Mary Anne McCaffree, MD
Mary Anne McCaffree, MD, a pediatrician and specialist in neonatal-perinatal medicine from Oklahoma City, was re-elected to the American Medical Association Board of Trustees (BOT) in June 2012. Prior to her election to the AMA-BOT, Dr. McCaffree served in the AMA House of Delegates for 16 years as an alternate delegate and then delegate from Oklahoma.
Dr. McCaffree was a member of the Pediatric Section Council of the AMA. She previously served as chair of the AMA Council on Science and Public Health, and also acted as a liaison to the National Disaster Life Support Education Consortium. In collaboration with this latter group of partners, the AMA developed a comprehensive education program for physicians, medical teams and coordinators designed to improve patient care in the event of a disaster. In addition, Dr. McCaffree served on the AMA Commission on Unity from 1998 to 2000.
Actively involved in both her state and specialty societies, Dr. McCaffree served as chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Committee on Federal Government Affairs. In 2005 she received the Abraham Jacobi, MD, Award, which honors a physician who has effectively served both the AAP and the AMA at the highest levels. She has served as chair of the Oklahoma Health Improvement Program’s Child Health Committee since 2009 and is a member of the steering committee created by the Oklahoma Legislature to improve the health of its citizens.
As the first female president (1998–1999) of the Oklahoma State Medical Association (OSMA), Dr. McCaffree helped successfully preserve the protected status of peer-reviewed patient information. As immediate past president of the OSMA, she partnered with the Litigation Center of the AMA and State Medical Societies and AAP leaders in the fight against low Medicaid reimbursement. Their efforts led to a landmark case increasing Medicaid reimbursement in Oklahoma. In 2005 Dr. McCaffree was awarded the Ed L. Calhoon, MD, Leadership in Medicine Award, which is presented to an OSMA member in recognition of distinguished leadership and service to organized medicine. In 2007 she received the OSMA Woman in Medicine Award.
A graduate of the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, Dr. McCaffree was named Physician of the Year in 1996 and Alumnus of the Year in 2006 by the school. In 2014 she will receive the school’s Dean’s Award for Distinguished Medical Service. She is currently a professor of pediatrics at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.
Dr. McCaffree is married to Robert McCaffree, MD, a pulmonary physician who was chief of staff for 18 years at VA Medical Center in Oklahoma City before retiring in 2009. Currently he is regents professor of medicine, pulmonary disease section, and co-director of the Tobacco Research Center, University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. He is also the president of the Oklahoma State Medical Association, and serves as a delegate to the AMA for the American College of Chest Physicians. They have two adult children, a daughter-in-law and two grandchildren.