The South Carolina Medical Association, governed by a board of trustees and house of delegates, has numerous opportunities for physicians to become leaders in and advocates for organized medicine.

SCMA Executive Officers


  • John C. Ropp III, MD - Hartsville
    Chairman of the Board

  • M. Mayes DuBose, MD - Sumter
    Vice Chairman

  • Todd E. Schlesinger, MD - Charleston

  • Michael T. Finch, MD - Columbia

  • Christopher Yeakel, MD - Columbia

  • Robert R. Morgan, Jr., MD - Greenville

  • Henry F. Butehorn III, MD - Spartanburg
    Member At-Large

  • March E. Seabrook, MD - Lexington
    Immediate Past President

  • Helen Stockinger, MD - Spartanburg
    Speaker of the SCMA House of Delegates

  • Jeffery P. Cashman, MD - Spartanburg
    Vice Speaker of the SCMA House of Delegates

Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees carries out the policies of the House of Delegates, sets other policies as necessary, and has authority over all consolidated organizations of the South Carolina Medical Association. The Board of Trustees is comprised of officers and districts with corresponding trustees.


  • Amanda Sloan Davis, MD
    Trustee, First District

  • Stefanie Putnam, MD
    Trustee, Second District

  • Henry F. Butehorn III, MD
    Trustee, Third District

  • James D. Welsh, MD
    Trustee, Fourth District

  • John C. Ropp, MD
    Trustee, Fifth District

  • Gary A. Vukov, MD
    Trustee, Sixth District

  • Gregory Tarasidis, MD
    Trustee, Seventh District

  • Dean A. Page, MD
    Trustee, Eighth District

  • Wesley Frierson, MD
    Trustee, Ninth District

  • M. Mayes DuBose, MD
    Trustee, Tenth District

  • Gerald F. Congdon, MD
    Trustee, Eleventh District

  • Gary A. Delaney, MD
    Trustee, Twelfth District

  • James J. McCoy, MD
    Trustee, Thirteenth District

  • Forrest "Cleave" Ham, MD
    Trustee, Fourteenth District

  • Stephanie S. Lee, MD
    Trustee, Young Physician Section

  • Romela Petrosyan, MD
    Trustee, Resident & Fellow Section

  • Taylor Lucas
    Trustee, Medical Student Section

AMA Delegation

The interests of South Carolina physicians are represented on a national level through the South Carolina Delegation to the American Medical Association. The South Carolina Delegation is responsible for pursuing policy positions on issues that matter most to our state’s medical community to the AMA House of Delegates.


  • Gregory Tarasidis, MD
    Chair & Delegate

  • Gary A. Delaney, MD
    Vice Chair & Delegate

  • Richard C. Osman, MD

  • H. Timberlake Pearce, Jr., MD

  • Bruce A. Snyder, MD

  • Stephen A. Imbeau, MD
    Alternate Delegate

  • Stefanie M. Putnam, MD
    Alternate Delegate

  • Alexander Ramsay, MD
    Alternate Delegate

  • Todd E. Schlesinger, MD
    Alternate Delegate

Young Physicians Section

The Young Physicians section consists of SCMA members who are under the age of 40 or who are in their first 8 years of practicing medicine. The beginning of your medical career can sometimes be the most challenging years.


Joseph Hoyle, MD  - Chair and AMA YPS Delegate

Ebele Compean, MD - Chair-elect

Ryan Garbalosa, MD - Immediate Past Chair 

Vipin Verma, MD - Secretary

Hannah Coulson, DO - Treasurer

Ravi Kant, MD - Member At-Large

Nancy Hart Wicker, MD - Member At-Large

Stefanie M. Putnam, MD - AMA YPS Delegate

Stephanie S. Lee, MD - Young Physician Trustee At-Large

Resident & Fellow Section

The Resident and Fellow Section is comprised of South Carolina residents and fellows that are members of the South Carolina Medical Association. This organization strives to provide a forum within organized medicine for the exchange of information among residents and fellows in South Carolina, and to represent the best interest of residents and fellows within the SCMA.



Romela Petrosyan, MD - Resident & Fellow Physician Trustee & AMA Delegate

Elizabeth "Liz" Helwig, MD - Chair

Ebele Compean, MD - Immediate Past Chair

*vacant - Member At-Large

Blair Chance, MD - AMA Alternate Delegate

Medical Student Section

The Medical Student Section includes medical students from all four of the state’s medical schools. The goal of the Medical Student Section is to provide medical students with an opportunity to be involved in organized medicine. In addition, the SCMA strives to provide resources to help enhance each medical student's educational years.



Taylor Lucas, USC Greenville - Medical Student Section Trustee

Dory Askins, USC Greenville - Chair

James "Jay" Rex, MUSC - Vice Chair


Chapter Fellows:

Graham Hall - USC Columbia

Taylor Head - MUSC

Tristan Mackey - USC Greenville

Jimmy Todd - VCOM