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Maria A. Basile, MD, MBA was installed as the 215th President of the Suffolk County Medical Society on Friday, June 18th.  This is her second term as President of SCMS, as she previously served in this capacity in 2014.  During her inaugural remarks, Dr Basile urged physicians and their associations to "Come Off Mute," and reconnect with their colleagues to recognize the value of their membership organizations.

Until April 2021, Dr. Basile was Chief Medical Officer at US Family Health Plan-St. Vincents (a TRICARE Prime Option) in New York City.  She served as the senior clinical leader of this 13,000 member health plan from July 2019-April 2021, overseeing and guiding the Plan's Quality Management Department, providing medical guidance to the restructuring of the Population Health Division through the development of evidence-based Care Management models, and supervising the transformation of two downstate New York primary care practices to adopt telemedicine platforms and convert to electronic medical records at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.

From 2012-2019, Dr. Basile served as Assistant Vice President, Medical Affairs at Mather Hospital - Northwell Health, where her responsibilities included professional credentialing, physician engagement, medical staff quality improvement, and leadership development.

Prior to transitioning to Hospital Administration, Dr. Basile was a Colorectal Surgeon in private practice in Setauket and Port Jefferson. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians, and is Board Certified in Health Care Quality Assurance, with specialty certification as a Physician Advisor. Dr. Basile has lectured nationally on physician wellness and resilience, medical ethics, and practice transformation.

A cum laude graduate of Georgetown University, Dr. Basile also earned her Medical Degree at Georgetown University School of Medicine. She completed a General Surgery residency at Mercy Catholic Medical Center in Philadelphia and a Colon and Rectal Surgery residency at St Vincent's Medical Center in Erie, PA.  She is a graduate of the United Hospital Fund/Greater NY Hospital Association's Clinical Quality Fellowship Program and received a Master's in Business Administration from Adelphi University in Garden City, NY.

Dr. Basile is on the Core Faculty at Stony Brook University Renaissance School of Medicine's Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care and Bioethics, where she teaches medical school and graduate-level courses in Literature and Medicine.  A prizewinning poet, she is author of Minimally Invasive: poems from a life in surgery (2010) and New, Not New: 15 things I’d like to know when I see you after Quarantine (2020). Her poems and articles have been published in Journal of the American Medical Association, Touch: The Journal of Healing, and The Pharos.

An active member of MSSNY, Dr. Basile currently serves as the Vice speaker to Commissioner of Communications and previously served as Suffolk County Councilor. She is Co-chair of the MSSNY Committee on Women, and a Vice Chair of the MSSNY Committee on Quality. She is a Past President of the Suffolk County Medical Society.

Dr. Basile lives in East Setauket, NY, with her two college-aged children, George and Christina, and two puppies, Parker and Miles.

The Suffolk County Medical Society is the premier medical association for the physicians of Suffolk County since 1806.  This organization is a chapter of a Federation of NYS County Medical Societies that form the Medical Society of the State of New York.  For more information about SCMS, please email SCMS3@SAMS-SAM.org, call (631) 851-1400, or visit the website scms-sam.org.

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Immediate Past President

Ani Bodoutchian, MD
Family Medicine
Nassau Suffolk Medical Practice

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Richard Schoor, MD

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Vice President

William Wertheim, MD
Internal Medicine
Stony Brook Medicine

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Leslie Marino, MD

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William Sellers, DO
Colorectal and General Surgery
Surgical Associates of Long Island



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