Medical Society of Delaware Governance

October 22, 2011 was a monumental day in MSD’s history. The House of Delegates voted to adopt a proposal that changed the governance structure of the Society that had been in place for over 200 years. While the former governance structure, with a House of Delegates, Board of Trustees, and Executive Committee, served the organization well over these many years, it was time to modernize and streamline to more effectively and efficiently represent the needs and wishes of the membership and to better utilize technology. Another radical step was the agreement of the House to eliminate the corporate structure of the county medical societies, as it was apparent these organizations were not proving to be relevant to the needs of its members. With these changes, MSD has committed to demonstrate its relevance by meeting the individual needs of today’s physician leading to improved physician/member engagement in the organization.

Executive Board

The Executive Board consists of 18 members meeting routinely throughout the year (approximately ten times per year). The Board composition includes: Officers (7); AMA Representative (1); Section Representatives (3); At-Large Representatives (4); a Government Affairs Committee Representative (1); a Third Party Payer Committee Representative (1); and an MSD Holding Company Representative (1). The Executive Board oversees the Executive Director and MSD operations. MSD committees (except the Budget and Finance Committee and the Bylaws Committee) report directly to the Executive Board.


The Council is comprised of the current 67 seats to include: Members of the Executive Board (18); Specialty Society Representatives (24); Delaware State Medical Osteopathic Society (1); Geographic Affinity Groups (8); Hospital Medical Staff Representatives (15); and Practice Type (1). The much smaller size of the Council, as compared to the former House of Delegates composition of 350-400 members, enables the Council to meet more readily if needed and to address issues electronically if appropriate. Changes to the MSD Bylaws, approval of the ensuing year’s budget, election of officers and At-Large Representatives to the Executive Board are the routine assigned responsibilities of the Council. Other issues of concern are encouraged to be brought before the Council when appropriate. The Council will convene two times each year - an Interim Meeting in the spring planned to be conducted electronically, and an Annual Meeting in the fall to be held at the MSD Building and Conference Center in Newark.

MSD Officers

Profile PictureFull NameTitle
Joseph J. Straight, MDPresident
Matthew J. Burday, DOPresident-Elect
Robert J. Varipapa, MDVice President
Bhavin R. Dave, MDSecretary
Prayus T. Tailor, MDTreasurer
Leo W. Raisis, MDSpeaker of the Council
Andrew W. Dahlke, MDImmediate Past President

Due to recommended protocols on a national and state level regarding the coronavirus pandemic, in March MSD had decided to postpone and reschedule the April Interim Council Meeting to May 14, 2020. 

However, with the uncertainty for planning in person meetings for the future, it has been decided that the Interim Council Meeting will be CANCELLED for 2020.   

At this time, the Annual Meeting scheduled for November 21, 2020 still remains unchanged.

Date Meeting Location
January 9. 2020
Executive Board/Holding Company
MSD Boardroom
6:00 p.m.
February 13, 2020
Executive Board
MSD Boardroom
6:00 p.m.
March 12, 2020 Executive Board
MSD Boardroom 6:00 p.m.
April 9, 2020 Executive Board 
(rescheduled from
May 14)
Conference Call 6:00 p.m.
May 14, 2020 Executive Board
(Interim Council Meeting CANCELLED)

Conference Call
6:00 p.m.
*June 11, 2020 Executive Board Conference Call
6:00 p.m.
July 9, 2020 Executive Board/Holding Company
MSD Boardroom 6:00 p.m.
August 2020 No Meeting

September 10, 2020 Executive Board MSD Boardroom 6:00 p.m.
October 22, 2020
Executive Board
MSD Boardroom 6:00 p.m.
November 21, 2020
Annual Council Meeting and
Education Session/MSD Holding
Company Annual Meeting

Inaugural Gala - Evening

MSD Conference Center

Location for Gala to be determined

7:00 a.m. -12:30 p.m.

6:00 - 11:00 p.m.
*December 10,. 2020 Executive Board Maple Dale Country Club
6:00 p.m.

*Executive Board meetings held in Dover will assume an in-person participation only.  Executive Board Meetings held at MSD in Newark are formatted with tele-video conferencing option for those in Kent and Sussex Counties. Download schedule here:
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