Leadership

Trey Dobson, M.D., President 

Dr. Dobson is the medical director of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Putnam Physicians and chief medical officer of Southwestern Vermont Health Care and a practicing emergency room physician. 

He received his bachelor’s degree in physics from The University of the South in Tennessee, a master’s degree in geology from the University of Wyoming and his medical degree from The University of Tennessee. He completed his residency in emergency medicine at the University of Virginia. You can reach Trey at: president@vtmd.org

Stephen Leffler, M.D., President-Elect

Dr. Leffler is the chief population health and quality officer for the University of Vermont Medical Center, and oversees the coordination of quality, patient safety and population health programs for the six hospitals in the UVM Health Network. He is the former chief medical officer at UVM Medical Center, and currently he serves as a board member for OneCare Vermont and the Vermont Care Organization, and is on the Governor’s Task Force for prescription drug monitoring.

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. He will continue to provide patient care in the UVM Medical Center’s Emergency Department, and will spend much of his time at partner hospitals in the UVM Health Network.

Catherine Schneider, M.D., Vice-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.

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.

Wendy Davis, M.D., Immediate-past President

Dr. Davis is a clinical professor of Pediatrics at the Vermont Child Health Improvement Program, and the Associate Director of the National Improvement Partnership Network. She also serves as a pediatrician at the University of Vermont Medical Center and as a professor in the University of Vermont College of Medicine’s pediatric department. 

The Vermont Health Commissioner from 2008 to 2011, Dr. Davis is an American Academy of Pediatrics Fellow and the 2009 recipient of the Vermont Medical Society's Distinguished Service Award.  She received her M.D. from the University of Virginia School of Medicine in 1981 and completed pediatric and chief residencies at Case Western Reserve University.

 

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