NAM News - February 22, 2021
In This Issue

200th Anniversary/Happy New Year Card

Happy New Year! It has such a nice ring to it, and NAM has been looking forward to this year for a long time. The Medical Foundation of Nashville and the Nashville Academy of Medicine created a special card to commemorate this new year, and we wanted to share a virtual copy with you.

In appreciation, we've listed members and partners who donated to the Medical Foundation of Nashville in our 2020 year-end campaign inside the card. Thank you all for celebrating with us!

TN DOH COVID-19 Update for Clinicians

Take a deep dive into COVID-19 vaccines and the Tennessee plan for allocation and distribution. The TN Department of Health holds a COVID-19 Update for Clinicians every Friday at noon CST/1 p.m. EST.

The Department of Health plans to use this time to provide vaccine updates and spend most of the hour answering vaccine-related questions from providers. Webinar registration is required here, where you can also find important updates, FAQs and archived webinars.

Day on the Hill: Wednesday, March 3

Mark your calendars for Wednesday, March 3, when NAM and TMA will partner for our annual policy briefing and lobby day via Zoom teleconferencing. This year, the General Assembly has declined large, in-person group lobbying events, so NAM members and other doctors around the state will visit with lawmakers via online breakout discussions from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. CST.

While the online format is new this year, its overall concept and inner workings remain the same. Invitations have been extended to all 133 legislators, with dozens of physicians expected to attend online to address healthcare-related issues.

Register here!
Guests will receive a Zoom link, password and login information via email after they have registered. For more information, NAM members can contact Rebecca Leslie at

2021 Dues and Tax Reminders

We are in our member renewal cycle! Please check your email and mail for your 2021 dues bill from TMA/NAM if you have not renewed yet. As you are preparing your 2020 taxes, federal tax law allows you to deduct a percentage of professional dues as a regular business expense. The deductible amount is the percentage of the annual dues that is not used for lobbying activities.
Eighty-five percent of dues for NAM/TMA are deductible. Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1993 (P.L. #103-66)

Vote Now in the TMA Leadership Elections

Voting for TMA's 2021-2022 leadership elections is ongoing through 5 p.m. CST on Sunday, Feb. 28. All physician members and veteran members in good standing are eligible to vote. This election will secure your next president-elect, four seats for the Judicial Council and four more for the Board of Trustees.

This year, Dr. Edward Capparelli from Jacksboro, TN, is running for president-elect.  Dr. Robin Williams, board chair of the Nashville Academy of Medicine, is running for our Region 4 Judicial Council. You'll need your TMA Membership ID to cast your ballot.

Vote and view profiles of the candidates.
Thank you to
our sponsors:
Burke Financial Group, LLC
Board of Directors:
  • Robin Williams, MD -
    Board Chair
  • Nicole Schlechter, MD - President
  • Gregg Shepard, MD - President-Elect
  • Michael Beckham, MD - Secretary/Treasurer
  • David Duong, MD
  • Laura Lawson, MD
  • Cindy Le, MD
  • George "Trey" Lee, MD
  • James Powers, MD  
  • V. Seenu Reddy, MD
  • Adrian Rodriguez, MD
  • M. Kevin Smith, MD
  • Carl Willis, MD

Contact Us:
General Inquiries
Phone: (615) 712-6236  
Project Access Nashville 
Specialty Care
Phone: (615) 712-6237
Rebecca Leslie
Chief Executive Officer

Nikki Ringenberg
Senior Director of Development

Taylor Crawford
Director of Strategic Projects
and Operations

Kelly Smith
Director of Physician Engagement

Anastacia Volz
Director of Project Access Nashville Specialty Care
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