymond Martin (Track & Field), Nichole Millage (Volleyball), and Susannah Scaroni (Marathon) - as guest panelists. All are accomplished athletes who medaled or participated in the 2012 London Paralympics and all three are preparing for the Rio Paralympics. They discussed their preparations for their athletic events as well as for travel to Brazil. Following the panel discussion, they graciously posed for pictures with CCMS members.

Many thanks to Dr. Sundareshan for her time and expertise and to the Paralympians for their excellent contributions to the program. Dr. Sundareshan’s slide deck with latest information on the Zika virus risk and recommendations, including clinical protocols, can be downloaded here. And good luck to the athletes as they prepare and compete in Rio this summer!


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Join the Champaign County Medical Society

Application for membership in CCMS is made through the Illinois State Medical Society.

Who We Are
The Champaign County Medical Society (CCMS) serves as a common vehicle representing physicians and through which local physicians work together for their own and the community’s good. CCMS is affiliated with the Illinois State Medical Society, the largest professional association representing physicians in Illinois and a trusted source of health policy leadership since 1840.
Membership Eligibility
The membership of Champaign County Medical Society is made up of practicing and retired physicians, medical residents and medical students who practice or reside in Champaign County. Physicians must hold an MD or DO degree and be licensed to practice in the State of Illinois. Physicians not in clinical practice, but who are employed in research, medical directorships or other positions which do not require a medical license in Illinois, as well as retired physicians with current or previous state license in good standing, are eligible for membership at the discretion of the Board of Directors. Application for membership in CCMS is made through the Illinois State Medical Society.
Benefits to Members

CCMS performs a wide variety of services which often go unnoticed by its physician members. These range from making numerous referrals, responding to inquiries, mediating complaints and serving as a local resource for people interested in finding information about health care.

We support our members by providing meetings that cover important topics of interest to practicing physicians as well as to residents, students and retirees; we sponsor activities that provide an opportunity for colleagues to socialize and network; and we help support activities of the UIUC College of Medicine, such as sponsoring awards at its annual Research Symposium.

CCMS is active politically in concert with the Illinois State Medical Society regarding legislation that may affect our patients and practices and we provide opportunities to discuss issues with representatives from both sides of the aisle. CCMS is also a member of the National Quality Forum, allowing us to give a clinician's viewpoint for quality measures being developed that will affect all practicing physicians.


Upcoming Dates to Remember
  • January 28: ISMS Board of Trustees Meeting, Chicago
  • February 1: CCMS Board of Directors Meeting, 6pm, Business Technology Center, Champaign
  • March 1: CCMS Board of Directors Meeting, 6pm, Business Technology Center, Champaign
  • March 30: National Doctors’ Day
  • April 13: CCMS Spring Membership Meeting, TBA
  • April 21-23: ISMS Annual Meeting and House of Delegates, Oak Brook, IL
  • May 3: CCMS Board of Directors Meeting, 6pm, Business Technology Center, Champaign

About Champaign County Medical Society

Champaign County Medical Society is a not for profit organization designed and established to promote the health and general welfare of the citizens of Champaign County, Illinois; to protect the rights and interests of the medical profession; to encourage the development and dissemination of knowledge as it pertains to all branches of the art and science of Medicine; to bring into one organization the physicians of Champaign County, and to cultivate a true fraternal spirit among them; to operate as a component Society of the Illinois State Medical Society.
2017 Officers
  • Michelle Olson, MD, MACM, President
    Colon & Rectal Surgery

  • Krishan Kataria, MD, MBA, President Elect
    Christie Clinic/Presence Hospital

  • Holly A. Rosencranz, MD, FACP, Secretary/Treasurer
    UIUC College of Medicine
    Director, Residency Program

  • A.L. Jones, MD, MS, Immediate Past President
    Occupational & Environmental Medicine
Board Members
  • H. Reed Thompson, MD
  • Stuart C. King, MD
  • Prakash Thopiah, MD
  • Krishan Kataria, MD
  • Qasim Shakeel, MD
  • Nicole Howell, MD
  • Anantha Chentha, MD, Resident Co-Representative
  • Robin Fernandes, MD, Resident Co-Representative
  • Olivia Cangellaris, Medical Student Representative
ISMS House of Delegates Representatives
  • H. Reed Thompson, MD
  • A.L. Jones, MD
  • Krishan Kataria, MD
Alternate Delegates
  • Holly Rosencranz, MD
  • Qasim Shakeel, MD
  • Michelle Olson, MD
District Seven Trustee
  • Charles Ellington, Jr., MD

Contact Us

CCMS welcomes your questions, comments, and suggestions for improving services to our members. We also serve as a resource for local health care information for people in Champaign County and are available to answer questions for the public.
We can be reached by phone or email. Please contact the office for meeting dates and times.
Send mail to: 701 Devonshire Drive, Suite C-5, Champaign, IL 61820
Phone: 217-359-9195