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Former AMA President Named World Medical Association President

For immediate release:
Oct. 12, 2012

Cecil B. Wilson, M.D., takes on leading role at international physician organization

CHICAGO - Former American Medical Association (AMA) President, Cecil B. Wilson, M.D., was sworn in as the new President of the World Medical Association (WMA) today at its General Assembly meeting in Bangkok. The WMA is comprised of 100 national medical associations.

Dr. Wilson will help lead the policy making and will represent the organization around the world. Prior to his appointment, he served on the WMA’s committees on finance and planning, medical ethics and socio-medical affairs.  

“Dr. Wilson has played a pivotal role in promoting the art and science of medicine and the betterment of public health in the U.S. through his leadership at the AMA,” said AMA President Jeremy A. Lazarus, M.D. “His exceptional knowledge and experience will undoubtedly allow him to be an asset to the WMA and physicians around the world as we tackle some of health care’s most challenging issues.”

In his inaugural speech, Dr. Wilson stated that ethics in medicine, the threat of climate change and noncommuicable diseases caused by lifestyle behaviors such as smoking, obesity, physical inactivity and alcohol abuse and all pose significant challenges to physicians globally. He explained that if physicians work together to address these issues, they can shape the future of medicine.

Dr. Wilson was first elected to the AMA Board of Trustees in 2002. He served as chair in 2006 and then became AMA president in 2010. Prior to being nominated to the AMA’s Board of Trustees, he served 10 years in the AMA House of Delegates as a representative of Florida physicians.

Dr. Wilson received his bachelor’s and medical degrees from Emory University. He then completed his residency in internal medicine at the U.S. Navy Hospital in Portsmouth, Va. He served as a Navy flight surgeon and reached the rank of commander. Dr. Wilson has been in private practice in central Florida for over 30 years and is board certified in internal medicine.

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