Please note, the Washoe County Medical Society’s office has moved. Our new address is:

Washoe County Medical Society
5355 Kietzke Lane, Suite 100
Reno, NV 89511

What is the WCMS?

WCMS logoThe official name of this organization is “Washoe County Medical Society”. It is a non-profit entity incorporated in the state of Nevada. The Washoe County Medical Society is commonly be referred to as “WCMS”.

The Washoe County Medical Society serves as a primary source of health related information, we seek to educate our members and the citizens of Northern Nevada. We strive to maintain the highest standard of ethics and medical care throughout our community.

As a professional organization, we shall nurture these goals by cooperating with the American Medical Association, the Nevada State Medical Association, and other County Medical Societies and Alliances in the state of Nevada.


112th Inaugural Dinner Set for January 13 Join Us as We Bring the Great Outdoors Indoors

Plan to join us January 13 at the Renaissance to celebrate the installation of the 2018 WCMS 2018 board officers and directors. Our slate of officers includes: president will be Ron Swanger, M.D., automatic succession to president; Reed W. Dopf, II, M.D., president-elect; and Jay K. Morgan, M.D., secretary/treasurer. We also will be electing two directors as yet to be named.


Bringing the Great Outdoors Indoors

The evening begins at 6:00 pm with cocktails and conversation. Dinner, the installation and awards starts at 7:30 pm. Once the business of the annual meeting is concluded, there’ll be music for dancing by a jazz quartet led by Jim Garaventa, a member of the
Reno Jazz Orchestra.

We are pleased to have several sponsors already committed to help us make this a great celebration. As of November 20 our sponsors include:

Platinum $5,500
Reno Diagnostic Centers
Reno Orthopedic Center
Sierra Neurosurgery
Spine Nevada

Gold $3,500
Silver Sage Center for Family Medicine

Silver $2,500

Bronze $1,500
Nevada Advanced Pain Specialists
Reno Cyberknife
Saint Mary’s Medical Center

Brass $750

Pewter $500
Nevada ENT & Hearing
Nevada Heart Surgeons

If you wish to become a sponsor, please contact Wendy Hernandez at or 775-825-0278. She’s our sponsorship wonder woman and will be most happy to help you choose  the right level for you.

Because of our sponsors, we’re able to keep the dinner cost to $90 a person. The menu includes pan-roasted fillet mignon, seared Halibut and the chef’s choice of a vegan/vegetarian entrée. Wine is included at dinner. The bar is hosted.

Watch your mail at home for your invitation, which is arriving before the holidays.

WCMS Commissions & Committees

Allied/Public Health Commission

This Commission acts as a liaison with some of the major bureaucratic agencies that affect medicine and deals with issues that have local and statewide implications.

Ethics ‘Grievance’ Committee

This Committee deals with complaints from the public as well as physicians regarding medical practice in our community.

Governmental Affairs Commission

This Commission assists and coordinates lobbying efforts with the Nevada State Medical Association and is also involved in providing experts in the areas of current legislative issues.

Internal Affairs Commission

The duties of this Commission include: budget and finances, awards, nominations, planning of membership meetings, membership recruitment, personnel, and the Constitution & Bylaws.

Major Health Issues Commission

This Commission deals with health care, cost containment, professional liability insurance, emergency medical services, medical economics, quackery, and major health issues.

Medical Practice Commission

This Commission deals with the quality of local medical practice, professional liability in terms of risk management, quality assurance boards, industrial and self insured, hospital rules and regulations, insurance and medical review, and continuing medical education. This Commission serves as a liaison with the various health plans, and works with the relationship between physicians and hospital contracts.

Public Relations Committee

This Committee’s function is to promote public awareness, promote the concept that physicians are the patient’s advocate, act as liaison for media coverage on current health problems, speaker’s bureau, and develop position papers on timely topics.