Daily Record Staff//March 31, 2023
//March 31, 2023
For 14 years, Gene Ransom has served as the CEO of MedChi, The Maryland State Medical Society, which serves as an advocate and resource for licensed physicians.
From 2002 to 2010, he was on the Queen Anne’s County Commission, serving as the president during his last years in office. He holds a Juris Doctor from University of Baltimore School of Law and a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Maryland.
How has the pandemic changed your view on your job or broader profession?
The pandemic displayed the value and weaknesses of our public health system. We managed to deal with COVID, but we still face massive disparities crisis in health care, a health workforce shortage, extreme burnout for physicians and a looming overdose crisis. The pandemic increased my drive to work towards the MedChi mission.
What’s your best advice for someone who aspires to your job?
Working for and with a large group of physicians is complex. To quote Jerry Garcia, “You who choose to lead must follow.” You need energy, listening skills and drive to build consensus with the physicians.
Who has been the most influential person in your life and why?
Obviously, my parents who preached the value of education had the greatest influence on my success. A close second was my dear friend who recently passed away, George Malouf Sr., MD. He and I became friends when I was in my twenties and he taught me more about medicine, medical politics and working in systems than anyone I have ever known.
I would not be the CEO of MedChi without his help and friendship.