Pennsylvania Physician Andrew Gurman Elected Speaker, AMA House of Delegates
For immediate release
June 18, 2011
CHICAGO – The American Medical Association (AMA) announced during its Annual Meeting today the election of Andrew W. Gurman, MD, an orthopaedic hand surgeon, to speaker of the AMA House of Delegates (HOD). In this position, Dr. Gurman will preside over the policy-making body of America’s largest physician organization.
“It has been an incredible honor to serve as vice speaker for the past four years, and a privilege to work alongside a wonderful speaker,” said Dr. Gurman. “I will do my best to continue our previous speaker’s legacy of leadership and fairness.”
During the last four years, Dr. Gurman has served as the Vice Speaker of the AMA-HOD and been an active participant in the workings of the AMA Board of Trustees. He has served as liaison to the AMA Council on Constitution and Bylaws, the AMA Council on Legislation, the AMA Organized Medical Staff Section and the AMA Advisory Committee on Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Issues. He has also served as a board member of the AMA Foundation and continues working to align the activities of the Foundation with the mission of the AMA.
Prior to his election as vice speaker of the AMA-HOD, Dr. Gurman served as vice speaker and speaker of the Pennsylvania Medical Society House of Delegates and twice served as chair of the Pennsylvania Medical Society Political Action Committee. He is a key congressional contact for a number of legislators, and is committed to advocacy on behalf of physicians and patients.
Dr. Gurman graduated from Syracuse University and received his medical degree from the State University of New York Upstate Medical College. He completed a surgical internship and residency in orthopaedic surgery at the combined Montefiore Hospital/Albert Einstein program in New York City, and a fellowship in hand surgery at the Hospital for Joint Diseases Orthopaedic Institute, also in New York City.
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