Proposed slate of candidates for WSRS election, November 3, 2018

In accordance with our society’s bylaws, the Nominations Committee has recommended and the Board of Trustees has approved the slate of officers, councilors and alternate councilors  which is listed below.

According to the bylaws, that slate is now being published via email to the voting-eligible members at least 30 days prior to the election which will be held during the members’ business meeting at the  2018 WSRS Annual Meeting.

Saturday, November 3, 2018, noon to 2 p.m.
Embassy Suites  Downtown – Pioneer Square
6th Floor, King Street Ballroom III
255 S King St, Seattle, WA 98104

All dues paying and retired members are eligible to vote in this election.

At the annual meeting, additional nominations shall be accepted from the floor and election shall be by a voice vote of members present. A majority of votes cast for the slate or individual nominees shall be declared elected.

The recommended slate is as follows:

President – Ruben Krishnananthan, MD
This term will begin on November 3, 2018 and run through the WSRS annual meeting in early November, 2020.

Vice-President/President-Elect –  Sammy Chu, MD
This term will begin on November 3, 2018 and run through the WSRS annual meeting in early November, 2020.

Treasurer – Puneet Bhargava, MD
This term will begin on November 3, 2018 and run through the WSRS annual meeting in early November, 2020.

Secretary – Jennifer Favinger, MD
This term will begin on November 3, 2018 and run through the WSRS annual meeting in early November, 2020.

Councilor to the ACR: Puneet Bhargava, MD. This three year term will begin retroactively:  June 1, 2018 through May 31, 2021.

Councilor to the ACR: Jeffrey Robinson, MD, MBA, FACR for re-election for a three year term: June 1, 2019 through May 31, 2022.

Councilor to the ACR: Somnath Prabhu, MD, for a three year term:  June 1, 2019 through May 31, 2022.

Alternate councilors (for one year terms:  June 1, 2019 through May 31, 2020)

Leila Bender, MD
Peter Eby, MD, FACR
Michael N. Hoff, PhD
Ramesh Iyer, MD
Ben Johnson, DO
Erik Kilgore, MD
Justin Siegal, MD
Diana Lam, MD
YPS representative/alt councilor:  Baiju Shah, MD

If Dr. Puneet Bhargava, who is currently an Alternate Councilor to the ACR through May 31, 2019, is elected in November for a currently vacant position as a Councilor, it is the intention of the board to appoint Dr. Rachel Gerson to fill his Alternate Councilor position for the remainder of his term which would include the 2019 ACR meeting.

If you have any questions about the slate or the elections process, please contact Executive Director Debra Alderman at 206-956-3650 or email:  debra@wsrs.org  and she can put you in touch with the Nominations Committee.

Notice of proposed amendments to the WSRS Bylaws:

Two proposed bylaws amendments have been approved by the board and are being recommended to the membership for approval during the members’ business meeting at the WSRS Annual Meeting on November 3, 2018 from noon to 2 p.m. (see above for venue information).

Amendment #1, to be added to Article VI, Section 2, Duties of the President:

The president may empanel a task force for any purpose, that can be composed of: members, eligible non-members and ineligible non-members as the president sees fit.  The board must approve the formation of the task force within 30 days.  Task forces will be time limited but can be renewed by the board.

Amendment #2, to be inserted at the end of the introductory paragraph in Article VII, Section 1, Awards and Honors Committee:

The WSRS may award up to two gold medal awards per year.


We look forward to seeing you at the WSRS Annual Meeting on November 3rd.  If you have not yet had a chance to do so, please visit our website  for full information and to register online. Click here to go to the Annual Meeting page for more information and online registration.