2021 Annual Meeting


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Policy Forum Discussion

NDMA Officers & AMA Delegates

The 2021 NDMA Annual Meeting final session was held on October 12th and was met with remarkable success.

The online event brought together member physicians from across the state to participate in outstanding educational sessions, to discuss policy issues, and to recognize outstanding individuals for their contributions to medicine and the community.

Awards Recognition

The meeting kicked off by announcing the 2021 award winners, including recognizing physicians who have achieved at least 40 years of service to the medical community upon graduation from medical school.

40 Years of Service


Marc Basson MD
Julie Blehm MD
William Cornatzer Jr MD
Dale Ernster MD
David Flach MD
Kent Hoerauf MD
Jeffrey Keim MD
Ellen Ketterling MD

William Klava MD
A Douglas Landers MD
Mary Lewis MD
Fredrick Mitzel MD
Vani Nagala MD
Mary Ann Sens MD
Steven Spotts MD
David Wiest MD
Jane Winston MD
William Wosick MD

Physician Community & Professional Services

Dr. Casey Ryan

Altru Health Systems
Endocrinology, Internal Medicine


Since 1977, NDMA has been honoring physicians with this prestigious award that recognizes physicians for outstanding leadership and service to the people of North Dakota. NDMA created this Physician Community and Professional Services Award to recognize outstanding members of our organization who serve as role models and are active in both their profession and in their community.

The 2021 recipient of the NDMA Physician Community and Professional Services Award is Dr. Casey Ryan.

Nominated by Dr. Kevin Mork and Dr. Randy Szlabick, Dr. Ryan is very deserving of this award. His dedication to providing outstanding commitment to the community in the field of medicine as a clinician, teacher, leader, and volunteer in the Grand Forks community and the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences is unsurpassed.

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Friend of Medicine 

Molly Howell

ND Department of Health
Immunization Director & Assistant Section Chief Disease Control

The Friend of Medicine Award recognizes a non-physician for distinguishing themselves by serving as effective advocates for health care, patient services, or the profession of medicine in the state of North Dakota.

The 2021 recipient of the Friend of Medicine Award was Molly Howell.

Molly serves as the North Dakota Department of Health Immunization Director & Assistant Section Chief Disease Control. Nominated by Dr. Joan Connell, Molly is very deserving of this award as she has worked tirelessly in overseeing state immunizations, including her outstanding efforts to maximize COVID-19 immunizations.

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Outstanding Leadership in Health Care Policy

Greg Westlind

North Dakota Representative
District 15

This year, for the second time in history, the North Dakota Medical Association is recognizing an individual for Outstanding Leadership in Health Care Policy.

The Outstanding Leadership in Health Care Policy Award was given to North Dakota Representative Greg Westlind, District 15.

Through the 2021 legislative session, Representative Westlind worked tirelessly educating legislators on the importance of strong policy in health care and championed many policies that stood to provide a platform of better health care for North Dakota citizens.

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NDMA COPIC Humanitarian Award

Dr. James Miles

Altru Health Systems
Pediatric Neurologist

For the third year, NDMA is pleased to present the NDMA COPIC Humanitarian Award. This award honors a physician for volunteer medical services and contributions to the community.

As part of the award, COPIC designates a $10,000 donation to a 501 (c)(3) charity of the recipient’s choice.

The recipient of the 2021 COPIC Humanitarian Award was Dr. James Miles.

Dr. Miles was nominated by Make a Wish North Dakota. Dr. James Miles has made an indelible mark on children across North Dakota, not only through his work as one of only two board certified, fellowship trained pediatric neurologists in the state, but also through his volunteer work, which has focused on supporting children with critical or life-threatening illnesses.

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The North Dakota Medical Association (NDMA) is pleased to partner with COPIC as the endorsed medical professional liability insurance provider for its members.



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