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2020 Physician Champions Announced

Champaign County Medical Society presented two of its members with the 2020 Physician Champion Award. Dr. Michael Kuhlenschmidt and Dr. Japhia Jayasingh-Ramkumar each received an Education Service Award. Each has demonstrated excellence in educating students and residents in the practice of medicine.

Dr. Michael Kuhlenschmidt works in the Department of Internal Medicine at Christie Clinic in Mahomet, is a Clinical Instructor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign College of Medicine, and a Clinical Assistant Professor at Carle Illinois College of Medicine. He was recognized for his exceptional teaching services to medical students and residents and as a role model of the finest qualities of a primary care physician in our community. Despite a very busy primary care practice, he is committed to teaching and provides expert instruction to residents including instruction on biostatistics and is consistently available to support medical students and residents in all manner of instruction, guidance and mentoring.


Dr. Japhia Jayasingh-Ramkumar is Director of the Clinical Simulation Center and Clinical Associate Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign College of Medicine, a Clinical Associate Professor at Carle Illinois College of Medicine, and an internal medicine staff physician at McKinley Health Care Center. She was recognized for her dedication to medical education, commitment to teaching, and to training physicians, from novice to expert, in the areas of interview, physical exam, and cultural competency for both simulated and actual patients. Her positive impact on students distinguishes her as a role model for teaching and mentoring.


The awards were presented at the CCMS Fall Membership Meeting held via Zoom on Thursday, September 10th. Congratulations to both genuinely deserving award recipients!

Champaign County
Medical Society:
2019 Year-in-Review

Happy New Year! Under the leadership of Champaign County Medical Society President, Dr. Nestor Ramirez, CCMS provided opportunities to its members for learning, support, and networking in 2019.

On March 30, CCMS Board Member, Dr. Holly Rosencranz, along with Katherine Magerko, PhD, a student who was about to graduate from the UIUC College of Medicine, discussed current medical practice on National Doctor's Day in a WCIA Morning Show television interview.

At our Spring Membership Meeting held at the I Hotel Conference Center in April, CCMS welcomed Dr. William D. Holmes, Mohs Laboratory Director, Carle Foundation Hospital, who presented, "Skin Cancer - An Emerging Epidemic: Recognition, Treatment, and Prevention.” In addition, at the spring meeting, Dr. John C. Lee of the Midwest Sight Foundation provided information about the Blindness Prevention Project and offered free glaucoma screenings at the meeting.

CCMS was represented at the ISMS Annual Meeting in April by Region 5 Trustee, Dr. Nestor Ramirez, and other CCMS members who attended. Several resolutions submitted by CCMS members were adopted or amended at the meeting.

CCMS continued its support of the UIUC College of Medicine (UICOM) and the Carle Illinois College of Medicine (CICOM):

  • CCMS co-sponsored the College of Medicine Research Day with cash awards which were given for Poster Presentation - Overall Resident to: Pallavi PradeepFirst Place: $125; James SkinnerSecond Place $75; and Sugandhi Mahajan & Luna KhanalThird Place: $25 each. CCMS Board Member, Dr. Holly Rosencranz, acted as one of the judges.
  • CCMS helped sponsor a luncheon for students in March with ISMS President, Dr. Katherine Tynus. CCMS Board member, Dr. A.L. Jones, spoke to the students about the importance of being involved in protecting and advocating for the medical profession.
  • Dr. Ramirez represented CCMS on the dais at the UICOM Convocation in May.
  • CCMS continued to provide white coats at the White Coat Ceremonies for both the second class at CICOM in July, as well as the final class of the UICOM in August, and participated in both ceremonies.

Members attending the Fall Membership Meeting held at the Hilton Garden Inn in September, listened to an informative program by Dr. Benjamin Gersh, Consult and Liaison Psychiatrist, Carle Foundation Hospital, who presented “The Depressed Physician.”

At the fall meeting, Champaign County Medical Society presented the 2019 Physician Champion Award for Community Service to Dr. Annette Lansford and Dr. Charles Lansford for their extensive community service activities in and around Champaign County.

To cap off the year, CCMS members and their families gathered at Papa Del’s Pizza for the annual Holiday Membership Meeting on Friday, December 6. Members brought a total of 124lbs of food and $85 cash for donation to the Central Illinois Foodbank. Outgoing President, Dr. Ramirez introduced the incoming CCMS President, Dr. William Holmes.

It was a productive year of support for our members and CCMS looks forward to continuing in 2020 as the region’s premier physician membership group acting as the common vehicle representing our physicians in Champaign.

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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. Out-of-county physicians who are in the same ISMS District but whose county does not have a medical society may be considered for membership. 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. The Board of Directors has approved a new county membership category, the Associate Member. Associate Members are physicians who have completed a medical degree and residency but who have not yet been licensed to practice in the State of Illinois. Associate members are non-voting members.
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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.
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 support the UIUC College of Medicine and Carle Illinois College of Medicine through event sponsorship.

Quality Disability Plans Available to CCMS Members. These disability plans are available to you, as a member of the medical society, with up to a 20% premium reduction.

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
  • November 4: CCMS Board of Directors Meeting
  • January 6, 2021: CCMS Board of Directors Meeting

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.
2020 Officers
  • William Holmes, MD, President

  • Holly A. Rosencranz, MD, FACP, Secretary
    UIUC College of Medicine
    Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine

  • A.L. Jones, MD, MS, Treasurer
    Occupational & Environmental Medicine

  • Nestor Ramirez, MD, MPH, FAAP, Immediate Past President
    Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine

Board Members
  • H. Reed Thompson, MD
  • Samatha Tipirneni, MD
  • Shamim Sadiq, MD
  • Japhia Ramkumar, MD
  • Sathya Subbiah, MD
  • April Yasunaga, MD
  • Isaac Abu Zaanona, MD, Resident Representative
  • Priya Shankarappa, Student Representative
ISMS Representative
  • Region 5 Trustee: Nestor A. Ramirez, 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: 1717 W. Kirby Avenue, #240, Champaign, IL 61821
Phone: 217-359-9195