Catherine Schneider, M.D., President

Dr. Schneider, is the section chief of surgical services at Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center in Windsor, Vt., and currently chairs the Vermont Statewide Surgical Services Collaborative. She is the former chief medical officer of Mt. Ascutney Hospital , a position she held from 2011- 2014.

Dr. Schneider earned a bachelor’s degree in biology/premed from the University of Scranton, Pa., and medical degree from New Jersey Medical School. She did her surgical residency at UMDNJ in New Jersey and fellowship in minimally invasive surgery at the Institute for Minimally Invasive Surgery in White Plains, N.Y. She earned a master’s degree in management, health care administration from New England College in 2006.


Simha Ravven, M.D., President-Elect

Dr. Ravven, M.D. is the Senior Medical Director at the Brattleboro Retreat and clinical assistant professor of psychiatry at the Yale University School of Medicine. She served as the Interim Chief Medical Officer at the Brattleboro Retreat from September 2018 to September 2019.

Dr. Ravven graduated from the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, completed her psychiatric residency at Cambridge Health Alliance and served as a Clinical Fellow at Harvard Medical School. She completed her Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship at Yale University and subsequently served as Medical Director of the Retreat’s Birches Treatment Center (PHP and IOP) prior to returning to Yale in 2016 to pursue various academic, research, and clinical interests. Dr. Ravven returned to the Retreat in August 2017.


Patricia Fisher, M.D., Vice-President

Dr. “Patti” Fisher is the Chief Medical Officer at the Central Vermont Medical Center (CVMC). Formerly, she served as the medical director for Case Management and Medical Staff Affairs, as well as Family Medicine Inpatient Service/Ambulatory Care Unit at the University of Vermont Medical Center.

She is a board-certified hospitalist who also served as vice president of UVM Health Network Credentialing and Enrollment. Dr. Fisher earned her medical degree from The University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston and completed her residency through Forbes Family Practice Residency in Pittsburgh, where she served as chief resident.


Howard Schapiro, M.D., Secretary/Treasurer

Dr. Schapiro is an anesthesiologist at the University of Vermont Medical Center and the chairman of the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Vermont College of Medicine (UVMCM). He received his bachelor of arts in biology and masters of science in natural sciences/epidemiology from the State University of New York at Buffalo and his medical degree at UVMCM.

An attending anesthesiologist at FAHC since 1986, Dr. Schapiro is currently a member of the hospital's strategic management, faculty practice finance, medical staff executive, and operating room steering committees.


Stephen Leffler, M.D., Immediate Past-President 

Dr. Leffler is Interim President and Chief Operating Officer of The University of Vermont Medical Center and a practicing emergency room physician and professor of surgery at UVMMC. Dr. Leffler received his medical degree from the UVM College of Medicine and earned a Master of Health Care Delivery Science degree from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. 


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