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AMA Mourns the Death of Former President, Edward R. Annis, MD

For immediate release                                                        
Sept. 16, 2009

Statement attributable to:               
J. James Rohack, MD
President, American Medical Association

“The American Medical Association (AMA) mourns the death of its former president Edward R. Annis, M.D. and extends heartfelt condolences to the Annis family. A world-renowned general surgeon from Florida, Dr. Annis served the AMA as the 117th president from June 1963 to June 1964 and as a board member from 1967 to1969.

“His accomplishments in organized medicine include serving concurrently as president of the AMA and the World Medical Association from 1963-1964. During his tenure as an AMA leader and throughout his professional life, Dr. Annis distinguished himself as an articulate, gifted and respected champion of the medical profession and the patients served by it. Dr. Annis was passionate about improving access to health care for all patients and we remember fondly his lifelong quest to preserve the patient-physician relationship.   

“In 2005, the World Medical Association recognized Dr. Annis as one of two U.S. physicians in its Caring Physicians of the World book. The book profiled 65 physicians from 58 countries nominated by national medical societies for their ‘personal and professional attributes demonstrating humanity and the core values of medicine at its finest.’ Dr. Annis underscored his life-long commitment to improving access to health care for all patients in the book’s profile article of him by stating, “My whole approach is that no person in the nation should be denied medical care if they need it, whether they can pay for it or not.’

“It is impossible to summarize Dr. Annis’ achievements over his lifetime. His leadership will be greatly missed and he will be remembered as a good friend, as a loving husband, father, and grandfather, and as an extraordinarily wise, humorous, gentle, and caring human being. The thoughts and prayers of the AMA community are with the Annis family during this difficult time.”

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Leah Dudowicz
AMA Media Relations
312-464-4813

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