Departments and Committees

New Jersey Association of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons 
2019–2020 Departments and Committees

Appointment of Department Directors, Committee Chairpersons and Committee members shall be made by the President. The President shall ensure that there is equitable representation from District Societies on all committees. All appointments are subject to the approval of the Board of Directors at the first meeting following the Annual Meeting. All Department Directors shall be members of the Board of Directors. The President is an ex-officio member of all committees.

If you are a NJAOPS member and are interested in serving in leadership positions, please contact President                David Bollard, DO at president@njosteo.com
 
The Committee activities of this Association shall be organized under three departments with an officer serving as director of each. The departments shall be (1) Department of Professional Affairs, (2) Department of Public Affairs, (3) Department of Organizational Affairs, Committees shall secure Board approval for projects and programs unless the Board has granted approval and instruction in advance.


Department of Professional Affairs

Steven Scheinthal, DO, Director

This Department shall be concerned with all Association activities relating directly to the profession. The Director shall have supervision over all functions under this department and the program for the year. He shall further indicate any specific duties specified by the Board of Directors and/or the House of Delegates. He/she shall report to the Board of Directors and to the House of Delegates about the overall activities of this department during the year, and present a complete report to the House of Delegates at the end of the year. The Director of the Department of Professional Affairs shall organize and supervise the activities of the following committees and see that necessary meetings are held and reports prepared.

Ethics

The Committee on Ethics shall have supervision over all matters relating to the Code of Ethics and shall act as arbitrator between an individual disagreement and/or misunderstanding and shall be charged with pursuing such matter to a satisfactory and reasonable conclusion.

Susan Volpicella-Levy, DO, Chair (e)svolplevy@optonline.net
Gina DelCurla, DO
Shari Simon, DO
Rich Tancer, DO
David Bollard, DO, ex officio

Tajma Kotoric, Staff

Alice Alexander, Staff

Membership

Shall consist of the Vice President, Secretary and three additional members elected by the House of Delegates, one each year for three year terms. The Membership Committee shall promote membership in this Association and the AOA and shall evaluate all applications for membership in this Association and report their general conclusion on each application to the Board of Directions without revealing detailed confidential information.

A strong Membership Campaign shall be inaugurated annually to enroll non-members in the state and national organizations. This campaign shall be carried on via mail, telephone, personal contact and through local contacts in the District Societies and the Hospitals. The Chairman shall see that such an active campaign is started by October each year.

Steve Rubin, DO (’16), Chair (e)rubindo@aol.com
Douglas Hargrave, DO (’20) Vice Chair

David Bollard, DO, Ex-Officio

Leonard Schuchman, DO
Stephen Kabel, DO
Hetal Patel, DO 

George Scott, DO

Stephen Scheinthal, DO

Thomas Cavalieri, DO

Terri Ginsberg, DO

Michael Ruzek, DO

John LaRatta, DO
Otto Sabando, DO

Rachel Leibman, DO

Jason Sood, PGY III
Tajma Kotoric, Staff

Pat McNamara, Staff

Professional Education (CME)

The New Jersey Association of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons Continuing Medical Education (CME) Committee is advisory in nature and serves to ensure that the continuing medical education activities sponsored by NJAOPS meet or exceed requirements established by the American Osteopathic Association’s Council on CME.

Leonard Schuchman, DO, Chair (e) drshucks@comcast.net

Douglas Hargrave, DO, Vice Chair
Thomas Cavalieri, DO
Terrie Ginsberg, DO

John LaRatta, DO

Lenny Rostomian, OMS-III
Hetal Patel, DO
Michelina DeSanti, DO
Stephen Scheinthal, DO
Lee Ann Van Houten-Sauter, DO

Otto Sabando, DO

Robert Franks, DO

David Bollard, DO Ex-Officio
Tajma Kotoric, Staff

Lila Cleaver, Staff

 

Managed Care and Insurance Relations

This committee is to review and research answers to questions and concerns of members regarding managed care issues and give guidance based on practice experience and expertise as to correct coding and billing requirements. This committee will meet when necessary with insurance companies to discuss member concerns and help physicians as a group have fair and equitable reimbursement for services rendered.

David Bollard, DO, Chair (e)dbollard@mac.com
Steven Kabel, DO

Todd Schachter, DO
Antonios Tsompanidis, DO

Richard Tancer, DO, Chair Emeritus

Laurie Clark, Advisor 

Otto Sabando, DO, 
Tajma Kotoric, Staff

 

Investment 

David Bollard, DO, (e)dbollard@mac.com

Len Schuchman, DO

Steven Rubin, DO

Otto Sabando, DO

Hetal Patel, DO

Stephen Kable, DO

Steven Scheinthal, DO

 

Credentials Committee 

Len Schuchman, DO, Chair

Steven Rubin, DO, Co-Chair

 

OMT Review

The committee is to help educate the membership on the physical diagnosis, osteopathic techniques and then billing and coding information for osteopathic manipulation to insurance companies. The committee should be consulted by the AROC Committee for the OMT continuing education content and physician instructor choices for the annual AROC seminars. The committee will also review legal testimony and language for state legislation on osteopathic vs. chiropractic language to guarantee our osteopathic uniqueness and practice rights.

Steven Rubin, DO, Chair (e)rubindo@aol.com
Daniel P. Conte III, DO, Vice Chair

Millicent Channell, DO

Kenneth Eng, DO
Robert Pedowitz, DO

Richard Tancer, DO
Antonios Tsompanidis, DO

James Bailey, DO

David Bollard, DO, ex officio

Tajma Kotoric, Staff

 

New Physicians in Practice

This committee is responsible for acting as a liaison between physicians in practice for less than 10 years with the association and the more seasoned physicians of our association.  The committee will help organize North and South meetings to join together new physicians to help share similar practice and business concerns and then mentor with experienced physicians to share ideas and prior implementation pros and cons to work practices.

Hetal Patel, DO, Chair (e)newphysicians@njosteo.com
Michael Ruzek, DO, Vice Chair

Sultan Khawam, OMS-III

Mark Robert Mahaga Ajala, OMS-IIII
Lisa Draucikas, DO
David Bollard, DO, Ex-Officio

Tajma Kotoric, Staff

Magan Durdarsky OMS- III 


Department of Public Affairs and Communications

Hetal Patel, DO, Director

 

This Department shall have general supervision over the promotion, organization and maintenance of proper relationships between the profession and the public and shall distribute to each committee chairman an outline of the work expected in accordance with enactments as recorded in the minutes of the Board of Directors and the House of Delegates.

 

The Director shall prepare reports covering the overall activities of the department which shall be composed of the reports from the individual committees. The reports shall be presented to the House of Delegates and the Board of Directors at each meeting. The reports shall contain in addition to the regular committee reports, specific answers and explanations of work done in response to the directives and policies laid down the previous year by action of the Board of Directors and the House of Delegates.

Government Affairs

The Government Affairs Committee shall have available, on emergency call, individuals either of personal acquaintance or influence with all national legislators from the State of New Jersey. These appointees shall have the duty of individually contacting on as personal a basis as possible their assigned legislator for the purpose of encouraging and soliciting his support for legislative enactment of benefit to the profession.

Alan Carr, DO, Chair (e)pain1@comcast.net

Steven Rubin, DO
Elliot Ames, DO
Kathryn Eckert, DO
Matthew Flamenbaum, DO

Brad Kline, DO
Ira Monka, DO
Ross Nochimson, DO
Hetal Patel, DO
Otto Sabando, DO 
Todd Schachter, DO
Susan Volpicella-Levy, DO

Ross Nochimson, DO

Michelina DeSanti, DO

David Bollard, DO ex officio

Tajma Kotoric, Executive Director 

Laurie Clark, Advisor

 

Specialty Advisory Committee

Thomas Cavalieri, DO, Geriatric Medicine
Richard Jermyn, DO, Pain Management
Stephen Scheinthal, DO, Psychiatry

 

Public Relations and Marketing

John LaRatta, DO, Chair (e)berlinfp@hotmail.com

Todd Schachter, DO

Taiwo Temitope Ajumobi, OMS-

Otto Sabando DO, Ex-Officio
John McInerney, Staff

Tajma Kotoric, Staff

 

Department of Organizational Affairs


Len Schuchman DO, Director and Steven Rubin, DO CO-Director

 

Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Relations Committee

Develop relationships between NJAOPS and each of the osteopathic medical colleges.

Paul Morris, DO, Chair (e)morrisdo@aol.com
Kathryn Lambert, DO
Geroge Scott, DO

Otto Sabando, DO, Ex-Officio

Tajma Kotoric, Staff

 

Awards

The Awards Committee shall, after careful consideration, select the Physician of the Year award made by NJAOPS at the Annual Convention and any other special awards. This Committee is made up of Past Presidents who remain active with the association and due to their familiarity with the membership and hard work of the recipients, two Members-at-Large and one Member of the Board of Directors. A ballot vote will be taken for the award winners. 

Len Schuchman, DO, Chair

Otto Sabando, DO
Elliot Ames, DO
Clifford Botwin, DO
Alan Carr, DO
Ron Cohen, DO
Charles Kastenberg, DO
Karen Kowalenko, DO
Floyd Krengel, DO
Kathy Lambert, DO
John LaRatta, DO
Martin Levine, DO
Harry Manser Jr., DO
Ira Monka, DO
Paul Morris, DO
Robert Sawicki, DO
Martin Scott, DO
Albert Talone, DO
Richard Tancer, DO
Antonios Tsompanidis, DO
Lee Ann Van Houten-Sauter, DO
Sue Volpicella-Levy, DO
Steven Rubin, DO, Member-at-Large

David Bollard, DO Ex-Officio 

Tajma Kotoric, Staff

Benevolence

The Benevolence Committee shall develop a program to be available for any members of the Association who, because of age, illness or financial difficulty, find themselves without funds and need assistance. Other programs relating to a member and his retire­ment years may also be recommended by this committee.

Clifford Botwin, DO, Chair (e)drcab1@gmail.com
Otto Sabando, DO, 

Len Schuchman, DO 

Steven Rubin, DO

David Bollard, Ex-Officio
Tajma Kotoric, Staff

 

Bylaws

The committee shall consist of the Secretary, a Past-President, and three additional members appointed by the President, and shall safeguard the form and language of amendments and maintain the clarity and integrity of the Bylaws. 

 

It shall have the supervision of all members pertaining to proposed changes of the Association's Constitution and Bylaws. It shall be responsible for reviewing all proposed amendments to the Constitution and Bylaws and shall make its recommendations to the Board of Directors and to the House of Delegates and shall be responsible for the proper publication of such proposed amendments as constitutionally required; shall have the duty of taking any necessary steps to amend the charter of the Association at the directive of the Association and have general supervision of charters. 

 

This committee shall, upon instruction by the Board, give assistance in obtaining a charter for any subsidiary organization of the profession in the state, which is in good standing, upon the request of such organization's bona fide authority. This Committee shall act as liaison between the Association and any ethical organization seeking affiliate status with the Association.

Len Schuchman, DO, Chair 
Kenneth Eng, DO
Paul Morris, DO, 
Hetal Patel, DO, 
Leonard Schuchman, DO 

Otto Sabando, DO

David Bollard, Ex-Officio

Tajma Kotoric, Staff

 

Long Range Planning

The long range planning committee is responsible to look ahead in three and five year time periods to help NJAOPS leaders organize the goals for these time periods.

Ira Monka, DO, Chair (e)irapmonkado@aol.com
David Bollard, DO Ex-Officio
Alan Carr, DO
Daniel P. Conte III, DO

Douglas Hargrave, DO
Kathryn Lambert, DO
John LaRatta, DO
Paul Morris, DO

Hetal Patel, DO
Steven Rubin, DO
Michael Ruzek, DO
Leonard Schuchman, DO 
Laurie Clark, Advisor

Michelina DeSanti, DO

Otto Sabando, DO
Tajma Kotoric, Staff

 

Membership

Shall consist of the Vice President, Secretary and three additional members elected by the House of Delegates, one each year for three year terms. The Membership Committee shall promote membership in this Association and the AOA and shall evaluate all applications for membership in this Association and report their general conclusion on each application to the Board of Directions without revealing detailed confidential information.

A strong Membership Campaign shall be inaugurated annually to enroll non-members in the state and national organizations. This campaign shall be carried on via mail, telephone, personal contact and through local contacts in the District Societies and the Hospitals. The Chairman shall see that such an active campaign is started by October each year.

Steve Rubin, DO (’16), Chair (e)rubindo@aol.com
Douglas Hargrave, DO (’20) Vice Chair

David Bollard, DO, Ex-Officio

Leonard Schuchman, DO
Stephen Kabel, DO
Hetal Patel, DO 

George Scott, DO

Stephen Scheinthal, DO

Thomas Cavalieri, DO

Terri Ginsberg, DO

Michael Ruzek, DO

John LaRatta, DO
Otto Sabando, DO

Rachel Lieberman, DO

Jason Sood, PGY III
Tajma Kotoric, Staff

Pat McNamara, Staff

 

Resolutions

The Resolutions Committee shall perform the following duties:
(a) Place the resolutions in proper phraseology without changing the meaning or intent.
(b) See that House members are supplied with a copy of the resolutions at least 10 days prior to the House of Delegates meeting at which they are to be presented. (This can be accomplished by supplying the Association Office with the above items at least 3 weeks prior to the meeting).


Todd Schachter, DO, Chair (e)tschachter@verizon.net
Matthew Flamenbaum, DO

Steve Kabel, DO
Martin Levine, DO
Paul Morris, DO
Leonard Schuchman, DO 
Susan Volpicella-Levy, DO

Otto Sabando, DO

David Bollard, DO Ex-Officio

Tajma Kotoric, Staff

 

Technology Committee

Medical technology is an increasingly important driver for delivering efficiency in healthcare systems. Breakthroughs in information gathering, research, treatments, and communications have given medical providers new tools to work with and fresh ways to practice medicine. The Technology Committee is responsible for researching and recommending innovative ways to provide better service and outcomes for it's members. We put together a list of the biggest impacts technology has had on healthcare.

 

1. The Internet has become a main source of medical information
2. Healthcare facilities are reaching patients using social media
3. Better treatment and less suffering
4. Improved patient care and worker efficiency
5. Doctors are easier to reach and better at their jobs
6. Online databases can accurately predict medical trends

 

Otto Sabando, DO, Chair
Matthew Flamenbaum, DO

Leonard Schuchman, DO

Lee Ann Van Houten-Sauter, DO

David Bollard, DO, Ex-Oficio 
Tajma Kotoric, Staff

John McInerney, Staff


Free-standing Committees

AROC Committee

The Committee shall be chaired by the President-Elect and shall consist of the following membership: President, Vice-President; three association members who are affiliated with RowanSOM; three or more association members who are not in the above categories.
 

The AROC Committee shall be responsible for the development and implementation of the Convention.

Stephen Kable, DO, Chair

David Bollard, DO, Ex-Officio

Hetal Patel, DO

George Scott, DO

Steven Scheinthal, DO

Tajma Kotoric, Executive Director 

Lila Cleaver, CME Director

 

Grassroots Committee

The committee was created to help osteopathic medical students become educated in the world of state politics and allow the students to begin to advocate for their profession and their future. This mentoring process will develop the skills necessary in our young leaders to discuss the medically related political issues and allow from the start of their career to build these relationships

Alan Carr, DO, Chair (e)pain1@comcast.net

Ira Monka, DO

Otto Sabando, DO,

Leonard Schuchman, DO
Laurie Clark, Advisor

David Bollard, DO Ex-Officio

 

Nominating Committee

A Nominating Committee shall be appointed by the President prior to December 1st of each year and shall consist of two members of the Board of Directors and three members of the House of Delegates who are not members of the Board of Directors.

Otto Sabando, DO (e)president-elect@njosteo.com

Michelina DeSanti,, DO 

Leonard Schuchman, DO 

David Bollard, Ex-Officio 

Tajma Kotoric, Staff

Past President Advisory Council

This group of veteran members represents the Past Presidents of NJAOPS who will help mentor the current Board of Directors and Executive Board and act as counsel and a resource for the current leaders. The years of service and dedication to NJAOPS by these members will continue as their experiences only will enhance the future of our association in their advisory role.  

Elliot Ames, DO
Clifford Botwin, DO
Alan Carr, DO
Karen Kowalenko, DO

Kathy Lambert, DO
John LaRatta, DO
Harry Manser Jr., DO
Ira Monka, DO
Paul Morris, DO
Robert Pedowitz, DO

Martin Scott, DO
Todd Schachter, DO
Richard Tancer, DO
Antonios Tsompanidis, DO
Lee Ann Van Houten-Sauter, DO
Susan Volpicella-Levy, DO 

Michelina DeSanti, DO

Otto Sabando, DO

Len Schuchman, DO

Martin Levine, DO

Stephen Papish, DO

Albert Talone, DO

Ranold Cohen, DO

Charles Kastenberg, DO

Frank Bonifacio, DO