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Nov. 18, 2013

Alabama Medical Executive Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

For immediate release:
Nov. 18, 2013

WASHINGTON – The American Medical Association (AMA) presented Cary J. Kuhlmann, executive director of the Medical Association of the State of Alabama (MASA), with the Medical Executive Lifetime Achievement Award. The award is given by the AMA to honor a medical association executive who has contributed substantially to the goals and ideals of the medical profession.

"The AMA gratefully recognizes Cary Kuhlmann for his legacy of notable accomplishments and his dedication to the medical profession during the last four decades,” said David O. Barbe, M.D., chair of the AMA Board of Trustees. "He has proven to be an outstanding leader and a highly respected advocate for physicians and their patients.”

Kuhlmann has been MASA's executive director since 1997 where he has forged important relationships within Alabama's business and health care communities, and has been an outstanding spokesman for Alabama physicians at both the state and national levels. Prior to joining MASA, he served with the Orleans Parish Medical Society for 25 years where he was the executive director.

A dedicated proponent for organized medicine, Kuhlmann's career has included leadership positions at the American Medical Women's Association, the Surgical Association of Louisiana, the Louisiana Chapter of the American College of Cardiology and the Greater New Orleans Pediatric Society.

Kuhlmann has encouraged Alabama physicians to participate in the national discussion on health reform and take on important leadership roles at the AMA. As a result of his efforts, Alabama is a leading example of promoting active physician leadership in shaping the health care system.

Kuhlmann obtained a Bachelors of Science from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, La. and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of New Orleans.

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