Maine Medicine Weekly Update - 04/30/2018  (Plain Text Version)

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In this issue:
•  The Honorable George J. Mitchell to Keynote MMA's 165th Annual Session
•  New Interactive Online Course Ups Physicians’ Nutrition Knowledge, Supports Patients in Diabetes Prevention
•  MMA Acknowledges the Passing of Jordan Shubert, M.D. and Mark Cooper, M.D.
•  Consumer and Healthcare Groups File Suit for Medicaid Expansion Implementation
•  MMA Listening Session in Presque Isle on Tuesday, May 15 6-8pm
•  MICIS: Next Steps in Addressing Maine's Opioid Crisis
•  AMA, Specialty Societies Ask CMS to Reduce 2018 MIPS Reporting Period
•  Doctors Without Borders Coming to Maine May 1st
•  Legislative Calls Over for 128th Legislature; Veto Day Wednesday
•  Legislative Report
•  Maine Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons Spring Educational & Business Meeting - Friday, May 4th
•  Introduction to Lean in Healthcare Full-Day Workshop on Tuesday, May 8
•  Maine Chapter, American College of Surgeons Annual Meeting in Kennebunkport, ME - May 18-20
•  One River, One Ocean: June 2-14, 2018
•  New Free CME on Alzheimer's Risk, Detection, and Management
•  Peer Navigation Program from Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered (FORCE)
•  Online Learning Opportunities Offering CME Credits - from the Northern New England Practice Transformation Network
•  Northern New England Society of Addiction Medicine 2018 Annual Conference & Meeting - Nov 2-3
•  Outpatient Internal Medicine Physician – Bangor, Maine
•  Family Practice Physician - Bucksport Regional Health Center
•  Relocate to Beautiful Southwestern Maine - Medical Director/Family Practice Physician
•  Psychiatry Faculty, Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
•  Psychiatric Medical Director
•  Maine's Largest FQHC in need of Physician for Geriatric Program
•  Multiple Family Med Opportunities in Beloved Community Health Centers
•  Outpatient Only - Internal Medicine with Loan Repayment & Sign-on Bonus
•  Internal Medicine Outpatient Physician
•  Clinical Cardiology Opportunity
•  Opportunities at the VA for Volunteer Physicians


MMA Acknowledges the Passing of Jordan Shubert, M.D. and Mark Cooper, M.D.

The MMA recently has learned of the passing of two members who have made substantial contributions to the practice of medicine in Maine, as well as to the work of the MMA. We extend our condolences to the families, friends, and colleagues of Jordan Shubert, M.D. and Mark Cooper, M.D. Please see their obituaries below.


Obituary for Jordan J. Shubert, MD

SURRY and BANGOR - Jordan J. Shubert, MD, 74, of Surry, Maine passed away suddenly on April 1, 2018. He will be remembered as an extraordinary man, who made everyone he met feel special, and made the world a better place with each life he touched.
Jay was born in Seattle, Washington but was really a Bangor man through and through, moving here when he was 6 months old. He was the son of William M. Shubert, MD and Alice Jordan Shubert, MD of Bangor. He attended Bangor High School and then Bowdoin College, playing football at both. After graduating from Bowdoin in 1966, he went on to attend medical school at Tufts University and then orthopaedic residency at Tufts/New England Medical Center, finishing in 1975 and becoming the third generation of doctors in his family. He worked as a surgeon in the US Army, at William Beaumont Hospital in El Paso, Texas, before returning to Bangor in 1977 to begin his orthopaedic surgery practice at Eastern Maine Medical Center.
Jay was the founder of Downeast Orthopaedics and soon became one of the premiere orthopaedic surgeons in Maine. He stood out not only with regard to his skill, but also in the kindness and care he always gave to his patients. He was beloved by his many patients throughout the state of Maine. Always an innovator, he was one of the first to practice arthroscopy in the state, and founded the first outpatient surgery center.
His awards and accomplishments are too numerous to list, but despite them, he was always humble. The love that Jay had for Maine and the Bangor community was reflected in his commitments—he provided care for the University of Maine athletic teams, was active in the Bowdoin community, and was a leader in medical education with the Maine Society for Orthopaedic Surgeons, the Maine Board Review Course, the Association of Sports Medicine, the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, and the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons Council of Delegates. He brought many wonderful specialists to this area that he loved, and added tremendously to the level of healthcare for the people of Maine.
If you knew Jay, you know he simply loved life. He enjoyed running, skiing, swimming at the YMCA throughout his life, and living near the ocean, even becoming an amateur lobsterman later in life. He also enjoyed his second home in Gold Canyon, Arizona, where he spent his days hiking in the desert and golfing, and would escape to Colorado to ski in the mountains. He never fully retired from medicine, continuing to see patients several days a month. He was ready for any challenge and took each one on with a fun determination, energy and a smile. He excelled in nearly everything he did, and if he didn’t, knew how to shrug it off with a laugh at himself. More than anything, Jay loved people, took such joy in his family, and always put his loved ones first. It leaves a hole in our hearts to lose him, but he leaves us all better people because of him.
He is survived by his loving wife, Lynne Santerre Shubert, of Surry, his four children, Jennifer Fournier of Bangor; Sarah Shubert, MD and husband Alpay Balkir of Falmouth; Daniel Shubert, MD currently in Morgantown, West Virginia; and Emily Burke and husband Daniel, of Bangor; and his five adoring grandchildren, Natalie Fournier and Hailey Fournier, of Bangor, Ryan Banerjee, of Falmouth, and James Burke and Genevieve Burke of Bangor. In addition, he is survived by his brothers and sisters, William Shubert, and wife, Carol, of Cherry Hill, New Jersey; Susan Buchwald, MD, and husband Ted, of Reno, Nevada; Dennis Shubert, MD, and wife Jane, of Seal Harbor, ME; Robert Shubert of Bangor; Sandra Adams and husband, Vernard, of Tampa, Florida; Elizabeth Dupuis, and husband Roland, of Seal Harbor Maine; and Jayson Shubert of Ellsworth; as well as countless cherished nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his beloved sister, Sally Shubert, and his nephew, Scott Buchwald. Jay was also a treasured family member to Lynne’s parents, siblings and her extended family of the Millinocket area. Services were held at Brookings-Smith, 133 Center Street, Bangor on Thursday, April 5, 2018 at 1PM, with a celebration of his life at Season’s restaurant following. There will be a private ceremony later this summer.
Gifts in Jay’s memory can be made to the Sally Shubert Scholarship Fund, c/o Bangor School Department, 73 Harlow St. Bangor, ME 04401, to the Julius Shubert M18, Alice Jordan Shubert, M41 and William Moses Shubert, M41, Scholarship Fund at Tufts University, P.O. Box 3306, Boston, MA 02241-3306 with checks made out to Trustees of Tufts College, or to the Eastern Maine Medical Center Foundation, P.O Box 931 Bangor, ME 04402. Condolences to the family may be expressed at

Mark Cooper M.D.

1955 - 2018
PITTSTON - Mark S. Cooper, M.D. of Pittston, passed away April 28, 2018, at home after a long battle with cancer surrounded by his family.
He was born on Feb. 26, 1955, in Somerville, Mass. to Douglas and Evelyn (Avadesian) Cooper. He attended Gardiner area schools, the University of Vermont, and graduated from the University of Vermont, College of Medicine in 1981.
After graduation from medical school, he did his internship and residency in Obstetrics & Gynecology at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, Calif. Following residency training, he returned home to central Maine and established his solo practice in Augusta. This practice would eventually grow into Kennebec Valley Obstetrics & Gynecology. Dr. Cooper practiced Obstetrics & Gynecology in Augusta for more than 25 years, delivering over 3,500 babies over his career.

He retired from his practice in 2010 to work for the State of Maine Board of Licensure in Medicine as the Medical Director. During his time at MaineGeneral Medical Center in Augusta, Dr. Cooper served as Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and & Gynecology several times, the Chief of Staff and the President of the Medical Staff, and served on the Board of Directors. He was a Consultant in the Department of Surgery at the Veterans Administration at Togus providing gynecologic care and surgery for women veterans for 10 years. He was a member of the Board of Directors for Medical Mutual Insurance Company of Maine for 13 years. He was the Treasurer of the company for the last several years of his term. Dr. Cooper was also active in the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology having served on a national committee, Secretary/Treasurer, Vice-Chairman and Chairman of the Maine Section, Secretary and Treasurer of District I, and was the General Chairman for two District I educational meetings. In 2012, he received the Outstanding District Service Award. He was a member of the Maine Medical Association and served on its Executive Committee.

He, with his wife Amy, was a volunteer driver for Avian Haven Bird Rescue and a volunteer with the Meals on Wheels program through Senior Spectrum in Hallowell delivering meals weekly. He enjoyed golf, skiing, boating, and trips with his family, partners and office staff. He obtained his private pilot license. He especially enjoyed fly fishing and fished throughout Maine, the West and Canada. Dr. Cooper coached Little League a number of years for the Hall-Dale league including an All-Star team and a softball team in Gardiner for 5 and 6 year olds. He was a member of the Sugarloaf Ski Patrol from 1992 to 1999.
Dr. Cooper was predeceased by his mother Evelyn A. Cooper; brother Jeffrey J. Cooper; and nephew Douglas P. Cooper. He is survived by his loving wife and partner in life Amy C. Cooper; father Douglas C. Cooper, DMD and his wife Mary Ellen of Vero Beach, Fla.; sister-in-law Susanne Cooper of Nashville, Tenn.; sons Andrew S. Cooper and his wife Tawny of Philadelphia, Pa., Eric C. Cooper of Randolph, daughter Gabrielle E. Cooper of Pittston; and grandson Conrad Cooper of Pittston.
There is no memorial service planned at this time. Arrangements are under the care of Staples Funeral Home, 53 Brunswick Ave., Gardiner.

Mark has requested donations be made to one of his two passions:
Avian Haven
c/o Diane Winn & Marc Payne
418 North Palermo Rd.
Freedom, ME 04941
Spectrum Generations
Meals On Wheels
c/o Lynda Johnson
22 Town Farm Rd.
Hallowell, ME 04347