2023 Annual Meeting

Annual Meeting & Leadership Awards Ceremony Wrap Up


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The 2023 NDMA Annual Meeting Leadership Awards Ceremony did not disappoint. Nearly 100 participants gathered to help celebrate outstanding healthcare leadership in North Dakota.

40 Years of Service

NDMA continued the tradition of recognizing physician members who achieved at least 40 years of service to the medical community upon graduation from medical school (1983). At this years meeting, NDMA recognized 7 physicians.

  • Ellen Feldman, MD – Grand Forks

  • David Field, MD – Bismarck

  • Craig Kuhlmann, MD – Fargo

  • Erling Martinson, MD – McVille

  • William McKinnon, MD – Grand Forks

  • Keith Rau, MD – Fargo

  • Marshall Winchester, MD – Grand Fork



Awards were presented by NDMA President Dr. Joshua Ranum



Attending the ceremony to receive the 40 Year Award Certificates were Dr. David Field (left) and Dr. Erling Martinson (right).







Physician Community & Professional Services




Joshua Wynne, MD, MBA, MPH

UND School of Medicine & Health Sciences Dean & Vice President for Health Affairs


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

Nominated with the highest accolades by Dr. Josh Ranum, Dr. Wynne is very deserving of this award. For more than two decades, Dr. Wynne has made public health a priority by advocating for initiatives and programs at both the institutional and individual levels across North Dakota. Advocacy efforts include founding a 5k/10k walk/run – Joggin’ with Josh – on the UND campus each September; serving on the North Dakota Department of Health Physician Advisory Group since 2017; and serving Gov. Doug Burgum as the state’s Chief Health Strategist.

As an avid supporter of the Grand Forks community, he dedicated his talents by serving on the Community Violence Intervention Center board; and for many years, produced a monthly column entitled Health Matters for the Grand Forks Herald newspaper and took the time to respond to his readers’ many health-related questions. It was perhaps this effort that convinced the newspaper to choose Dr. Wynne as the Grand Forks Herald “Person of the Year” in 2019.

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Friend of Medicine 

Carma Hanson

Coordinator for SafeKids Grand Forks
Altru Health System

The North Dakota Medical Association created the Friend of Medicine Award in 1999 to formally acknowledge non-physician citizens of our state who have distinguished themselves by serving as effective advocates for health care, patient services, or the profession of medicine in the state of North Dakota.

Carma was nominated by NDMA member and Physician Advisory Group Chair Dr. Joan Connell. Dr. Connell’s accolades to Carma’s public service efforts are acknowledged by many in both the private and public service sectors. She has made public health a priority by advocating for initiatives and programs such as SafeKids, the Sunshine Hospitality Home, the importance of public safety and seat belt usage, and more.

When it comes to public safety, for 12 years she worked tirelessly advocating for the passage of the primary seat belt law, which passed just this year. Due to her dedication, she was given an honor roll and appreciation award by the Vision Zero conference team in May of this year.

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NDMA COPIC Humanitarian Award

Grant Syverson, MD

Pediatric Rheumatology, Sanford Health




Pictured with Dr. Syverson are Beverly Razon, COPIC (left) and Angie Leier, Make-A-Wish ND.



The North Dakota COPIC Humanitarian Award is presented annually to honor a physician for volunteer medical services and contributions to their community. COPIC seeks to recognize physicians who volunteer outside the spectrum of their day-to-day lives. The recipient of the award designates a $10,000 donation from COPIC to be provided to a health care-related 501(c)(3) organization within North Dakota.

Nominated by Make-A-Wish North Dakota, the foundation shares that Dr. Syverson exemplifies what it means to be a humanitarian both within his profession and beyond. His support for Wish Kids has helped them grow and experience life in ways they otherwise wouldn’t have.

While many rheumatology patients are unaware that they qualify for a wish, Dr. Syverson has been diligent in referring his patients, allowing them the “opportunity to have opportunities” as he puts it.

Beyond Make-A-Wish, Dr. Syverson volunteers with the Arthritis Foundation in North Dakota, its annual Jingle Bell Run and Camp Sisu for young people with arthritis. He also serves on the board of ShareHouse, which provides Substance Use Disorder services to the region, and serves on the Fargo Cass County Board of Health.

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Learn more about the previous winners here.


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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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