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From the President
Dr. Laura Knudson
 September 2021

Happy Fall!


One of the greatest pleasures and privileges of living in the Midwest is an autumn evening. The air nearly feels silky as the humidity dissipates, and the sunset occurs at a movie-worthy time, yellow light bathing families sitting down for dinner, dogs walking their owners, and the last fat bumblebees bouncing around the asters. Twilight’s blue haze fades into soft darkness, chirping crickets under the cool grass, and a night breeze sweeps away the heat of the day.

Nature and noticing are a wonderful combination, and one that informs our book club selection for fall, Lady of the Wood by MOCMS’s very own Dr. Mark Braun. Dr. Braun, Professor Emeritus at IU School of Medicine, will join our book club to discuss his novel, set in both modern-day and ancient Pacific Northwest. It will be a rare treat to have the author present at the discussion and I hope you can join us.

Another rare treat-- MOCMS is excited to offer a Fall General Meeting at the Regional Academic Health Center in the Health Sciences Building! Please join us as we tour the IU Health Sciences Building and hear from Dr. Kathy Hiller. Brian Shockney and MaryAnn Valenta about updates from the IU School of Medicine and IU Health Bloomington Hospital. We hope to be able to meet in person for the first time in over a year. RSVP early, as space is limited due to COVID restrictions. It will be so nice to be together.

MOCMS members joined with over 400 other participants on August 7 to participate in the First Annual Dr. John Wrasse Bike 4 Fitness event. Created to honor the late Dr. John Wrasse of Riley Pediatrics, this event promoted family fitness, bike safety, and raised over $16,000 for the Riley Kids Fund- Bloomington. The event was a fitting tribute to such a dedicated physician and medical educator in our community.

As we settle into the school year, please remind the educators you know about the MOCMS Healthy Schools Grants. Our grant reviews, in December, are often one of the most rewarding meetings of the year for Board Members, and we enjoy facilitating healing and healthy habits in our community schools.

And lastly, I would like to be sure we honor our 50-year members this year. Dr. Bishop, Dr. Doster, Dr. O’Connell, Dr. Richey and Dr. Wrenn have all had their golden anniversaries with the MOCMS! I can’t imagine the changes they have seen in the past half-century of medical practice, and I hope that those of us lucky enough to know them well are able to share the congratulations and thanks for serving the Bloomington community so well for so many years.

I hope that we all get to experience some of the golden magic of the autumn this fall—some cool, cleansing quiet. As the delta variant of COVID rages through our communities, I know many of us are struggling to find more energy, more time, more space in our personal and professional lives. Please be kind with yourselves and others, and feel free to sit on your front steps tonight, stare up to the bright stars, listen to the crickets chirp as a cool breeze wafts by, and just breathe.


Thanks for all you do and stay in touch.


Laura B. Knudson, MD


Monroe Owen County Medical Society

The Monroe Owen County Medical Society is dedicated to the provision of quality health care in our community.

The efforts of the society shall be directed toward: general supervision of the affairs of the medical profession of the county; improvement in the scientific and professional ability of each physician within its jurisdiction; dissemination of the attitudes and recommendations of the society on technical matters pertaining to the medical aspects of community life;  improvement in the general esteem and prestige which the medical profession possesses in the community; and the inclusion within the membership of the society of all physicians living in the county who are eligible for membership.