Pennsylvania Medical Society Inaugurates Berks County Physician as 174th President

Last Updated: Jan 24, 2024

After a 1-year term as vice-president and president-elect, Kristen Sandel, MD, FACEP, FAAEM, an emergency physician from Ephrata, has been inaugurated as the 174th President of the Pennsylvania Medical Society (PAMED).

Dr. Sandel has been a member of PAMED since 2006; serving on the Board of Trustees and being an active member of the Women Physicians Section. She has held several committee leadership roles including Chair of the Executive Committee of the Berks County Medical Society and most recently leading PAMED’s Emergency Department Overcrowding Task Force to address the issue of ED overcrowding in Pennsylvania.

Of being newly inaugurated as president, Dr. Sandel said, “I am honored to serve as the president of the Pennsylvania Medical Society. I have been fortunate to have wonderful mentors within PAMED who have moved us forward in my time. As I take office, I plan to focus on helping my colleagues restore the joy of practicing medicine and lead to, most importantly, better serving the patients of Pennsylvania.”

A graduate from Bucknell University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry, Dr. Sandel completed medical school training at University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and completed her residency in Emergency Medicine at the MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine at Drexel University, which is now the Drexel University College of Medicine.

She is currently a practicing emergency physician and is the Medical Director of the Emergency Department at Wellspan Health in Ephrata.

She was inaugurated as the president on January 20.


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