The Kansas Medical Society Board of Trustees selected Rachelle Colombo as the organization’s next executive director effective Jan. 1, 2020.
Colombo, a frequent guest speaker at MSSC events and who will be the featured speaker at the Medical Society’s December annual meeting, currently serves as KMS’ director of Government Affairs. A highly regarded advocate for physician issues, Colombo said she will continue to lead the organization’s legislative efforts in Topeka.
“Our mission goes well beyond me,” Colombo said. “It’s a mission that has been preserved and championed by respected physicians across the state for generations. I’m privileged to have been a part of that as the voice for physicians in our Statehouse advocacy efforts.”
Colombo, who served as chief of staff to the Speaker of the Kansas House of Representatives before she joined KMS in 2011, said the heart of KMS centers on advocacy, whether through the professionals health program, by providing up-to-date information on payers, or in its efforts with partners like KaMMCo and the Kansas Hospital Association.
“Though my role has expanded, the goal remains the same: to advocate for and with Kansas physicians,” she said.
A Wichita native, Colombo is a graduate of Baylor University. She grew up in a medical family. Her father, Robert Bingaman, MD, is a general surgeon, and her sister, Rebecca Green, MD, is a family physician. Both practice in Wichita and are MSSC members. Colombo and her husband, Jeff, reside in Topeka with their two children, Katie and Max.
“Rachelle has been a passionate advocate for KMS and the entire physician community for the past eight years,” said LaDona Schmidt, MD, KMS president and a Lawrence family physician. “We look forward to having her continue to serve KMS in this new capacity.”
Colombo said she expects a variety of issues to come up in 2020 but plans to keep KMS’ focus on physician issues.
“Our focus remains on keeping the practice of medicine in physicians’ hands and in creating an environment that allows for the best possible care of patients,” she said.
Jerry Slaughter is currently serving as KMS’ interim executive director.