NLDC Region 4 Candidate: Merritt Seshul, MD, FACS, FAAOA

Merritt J. Seshul, MD, FACS, FAAOA

Specialty: Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery

Practice: Carolina Ear, Nose and Throat, Hickory, NC

Type of practice: Independent, single specialty practice

Medical School: University of Alabama School of Medicine

Why I am seeking this position: My interest in the Nominating and Leadership Development Committee emanates from my longstanding relationship with the North Carolina Medical Society (NCMS) and my steadfast belief in its work. Since starting practice here in 2001, I have enjoyed my membership in NCMS, and have supported multiple initiatives over the years. Past and current leadership have been strong advocates for physicians and other health care providers. This committee is vital in helping to maintain a steady supply of qualified and engaged physicians to continue this successful legacy. My involvement with organized medicine in North Carolina includes being past president of the North Carolina Society of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery, as well as successful graduation from the KIPL Leadership College. Other endeavors include serving as board chairman for the Viewmont Surgery Center for multiple years. This center is a joint venture between physicians and local hospitals, and my experiences on this board have helped shape my perspective, and develop a clearer understanding of related issues and their importance to practicing physicians in North Carolina. Working in all of these roles has taught me the value of collaboration and working to understand the perspective of all affected stakeholders in any matter. It would be my honor to serve on this important committee.

The top three issues facing physicians and PAs in North Carolina today are:

1. Health policy and related compensation issues: Medicaid privatization, State Health plan reimbursement policy, rules regarding how an insurer includes/excludes providers from their panels, certificate of need rules, health information exchange (monitoring related policies), insurance options for patients who are in-between Medicaid eligible and fully insured, opioid crisis and working to streamline CSRS

2. Provider wellness/burnout prevention programs.

3. Scope of practice: a host of issues including optometry and laser eye surgery, as well as the role of advanced practice providers.



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