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Senior Physicians Section (SPS) Governing Council

Meet the physicians responsible for leading the Senior Physicians Section.
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The AMA Senior Physicians Section (SPS) Governing Council is elected by the members of the section and is responsible for directing the programs and activities of the group. 

Barbara S. Schneidman, MD, MPH

Dr. Schneidman is a clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of Washington School of Medicine where she is active on the Medical School Admissions Committee. She has been in private practice and has served as the AMA vice president for Medical Education, the associate vice president of the American Board of Medical Specialties and the interim CEO and president of the Federation of State Medical Boards.

Barbara A. Hummel, MD

Dr. Hummel is a solo, independent family physician still practicing full time in a suburb of Milwaukee. She is immediate past chair of the Senior Physician Section and co-chair of the taskforce looking at the possibility of developing documentation guidelines to help senior physicians stay in practice when possible. She is currently president of the Wisconsin Medical Society and secretary of the Private Practice Physician Congress at the AMA where she also serves as an alternate delegate from Wisconsin. She is a community instructor for medical students from both the Medical College of Wisconsin and the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine. She has served as president of her county medical society and has served as chair of the Family Physician Section at her local hospital where she has served on a number of committees, including the executive committee and credential’s committee. She is on the board of directors for her local independent physician network and on the quality assurance committee for their accountable care organization. She is also a past member of the board of directors for the Wisconsin Academy of Family Physicians and currently sits on their committee on legislation.

Immediate Past Chair
Family Medicine
Claire V. Wolfe, MD

Dr. Wolfe currently practices part time at OrthopedicOne in Columbus, Ohio, and is board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation. She has served on the medical staff of Mt. Carmel Medical Health in Columbus since 1972. She is an associate staff member of Riverside Methodist Hospital and holds an academic appointment at the Ohio State University College of Medicine as an adjunct assistant professor in the department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Dr. Wolfe has been an active participant in organized medicine throughout her career, and is the past president of numerous academies and associations, including the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, the American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine and the Ohio State Medical Association.


Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
John A. Knote, MD, FACR, FACNM

Dr. Knote, a diagnostic radiologist, currently serves as an alternate delegate of the Senior Physicians Section. He is from Lafayette, Indiana, and before retiring, worked at the Indiana University Medical Center. He served previously as the vice speaker and speaker of the AMA House of Delegates. He is a former president of OSMAP and of the AMA Forum; member of the AMA Council on Medical Service; and is a former chair of the Senior Physicians Group (prior to the group becoming a Section).

Alternate Delegate
Diagnostic Radiology
Richard Allen, MD, FACOG

Dr. Allen has had a distinguished career as a clinician, educator and medical leader. He has been president of both the Oregon Medical Association (OMA) and the Colorado Medical Society, president of the Oregon and Pacific NW Ob/Gyn Societies, an oral board examiner and residency program director, and has chaired the ACOG/AMA Section Council. He has also been president of the Society for Humanism in Medicine and was elected to and served as chair of the AMA Council on Medical Education and chair of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. He is a recipient of the OMA's Doctor-Citizen of the Year, and both the ACOG and AMA’s Distinguished Service Award. He has recently retired as assistant dean for GME at OHSU, where he developed a re-entry training program, and is currently teaching risk management/loss prevention workshops for the OMA.

Obstetrics & Gynecology
Paul H. Wick, MD, DLFAPA

Dr. Wick is medical director of the Senior Behavioral Health Intensive Outpatient Program at the University of Texas Health Northeast in Tyler, Texas. Previously, he was on the medical staff of Trinity Clinic, a multispecialty clinic, and medical director of a private psychiatric hospital.