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2018 Kansas Medical Society Annual Meeting: September 22

Plan to join your colleagues at the upcoming KMS Annual Meeting, Saturday, September 22, at the KMS office, 623 SW 10th Ave., Topeka from 9 am-2:30 pm. A key portion of the event is a facilitated, open discussion of important topics facing medicine in Kansas, including the challenges regarding opioid abuse and the physician’s role in that changing environment.
Patrice A. Harris, MD, MA
President-elect of the American Medical Association
The President-elect of the American Medical Association and chair of its Task Force to Reduce Opioid Abuse, Patrice A. Harris, MD, MA, will discuss physicians’ use of effective prescription drug-monitoring programs, physician education on effective, evidence-based opioid prescribing, expansion of access to naloxone in the community and the safe storage and disposal of opioids and all medications. Dr. Harris, a psychiatrist from Atlanta, has experience as a private practicing physician, public health administrator, patient advocate and medical society lobbyist. 

Sam Quinones, a journalist, storyteller, former L.A. Times reporter, and author of three books including Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic, the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award Winner for general nonfiction, will deliver the luncheon keynote. Quinones’ book chronicles the opiate crisis of an Ohio town, and how it came together to address dependency and work toward economic and social revitalization. 

Sponsors for the event include:
  • Platinum: KAMMCO
  • Gold: Aetna; Kansas Healthcare Collaborative – Compass Practice Transformation Network; and United Healthcare
  • Bronze: Kansas Foundation for Medical Care; Sunflower Health Plan; and University of Kansas School of Medicine

Register Today! Contact Nancy Sullivan at, with questions.