Figure 1 and MedChi Offer Collaborative Space for Maryland Physicians within Medical App

Maryland physicians have access to an exclusive platform for open discussion of patient cases and knowledge sharing thanks to collaboration between MedChi, The Maryland State Medical Society, and Figure 1, a dynamic medical app for physicians and healthcare professionals.

MedChi members have full access to Figure 1’s medical app, as well as a private version exclusive for Maryland physicians. Gene Ransom, CEO of MedChi, explains: “This collaboration will provide Maryland physicians a means to receive medical alerts from MedChi in real time, access state-developed support material and alerts for COVID-19, obtain targeted communications and learning on the opioid crisis, and discuss case knowledge specific to the context of Maryland — simultaneously improving the quality of care and reducing cost of care for the citizens of Maryland.”  

Additionally, Figure 1’s accredited CME & Education Center acts as a hub for acquiring CME credits online. Physicians can earn credits at their own pace and test their knowledge with Figure 1’s interactive content.

Figure 1 allows MedChi’s membership to:

  • Have safe and meaningful communication with other verified healthcare professionals across the state on a dynamic, secure medical app
  • Contribute their world-class knowledge to mentor doctors within Maryland, and around the world
  • Improve the quality of care and reduce costs for their patients through collaboration and information sharing
  • Meet and engage with their MedChi peers to develop community and camaraderie
  • Acquire CME credits through unique and engaging activities
  • Access these resources on demand, via a mobile app on iOS or Android, or via the web

“Our mission is to democratize medical knowledge and improve the future of healthcare,” shares Josh Wildstein, CEO of Figure 1. “We’re excited to welcome MedChi’s members to our platform, add their knowledge to our global library, remove geographical boundaries for that knowledge, and improve patient outcomes in Maryland and around the world.”

MedChi Key Opinion Leaders

As the initial testers for the initiative, these MedChi members ensure all members of MedChi get the most out of the innovative collaboration by helping to build a community within the private group. 

Loralie Ma

Dr. Loralie Ma
Dr. Loralie Ma is a diagnostic radiologist specializing in oncologic imaging in Maryland. Dr. Ma obtained a PhD in Biophysics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and graduated with honors from the University of Illinois College of Medicine. She currently practices radiology full time and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the Baltimore-metropolitan area.

Dr. Ambadas Pathak
Dr. Ambadas Pathak is a neonatologist in Baltimore and a member of several professional societies. Dr. Pathak was recognized with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Maryland Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and has been in practice for more than 20 years.

Dr. Shannon Pryor
Dr. Shannon Pryor is an otolaryngologist-head and neck surgeon in the Washington DC metropolitan area. Dr. Pryor received her MD from Tulane Medical School, and completed her internship and residency at Johns Hopkins University. She also completed a postdoctoral clinical fellowship in molecular biology at the National Institutes of Health.

Dr. Stephen Rockower
Dr. Stephen Rockower is a retired orthopedic surgeon who received his MD from Temple University in Philadelphia. He completed his internship and residency in Orthopaedics at George Washington University. Dr. Rockower has been involved in local, state and national medical society affairs.

Dr. Laurel Yap
Dr. Laurel G. Yap is Director of Newborn Services at MedStar Harbor Hospital, and has worked as a neonatologist for over 30 years. He has academic appointments as Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Maryland Medical School and Instructor at the Johns Hopkins University, Department of Pediatrics.

Dr. James York
Dr. James York is an orthopedic surgeon specializing in reconstructive shoulder, knee, total joint and cartilage transplant surgery. After graduating from Georgetown University and Georgetown University School of Medicine with honors, Dr. York completed his Surgery Internship & Orthopaedic Residency at University of Maryland Hospital. He currently works in private practice in Maryland.

Dr. Steven Crawford
Dr. Bruce Smoller

About Figure 1

Figure 1 is the world’s leading platform for medical case-based knowledge sharing and collaboration. With over 3 million registered members in 190 countries worldwide, the platform allows healthcare professionals of all kinds — from medical students to physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, etc. — to safely and securely collaborate on cases to lower costs and improve patient outcomes.

About MedChi

The Maryland State Medical Society, is a non-profit membership association of Maryland physicians. It is the largest physician organization in Maryland. The mission of MedChi is to serve as Maryland’s foremost advocate and resource for physicians, their patients and the public health of Maryland. For more information, please visit

Published March 28, 2022