Susan R. Bailey, MD
Susan R. Bailey, MD, an allergist and immunologist from Fort Worth, Texas, was elected speaker of the American Medical Association House of Delegates in June 2015. Previously, she served as vice speaker for four years. A tenacious advocate for physicians and the patients who depend on them, Dr. Bailey has held numerous positions for the AMA. She was chair of the AMA Council on Medical Education, chair of the Texas delegation to the AMA and served as the AMA representative to the Assembly of the American Board of Medical Specialties. She also completed a five-year term as the AMA nominee to the board of directors of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education. She currently represents the AMA on the board of directors of COLA.
Dr. Bailey, who brings an impressive record of involvement in organized medicine, is a recent past president of the Texas Medical Association (TMA). In this role she crisscrossed the state to preside over town hall meetings for physicians and patients on the health system reform bill and personally lobbied Congress to stop a devastating cut in Medicare payments to physicians. She also has lobbied the Texas Capitol in Austin to fight Medicaid program reductions, cuts in medical education funding and the expansion of allied health professionals' scope of practice.
Prior to her presidency, Dr. Bailey's TMA record included terms as speaker and vice speaker of the TMA House of Delegates and terms as chair of the TMA Council on Communication and TMA Medical Student Section.
For more than 20 years Dr. Bailey has been active at the county level as well through her involvement with the Tarrant County Medical Society where she served as president and chair of the society's board of trustees.
Dr. Bailey is an allergist in private practice at Fort Worth Allergy and Asthma Associates. She previously served as an associate consultant in the Department of Pediatrics at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. She is board-certified in allergy and immunology, and pediatrics and has been awarded the title of Distinguished Fellow of the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology.
Dr. Bailey received her medical degree from Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine and later was appointed to the A&M Board of Regents by then Gov. George W. Bush. She completed her residency in general pediatrics and her fellowship in allergy/immunology at Minnesota's Mayo Graduate School of Medicine. Dr. Bailey is married to W. Douglas Bailey. She has two sons and one grandson.