The VMS Executive Committee is comprised of the elected officers of the organization: the president, the president-elect, the vice president, the secretary/treasurer, and the immediate past president. The Executive Committee meets regularly and reports to the VMS Council.
Catherine Schneider, M.D., President
Contact the VMS president at President@vtmd.org
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 is the Chief Medical Officer of the Howard Center and Assistant Clinical Professor in Law and Psychiatry at the Yale University School of Medicine.
Dr. Ravven was a studio art major as an undergraduate at Hamilton College and decided to pursue medicine after serving in the United States Peace Corps in Morocco. She graduated from the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine and completed her residency in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. She went on to train in Forensic Psychiatry at Yale University School of Medicine. Dr. Ravven is Board Certified in General Adult and Forensic Psychiatry. She has a private practice in forensic psychiatry and lectures on clinical violence risk assessment and other forensic mental health topics. Her passion is caring for adults with serious mental illness and contributing to research and policy on the intersection of law and mental health.
Patricia Fisher, M.D., Vice-President
Patti was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio. She attended undergrad at Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, IN, Medical School at University of Texas in Houston, did her family medicine and chief residency at Forbes Family Medicine in Pittsburgh, and she is currently finishing her Masters in Healthcare Administration at Cornell University.
She moved to VT in 2003 to work for the Community Health Centers of Burlington, where she later became medical director and President of the Medical Staff at UVM Medical Center. She worked under Dr. Leffler at UVMMC from 2013-2019 as the Medical Director for Case Management and Medical Staff Affairs.
She has been Chief Medical Officer at Central Vermont Medical Center since April of 2018 where she still works clinically as a hospitalist and suboxone provider. In her free time she enjoys working in Haiti, running, cycling, skiing, and racing Etchells and lasers on Lake Champlain
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 UVMMC.
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.
VMS is governed by a Council, which meets to discuss the policy, governance, operations, and finances of the organization. The Council's membership includes VMS officers, geographic and specialty society representatives, the Vermont Department of Health, and the University of Vermont College of Medicine.
Council meetings (click here for the upcoming schedule) are open to all VMS members.
The VMS Executive Committee (click here for the upcoming schedule) is comprised of the officers elected at the Annual Membership Meeting: the president, the president-elect, the vice president, the secretary/treasurer, and the immediate past president. The Executive Committee meets regularly and reports to the VMS Council.
Each member has an equal voice at the Annual VMS Membership Meeting, at which the members adopt VMS policy and elect the officers of the organization.
VMS is also represented at meetings of the House of Delegates of the American Medical Association by one Delegate and one Alternate-Delegate.
VMS Bylaws - as amended on Nov. 6, 2018