Dr. Philip E. Kline was installed as the 228th president of the Medical Society of New Jersey, it announced during a special virtual meeting on Sunday for the Lawrenceville-based society’s annual elections.
Kline, who’s been a member of MSNJ’s board of trustees since 2015 in a variety of capacities, will take over the role from Marc J. Levine.
“As the medical profession experiences direct, significant impacts due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is more important than ever that MSNJ remain the voice for physicians across the state and help shape the healthcare landscape,” Larry Downs, CEO of MSNJ, said. “I have no doubt that Dr. Kline is up to the task of spearheading our advocacy efforts through this challenging time. On behalf of MSNJ and our physician members, I congratulate Dr. Kline and welcome him to his new role as president.”
Kline shared his goals for his upcoming term.
“Health care as we know it will be forever changed by the COVID-19 pandemic,” Kline said. “As we look toward the immediate future, physician practices, hospital systems and all medical practices must evolve. In just a matter of months, we saw the increased acceptance and use of telehealth and telemedicine services. However, the staggering economic impact of the pandemic on physicians, practices and healthcare systems alike is something we never thought possible. Now, more than ever, we must look for opportunities to collaborate with all stakeholders – medical professionals, legislators, hospital administrators, insurance executives and patients – to address the unique challenges and identify opportunities to improve healthcare for all New Jersey residents.”
Kline is an obstetrician/gynecologist with more than three decades of experience. He currently practices in Middlesex and Union counties with the Obstetrical & Gynecological Group of Central Jersey, an affiliate of Lifeline Medical Associates. He is also an executive committee member and immediate past president of the New Jersey Obstetrical and Gynecological Society and as an executive committee member and past-president of the Union County Medical Society.