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AMA Expresses Sympathy to People in Haiti

For immediate release:
Jan. 13, 2010

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

“On behalf of the physicians of the American Medical Association (AMA), I would like to express our deepest sympathy to the people in Haiti impacted by yesterday’s devastating and tragic earthquake. As physicians, we understand the tremendous burden this disaster places on the medical and public health community in Port-au-Prince.

“The AMA is working to support the U.S. government and international response efforts, and we have established a Web site to share medical news and developments from the field – such as emerging health needs. Daily reports from the Pan American Health Organization will also be included on the website. The need for medical volunteers and other health resources is still unknown at this time, but as new facts emerge, the AMA will update its Web site so that interested physicians can engage with the international response community.

“Open access to relevant articles from the AMA’s peer reviewed journal, Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness, will be available on the journal’s website www.dmphp.org.

“During this heartbreaking and challenging time, our thoughts and prayers are with those who have been hurt by the devastating Haitian earthquake.”

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For more information please contact:

Leah Dudowicz
AMA Media Relations
(312) 464-4813

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