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Massachusetts Doctor Alexander Ding Elected to the AMA Board of Trustees

For immediate release:
June 22, 2011

CHICAGO – The American Medical Association (AMA) today announced Alexander Ding, M.D., M.S., a resident in radiology in Boston, Mass., has been elected to the AMA Board of Trustees. Dr. Ding’s election to the resident position on the board was confirmed at the AMA Annual Meeting in Chicago.

“It is a historic time in American health care and I am humbled by the opportunity to play a role in shaping the system in which my colleagues and I will practice,” said Dr. Ding. “Physicians and the AMA must provide leadership at this critical time and I look forward to taking on the challenges to ever improving patient care.”

Dr. Ding holds degrees in economics and public health from the University of California, Berkely, and graduated from the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine. He completed an internship at Santa Clara Valley Medical center and is a fourth year resident physician in diagnostic radiology at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, where he will continue a fellowship in interventional radiology.

Dr. Ding has served in numerous capacities at the local, state, national and specialty levels, including most recently on the AMA Political Action Committee Board of Directors from 2008 to 2010. He has represented both California and Massachusetts as a delegate in the AMA-HOD and was previously the medical student member on the AMA Council on Legislation. He is an inaugural member of the Resident and Fellow Committee of the Radiological Society of North America and was awarded the AMA Foundation Leadership Award in 2009.

As the AMA Medical Student Section Committee on Legislation and Advocacy chair, Dr. Ding testified before the U.S. Department of Education on medical education debt and against state-level regulation of resident physician work hours as the chair of the Massachusetts Medical Society Resident and Fellow Section. While in medical school, he led strategic development for a free clinic that established malpractice coverage for volunteer physicians and a referral system to a local community clinic for chronic care. As an intern physician, Dr. Ding helped the World Health Organization develop a global consortium of governments and industry dedicated to smoking cessation. He proudly serves his country as a lieutenant and medical officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve.

Dr. Ding has served on numerous other boards, including the Massachusetts Medical Society Board of Trustees, Physicians Insurance Agency of Massachusetts, CALPAC and the Boston Medical Library.

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