2019 Board of Directors

For more information, members may call (414) 475-4750.


Amar Ambardekar, DO - President

Amar Ambardekar, DO, is an internal medicine physician on staff at Aurora Advanced Healthcare. He received his medical degree from Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, Kirksville, MO, in 2007 and completed his Internal Medicine Residency at the Medical College of Wisconsin in 2010.  Dr. Ambardekar is board certified in internal medicine.  He will serve as Treasurer for the Wisconsin state chapter of the American Association of Physicians of Indian origin in 2015, and is currently a Board member at large.  He is a clinical preceptor for medical students from the Medical College of Wisconsin as well as the University of Wisconsin and also served as a Milwaukee County delegate for the Wisconsin Medical Society Annual meeting in 2014.

Pam Wilson, MD - President-elect

Dr. Pamela Wilson currently serves as Vice President of Medical Affairs of Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers, a position she has held since 2011.  From 2008-2011 she served as Director of Family Medicine and Internal Medicine for Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers.  Dr. Wilson received her Medical Degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) in 1999. She completed her Family Practice Residency in 2002 at St. Mary’s Hospital where she served as Chief Resident.

In 2015, Dr. Wilson received the Health Care Heroes Award from the BizTimes, and in 2014 she received the Humanitarian Award from Pastors United.

Mark Kaeppler, MD - Treasurer

Dr. Mark Kaeppler is currently a Cardiology Fellow at the Medical College of Wisconsin.  He received his undergraduate degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2007 and his Doctor of Medicine Degree at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in 2012.  Dr. Kaeppler conducted numerous research studies at the Medical College of Wisconsin and the University of Utah, where he also served as an Internal Medicine Chief Resident.  He is a member of the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology.

Michelle Graham, MD - Past President

Michelle L. Graham, MD, MME, FAAFP, serves as the Chief Medical Officer for Wisconsin and Michigan for UnitedHealthcare.

Dr. Graham, a native of Iowa, graduated from the University Of Iowa College Of Medicine in 2000 and completed her community-based University of Iowa residency in Family Medicine in Sioux City, Iowa, in 2003. She is Board Certified in Family Medicine and has been recognized as a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Practice. 

Dr. Graham has spoken internationally for the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine and the Christian Medical and Dental Society.  She has taught internationally in Togo, Africa, in collaboration with the Peace Corps.  Fluent in Spanish, Dr. Graham has served as a medical missionary in Mexico and Peru, as well as leading medical mission trips to Honduras from 2003 through 2010.

Kathy Schmitz - Executive Director

Schmitz has more than 25 years of experience as a senior executive in health care, marketing communications, public relations and media relations. Most recently she served as the Chief Communications Officer/Spokesperson for Columbia St. Mary’s Health System in Milwaukee, WI, a position she advanced to during a 22-year career with the System. Prior to joining Columbia St. Mary’s Schmitz served as the Assistant Director of Public Relations at St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, MN; Public Relations Director at the Milwaukee Ballet Company & School; and News/Public Affairs Producer at WISN-TV & WISN Radio, Milwaukee, WI. Schmitz holds a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Marquette University and a master’s degree from Cardinal Stritch University.



Muhammad Bilal Abid, MD

M. Bilal Abid, MD, is a specialist in Internal Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) & Froedtert Hospital. Dr. Abid graduated from the Aga Khan University School of Medicine Pakistan. He is an avid clinical researcher and continues to publish research articles related to leukemia, lymphoma, myeloma, transplantation and infectious diseases. Dr. Abid also serves on the editorial board of several international journals and mentors students and trainees interested in clinical and translational research. Dr. Abid is an invited speaker at international scientific conferences related to hematology and infectious diseases and he recently received the 2018 MCW Professionalism Award of the Year, and the 2018 Outstanding MCW Medical Student Teacher Award.

Kate Bechen, Attorney – Lay Director

Kate Bechen is an Attorney and Partner at Husch Blackwell where she specializes in healthcare law.  Ms. Bechen received her J.D. from the University of Iowa College of Law where she graduated with distinction. She has a solid track record of advocating for physicians, and representing individual physicians, and large and small multi-specialty groups throughout the country.  She counsels healthcare clients on regulatory compliance, privacy law, articles and bylaws, and mergers and acquisitions among numerous other facets of general corporate law.  She currently serves as President, Board of Directors, Advocates of Ozaukee, and a board member for Girls on the Run for Southeast Wisconsin. 


Diana Dovorany, MD

Diana Dovorany, MD, a specialist in Emergency Medicine, serves as an Attending Physician in the Emergency Department at Aurora Sinai Emergency Department.  Dr. Dovorany received her Medical Degree from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine & Public Health, Madison, Wisconsin, in 2012.  Among many leadership roles, she currently serves as Physician Leader for the Milwaukee Emergency Department Coalition Steering Committee.

Dr. Dovorany is also the Physician Advisor for Aurora Sinai's Emergency and Inpatient Care Plan Team that works closely with social work to help patients gain access to outpatient resources and housing in an effort to address social determinates that could prevent unnecessary ED visits and hospital admissions. She has been nominated two years in a row for the Kate Ellen Polacheck award for her compassionate patient care and is also a committee member for the AVIA Medicaid Transformation project.

Hammad Haider-Shah, MD

A hospitalist and specialist in Internal Medicine, Dr. Haider-shah received his Doctor of Medicine Degree from St. George's University, School of Medicine, Grenada, W.I. in 1999. He received his Juris Doctorate from Marquette University Law School, Milwaukee, WI, in 2006. He currently serves as Medical Director/Physician Advisor, Case Management at Aurora St. Luke's Medical Center & Aurora St. Luke's South Shore Hospital.


Chris Rasch, Sixteenth Street Community Health Center – Lay Director

Chris Rasch serves as Director of Government and Community Relations for Sixteenth Community Health Centers.  Prior to this role, Mr. Rasch served in leadership roles with the Wisconsin Medical Society including Vice President of Advocacy and Member Relations, and Director of State and Federal Relations.  Mr. Rasch graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 1999 where he completed dual degrees in Political Science and History.  He currently serves on the Milwaukee Health Care Partnership Alliance Committee among other local health committees.

Douglas Reding, MD

Douglas J Reding, MD, a specialist in Oncology/Hematology, serves as the Chief Medical Officer of Ascension Wisconsin.  He attended and graduated with honors from the University of Iowa College of Medicine in 1980.  Dr. Reding has nearly 40 years of diverse experience, especially in Hematology/Oncology. He is affiliated and has held numerous leadership roles with many hospitals and clinics including Marshfield Clinic and Ministry Health Care. 

Anthony Rieder, MD

Board certified in Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery and Sleep Medicine, Dr. Anthony Rieder is the President & Owner of Alliance ENT & Hearing Center, S.C.  Dr. Rieder received his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from South Dakota State University, and his Doctor of Medicine Degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin.  Dr. Rieder is Assistant Clinical Professor of Otolaryngology and Communication Sciences at the Medical College of Wisconsin, and serves on the medical staff at Wheaton, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and Columbia St. Mary’s. He is a member of the American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy, American Academy of Otolaryngology, and American Medical Association.

Rob Riepenhoff, MD

Dr. Robert L Riepenhoff is a board certified emergency physician and the current Medical Director of Emergency Services at Columbia St. Mary’s Emergency Department in Milwaukee.

A native of the Milwaukee area, Dr. Riepenhoff obtained his medical degree in 2006 from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. He received his training in emergency medicine at the University of Illinois at Chicago residency program where he served as chief resident. Moving back to the Milwaukee area in 2009, Dr. Riepenhoff started his career with Infinity Healthcare and Columbia St Mary’s.


Alyssa Stephany, MD

Alyssa M. Stephany, MD, serves as Section Chief, Hospital Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, and Medical Director, Hospital Medicine, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.  She also serves as Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine, Medical College of Wisconsin. Dr. Stephany received her medical degree from SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NY, in 2004.


Cory Wilson, MD

Dr. Wilson is an ABEM-certified emergency physician with over 20 years of emergency medicine and urgent care practice management experience. He has been in private practice in Milwaukee with Emergency Medicine Specialists S.C. since 1993, serving as President since 2006.

Dr. Wilson is also currently serving as President of ConsensioHealth, a medical practice management and billing company. He also is Co Founder/Co Owner of Popcare+ Immediate Care Clinic in Franklin, WI.

He received his Medical Degree from Loyola Stritch School of Medicine in 1989, and completed his Emergency Medicine Residency in 1993 at Northwestern University Memorial Hospital in Chicago, IL.

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