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Shaina Richardson, MD, Assumes WCMS President’s Role

Shaina Richardson

Dr. Shaina Richardson became president of the WCMS Board of Directors in September. She is stepping up from the role as president-elect to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Patrick Woodard, MD, who has taken a job in Memphis. Dr. Richardson, who was elected to the board in 2019, will serve as president through 2022.

She is a board-certified anesthesiologist with Associated Anesthesiology. She is a 6th-generation Nevadan and was born and raised in Reno. She graduated from the University of Nevada School of Medicine in 2012 and completed her residency in Anesthesiology at the University of Colorado in 2016.

She is fluent in Spanish and a proud mother of two young daughters, both of whom are enrolled in public school as part of a Spanish immersion program. An explorer at heart, she has travelled extensively with her husband, has lived abroad, and remains an avid hiker and loves the beautiful outdoors of her home state.

A Fine Line Between Pain Management and Addiction:

What You Need to Know

Presented by: Washoe County Medical Society


Reka Danko, M.D.
Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Nevada Reno School of Medicine


Denis Patterson, D.O.
President, Nevada Advanced Pain Specialists


Join us to participate in a discussion about managing pain, identifying signs of addiction and treating addiction.

By attending this presentation, you will:

• Become better informed about both opioid and non-opioid pain management strategies that result in non-addictive outcomes for the patient.

• Recognize indicators of opioid dependence before they reach a crisis level.

• Learn about strategies that guide the patient toward addiction therapy.

• Become better informed about addiction management in order to support the patient as part of his/her care team.

Thursday, April 8, 2021
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

This event will be held on Zoom

Free to members

$100 for nonmembers*

*Full refund if you join within 30 days.

Approved for two CME credits


Click here to register

This event will take place via Zoom

For questions, please contact:

Mary Ann McCauley, Executive Director, WCMS





Disclosure Policy
As an accredited provider of continuing medical education through the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine must ensure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in all its educational activities.  In order to assure that information is presented in a scientific and objective manner, The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine requires that anyone in a position to control or influence the content of a continuing medical education activity disclose relevant financial relationships with any commercial or proprietary entity producing health care goods or services relevant to the content being planned or presented.
The following presenter has disclosed the following relationship with an ineligible entity:
Denis G. Patterson, DO: Grant/Research Support: Abbott, Flowonix, Nevro, Saluda; Consultant: Abbott, AIS, Allergan, ComerLoc, Flowonix, Saluda, Spark Biomedical, Vertos; Speakers Bureau or Honoraria: Abbott, Allergan, Amgen, ComerLoc, Flowonix, Lunbeck, Vertos; Ownership Interest: CornerLoc
All other presenters, planners or anyone in a position to control the content of this continuing medical education activity have disclosed any financial relationships with ineligible entities related to the content of this activity.

Be an Advocate

2021 medical medical advocate
Patrick Woodard, M.D.

Patrick A. Woodard, M.D. 2021 WCMS President

I would like to extend my gratitude to Jay Morgan, who has been an exemplary leader and exactly the WCMS president this year needed. His level-headed leadership and guidance led us through a year in which, though I may have doubted a lot, I never doubted the WCMS or Dr. Morgan. Jay, thank you.

It is my pleasure and distinct honor to be president of this organization. I have been involved with organized medicine in some capacity since my very first year of medical school. And in those early years, when I was the only one, I was the de facto head of recruiting. I was also treasurer, but because we had no money, that was pretty easy. Plus, as a student, it was pretty easy to convince other students to join. There was free food, and everyone mostly had the same interests: graduate, get into a residency, and show that you were engaged along the way.

As we all spent years in our respective specialties, it became easier to focus on specialty-specific issues and playful rivalries (surgery/medicine, hospitalist/consultant, physician/APP). But what I always thought was the beauty of organized medicine like the Washoe County Medical Society, is that it has always recognized that our shared interests and goals outweigh the minute differences between us.

Nothing has demonstrated that more than the challenges of this past year. Though we began the year like any other, COVID quickly tested us in ways unlike any of us have faced. It impacted us personally, and it impacted us professionally. For some of us, it was far fewer patients and canceled procedures. For others, it was many more patients and difficult decisions. Across the spectrum, this pandemic has demonstrated the fundamental need for a trusting relationship between physicians and patients. This trust must extend beyond a hospital bedside or the exam room. This trust must persist across time and disease states. And this trust is necessary whether in person, via video, or through the media, as public servants like Dr. Fauci have demonstrated.

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We Made It Better Together

Jay K. Morgan WCMS President

By Jay Morgan, M.D., 2020 WCMS President

I’m honored to have served as president of WCMS. While this has been a challenging year, we have made it “Better Together” via numerous zoom meetings, and collaborations in defeating the challenges of COVID.

While this has been a difficult year for many reasons. We were especially touched by the loss of colleagues and friends in the Alliance. We were saddened by the deaths of:

WCMS Members

Shazi Mathew, MD, PhD
Michael Morkin, MD
Stephanie Reinhardt, MD
Lex Simpson, MD
Paul Sheykhzadeh, MD


AWCMS Members

Ruth Anne Kelly
Jean Mullins
Eva Rosenauer
Mary Yamamoto

I’m extremely proud to be part of this medical community. We all need moral support in challenging times and we all could use a good mentor. This year has taught me many lessons, especially concerning the need for organized medicine.

The COVID pandemic also has struck us hard. I congratulate my colleagues who are treating their patients; especially those with COVID, with unwavering commitment. Staying the course is taking extraordinary stamina and dedication while striving to maintain some level of family connection and care for our loved ones.

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Financial Challenges For High Earners During a Biden Administration Keeping Up with COVID19

Joe and Eric Hollen Open Studios

With one of the most contentious elections in history behind us, President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. took office on January 20, 2021.

With a new administration, high earners especially are left wondering - how will the Biden presidency affect me financially?

Until Biden begins enacting changes, we won’t know for sure what to expect. But based on his official campaign platform, past interviews, and projections, we can begin preparing for potential challenges to high earners.

Challenge #1: Expect Higher Taxes

Much of Biden’s tax plan focuses on raising taxes for high earners, corporations, and capital gains. It’s estimated that approximately 80 percent of tax increases would affect the top one percent of income earners.1

For those earning over $400,000 annually, Biden is projected to raise taxes including individual income, capital gains, and payroll taxes.2 Households with an adjusted gross income of $400,000 a year or less will likely see less dramatic tax changes, if any changes at all.

Under Biden’s proposed tax plan, corporate tax rates are expected to rise to 28 percent, up from the current 21 percent. Additionally, he may set a minimum tax of 15 percent on shareholders’ profits and increase the taxes on foreign earnings of companies overseas.3

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Keeping Up with COVID-19

Click button below to download a pdf of the complete slideshow from Dr. Murphy's presentation.

The Simplest Action Makes a Big Impact

Jay K. Morgan WCMS President

Wearing a mask every time we’re in public or when someone enters our clinics, homes and other spaces is wearing thin for all of us. But now is not the time to get lazy.

Masks take toll on skin

For those who wear them for hours every working day, they’ve become an irritant making our faces look like we’ve been in a fight or had our faces in the strawberry jam. We are in a fight and we must continue to stay in the battle. It really is a simple action to combat a significant enemy.

We must be the role models and follow the guidelines. Encourage your colleagues, friends and family to also be role models. You can help by dispelling the five most common myths about wearing masks.

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Dr. Bayo Curry-Winchell Named "Extraordinary Neighbor Recipient" of 2020 Reno Public Television Spotlight Award

Dr. Bayo Curry-Winchell, an individual who has made an impact on many throughout her medical journey continues to be recognized for her outstanding contributions to her profession and the community. She is the recipient of  the 2020 Extraordinary Neighbor Spotlight Award presented by Reno Public Television.

She also had been recognized in 2019 as one of the 20 Under 40 recipients and as one of the 2019 Sierra Nevada Top 20 Powerful Women.

She is the Saint Mary's Urgent Care Medical Director and treating physician, as well as the medical director for Washoe County’s Sexual Assault Response Team (SART). She also volunteers as the Washoe County Child Abuse Resource and Education Services Assistant Medical Examiner and as community faculty for the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine providing urgent care preceptorship for medical students and family medicine residents. Dr. Curry-Winchell also serves on the WCMS board and co-chairs the membership/PR committee. For NSMA she co-chairs the long-term and membership planning commission.

Her healthcare journey began as a physician’s assistant. Dr. Curry-Winchell has a master’s in physician assistant studies. She practiced as a physician assistant for three years in occupational, family and urgent care specialties. Her PA position gave her a foundation to practicing medicine.

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Stethoscope on health insurance form

2021 Association Health Plans for Washoe County Medical Society

Brought to you by Prominence Health Plan Learn more about how to enroll your practice!

Washoe County Medical Society members with 2 (unrelated) to 50 full-time employees can now offer insurance coverage for their employees and their families with a high-quality, affordable Association Health Plan medical plan from Prominence.

Not an Association member? Click Here to Enroll.

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COVID-19 Disparities and Northern Nevada’s Response

Diversity Health Series

Thomas L. Schwenk M.D., UNR Med;
Bayo Curry-Winchell, M.D., Saint Mary’s Medical Group;
Oscar Delgado, MSW, MUP, Community Health Alliance
Nicole Jacobs, Ph.D., UNR Med;
Julie Lucero, Ph.D., MPH, UNR;
Darryll Patterson, M.D., UNR Med;
Janet Serial, BSW and Health Chair, Reno-Sparks NAACP

This panel will share data on current coronavirus disparities in Northern Nevada, explore how systemic racism and social determinants of health have created and amplified these disparities, and discuss how the health care community in Northern Nevada is responding to the disparities in the COVID-19 pandemic.

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